Dog Names: What to Call that Favorite Small Dog
Dog Names are as diverse as the dog breeds themselves, and they seem to go in and out of popularity. There are so many possibilities that it can be a daunting task just coming up with the right name. Can't decide what to name your
new small breed puppy? We've done a little research and came up with a list of
some popular dog names by breed. This is what we found unique about Small breed
Small breed puppy owners tend to
choose names based on a variety of criteria, including the
- The Color of
- A favorite
- A name based
on the origin of the breed (i.e. Asian, European, Mexican, etc.)
- A royal
- A famous
- A name that describes their personality or
- A location or Place Name
- A famous god or goddess
Dog Names Based on Color
Some owners will pick a name that
reminds them of the color of their dog.
Have a Black Dog? Choose a black dog name to reflect his beautiful coat.
More Brown Dog Names
Dog Names based on Mythology
More Names based on Mythology
Names Based on Places
Here are just a couple to get you thinking...
Dog Names Based on Foods
Some owners like to call their
dogs by names that remind them of delicious foods.
Names Based on Human Names
Small breed puppy dogs seem more like children than pets, their owners will
choose a name based on popular boy and girl names. Names that are chosen by new parents-to-be
are also used by dog owners-to-be. Look
at any name list and you are likely to see dogs named Eva, Izzi, Sophia and
Emily. If the fur baby is a boy, you
might find names such as Noah, Jacob, Liam and Jackson.
More traditional human names remain popular
such as Charlie and Sam but the trend tends to be on the road toward unique and
unusual. Sometimes it is acceptable to
choose a more common name but find a unique spelling to make it more
distinctive. Think of all the ways you
could spell the name Zoe—Zoey, Zoie, Zoy, Zoee. A complete list of popular names is available on this website.
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Names Based on Personality Traits
Many Small breed puppy dog owners
want a name that describes their dog's personality or mocks the real
temperament of the Small breed puppy dog.
Cute names that fall into this category include Diva, Cuddles, Happy, Helda-lot,
Sweetheart, Cutie Pie, Baby Doll, Babe, Sassy, Lovebug, Shadow, Buddy, Sassy,
or Precious. Have you considered Yappy, Nipper, Wags, Bubbles; those
names that mock the true nature of the Small breed puppy personality include
Bear, Bruiser, Samson and Tiger.
Maybe you think your dog is the smartest in the world. Name him Smarty, Einstein,Sherlock, Socrates, Gates, Merlin.
Want to make it extra special? Why not consider giving a funny pet name? We happen to have a good source for that too. With their examples you'll find one in no time"
Names based on Size
Names that depict the size of the
dog are also very popular such as Pixie, Tiny, Peanut, Tinkerbelle, Teenie, Elf, Littlefoot, Bigfoot,
Bonsai, Acorn. Some will name their tiny dogs with big
names such as Samson, Jumbo, Goliath, Kong, Dragon, Magnum,
Titan, or Tornado.
Nobel Dog Names
Because Small breed puppy dogs
seem so noble in nature, many owners will choose a regal name such as Prince, Princess,
Dutchess, King, Queen, Captain, Admiral, Colonel, President, Boss, Professor Queen,
Duke, or Starr. Sometimes Small breed puppy owners will name their dogs after
real life royalty such as Elizabeth, Victoria, Charles, Napoleon, or Henry.
Names Based on the Breed's Country of Origin
Some small breed puppy owners
choose a name based on the country of origin of their pooch. For example, breeds that originated in Asia
such as the Pug, Shih Tzu, Japanese Chin and Lhasa might give their dog an
Asian sounding name such as Ming Sue, Mei Ling, Mei Lee. Haiku, Sushi, Sake, Sulu,
Bonsai, Ying Yang, What is the country of origin of your small breed dog?
Spanish Dog Names
If you have a dog
from a Spanish speaking country:
(Chihuahua, Havanese, Xoloitzcuintli)
Names for Dogs
If you have a Bolognese or Italian Greyhound, have you considered a great Italian name?
