As you bring a new puppy, or adopted dog home, one of the most important things you’ll do is name him or her. But sometimes it can be tough finding just the right name.
We’ve pulled together our ultimate list of dog names, and offer some tips on how to choose the right name for your pooch.
How to Choose a Dog Name
There are a few important things to remember as you choose a name for your new dog or puppy.
Go for Short Names
If you want to go elaborate for your dog’s name, like some of us have with full titles and proper surnames, be sure to make sure that some form of your dog’s name is short, and easy to call out. Dog’s respond better to short names than they do long, drawn-out ones.
Never Go with a Name that Sounds Similar to a Command
If your dog’s name sounds too close to a command, she will get confused and may not respond properly to the command. Or worse, she may think she’s always on alert when you call her name.
Use Strong Consonants
Dogs hear sounds in higher frequencies pretty well. Giving him or her a name that starts with S, for example, will help to get her attention. The best consonants and sounds to use include:
- G as a “J” sound
- C as an “S” sound
Use Common Sense
You’ll be calling to your dog in public, or telling the vet your pup’s name. Don’t use any names that are embarrassing for yourself or others. Avoid curse words that would be inappropriate for children to say, for example, and avoid any terms that may be considered derogatory or insulting.
Use a Similar Sounding Name
If you’re renaming a new full-grown dog or puppy that’s had other owners that used her name a lot, choose a new name that sounds somewhat similar to her original name. For instance, if a dog is originally named Binky, don’t call her Spot. Use a name that feels more like the original, for example Pinkie, Mikey, or others that have similar vowel sounds and syllables.
Let your Kids Help
If you’re getting the dog for your kids, let them help pick the name. Be sure to, again, apply common sense and avoid culturally inappropriate names or names that will be awkward to use in public.
Test it Out
Use the name you’ve chosen for a couple of days. If she doesn’t respond at all, try another name for a little while. There should be some kind of response or reaction to a name before you settle on it for sure.
Choose a Name You Love
Make sure that your dog’s name is one that you love. You’ve got a little time to decide, so don’t settle too soon, or you may come to regret it.
Our Ultimate List of Dog Names
We’ve searched tons of sites and inserted the best names we’ve ever heard for dogs. Pick one, or let the list inspire some creativity on your part.
Male Dog Names
The best boy names that we found are:
Female Dog Names
Our absolute favorite names for girl dogs include:
45. Jessica Rabbit
Gender Neutral Names
And if you’re not sure you want something so distinctly male versus female, these gender neutral names are great.
71. Honey Bun
73. Snuggle Bug
Narrowing Down the List
Remember, the key thing is loving the name you choose. If your dog responds to the new name, your kids can pronounce it, and you’ll love posting Instagram photos of your pup by name, then you’ve found a winner.