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Dog names: Choosing the right dog name

By Edited Jun 11, 2015 2 4

It can be very difficult choosing the right name for your dog. However, unlike people's names, it is possible to change a dog's name as many times as you like. Personally I would not recommend this though. It can make life hard for your dog, if it is asked to respond to the name Charlie one day, and then Fred within a short space of time.

We dog owners often choose a particular name because of some strange association. Our first dog was called Drupi. This was because my hubby loved a particular foreign singer of that name, who was popular back then. This beautiful animal lived 18 years and of course the name meant nothing to anyone else within a short space of time.

Just as some of our people names suit children but not adults, some dog names suit puppies but not fully grown dogs. However, there are some puppy names that can be adjusted with the pet's age, in the same way that Jimmy for a child can become James in later life. Still I guess the weird and wacky offbeat names will suit some pets throughout their lives.

*Unusual names for dogs.

Often an unusual dog name can be just an ordinary person's name. Here are just a few that work well:-

  • Norman
  • George
  • Frank
  • Albert
  • Gladys
  • Gertie
  • Bertha
  • Lily
  • Lizzie

*Naming considerations.

Cute as a button, What would be a good name

Ideally a dog's name should be short and punchy. This will help the animal to learn its name easily, so that it can respond quickly. Remember though that you may have to call your pet when you are outdoors, and so something that is embarrassing, such as Poopdraws or Brainless, is not really a good idea.

*Good popular names for male and female dogs.

There are traditional male dog's names such as:-

  • Rex
  • Rover
  • Henry
  • Bob
  • Charlie
  • Benny
  • Sam

Also there are traditional female dog's names such as:-

  • Jessie
  • Candy
  • Jenny
  • Gypsy
  • Betsy
  • Trixie
  • Molly

Modern popular names for dogs often reflect the music and life of the day. Hence we are starting to see male dogs named:-

  • Axl
  • Slash
  • Elvis
  • Brad
  • Scooby
  • Snoopy
  • Will
  • Hulk

Plus females dogs named.

  • Diana
  • Cookie
  • Freckles

  • Gemma
  • Kerry
  • Oasis
  • Montana
  • Pink

However, there are just so many traditional and modern names it can be difficult knowing where to start. Perhaps thinking of something personal to you and or your dog may help you to come up with an innovative and perfect name.

*Generating Ideas for Unique Dog Names.

In order to come up with a unique name, for either your male or female dog, use personal resources, for example:-

  • You
  • Your dog
  • Your life
  • Your likes
  • Your dislikes

You could also consider any of your favourite foods, music, people, books, authors, artists, flowers, drinks, places, colours, hobbies and more.

  • Your past
  • A foreign language

From such considerations you may decide on a male dog name such as:-

  • Pizza
  • Spaghetti

  • Cohen
  • Pavarotti
  • Yorkie
  • Timberlake
  • Justin
  • Cowell
  • Piers

and perhaps a female dog name, such as:-

  • Beyonce
  • Cheesecake
  • Madonna
  • Madge
  • Truffle
  • Galaxy
  • Cadbury
  • Uma

Shaggy would be the obvious name

Whether or not these would be unique is doubtful, but, if you consider words that are personal to you, a unique dog name should be possible. If your male dog was born in April, or came to live with you during that month, how about Aries? For a male dog born, or homed, in August what about Leo as a name?

No resource for finding the perfect female dog name or male dog name is off limits. Perhaps an old friend, or enemy, from the past has a Christian name or surname that is perfect for your dog. A colour could be something obscure, such as one that is used by paint retailers. Buttercup, Sienna, Silver, Topaz, Teal, Scarlett, Coffee, Sandy and Poppy would make great names for your dog. Some of these would be suitable for either female or male dogs but that depends on you and your dog.

If you are struggling look for help from such resources as:-

  • Your local library
  • The Internet
  • Family and friends who may offer inspired names.
  • A dictionary which may provide an ordinary word that would make a fabulous, unique female or male dog name.

Your local dog rescue centre has to name the vast amount of dogs that come through their doors. As such many have been known to resort to day to day items, for example, just what they are eating at the time of rescue. This could result in three puppies being called Toffee, Fudge and Muffin or Fish, Chips and Gravy.

*Conclusion.

Any word can be used as a dog's name but it is best to give your female or male dog a suitable name. If you pick well you could end up with a name that matches you and your dog perfectly. However, what is funny and contemporary today, may not be in the not too distant future. Bear this in mind when you are naming your dog. After all if your dog lives a long, full life you could be calling for him or her in the park fifteen years from now, so choose wisely but have fun.


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Comments

Sep 15, 2010 12:19pm
pwarlick
Cool name ideas.! Is that your dog in the photo?
Nov 7, 2010 6:19pm
eileen
You have given people a lot of ideas and names to choose from thats for sure. Personally I like to keep to the same name. And agree with you not to give them awful names.
Nov 16, 2010 12:26pm
Lynsuz
Great dog naming tips. I have a friend that named her dog, D-O-Gee.
Thumbs up!!
Mar 30, 2012 8:06pm
toebunkers
This may sound silly but some dogs just 'look' like a Charlie, or a Max or whatever name you give it.
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