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Thinking of appropriate names for dogs is an enjoyable part of bringing a new puppy into your home.

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You know the scenario:

The day has finally arrived- your cute little bundle of joy can now come home with you. You are probably at a loss for words as you carefully bring the cuteness out from the car, making sure that you don’t hurt the little one unknowingly.

As you put him down gently on your bed, you stare into his eyes and carefully touch his wet nose.

Then inevitably, a million possible names for dogs come into your mind and you cannot decide which would suit your new puppy best.

Not unlike choosing a name for babies, deciding on names for dogs and puppies is crucial.

Keep in mind that the name you pick will be forever. All your family and friends will have to remember your lovable pet by that moniker for the rest of its dog years. Because of that, you would want to make sure that you name your puppy appropriately.

One of the things you have to consider when selecting names for dogs is how the name would sound to your dog.

A dog does not answer to the meaning of human words but to the sound the word makes. For instance, a name like “Saul” rhymes with “roll” and you would not want your dog to roll on the floor every time somebody calls him (although it would be quite cute).

In the same manner, a name like “Bill” dangerously sounds close to “kill” and we would not want that now, would we?

Communicating with your canine companion is important, so confusion with names and commands is a no-no.

First rule of thumb in the name game: steer clear of names that sound like commands you will be teaching your pet.

A second smart piece of advice is do not rhyme your names for dogs to any other name in your abode. If your boyfriend’s name is Zack, it would be best to not name your pet canine “Jack.” It might be sweet to always have a reminder of your loved one so close by but it will get confusing at some point.

A shouting match between you and your beloved, for example, might be painful for your dog. Jack might think you were mad at him instead of at Zack because the names sound alike.

If you have any other animals in the house that might have the same-sounding name, the confusion thickens, both for you, and all the other animals.

Second rule when choosing names for dogs: be unique. Each animal, like humans, have different traits and even personality, so give your canine a name that is truly his own.

A really long name is a no-no when thinking of names for dogs. Something like “Nathaniel” is lengthy and your pet may find it harder to remember that short, one or two-syllabic names. The way the name sounds can also help your pet recognize his name easier.

In the English alphabet, each consonant can either be classified into soft and hard sounds. Since dogs have very sensitive ears, they would easily respond to names that have hard sounds.

Letters that need a lot of air to pronounce like “s” or “f” should at least be coupled with a harder sounding consonant and long vowel sounds, such as “Betsy” or “Dyno.”

Last but not the least, names for dogs should be carefully chosen according to how you think of your pet. Certainly, you see your pet growing into old age with you because it is already part of your family as soon as you adopted it.

Give it a name that both you and your canine beloved would grow accustomed to and cherish for the rest of your lives.

Dog Names for Girls

  • Abigail
  • Adelaide
  • Adrian
  • Agnes
  • Alison
  • Aileen
  • Angel
  • Ann
  • Anna
  • Annie
  • Barbara
  • Beatrice
  • Belinda
  • Bella
  • Caroline
  • Carolyn
  • Catherine
  • Charlotte
  • Cheryl
  • Christine
  • Daphne
  • Diana
  • Dolores
  • Donna
  • Doreen
  • Dorothy
  • Eileen
  • Elizabeth
  • Elspeth
  • Emily
  • Emma
  • Esther
  • Fiona
  • Francesca
  • Gabrielle
  • Gail
  • Gwen
  • Harriet
  • Heather
  • Helen
  • Helena
  • Henrietta
  • Hilda
  • Isabel
  • Jane
  • Janie
  • Janis
  • Jenny
  • Jo
  • Joan
  • Josie
  • Judy
  • Julia
  • Julie
  • June
  • Karen
  • Kay
  • Laurie
  • Lesley
  • Lillie
  • Linda
  • Lisa
  • Louise
  • Lucinda
  • Lucy
  • Lyn
  • Maggie
  • Margaret
  • Marianne
  • Marilla
  • Marina
  • Mary
  • Miranda
  • Molly
  • Monica
  • Natalie
  • Olivia
  • Pamela
  • Patricia
  • Phyllis
  • Polly
  • Princess
  • Rachel
  • Rebecca
  • Rosalie
  • Rosalind
  • Sadie
  • Sally
  • Sarah
  • Serena
  • Shirley
  • Sophia
  • Sophie
  • Susan
  • Sue
  • Susannah
  • Valerie
  • Vena
  • Winnie
  • Zoe
  • Dog Names for Boys

