Choosing the best name for your dog is a very important decision for new dog owners. In fact, it may one of the most important decisions a new dog owner makes. The 1st thing that most people ask when meeting you and your dog is “What’s your dog’s name?” How people respond to your dog will be linked with the name that you choose. So, as with naming children, great care should be taken when giving your pooch a name. Here are some tips and suggestions on how to pick a name for your Dog.
- Avoid names that are longer than a couple syllables, as these will be harder to call out as well as harder for your animal to recognize. If you do choose a long name, consider giving your pet a nickname. If choosing a long name keep in mind the shortened version. A long name will inevitably be shortened, but it may ruin the effect that you were originally looking for.
- If you have more than one pet, try to allow their names to match, like Laurel & Hardy, Benson and Hedges, Bonnie and Clyde, Abbott and Costello. You can also use phrases like Sugar and Spice or Peanut Butter and Jelly.
- Unless you are especially attached to a certain dog name, avoid choosing one of the most popular names. You will run into other dogs with your dog’s name and it could lead to some confusion at the dog park or vet’s office. The names Bella, Bailey, Max, Molly, Lola and Buddy are just a few of the most popular names
- Consider your dog’s appearance and personality. You can choose a descriptive name like “Dottie” for a Dalmatian, “Shorty” for a Dachshund, or “Happy” for a jovial mutt, but this has been done many times before. On the other hand, it can be cute to pick a name that describes the opposite of your dog, such as “Tiny” for a Mastiff or “Attila” for a little Yorkie. Also a very active dog can be called comet or dash, a very lazy or slow dog can be called Turtle
- Some people like to name their dogs after famous celebrities or historical figures. For instance, a classical music lover might name a dog Brahms or Mozart. Sports fans might pick the first or last names of their favorite players. Literature enthusiasts might name a dog after a favorite author.
- Another fun idea, if you like the idea of a theme, is to name your dog (or dogs) after something you enjoy. Wine enthusiasts might consider names Merlot. Scientists could name their dogs after chemical elements.
- No matter what you name your dog, make it a name that you like and one that your dog responds well to. As long as you are pleased with the name, who really cares if it’s highly unusual or incredibly popular? After all, your dog doesn’t know the difference.
- You might get the idea for a name because reminds you of a certain place, incident or item. For instance, a dog found as a stray puppy at The Home Depot might be named “Depot.” A dog born or adopted in the spring can be called Blossom.
- For dogs avoid names that sound like the standard commands of No, Stay, Sit, Come, Down or Fetch. For example “Joe” is probably too close to “No”. It can be difficult for dogs to tell the difference between similar sounding words.
- The name you choose says as much about you as it does about your dog. It shows how you view your dog and your relationship with it. Some names can cause people to judge a dog and react positively or negatively when hearing it. Think about that before calling your pitbull Killer you might rob your dog of a lot of socializing with other pets and owners. Names with negative connotations (“Killer, Fang, etc”) should be avoided, as they can put your dog at an immediate disadvantage. Consciously or unconsciously people often respond to negative names negatively and you might needlessly damage your dog’s reputation. So when choosing the right name for your dog, think positive!
I myself have two Bulldogs now. One is Called James Hond 007 and the other is called Ms Bean. Both English Bulldogs I was thinking they should have typical English Names aswell. I combined that with the personality of both dogs and came up with these names. James as a puppy was a real explorer and adventurer so I named him after James Bond, Hond is dutch for Dog. Ms Bean always had that funny “smart” look that made everyone laugh so she became the female version of the famous tv persona Mr Bean. Before I had Bulldogs with the names: Baggy (named after loose clothes/loose skin), Bulldozer (got her name after chewing trough a door for extra food, where theres food there is a way), Twister (always rolling and swirling around) and Botox (one of the most wrinkley puppies ever). It’s always gives a laugh when their names are called out at the Vets;) Here are some more name suggestions for your dogs, if you like to add a dogs name to the list just tweet @baggybulldogs or post on Facebook.
I devided the names in Male, Female and Couples. Off course some names fith both male and female dogs.