By Janice Jones | Last Updated 12-27-2023
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:
Agencies that collect dog names often report on the most popular dog names for a particular year. Here is one list of the most popular dog names of 2022
Max (boy); Luna (girl)
Charlie (boy); Bella (girl)
Cooper (boy); Daisy (girl)
Milo (boy); Lucy (girl)
Buddy (boy); Lily (girl)
Rocky (boy); Zoe (girl)
Bear (boy); Lola (girl)
Teddy (boy); Sadie (girl)
Duke (boy); Bailey (girl)
Leo (boy); Stella (girl)
Not surprisingly, the top dog names have remained relatively steady for the last five years. Here's another list similar to the one above from Rover.
Popular Boy Names
Popular Girl Names
Small Dog Place is also collecting popular dog names and if you would like to help us, we'd love to know what your dog's name. Contact us if you want to add your dog's name to any of the hundreds of dog names on this site. Don't forget to let us know which page you want your mention to appear.
For all those puppies born on or around October 31st, this page is for you.
But even if you don't have a Halloween Puppy, you might want to browse through our extensive list of creepy, scary, and ghoulish names.
Find one based on a famous villain or one that depicts the holiday for what it is, this is a fun page and not to be missed.
Dog Names by Country of Origin is a very popular way of choosing a puppy name, especially for a purebred dog.
Who could imagine that there were so many famous dog names? We found these names from a variety of sources including television and movies, children's books and literature, comics and cartoons, history, pop culture, and famous people's dogs such as the U.S. presidential dogs.
There is a lot of overlap among these categories. For example, a children's book is made into a movie then altered to create a television series. When the name falls into more than one category, I only list it once.
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!