How To Choose A Dog Name: 100+ Top Girl And Boy Dog Name Ideas

Whether you’ve just adopted a brand-new puppy, or a rescue dog, or are planning to get one this year, you’ll want to give your new best friend an appropriate moniker.

Looking for inspiration?

Every dog is unique and will inspire you when you’re busy searching for that perfect name.

Choosing A Dog Name

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Our dog Bingo – a 1-year-old lab/shepherd cross

Cartoons, films, TV, books, hobbies, sports, foods, or famous people can all provide sources of inspiration for your furry baby’s new name, as well as your dog’s breed or color.

You may want to spend a little time getting to know your pup before deciding, or if you have children, you’ll want to make it a family affair.

If you have adopted a senior or adult dog, consider whether this baby has already bonded with and answers to a previous name before changing it.

Popular dog names don’t change that much from year to year although there will always be new entries often inspired by new films or television shows, especially if a dog is one of the stars.

Who can forget “Beethoven” of St. Bernard breeds fame?

Tips for Naming Your New Best Friend

Names will often hint at or reflect the personality of your pet, so if you can exert a bit of patience, observe your pooch to see if he or she has a personality trait that inspires a name.

Short and easily recognizable is ideal when working with animals.

You may want to select a name or nickname that has one, or at the most two syllables.

Avoid selecting long names for command, response, and discipline as they may confuse your dog.

Also, avoid names that are difficult to pronounce.

Avoid names that your Pooch may misunderstand as a command.  “Joe” or “Mo” is too similar to “No”, so it’s best to opt for another name.

Select a name that will accompany your pet throughout his or her life.

Some cute puppy names are not necessarily ideal for adult or senior dogs.

Try your chosen name for a few days to see if Pooch begins to respond and if you like it.

Once you have selected the name, use it as often as possible initially so your dog will understand that you’re referring to him or her.

Use Pooch’s new name initially positively without yelling during play, feeding, and cuddling so it is not identified with punishment or something disagreeable.

Think twice before naming your Pooch after a family member or friend. Not everyone will be enthused with the idea of a dog named for them.

We investigated the best dog names to get you started and you’ll find ideas from the cute to the sophisticated to the classic to the original.

VPI Pet Insurance, a major pet insurance company, indicates Bailey and Bella as the current top dog names for male and female dogs, but we’d like to offer some classic as well as unique suggestions for your consideration, so enjoy your search.

Popular Male Dog Names

  1. Ace
  2. Basil
  3. Bear
  4. Bert
  5. Bingo
  6. Blue
  7. Bowie
  8. Brando
  9. Buzz
  10. Cash
  11. Chase
  12. Cooper
  13. Darcy
  14. Darwin
  15. Dickens
  16. Duke
  17. Farnsworth
  18. Finley
  19. Flash
  20. Gator
  21. Gatsby
  22. Hudson
  23. Hulk
  24. Jack
  25. Mack
  26. Malfoy
  27. Marlon
  28. Max
  29. Milo
  30. Mowgli
  31. Murphy
  32. Mulberry
  33. Oliver
  34. Ranger
  35. Rocky
  36. Sawyer
  37. Scout
  38. Toby
  39. Trooper
  40. Tucker
  41. Tyson
  42. Whiskey
  43. Woody
  44. Zeus
  45. Zip

Popular Female Dog Names

  1. Angel
  2. Babe
  3. Bella
  4. Belle
  5. Cassie
  6. Chanel
  7. Chloe
  8. Cinnamon
  9. Clover
  10. Cocoa
  11. Daisy
  12. Dior
  13. Dixie
  14. Elsa
  15. Fricka
  16. Harley
  17. Harlow
  18. Hilde
  19. Isolde
  20. Ivy
  21. Lady
  22. Lily
  23. Lulu
  24. Maggie
  25. Mia
  26. Millie
  27. Molly
  28. Muffin
  29. Opal
  30. Oreo
  31. Peaches
  32. Pearl
  33. Pippi
  34. Raven
  35. Rose
  36. Roxy
  37. Ruby
  38. Sadie
  39. Salsa
  40. Sophie
  41. Star
  42. Stella
  43. Sweet Pea
  44. Trudie
  45. Tallulah

Popular Unisex Dog Names

  1. Bailey
  2. Charlie
  3. Jazz
  4. Karma
  5. Lucky
  6. Mango
  7. Nova
  8. Pepper
  9. Piper
  10. Rusty
  11. Tango
  12. Taylor

Best Dog Names

choosing a dog name
Bingo in the car ready to go to the beach

But often the best dog names are those which have some meaning to you – even if it’s not all the significant.

For example, there is an Australian kids TV show called Bluey and one of the main characters is called Bingo.

Our kids love the show and that’s how they decided on the name Bingo for our dog.

You can see more pics of our little man in this post answering the question can dogs eat raw chicken.

What have you decided to call your pooch? Let us know in the comments below.

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