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
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
Popular Female Dog Names
- Sweet Pea
Popular Unisex Dog Names
Best Dog Names
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.