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Tan Dog Names for All Dogs that are Light In Color

Tan Puppy Dog with a ball and rope toy

By Janice Jones | Last Updated February 21, 2019

Looking for tan dog names for your pale brown dog?  

We started searching for a perfect name for our new gold Shih Tzu and learned that similar dog colors have very different names depending on a breed.  

So this page is devoted to all of those Cream, Beige, Tan, Buff, Gold, Fawn, Lemon, Fallow, Wheaten and Isabella Colored Dogs that need a terrific name.

So many words mean basically the same thing in the English Dictionary and we use these descriptive words to describe the color of our dog’s hair or fur.  Think Beige, Tan, Cream, Buff or golden. 

All mean lighter shades of brown.

So Many Different Words that Mean Tan

When it comes to small dogs, the lighter shades of brown also have different names.Consider these dogs:  They are all of similar color, but how we name the color is different.

Chihuahua:  Fawn

Pug:  Fawn (for show dogs) but also apricot

Italian Greyhound: Cream, Fawn, Sable

Poodle:  Apricot, Cream

Brussels Griffon: Tan, Wheaton

French Bulldog:  Cream, Fawn, Cream and White

Lhasa Apso:  Cream, Golden

Pomeranian:  Cream

Shih Tzu:  Gold

In addition to the dog breed samples above, you may also see Sandy, Lemon, Buff Fallow and Isabella.  For a complete list of tan dog colors, check out this page 

Why so many different terms to describe basically the same color, you might ask.

Each dog breed has a breed standard that was written when the breed was first introduced and it is up to the national breed club to write the standard and determine which color words best describe the coat of their breed.  

While they may all be similar, there is enough differences in each to warrant different terms to represent the colors.

Without getting technical, there is a whole branch of genetics that deals with canine coat colors and how each breed comes up with their colors depends on the genes.  

Tan Dog Names:  
Great for Your Cream, Beige, Gold or Fawn Dog

Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing for you cream, beige, tan or gold dog. Find one that matches your dog's coloring.

Tan Dog Names Based on Foods, Flavors, Drinks and Spices.

Almond

Amaretto

Applesauce

Banana

Bagel

Bean Sprout

Biscuit 

Brie

Buckwheat

Butterball

Buttercup 

Butters 

Butterscotch 

Caramel 

Cashew

Chai

Champagne

Cheddar

Cheesecake

Cheerio

Chestnut

Chowder

Cider

Cobbler

Cognac

Cookie

Corona

Cornbread

Cracker Jack

Cream Puff

Cupcake

Custard 

Dumpling

Graham

Grits

Hazel

Honey

Latti

Manila

Meringue

Martini

Muffin

Mushroom

Mustard 

Nacho

Nilla

Noodles

Nutmeg

Nugget

Oatmeal

Peanut

Pepper (Yellow peppers)

Pie Crust

Pine Nut

Popcorn

Pudding

Ruffles

Saffron (Yellow flower)

Scones

Sesame 

Sherry

Shortcake

Skippy (peanut butter)

Strudel

Taffy

Tequila 

Toffee

Tofu

Truffles

Twinkie

Waffles

Whiskey

Tan Dog Names Inspired by Nature

Amber

Autumn

Dahlia (yellow flower)

Dandelion

Fawn

Ivory

Karat

Marigold

Moth

Opal

Poppy (Golden poppy)

Sahara 

Sandy

Savannah

Summer 

Sundance 

Sunflower

Sunshine

Yarrow (yellow flower)

Great Names Meaning Tan, Gold, Buff, Beige or Fawn

Blondie

Buffy

Corkie or Corky

Dusty

Fallow

Flax

Gilda

Glitter

Golda

Goldie

Goldilocks

Khaki

Rusty

Tawny

Tuscan

Wishbone

Non-English Words Meaning Tan

Amarillo - Spanish for Yellow

Bronzer - French for Tan

Kin (Japanese for Gold)

Kula (Gold in Hawaiian)

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Tough Dog Names

Unusual Dog Names

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