    • Adolf
    • Alan
    • Alec
    • Alfred
    • Alistair
    • Andrew
    • Anthony
    • Augustus
    • Barrington
    • Basil
    • Bear
    • Benjamin
    • Bewly
    • Buster
    • Charles
    • Charlie
    • Christien
    • Christopher
    • Clive
    • Colin
    • Culverton
    • Daniel
    • Danny
    • Darby
    • Dave
    • David
    • Derek
    • Edmund
    • Edward
    • Elmer
    • Eric
    • Frank
    • Garry
    • Ged
    • George
    • Gordon
    • Graham
    • Greg
    • Gregory
    • Harrold
    • Harry
    • Horatio
    • Howard
    • Hugh
    • Humphrey
    • Ian
    • Jack
    • James
    • Jeff
    • Jeremy
    • John
    • Jonathan
    • Jude
    • Julian
    • Keith
    • Kenneth
    • Kenny
    • Lee
    • Lesley
    • Lucky
  • Malcolm
  • Mark
  • Martin
  • Max
  • Michael
  • Mycroft
  • Neville
  • Nicholas
  • Nick
  • Nigel
  • Patrick
  • Paul
  • Peter
  • Philip
  • Ralph
  • Ray
  • Richard
  • Robert
  • Roger
  • Rowland
  • Rupert
  • Sam
  • Samuel
  • Simon
  • Stephan
  • Stephen
  • Stratford
  • Stuart
  • Terrence
  • Terry
  • Thomas
  • Tom
  • Timothy
  • Trevor
  • Victor
  • Vladimir
  • Warren
  • William
  • Willoughby
  • African Dog Names

    • Abebe
    • Adah
    • Adana
    • Adofu
    • Africa
    • Ajani
    • Akili
    • Ali
    • Alika
    • Amadi
    • Ameena
    • Amina
    • Amira
    • Anana
    • Anika
    • Anisa
    • Asabi
    • Asha
    • Ashanti
    • Ashia
    • Asis
    • Aslai
    • Atu
    • Aziza
    • Azuka
    • B’s
    • Bakar
    • Bamileke
    • Banji
    • Barke
    • Baruti
    • Belay
    • Biton
    • Bomani
    • B’s cont
    • Braima
    • Bron
    • Bumum
    • Bushman
    • Cairo
    • Cameroon
    • Cheche
    • Chibale
    • Chigaru
    • Chika
    • Chimelu
    • Chioke
    • Chipo
    • Chisisi
    • Chuma
    • Congo
    • Cous Cous
    • Cyrah
    • D’s
    • Dalila
    • Dan
    • Dauv
    • Deka
    • Delv
    • Diallo
    • Diata
    • Ekon
    • Fang
    • Faraji
    • Gabon
    • Gahiji
    • Gamba
    • Ghana
    • Hadiya
    • Hasan
    • Hasani
    • Hasina
    • Igbo

    • Ivory
    • Jabari
    • Jelani
    • Kabili
    • Kacela
    • Kalei
    • Kamau
    • Kaya
    • Kenya
    • Kia
    • Kiah
    • Kirabo
    • Kitoko
    • Kom
    • Kruger
    • L’s
    • Lagos
    • Lagos
    • Lisimba
    • M’s
    • Malawi
    • Maliika
    • Mandala
    • Manu
    • Masai
    • Matabele
    • Mbwana
    • Mpenda
    • Mtima
    • Musa
    • Mwamba
    • Mwinya
    • Mwita
    • N’s
    • Nairobi
    • Ndembo
    • Ngil
    • Nigeria
    • Nkosi
    • Nuru
    • O’s
    • Omari
    • P’s
    • Punu
    • R’s
    • Rashidi
    • S’s
    • Saba
    • Sadiki
    • Sahara
    • Salim
    • Shaka
    • Shomari
    • S’s cont
    • Songye
    • Suhuba
    • T’s
    • Taj
    • Tandiwe
    • Tanishia
    • Tau
    • Temba
    • Tikar
    • Timbuktu
    • Tunza
    • Tunza
    • Y’s
    • Yacouba
    • Z’s
    • Zaire
    • Zareb
    • Zikomo
    • Zimbabwe
    • Zuberi
    • Zulu

