Inspiration for the best female dog names can come from a number of places!
Check out the latest results from the International Dog Name Survey. This has shown the most popular names for girl puppies right now.
Top 100 Female Dog Names 2019
We have plenty more female dog name ideas! You can click on the links below for specific breed inspired ideas. Or simply scroll down for hundreds more cute, cool female dog name ideas and advice!
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A lot of our readers have added their own dog names and ideas in the comments. We’ve added these into the article at the bottom of the page! Is your pup’s ideal name on here?
But before this, let’s discuss choosing a female dog name.
We won’t just give you ideas, and suggestions. We’ll also show you how to create more of your own.
Why Choosing a Name is so Hard
Dogs quickly become a part of the family member. So choosing a name comes with a lot of pressure!
Plus, you can’t ask your new furry sidekick if she likes these girl puppy names or not.
Our goal is to take the stress out of finding the perfect dog names for girls. We’ve got plenty of choices for you!
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!
This may sound crazy, but try it! If you’re having trouble choosing your favorite female puppy names, try to see which name in the list stands out to you!
Does one name keep coming back to you again and again? Or do you see signs starting to appear all around you pointing to a certain name on your list of puppy names for girls?
Test Out Different Names
This name could be your puppy’s new name! To test it out, try to call her using the new name and see how she responds.
If you have a fun, unique dog naming story, we’d love to hear it! Use the comments section below so everyone can enjoy your story!
Your Dog’s Name and Training Success
Did you know the name you choose can influence your dog’s 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.
So you want to pick a name that will stand out over and above any other distractions. Plus one that 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.
So, Back to the Names
Choosing the perfect name can be time consuming.
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, parents are getting more creative with human baby names today as well. So 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:
- Abby (or Abbie)
- Zoe (or Zoey)
- Jenny (or Jenni)
- Samantha (“Sam” for short)
It is also becoming more popular to choose double girl dog 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 to see what sounds best to you and your dog. Combining one two-syllable name combined with one single-syllable name often works well:
- Tina Marie
- Penelope Jane
- Rachael Mae
- Chelsea Louise
- Amber Belle
- Lexi Lynn
- Olivia Faye
- Nina Faith
- Juno Pearl
- Violet Jade
- Lily May
- Sarah Jane
- Ava Marie
- Sophia Grace
- Ellie Rose
- Ruby Ann
- Mary Helen
- Emma Kate
- Nellie Kate
- Millie Grace
“Dog” female dog names
Perhaps you have a large family full of women already. So 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 – Celebrities
Looking at your favorite celebrities is another fun way to get inspiration! Or you can even look at the names of famous dogs!
The best way to do this is choose names from women 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.
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!
Famous Female Dog Names from Movies
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)
- Chloe (Beverly Hills Chihuahua)
- Daphne (Look Who’s Talking Now)
- Samantha (I Am Legend)
- Blue (Blue’s Clues)
- Nana (Peter Pan)
- Skye (Paw Patrol)
- Camille (Hounded)
- Dolores (Double Take)
- Jane (The Young In Heart)
- Jessie (Animal Farm)
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.
Your inspiration doesn’t just have to come from the dogs!
- 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)
- Lilo (Lilo and Stitch)
- Ginger (Chicken Run)
- Blossom (The Powerpuff Girls)
- Leela (Futurama)
- Velma (Scooby Doo)
- Sophie (Howl’s Moving Castle)
- Nala (The Lion King)
- Sandy (Spongebob Squarepants)
- Wilma (The Flintstones)
- Edna Mode (The Incredibles)
Cute girl dog names
As a dog owner, you know your little 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 eyes and feel her lick your hand with unconditional love.
Here are a few cute female dog names you’re going to love:
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 puppy owners will love.
Do you want one that truly emphasizes how precious and one-of-a-kind your pup is?
If so, here are some other great options you might love:
- Scarlett (or Scarlet)
- Mona Lisa
Cool female dog names
Cool dog names girl puppy owners will adore come in so many shapes and sizes!
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. This precious pup 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
- Sarah Jessica Barker
Food Names for Girl Dogs
Nothing’s cuter than a food name for our little pups! And these names can be pretty funny too! Which one is your favorite?
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
If you have a gorgeous pup, or one with a beautiful personality, you can choose a beautiful name to match this.
Here are some of our favorites:
Place Names for Female Dogs
Perhaps you have a love of travelling. If you love taking your dog with you to new places, you might want to use a place name as inspiration!
Here are some of our favorite place names that are great choices for girl dogs.
Badass Female Dog Names
If you’ve got a pup that’s a bit more on the wild side, maybe you’ll like a more edgy name. We’ve taken inspiration from some of the greatest female baddies, see if any of these are right for your new pooch:
Which Have You Chosen?
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.
Resources and Further Reading
- Miller, P., CPDT-KA, CDBC, “The Importance of a Dog’s Name with Regards to Training,” Whole Dog Journal, 2011.
- Mood, A., “101 Human Names That Are Great Dog Names,” The Bark Post, 2015.
- Doucleff, M., “How Dogs Read Our Moods: Emotion Detector Found In Fido’s Brain,” NPR, 2014.
- Paula, E., “How to Discipline a Dog When He Misbehaves,” The Daily Puppy, 2017.
- Woods, L., “The Most Popular Dog Names in America,” MSN Lifestyle, 2017.