If you’re looking for top dog names, you are so in luck!
We’ve got over 500 names (and more coming!) to help you choose the perfect moniker for your new pup!
Whether you’re an audiophile or a movie lover, a farmer or a city slicker, you’ll find something adorable below!
Plus, check out my top tips on a choosing a name that both you and your dog can live with!
Top 500+ Dog Names You’ll Love
If you’re a regular reader, you know how much we love coming up with cute dog names for you!
Now that we have so many different name ideas, we decided it’s time to round them all up into one handy dandy table!
Check it out, then keep reading for some tips on picking the right name!
|Types of Names||Best for||Read Now|
|Anime Dog Names||Anime & manga fans, lovers of all things Japanese||
|Dog Names Inspired by Songs||Audiophiles, classic music lovers, rock music fans||
|Female Nature Dog Names||Naturalists, hikers, nature lovers||
|Dog Names that Mean Loyal||Anyone, really! Great names for a loyal best friend!||
|Spiritual Dog Names||Spiritual or religious dog parents||
|Roman & Greek Female Dog Names||Fans of ancient mythology||
|Male & Female Farm Dog Names||Farmers who want to celebrate their heritage||
|Horse-Related Dog Names||Horse fans, obviously!||
|Country Music Dog Names||Fans of the country music genre||
|Cowboy & Cowgirl Dog Names||Farmers and ranchers, horse fans, Western movie lovers||
|4th of July & Americana Dog Names||Dog parents who want to show off their patriotism||
|Food Names for Dogs||Anyone, but especially foodies||
|Celtic Dog Names||Irish pet parents, parents of Irish dogs, anyone who loves Celtic mythology||
|Top 10 Trendy Dog Names||Anyone, especially if you love trending names.||
|Country Dog Names||Country music fans, midwesterners, farmers, ranchers||
|Disney Inspired Names for Dogs||Disney fantatics, pet parents with kids||
|Navy Seals Dog Names||Sailors and their families, retired special forces members||
|Famous Dog Names||Anyone!||
|Clever Names for Hairless Dogs||Parents of a new Xolo, Chinese Crested, or other “bald” dogs||
|Pug Dog Names||New pug parents!||
|Poodle Dog Names||New poodle parents!||
|Pomeranian Dog Names||New Pomeranian parents!||
|White Puppy Dog Names||Pet parents of a white dog, like the Samoyed||
Now that you have a ton of great dog name ideas to start with, let’s go over a couple of quick tips on how to choose the perfect one!
How to Choose a Dog Name
As you’re choosing your dog’s name, remember two very important things: you will have to live with it and your dog will have to live with it. Hopefully for a very long time in both respects!
Keeping that in mind, here are some questions to ask yourself as you choose.
1. Is it easy to say over and over during training?
Rule number 1 when choosing a dog name: make sure you can easily say it over and over (and over) while training your dog.
Cuddlesome Cornelius may sound darling in theory, but it’s quite a mouthful to repeat dozens of times a day!
Before you settle on a name, say it out loud several times. If it doesn’t roll off the tongue, try something else.
2. Can I use a shorter nickname?
If you have your heart set on a long show dog style name (they always have astronomically long names, don’t they? )consider the nickname possibilities.
For example, if you really love the name Wigalicious Von Wigglebottom, you could call him “Wiggles” for short.
Also, make sure you choose one nickname for training purposes!
My girl Mocha has many nicknames. She’s Mochachino (yes, I know it’s longer than her actual name), Chino, and Chi-Chi.
She responds to all of them now, but while training, we just stuck with Mocha.
3. Does it sound too much like a command?
Remember, you’ll be using at least the very basic commands quite a bit throughout your dog’s life. These include things like sit, down, stay, come, heel, leave it, and so on.
Try to avoid names that sound like those commands. “Steven,” for example, is adorable, but it sound like “leave it.”
4. Will I feel comfortable calling it out in the dog park?
If you plan to go to the dog park, make sure you feel comfortable calling out your pup’s name.
Even if you don’t do parks, think about the others that will be using that name. The vet, for example.
Stand outside and yell the name really loud. Make sure others are around to here you.
Are you embarrassed? Choose a different name!
5. Will I still love this name in 10 years?
This is SUPER important, because your dog will (hopefully) be with you for many years to come.
Don’t choose a name based on a trend you’re loving today. By their nature, trends fade and we get bored with them.
Also, don’t name your dog after a brand new love interest! Like trends, some relationships aren’t meant to be.
You may really love Joe today, but what if you break up next year? Do you really want to call out Joe’s name every time you call your dog?
These tips will help you choose a good name, but only you can decide what makes a GREAT name!
Choose something that you love and that reflects your family, and you won’t have any regrets!