    Chinese Dog Names

    • Ah
    • Ah Kum
    • Ah Lam
    • Ai (feminine)
    • An (feminine)
    • Bai
    • Bao (feminine)
    • Bing Qing
    • Bo (feminine)
    • Chan
    • Chang
    • Chan-O (feminine)
    • Chang Juan
    • Chao
    • Chaoxing
    • Chen
    • Cheng
    • Cheng-Gong
    • Cheung
    • Chih-nii
    • Chin
    • Chong
    • Chow
    • Chuang-Mu
    • (feminine)
    • Chu-Hua
    • Chu-Jung
    • Chun
    • Chung
    • Cong
    • Da
    • Da-Xia (feminine)
    • Deshi
    • Dewei
    • Dong
    • Fai
    • Fang
    • Fang Yin (feminine)
    • Fen (feminine)
    • Feng (feminine)
    • Feng-Po-Po
    • (feminine)
    • Fu
    • Fu-His
    • Guan-Yin (feminine)
    • Hai
    • Heng
    • Ho
    • Hou-Chi
    • Howin
    • Ho Howin
    • Hsin
    • Hsi Wang Mu
    • (feminine)
    • Hu
    • Hua
    • Huan
    • Huan Yue
    • Huang
    • Hui Ying
    • H’s cont
    • Huo
    • Hu-Tu
    • Jia (feminine)
    • Jia Li (feminine)
    • Jiang Li
    • Jiao
    • Jin
    • Jing
    • Jing_Quo
    • Ju (feminine)
    • Juan (feminine)
    • Jun (feminine)
    • Kua Hua
    • Kuan Ti
    • Kuan-Yin (feminine)
    • Kueng
    • Kun
    • Lan (feminine)
    • Lee
    • Lei (feminine)
    • Li
    • Li Hua
    • Lian (feminine)
    • Liang
    • Lien (feminine)
    • Lien Hua
    • Like
    • Liko
    • Li Ming (feminine)
    • Li Mei (feminine)
    • Li Qin
    • Li Rong (feminine)
    • Li Wei (feminine)
    • Lim
    • Lin Lin
    • Ling (feminine)
    • Lin Yao (feminine) Lok
    • Long Lu-Hsing
    • Lo Shen (feminine)
    • Lu-Hsing
    • Lu-Pan
    • Ma-Ku (feminine)
    • Manchu
    • Mani
    • Mat Chinoi (feminine)
    • Mee (feminine)
    • Mei (feminine)
    • Ming
    • Ming Yue
    • Mu
    • Mulan (feminine)
    • Mu Lan
    • Mu Tan
    • Na
    • Ning
    • Niu (feminine)
    • Nuo
    • Ping
    • Qi
    • Qiao
    • Qing (feminine)
    • Qing Yuan
    • Qiu
    • Quon
    • Rong
    • Ru
    • San
    • Shaiming
    • Shaka
    • Shan
    • Shang-Ti
    • Shen
    • Shing
    • Shin-Mu (feminine)
    • Shou-Hsing
    • Shu
    • Shuang
    • Shu Fang
    • Shui
    • Shun (feminine)
    • Sun
    • Sying
    • Tai
    • Tao
    • Tien-Hou (feminine)
    • T'ien-Khuan
    • Tien-Mu (feminine)
    • Ti-Khuan
    • T’s cont
    • Ting Ting (feminine)
    • Tou-Mou (feminine)
    • Tsi-Ku (feminine)
    • Tsai Shen
    • Tu
    • Twen-Ch'ang
    • Ushi
    • Wan (feminine)
    • Wang
    • Wei
    • Wei-Quo
    • Wen (feminine)
    • Wu
    • X’s
    • Xia
    • Xia He (feminine)
    • Xiang
    • Xiao Chen
    • Xiao Hong (feminine)
    • Xin Qian (feminine)
    • Xiu (feminine)
    • Xiu Juan (feminine)
    • Xue
    • Xue Fang
    • Xun
    • Yan Yan
    • Yao-Shih
    • Yeng-Wang-Yeh
    • Yi
    • Yi Jie
    • Yan
    • Yi Min
    • Yin (feminine)
    • Yin Youg
    • Ying
    • Yi Ze (feminine)
    • Yu
    • Yuan
    • Yue
    • Yue Ying
    • Yu Jie
    • Yue Yan
    • Yue You
    • Yue Wan
    • Yul
    • Yun’s
    • Zan (feminine)
    • Zen
    • Zhen (feminine)
    • Zhen Juan
    • Zhi
    • Zhou
    • Zi (feminine)

