By Janice A Jones |Last Updated March 25, 2019
Dog Names by Country of Origin is a very popular way of choosing a puppy name, especially for a purebred dog.
It is important to learn as much as you can about the breed before making that final decision, but it is also fun to discover interesting facts and learn about the breed's history as well.
If you know where your dog's breed originated, you can pick a cute name based on the country or region where the breed was first developed.
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.
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?
Scotland is well known for developing some of the most distinct terrier breeds all well suited to the rugged terrain that they were once asked to work. Even the Shetland Sheepdog is unique in its ability to herd livestock both their own size and those much larger.
The Scots have always loved and treasured their dogs for their amazing working ability and have used them for centuries as hunting, farming and herding dogs. Today, these dogs are cherished as much for their companionship and love.
No need to go any farther than Dorothy as she'll tell you that her little Cairn Terrier, Toto was something very special
Many of our terrier breeds originate from Scotland.
When one thinks of the dogs of Ireland, the first breed that comes to mind is that of the Irish Wolfhound, a magnificent dog but Ireland can boost of 9 original breeds most of which are a bit too large to be included on this website.
It's interesting to note that Irish dogs were very busy during World War I where they acted as scouts and messengers and did a good job of clearing the trenches of rats.
There's much more to the history of dogs in Ireland and if you're a bit curious, check out David Blake Knox's book, the Curious History of Irish Dogs.
Australia has a rich history of dogs beginning with the first, the dingo and later developing 13 other native bred Aussie breeds including a few smaller dogs that are featured on this site.
Like many other countries, the 1800s saw a rise of dog breeding with the intention of creating great farm dogs, hunters, herders, vermin killers and all round companions.
Many were developed by taking British breeds and mixing them with Australian dogs to create new varieties such as the Silky Terrier
Four Small Dog Breeds Originating In Australia
You can't mention dogs in Alaska without addressing one of the favorite sports of the state, mushing.
The famous iditarod ran yearly is always associated with parkas, toboggans, mushers, and the famous Balto whose statue stands proudly in Central Park.
But dog sledding goes way back and was a necessity and not a sport.
From the beginning of native settlements in the far north to the gold rush, dog sleds and the dogs that pulled them were required for long distance transportation on the snowy terrain.
The dog sleds were the main vehicles to pull fish and game from hunting and fishing camps back to the main settlements.
One Small Dog Breed from Alaska featured on this site:
Italy lays claim to 14 internationally recognized dog breeds many of which are popular world-wide.
Do you have a dog breed originating from Italy? Here are five small breed dogs that are profiled on this site.
Have you considered a great Italian name?
Here are just a few of the many names from which you could choose. We tried to limit the names to 2 or at the most 3 syllables as this is the best practice for choosing a dog name.
*Indicates that there may be some discrepancies in the historical origins of the breed
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