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

When choosing a dog’s name, it’s important to pick a simple and easily pronounced word. Avoid names that sound like common training commands. Keep in mind that a cute name for a puppy should still be suitable when they’re grown.

Before finalizing the name, spend some time observing your pet’s behavior and personality. Inspiration can come from cultural references, your dog’s breed origin, or names with personal significance. Ensure you’re comfortable calling this name in public, and don’t rush the decision. The goal is to select a name that you love and that suits your dog well.

Here are more great tips and ideas for choosing a unique dog name, whatever the breed, sex, or age your new dog.

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 a dog’s 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 Naming Dogs

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 he or she 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 their 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 dog after a family member or friend. Not everyone will be enthused with the idea of a dog named for them.

We’ve come up with some of the best new dog names to get you started and you’ll find ideas from the cute to the sophisticated to the classic to the original. Bailey and Bella are currently top names for male and female dogs, but we’d like to offer some classic as well as unique dog names 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. Casey
  3. Dakota
  4. Alex
  5. Riley
  6. Morgan
  7. Charlie
  8. River
  9. Sky
  10. Finley
  11. Sage
  12. Jordan
  13. Taylor
  14. Scout
  15. Sam
  16. Dakota
  17. Phoenix
  18. Indie
  19. Ziggy
  20. Marley
  21. Skylar
  22. Frankie
  23. Quinn
  24. Jamie
  25. Reese
  26. Rory
  27. Jesse
  28. Blaine
  29. Ashton
  30. Harper
  31. Peyton
  32. Parker
  33. Tatum
  34. Rowan
  35. Lennon
  36. Sidney
  37. Avery
  38. Dylan
  39. Stevie
  40. Kennedy
  41. Emerson
  42. Spencer
  43. Devon
  44. Riley
  45. Blair
  46. Addison
  47. Cassidy
  48. Ellis
  49. Morgan
  50. London

Best Dog Names

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

Often the best dog names are those which have some meaning to you – even if it’s not all that significant. For example, there is an Australian kid’s 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 or in our article about keeping dogs off the couch.

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

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