Female dog names has been updated for 2018 with the latest results from the International Dog Name Survey.
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female dog names from the International Dog Name Survey
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Many readers have added their own dogs names and ideas to these articles. You’ll find those at the bottom of the page!
Okay, let’s talk about choosing a female dog name.
We won’t just give you ideas, and suggestions, we’ll show you how to find more of your own
Female dog names
In some ways, picking from amongst girl dog names for your new canine family member can feel like you are literally naming yourself – it is just that up close and personal a choice.
Plus, you can’t ask your new furry sidekick if she likes these girl puppy names or not.
What if you give her a name and she hates it?
Oh, the stress!
Well, our goal here is to take all the stress out of choosing dog names for girls so you have plenty of great dog names female to choose from!
Picking a puppy name: the “intuition method”
Over the years as we’ve chosen names for our family pets, often a new pet dog’s name will just “come to us.”
Sometimes it can feel like our new pooch is even telling us her name, and all we have to do is tune in to our gut to hear it!
We realize this may sound totally crazy, but if you are having trouble choosing amongst your favorite female puppy names, try to just notice which name in the list stands out to you.
Which one do you just like better than the others even though you don’t know why? Which one is your eye drawn to first when you look at your short list of names for girl dogs?
What name on the list just keeps coming back to you again and again? Or do you see signs starting to appear all around you that seem to be pointing to a certain name on your list of puppy names for girls?
This name – the one that seems to keep trying to introduce itself to you – could be your puppy’s new name! To test it out, try to call her using the new name and see how she responds.
Here’s a true story for a little extra inspiration: we had one dachshund puppy who went crazy over a name that none of us would have picked for her (my mom actually had a dream that that was her name, woke up and called her using that name just to test it out).
Well, as it turned out (and crazy though it may seem), our new puppy just loved that “dream name” and actually came when we called her by it (and if you’ve ever had dachshunds, you already know how unusual that is)!
Speaking of which, if you have a fun and unique dog naming story, we’d love to hear it – you can use the comments section below to post your story for everyone to enjoy!
Your dog’s name and her training success
Did you know that the name you choose for your fur princess can actually influence her success in training?
“Name response” is one of the most fundamental and important training lessons your dog will ever learn – it is her ability to hear her own name, realize “that’s the sound for me!,” and respond with the appropriate action.
You may use her name to call her to you, to give commands that apply specifically to her, to release her from commands and for other positive uses as well.
So you want to pick a name that will stand out over and above any other distractions and will also be verbally distinct from common training commands and other family members’ names (both human and non-human).
This will make it much easier for your dog to realize that name you’ve chosen for her out of your list of new unique girl dog names is hers alone and be able to respond accordingly.
Female dog names
After even the smallest amount of research, choosing a name for your girl from amongst the wealth of names for female dogs can easily start to feel like a full-time job.
One way to start narrowing down your search is to decide if you want to give your new pooch a human-sounding name or a dog-sounding name. Both are popular with dog owners today, so it just really comes down to your preference.
Of course, since parents are getting more creative with human baby names today as well, really your only limit in choosing puppy names for girls is your own creativity!
“Human” female dog names
Here are some examples of popular “human” girl names for dogs: (2)
• Abby (or Abbie).
• Zoe (or Zoey).
• Jenny (or Jenni).
• Samantha (“Sam” for short).
It is also becoming more popular to choose double dog girl names – like a first name and a middle name used together as one name.
Here are a few fun examples – you can just try playing with name combinations (combining one two-syllable name combined with one single-syllable name often works well) to see what sounds best to you and your dog:
• Tina Marie.
• Penelope Jane.
• Rachael Mae.
• Chelsea Louise.
• Amber Belle.
• Lexi Lynn.
• Olivia Faye.
• Nina Faith.
• Juno Pearl.
• Violet Jade.
“Dog” female dog names
But perhaps you have a large family full of female homo sapiens already, and everyone agrees that the best approach would be to give your new lady pup a more “dog” sounding name.
This can also open up your creativity to choose some really sweet girl dog names you might not otherwise think to use, like these cute girl puppy names:
• Kit Kat.
• Cinnamon (“Cinny” for short).
Famous dog names – female celebrities
Another fun and easy way to pick from a list of popular female dog names is to choose a name associated with a famous human or canine. Or you could also choose a name of a famous human’s canine!
The technique here is to pick dog names for females that hold a strong positive association for you. Amazing though it might seem, researchers have actually discovered that there is one particular area of the canine brain specifically dedicated to decoding human emotion. (3)
Dogs do this using sound indicators – simple acoustics. Shorter, more staccato sounds indicate happiness or calm. Longer, less well defined sounds indicate unhappiness or distress.
Intonation also plays a part, so you can emit a short sound that transmits as “pain” (like “ouch!”) or a longer sound that transmits as pleasure (like “aaaaah….”).
In other words, picking good female dog names often boils down to your own personal association with that name. Your dog will learn to associate her new name as something positive when she hears the positive intonation you use when you speak it.
NOTE: This is also why it is so critical not to use her new name in negative ways, such as for punishment. You want her to always associate her name with good things! (4)
Here is an example list of famous female dog names from movies, cartoons and literature:
• Lady (Lady & the Tramp).
• Lassie (Lassie the Movie).
• Gidget (The Secret Life of Pets).
• Perdita (1,001 Dalmations).