German Dog Names Suggestions
Affenpinscher, Dachshund, Miniature Pinscher, Miniature Schnauzer
English Dog Names Suggestions
A royal British dog deserves a equally impressive name. Some small dog breeds that originated in Great Britain include: Beagle, Border Terrier, Cavalier
King Charles Spaniel, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, English Toy Spaniel, Lakeland
Terrier, Norfolk Terrier, NorwichTerrier, Parson Russell Terrier, Sealyham
Terrier, Toy Manchester Terrier, West Highland White Terrier, and Yorkshire
Asian Dog Names Suggestions
There are quite a few Asian small breed dogs including Chinese
Crested, Japanese Chin, Lhasa Apso, Pekingese, Pug, Shiba Inu, Shih Tzu,
Tibetan Spaniel, Tibetan Terrier, to name a few. The one thing that all of these dog breeds have in common is that they originated in an Asian country. We have put these together in one category to save room, even though they represent many different countries of origin.
French Dog Name Suggestions
For your Bichon Frise, French Bulldog, Papillion and Toy Poodle
Famous Animal Names
Famous dog or animal names are still always popular including Snoopy,
Benji, Lassie, Lady, Tramp, Pluto,Marley, Bob or Garfield. Atticus, Beethoven, Balto, Boomer,
Butch, Sundance, Felix, , Scooby, Casper,
dog names are often used including:
- President Barack Obama's dog Bo (with its
alternate spelling Beau),
- George W. Bush's dog, Barney,
- Bill Clinton's dog Buddy, and
- George Bush's dog Millie.
D. Roosevelt’s Scottish terrier, Fala,
- Ronald Reagan’s Bouvier des Flandres, Lucky, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Rex,
Peggy, his Irish setter, Taca, a Siberian husky, and Fuzzy a Belgian
- Jimmy Carter's Grits a Border Collie
- Gerald Ford’s Golden
Famous People & Celebrity Names
Here's a list of historical figures, famous painters and celebrities that span the decades. We've listed them here if their name unique and lends itself to a small breed dog.
What happened to Traditional Dog Names?
What are missing on the dog name
scene are names such as Fido and Spot.
It is still fun to consider an old traditional name such as these male dog
names include: Max, Hank, Jake, Bailey, Buster, Cody, Harley, Murphy, Barney,
Buddy, Jack, Lucky and Sparky. Traditional female dog names include Princess,
Daisy, Maggie, Molly, Sadie, Sasha, Lucy, Dakota, Sophie, Sandy, and Tasha,
among others. All tried and true!
Rules for Naming Your Small Breed Dog
- There are a
couple of things to keep in mind when naming that sweet fur baby. The name you
decide should follow certain canine rules. By that I mean that dogs tend to
learn their names, but will only pay attention to the first syllable. If you
ever wondered why we only use one syllable words when training such as sit, stay,
come, or heel, it is for this very reason. So when your dog's name is Chocolate
Smores, for example, the dog is going to hear "Chock." This does not
mean that you must come up with a name that has only one syllable.
- The second
thing to keep in mind regarding this first syllable rule is to choose a unique
name that does not have the same first sound as another pet or person in the
household. This can be very confusing to both pets. It is acceptable to choose
a name with the same letter as long as the beginning sound is different. For
example, it would be very confusing to two pets in the same household named
Alexander and Alexandra. It would be OK to name two pets Abby and Alexander.
thing to keep in mind is that dogs do learn their names and you should use
their names frequently. When training a dog to perform a new trick, it's always
easy to say the dog's name first, then the command. "Zoey, Sit." Using your puppy's name in a happy tone and
praising them when they respond will go a long way towards training. Once the
dog knows his name, it is much easier to call out the name and then a command.
In today's world, unusual, unique, and different is all the buzz.
- The Fourth thing
to keeps in mind when choosing a name is how well it will stand the test of
time. I once named a dog of mine, Geordi
after a Star Trek character popular at the time. By the time this little dog reached the ripe
old age of 18, only die-hard “Trekie” fans could relate to the name, even
though the dog probably did not care.
- Finally, it
is so important to understand that you will be calling your dog’s name numerous
times a day, in your own home and out in public. Make sure that the name you choose works
equally well in the quiet of your home and on a noisy street. Think about how you will feel when your dog
has gotten away from you and you are trying to retrieve it. Can you see yourself yelling your dog to
come home, “lovey-dovey-sweetie-pie, come home to mama.”
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