Welcome to your complete guide to the best Chow Chow names, giving you plenty of ideas for what to call your beautiful and powerful Chow Chow.
Chow Chow dog names should highlight this ancient Chinese breed’s best qualities.
Be that their gorgeous mane of red, white, blue, cream, blue, or tawny fur; their legendary “tough dog” presence; or perhaps their Chinese roots!
No matter what inspires your potential dog names for Chow Chow, there are some things to keep in mind to ensure that your pooch both knows and answers to their name.
Such as, how the name is pronounced, whether the name is long or short, and how different it is from the names of your other household members.
Read on for some of our ideas for Chow Chow names, including popular dog names, male dog names, female dog names, cute dog names, and more!
Choosing the right name for your new puppy
In the excitement that is preparing for a new four-legged family member, choosing a name for your new puppy may be the last thing on your mind.
But, every dog is a unique individual, with their own personality, funny little mannerisms, and other traits which make each pup so special.
Dogs aren’t referred to as “man’s best friend” for nothing, and so every dog deserves a name which befits this status and highlights their particular characteristics.
Your dog’s name represents their best side as well as their right-hand status, so to speak.
Top Chow Chow name tips
These rules of thumb help find the right name for any dog:
#1 Make sure the name is easy to pronounce
A name might sound cool, but the fact of that matter is that you’ll be repeating it for your dog’s entire life, and so a name which is a mouthful to say will become annoying to say very quickly.
#2 Keep it catchy
Sure, you can name your Chow Chow something like, “Princess Pooky, Ruler of the Riffee House,” but long names quickly wear thin (unless you shorten it to ‘Princess’ or ‘Pooky’).
Even one-word names may not work well if they have more than four syllables (such as ‘Maximilian’) or if they won’t be shortened to a nickname.
Not only will saying the name get old, but your dog may not respond well to a complex name.
#3 Don’t use a recycled name
Avoid names which sound too similar to someone else’s name.
You want your dog to be able to distinguish their name from others so that when they are called, they know it is them who is being summoned, not their fur–sibling or one of your human relatives.
With the above guidelines in mind, let’s take a look at some Chow Chow names!
Good Chow Chow names
Some names for dogs have withstood the test of time.
They are “tried and true,” as one might say; when the name is heard, you instantly think, “Yep, that’s a dog”.
Here are some proven dog names that may also resonate with you:
For many other good dog names, check out our article on Good Dog Names here.
Chow Chow names – male
The Chow Chow is somewhat of an imposing dog to behold, and a male Chow Chow may exude even more of the “regal” factor.
With their lion-esque ruffs (manes) and loyal demeanors, it is no wonder these dogs have been favored for thousands of years.
Here are a few royally inspired ideas for Chow Chow male names:
- Reggie (short for ‘Regent’)
- Vic (short for ‘Viceroy’, or “Victor”)
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Chow Chow names – female
What is a king without an independent and strong queen?
Chow Chows are also known for their dignified and not quite playful personalities, and a female Chow Chow may be no exception.
Sticking with the royal name trend, here are some ideas for girl Chow Chow names:
- Sara (short for ‘Sarafina’…notice a Lion King trend here?)
If naming your Chow Chow after a monarch isn’t for you, then you might check out our ideas for other female dog names in our article here.
Cool Chow Chow names
The Chow Chow is an easily recognized dog breed due to its distinguished look, which makes the breed stand out in a crowd.
Here are some hip and trendy names which match the Chow Chow’s sophisticated appearance:
- Mav (short for ‘Maverick’)
- Viv (short for ‘Vivien’)
Looking for more cool dog names?
We’ve got an entire article devoted to the coolest dog names out there here.
Cute Chow Chow names
Despite the Chow Chow’s formidable appearance, they also possess a teddy bear-like quality that’s endearing and may remind you of something cute, like a stuffed animal.
Naming your Chow Chow after something cute may also help people who are afraid of big dogs to feel more relaxed around a Chow Chow.
Here are some fetchingly cute Chow Chow names:
We also suggest the cute dog names listed here.
Chow Chow names – Chinese
Another neat quality about the Chow Chow dog is that this ancient breed hails from China.
And, what better way to name your pooch than by paying homage to his or her country of origin?
Here are some Chinese-originated Chow Chow names and their English translations, for your consideration:
- Berndt – “brave like a bear”
- Bik – “strong”
- Chang – “an unhindered spirit”
- Cong – “one who has lots of wisdom and excels in every aspect”
- Cui – “prince”
- Gho – “a responsible and inspirational being”
- Hui – “sharp, quick, or clever”
- Ju-long – “strong and mighty like a dragon”
- Lian – “she who is graceful as a willow”
- Lixue – “pretty and pure as a snow”
- Manchu – “pure”
- Mey – “gorgeous, pretty, or stunning”
- Na – “an elegant or smooth person”
- Rong – “a person who brings honor and prospers”
- Syaoran – “he who is a little wolf”
We list other equally interesting dog names in our Unique Dog Names article here.
Chow Chow puppy names
We don’t care what breed of dog it is, all puppies are adorable!
Chow Chow puppies are especially adorable due to their puffy, plush fur and squishy little faces, both of which make them closely resemble little bears with curled-up tails.
Here are some name ideas for your fluffy Chow Chow pup:
- Marshmallow (‘Marsh’ for short)
- Boo Boo
- Paddington (you may recognize a few of these bears…)
If you haven’t found the perfect Chow Chow puppy name, head over to our Puppy Names article here, where we have 350 puppy names to choose from!
Chow Chow names – a summary
Among the many preparations to make before bringing home a Chow Chow dog or puppy is the task of choosing a name for your new family member.
You may be overwhelmed by the possibilities for Chow Chow names, but if you keep the following guidelines in mind, then you’ll be able to narrow down your options easily.
- Your new pooch’s name should be short, flow easily, and not resemble any other family member’s name.
- Don’t choose a complex or long name which won’t be fun to repeat throughout your dog’s life!
- Find something unique about the Chow Chow breed or your dog’s own traits and characteristics, such as their Chinese origin, serious personality, bear- or lion-like looks, or major cute factor as puppies.
With the above tips and name suggestions in mind, you’ll have the perfect Chow Chow name selected in no time!
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