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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 puppy owners: They chose names based on the following criteria:
Have a tough dog, a tough dog wanna-be, or just a tiny breed of dog that deserves a BIG name.
Check out our extensive list of tough dog names--they are great for giant breeds, large breed dogs and small breed dogs.
After all,you don't need to be a tough guy to have a tough name.
Some owners will pick a name that reminds them of the color of their dog.
Think your new puppy might like a name based on an ancient super-hero or mythical character?
Is that new puppy the next Goliath, Flora or Odysseus?
Maybe that tiny puppy reminds you of Greek or Roman god. Check out our list.
Are you Tech Savvy? Love to Surf? Just want something a little different. If names such as Applet, Beta, Boot or clone get you excited.
You should check out these dog names based on computer technology and the internet.
You'll find a long list of choices and even a few definitions (just in case).
Since 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.
Some owners like to call their dogs by names that remind them of delicious foods.
Maybe they were just hungry when they brought that new puppy home, but maybe there are deeper reasons why people choose a food name for their dog.
Find out the psychology behind these choices then browse our extensive list of possibilities. Lemons, Twinkies, Beans, Oh my...
Love Disney Movies, Cartoons, Books? Why not chose a name based on a favorite character? There are so many to choose from.
Will you choose a vintage character such as Micky or Goofy? Or, are the newer movies more to your liking. If you have a little girl, why not try one of the Disney Princess Names.
Some small breed puppy owners choose a name based on the country of origin of their pooch.
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?
Are you expecting a little furry bundle of joy this Christmas season? OR, maybe your new puppy was born on Christmas Day.
Either way, a very special name is important to honor the puppy born during this holiday season.
Whether you choose to pick a religious name, a name based on an important Christmas character, or just a name reminiscent of the holiday, you have plenty of choices.
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.
Names that depict the size of the dog are also very popular such as Pixie, Tiny, Peanut, and Tinkerbelle,
Some people love the idea of giving their small breed dog a BIG name such as Samson, Jumbo, Goliath, Kong, Dragon, Magnum, Titan, or Tornado.
Because Small breed puppy dogs seem so noble in nature, many owners will choose a regal name.
Sometimes Small breed puppy owners will name their dogs after real life royalty such as Elizabeth, Victoria, Charles, Napoleon, or Henry.
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
Presidential dog names are often used including:
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 are missing on the dog name scene are names such as Fido and Spot.
It is still fun to consider an old traditional boy names 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!
Concentrate on the first syllable of the name. This is the sound the dog will hear. But, don't limit yourself to a one syllable name -- two or three syllable names can be great.
Choose a name that does not have the same first sound as another pet or person in the household.
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.
Teach your dog his name by using it 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.
Choose a name that stands the test of time. Trendy names are great, but remember most small dogs live 12 to 15 years. What sounds great today will be out-of-date in 15 years.
Choose a name that you feel comfortable shouting in public, at the vet clinic, groomers, or dog park. Don't pick a name that might cause embarrassment, could offend someone or worst of all, get you arrested!