    French Dog Names

    • Adele
    • Adieu
    • Adrien
    • Agathe
    • Alette
    • Amand
    • Amilcare
    • Andre
    • Angawazialp
    • Angeline
    • Angelique
    • Antonio
    • Arette
    • Aubree
    • B’s
    • B.B. short for Brigitte
    • Bardot
    • Balzac
    • Baron
    • Beatrix
    • Beaux
    • Bisou
    • Bonaparte
    • Bordeaux
    • Boulee
    • Brie
    • Briea
    • Brigitta
    • C’s
    • Camille
    • Catan
    • Celeste
    • Chablis
    • Chamonix
    • Chanel
    • Cheddar
    • C’s cont
    • Chein
    • Chenin
    • Chien
    • Citroen
    • Claudine
    • Clovis
    • Corbie
    • Cosette
    • Courbet
    • Cozette
    • Dagobert
    • Damien
    • Daniell
    • D'Artagnan
    • Dentelle
    • Dominique
    • Drogo
    • Edgard
    • Elisa
    • Elle
    • Esme
    • Etienne
    • Etoile
    • Fabien
    • Fezziwhig
    • Flore
    • Franchesca
    • Gaspard
    • Geraud
    • Gunter
    • Idalina
    • Ignace

    • Igual
    • Isabeau
    • Isabelle
    • Ivette
    • Jacques
    • Javert Jean
    • Jean Francois
    • Jean Marie
    • Jean Michel
    • Jean-Claude
    • Jean-Paul
    • Jock
    • Julien
    • Kimonie
    • Koko
    • Laia
    • Laurent
    • Lissette
    • LouLou
    • Loya Madeleine
    • Malo
    • Manet
    • Marcel
    • Margaux
    • Marrashe
    • Matisse
    • Matthieu
    • Merlot
    • Michelle
    • Millennium
    • Milou
    • Missy
    • Morris
    • Moustache
    • Nadine
    • Nannette
    • Napoleon
    • Nathalie
    • Nathaniel
    • Neige
    • Nicolette
    • Noir
    • Odon
    • Olivier
    • Panini
    • Paris
    • Pax
    • Peche
    • Peugeot
    • Pierre
    • Rachelle
    • Renault
    • Rodin
    • Rodrique
    • Romeo
    • Rosemarie
    • Sasarapilla
    • Serea
    • Stephane
    • Sweets
    • Tout
    • Ursule
    • Veronique
    • Vincenz
    • Violette
    • Vitre
    • Yves
    • Zedon
    • Zhako

    Scotish and Irish Dog Names

    • Aberdeen
    • Adhamh
    • Afric
    • Aidan
    • Aila
    • Aife (feminine)
    • Ailein
    • Ak
    • Alastair
    • Andraste
    • Ardra
    • Asna
    • Bannon
    • Beth
    • Blair
    • Brady
    • Calla
    • Cara
    • Deirdre
    • Donagh
    • Eara
    • Eiric
    • Felan
    • Fennore
    • Gavin

    • Gitta
    • Grania
    • Gwennethona
    • Innis
    • Ione
    • Isolda
    • Jenny
    • Keevin
    • Keiran
    • Lia
    • Lorcan
    • Macgowan
    • Macgregor
    • Machair
    • Macray
    • Morag
    • Quillan
    • Reagan
    • Renny
    • Rohan
    • Sheena

    Italian Names for Dogs

    • Adriano
    • Adriana
    • Bruno
    • Bianca
    • Cadenza
    • Constantin
    • Fabrizio
    • Ghita
    • Ignacio
    • Leonardo
    • Luisa
    • Maura
    • Oriana
    • Orlando
    • Rosalie
    • Ugo
    • Vittorio
    • Viviana

