The best dog names really say something about you and your dog. They can reflect your style or interests, or their breed or personality. But when there are so many choices, it can be hard to pick just one. Fortunately, we've all thousands of ideas to help you, and we've made it even easier by narrowing them down. Search for dog names by breed, color, country of origin and a host of other categories too.
You'll find heaps to inspire you right here on this page, and lots of links to even more name ideas. You can search by your dog's size and other characteristics too. Some of our most popular categories are:
Dog names by breed
To search for dogs' names by breed - click on the images below
Dog names A-Z
Know which letter you want your pup's name to start with?
Then check out our alphabetical list of dog names below!
You will find below, more lists of names in popular categories.
From gender to color, size to breed, and much more besides!
Dog names by color
The color of your dog's coat is often a great place to find inspiration.
How To Name A Dog
Naming a dog isn’t always a straight forward task.
Sometimes you have a firm idea in your head, which is squashed by the other members of the family, leaving you floundering.
On other occasions you have no idea at all, which can make the job seem quite daunting.
But whatever your situation, don’t worry.
There are simply thousands of options to choose from, and we have a great method of breaking them down into easy to consider batches.
Helping you to draw up a short list of names you love, enabling you to pick to best one from your own personal dog name list.
You will find below a number of lists of names in popular categories, from gender to color, size to breed, and much more besides.
Whether you are looking for a unique choice or a good common pick, let’s get on with the search!
Best Names for a Dog
The best names are of course a matter of personal opinion.
Fortunately there are a few general pointers we can begin with, which tend to work as rules of thumb:
- Choose a name with two syllables or less
- Avoid similarity to other pets/family members/regular guests
- Make sure the whole family likes it
- Don’t use words that might later be used as cues
- Avoid anything with offensive associations!
Short names are easier to use as a recall command, less of a mouthful and less likely to be abbreviated.
Tips for choosing your dog’s name
You will probably find that if you give your dog a long name he or she will end up being referred to by a shortened version anyway.
Try not to use a name that sounds too similar to anyone else you come into regular contact with.
It makes it easier for your dog to see the name as uniquely theirs, and avoids confusion.
Although it’s very disheartening when your family don’t agree with your choice, try and make them involved in the decision process.
Picking a name that you all like will take longer, but will prove a bonding and fun experience.
Setting off on the right positive foot for when your new addition arrives home, and turns everything upside down for the next few weeks!