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 can say something about you as a person, or 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! Every dog is a unique individual, with their own personality, funny little mannerisms, and other traits which make each pup so special.
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! And why not 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.
Top Chow Chow Naming 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”.
For many other good dog names, check out our article on Good Dog Names here.
Male Chow Chow Names
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”)
Female Chow Chow Names
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?)
Cool Names for Chow Chows
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’)
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 pupster after something cute may also help people who are afraid of big dogs to feel more relaxed around a Chow Chow.
Chinese Chow Chow Names
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!
Just got a new chow pup she is brown and white really fluffy. Any suggestions on names.
I named my chow chow Chow Mein…it flows well and suited him fabulously…
Im going to get a black chow chow named Shadow
Just picked up new chow pup #6 and it becomes more challenging to choose a new name each time. I like the Chinese custom of not naming a child until the parents have had a chance to observe the personality traits. I once had a female chow that I was trying to pick a name for and as we walked along, I’d say “Let’s see, you are sweet, demure, and such a lady. Wait, that’s it! You’re ‘Shasa Lady”! And it stuck.
My favorite name was “Aslan” the Awful of Narnia”, a shaded red who looked just like a lion. And after that “Bear Sheba” (after the name of a town in Israel). Then came “Boaz” which translates to “In him is strength”, whom we just called “Bo”.
My last chow was a huge cream named “MoJo”. Because he had such a commanding presence.
This new little guy is my first blue chow and of course he looks like a cuddly bear cub, so I will probably call him “Cubby” or since he’s a smokey colour, I may call him “Smokey” the Bear.
But I loved the idea of naming him after the character from Star Wars, “Chewbacca”, so I may just call him “Chewy”. Then all his favorite treats will come in a box with his name on it!
Enjoy your Chow!
I am trying to find chow chow names
Elsa L says
Here are some cute ones:
Patrick is not a cute name!! It’s a handsome name
Brenden Brown says
this insprired me more than you know. I cannot thank you enough for all of these beautiful names that have also translated into “perfect fits” for my unborn child especially the chineese section. Once again, thank you! Smiley Face.
What about Simba from the lion king?? That’s cute! I know a Chow chow named Simba and he’s the cutest!