    Spanish Names for Dogs

    • Abril (feminine)
    • Adelita (feminine)
    • Adoncia (feminine)
    • Alejandra (feminine)
    • Aletea (feminine)
    • Alicia (feminine)
    • Alma (feminine)
    • Almeda (feminine)
    • Alonzo
    • Amada (feminine)
    • Amata (feminine)
    • Anica (feminine)
    • Anita (feminine)
    • Antonio
    • Antonieta (feminine)
    • Armand
    • Armando
    • Avigdor
    • Balboa
    • Beatrisa (feminine)
    • Beatriz (feminine)
    • Bebe (feminine)
    • Belen (feminine)
    • Belicia (feminine)
    • Belinda (feminine)
    • Benicia (feminine)
    • Bernardo
    • Bertina (feminine)
    • Berto
    • Bertunga (feminine)
    • Blanca (feminine)
    • Bonita (feminine)
    • Branca (feminine)
    • Brigida (feminine)
    • Brisa (feminine)
    • Cailida (feminine)
    • Carina (feminine)
    • Carissa (feminine)
    • Carlo
    • Carlos
    • Carlotta (feminine)
    • Carmen (feminine)
    • Carmine (feminine)
    • Catalina (feminine)
    • Chago
    • Charo (feminine)
    • Chencho
    • Ciro
    • Consuela (feminine)
    • Consuelo (feminine)
    • Corazon (feminine)
    • Cornelia (feminine)
    • Cristina (feminine)
    • Damita (feminine)
    • Dante
    • Dario
    • Dela (feminine)
    • Diaz
    • Diego
    • Dolores (feminine)
    • Domingo
    • Don
    • Donato
    • Doncia (feminine)
    • Dorinda (feminine)
    • Drina (feminine)
    • Duena (feminine)
    • Eduardo
    • Eldora (feminine)
    • Elisa (feminine)
    • Eloisa (feminine)
    • Eloy
    • Elsa (feminine)
    • Elvira (feminine)
    • Emellio
    • Enriqueta (feminine)
    • Esmerelda (feminine)
    • Esperanza (feminine)
    • Esteban
    • Estefany (feminine)
    • Eva (feminine)
    • Federico
    • Felicia (feminine)
    • Felipe
    • Fernanda (feminine)
    • Fernando
    • Francisco
    • Franco
    • Frederica (feminine)
    • Gabriela (feminine)
    • Galeno
    • Geraldo
    • Gidita (feminine)
    • Gitana (feminine)
    • Gitano
    • Guadalupe
    • Guido
    • Hernandez
    • Hernando
    • Ines (feminine)
    • Inez (feminine)
    • Inigo
    • Innocenzio
    • Inocencia (feminine)
    • Isabel (feminine)
    • Isabella (feminine)
    • Jacinta (feminine)
    • Jacinto
    • Jade (feminine)
    • Jaime
    • Jaira (feminine)
    • Jaoquin
    • Javiera (feminine)
    • Jerico
    • Jesusa (feminine)
    • Joaquin
    • Joaquina (feminine)
    • Javiera (feminine)

    • Jerico
    • Jesusa (feminine)
    • Joaquin
    • Joaquina (feminine)
    • Jose
    • Juan
    • Juana(feminine)
    • Juanita (feminine)
    • Lali (feminine)
    • L’s cont
    • Lando
    • Lareina (feminine)
    • Laura (feminine)
    • Lela (feminine)Lencho
    • Letitia (feminine)
    • Leya (feminine)
    • Licha (feminine)
    • Linda (feminine)
    • Lisandro
    • Lolita (feminine)
    • Lorenzo
    • Loretta (feminine)
    • Lota (feminine)
    • Luccas
    • Lucinda (feminine)
    • Lucita (feminine)
    • Luis
    • Luisa (feminine)
    • Luna (feminine)
    • Luz (feminine)
    • Magdalena (feminine)
    • Manco
    • Mango
    • Manuel
    • Marco
    • Marcos
    • Maria (feminine)
    • Marina (feminine)
    • Marquez
    • Marto
    • Mathias
    • Mega (feminine)
    • Melia (feminine)
    • Melosa (feminine)
    • Mercedes (feminine)
    • Miguel
    • Minel
    • Mora (feminine)
    • Morisak (feminine)
    • Nana (feminine)
    • Napier
    • Natan
    • Navarro
    • Necha (feminine)
    • Nelia (feminine)
    • Neper
    • Nesho (feminine)
    • Neva (feminine)
    • Nevada
    • Nicabar
    • Nicolas
    • Nina (feminine)
    • Nita (feminine)
    • Oalo
    • Orlo
    • Pablo
    • Paloma (feminine)
    • Pancho
    • Patia (feminine)
    • Paz
    • Pedro
    • Pepe
    • Pepillo
    • Pepita (feminine)
    • Peralta
    • Pilar (feminine)
    • Placido
    • Ponce
    • Queta (feminine)
    • Rafaela (feminine)
    • Ramon
    • Ramona (feminine)
    • Raul
    • Renaldo
    • Ria (feminine)
    • Ricardo
    • Rico
    • Rima (feminine)
    • Risa (feminine)
    • Rodrigo
    • Rolon
    • Rosa (feminine)
    • Rosana (feminine)
    • R’s cont
    • Rosario
    • Rosita (feminine)
    • Ruy
    • Salvadore
    • Sanchez
    • Sanson
    • Santiago
    • Santo
    • Savannah (feminine)
    • Senon
    • Serge
    • Sidonio
    • Silvino
    • S’s cont
    • Sita (feminine)
    • Suela (feminine)
    • Tasia (feminine)
    • Teodoro
    • Tiago
    • Ticho
    • Trisa (feminine)
    • Vicente
    • Vito

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