• Belle (Peanuts comics).
• Daisy (Blondie comics).
• Fifi (The Rugrats).
• Ladybird (King of the Hill).
• Sandy (Little Orphan Annie).
• Rita (Oliver & Company).
Trying on female names from other famous non-human movie or cartoon characters can also be a fun way to discover some of the best girl dog names:
• Dory (Finding Dory).
• Lisa (The Simpsons).
• Dora (Dora the Explorer).
• Miss Bianca (The Rescuers).
• Minnie Mouse (The Adventures of Mickey Mouse & Friends).
• Foxy Loxy (Chicken Little).
• Peach (Finding Nemo).
• Snowball (The Secret Life of Pets).
• Gypsy (A Bug’s Life).
• Maid Marian (animated version of Robin Hood).
Cute girl dog names
As a dog parent, you likely think your little fur lady is the cutest, sweetest, smartest, best dog on the planet. And you want to pick from cute dog names for girls that expresses exactly how you feel every time you look into her soft liquid eyes and feel her lick your hand with unconditional love.
These cute female dog names may be just what the popular girl dog names doctor ordered:
Unique female dog names
Or perhaps “cute” doesn’t quite cut it for you when it comes to picking unusual and unique dog names female that truly emphasize how precious and one-of-a-kind your lady pooch is.
If this is the case, you might find your perfect dog names girl match in this list:
• Scarlett (or Scarlet).
• Mona Lisa.
Cool female dog names
Maybe your new fur gal is cool as a cucumber – no doubt about it. But try as you might, you can’t seem to capture the essence of her effortless canine style in her new name.
These cool puppy girl names are designed for the coolest of the cool canine dames:
• Zsa Zsa.
Good girl dog names
Or perhaps you are discovering that your gal is as good as it gets – literally. She is a dream to train and a delight to socialize with. She keeps to a regular schedule and always asks – never demands – treats, pets, playtime and yard time.
She deserves names for dogs female that capture the utter delight she is in your life, such as these good names for girl dogs:
• Daisy Mae.
Small female dog names
It is hard to get any cuter than a teacup furball snoozing in the curve of your arm or jumping up for treats at your feet.
Petite lady dogs may be small in size, but they are big in personality. And of course you want to pick from girl dog names unique as your new pint-sized partner is, such as these:
Funny dog names girl
Sometimes, a girl pooch just seems born to have fun and make sure everyone in her inner circle always has a smile on their face. Ever the life of the party, this funny girl enjoys the heck out of life, and so do you every second you are with her.
If this describes your new feminine furred family member, perhaps these common girl dog names describe her personality to a “t!”
• Trudy Lynn.
Strong names for female dogs
Sometimes only a tough, strong name will do, especially if your femme fatale seems born to take on an alpha role in her own life….and yours.
Thankfully, dog female names like these are tailor-made for the strong canine female in your life:
• Thelma (or Louise).
• Queen Elizabeth.
Sassy female dog names
But then again, you may have a real sassy lady on your hands. This is a girl who struts her stuff with confidence and style right from day one. She can sass you with the best of them out in public, but then turns into a real cuddlebug who can’t get enough pets and snuggles when no one else is watching.
This sassy list of girl dog names could include the name you’ve been searching for!
• Lucky Charm.
Beautiful female dog names
Is your lady pup a real looker – even by your (not so) objective pet parent standards? Does she turn heads of all species when you are out and about together? To you, is she a perfect, living breathing example of the finest of fine feminine canine art?
If this is the case, it is likely only regally beautiful top girl dog names such as tehse will do for her:
Best female dog names
At this point, after soaking up all these different girl dog names, your brain is probably working overtime to rank, sort and deliberate on your favorite name possibilities!
So out of all the estimated 68 million pet dogs in this country (yes, that means 68 million dog names, too!), which girl dog names are the hands-down most popular picks ever?
You can find the top ten right at the top of the page but here are the names that made made positions 11 to 20
Whether you pick one of the 10 names on this list or any of the lists you find here or one inspired idea leads to another and you come up with a name you’ve never heard of anywhere else, your lady pup will be the lucky bearer of that name throughout her life.
And we sure would love to hear about your pooch-naming adventures!
What is your dog’s name?
You can rest assured there are plenty of other eager dog parents busily brainstorming their way through one list of girl dog names after another, trying to find that one perfect match.
Maybe the wonderful new name you choose for your lady pup will serve as inspiration for other pet parents as well – so don’t forget to drop your favorite girl dog name in the comments box below!
Here are some added by readers so far..
Readers dogs’ names
Don’t forget to tell us when you have made your final decision. We might add your dog’s name to that list!
Then check out our guide to Choosing The Perfect Puppy.
(1) Miller, P., CPDT-KA, CDBC, “The Importance of a Dog’s Name with Regards to Training,” Whole Dog Journal, 2011.
(2) Mood, A., “101 Human Names That Are Great Dog Names,” The Bark Post, 2015.
(3) Doucleff, M., “How Dogs Read Our Moods: Emotion Detector Found In Fido’s Brain,” NPR, 2014.
(4) Paula, E., “How to Discipline a Dog When He Misbehaves,” The Daily Puppy, 2017.
(5) Woods, L., “The Most Popular Dog Names in America,” MSN Lifestyle, 2017.
Female Dog Names was updated with the latest information and survey results in 2018