Dog Names: How to Choose a Name for Your Dog


Dog Names: How to Choose a Name for Your Dog

Words have meaning and names have power.  ~Author Unknown

The domestication of dogs has inevitably changed the way people think or look at their pooches. This has been reflected, time and again, in the names that they give their dogs. If you make a list of all the dog names in your neighborhood, you will find that almost all have human names. In fact, the most popular names of dogs listed online include Max, Lucy and Molly. Others may say it is just a trend, however, when you have been a dog owner for a long time, you will certainly realize that giving your dog a human name is a way of showing that your pet is a member of the family.


What’s in a name? 

For people, names have often been selected with the belief that a child named Grace or David will influence the child’s behavior and self-perception and that they will be molded in the manifestations of their given names.

Do you think this notion is also true in pets? If this is so, think about the possible consequences when you name your puppy Killer or Slayer. Will you feel the same level of comfort playing with a dog named Assassin and another named Cuddles?

Indeed, choosing a name for your dog is an essential part of the bonding process between you and your pet. First, your dog’s name should show off your creativity and second, it should attempt to reflect the nature of your dog.

A huge percentage of dog names are human names. On top of the list is Max for male dog names while Molly is often considered the most common female dog name. Other top dog names on the list include Charlie, Daisy, Rocky, Maggie, Bella, Jack, Buddy, and Lucy.

But there are still dog owners who name their dogs based on their physical appearance and personality. The more traditional names include Patches, Brownie, Spot or Lady—dog names that already give us a peep on the dog’s personality and character.

Just like people’s names, there are so many sources of ideas for names of dogs. Art, literature, TV, movies and music are great sources of inspiration for many dog owners anywhere in the world. Think about Elvis and Mozart from the great music legends and Shiloh and Rintintin from all-time movie favorites. Have you met a dog named Chanel whose owner is a fashionista? How about Venus or Homer from the classics?

Here are some dog naming tips that can help you choose a name that will fit your pet to a T.

Get to know your dog

One of the thrills when bringing home a new puppy is thinking of a name for the newest addition to the family. When naming a dog, it is best to take on a wait-and-see approach. Try to get to know your puppy for a while and you will see hints in his behavior or personality that will help you think of the best name for your pooch.

Short names are best

Choose a name that is easy on the tongue. The best ones are those with one- or two-syllables. Compare the difference when calling out Zeus and Marmalade.

No names that rhyme with commands

Although it is recommended that you choose a dog name ending with a vowel sound like Willie and Missy, NEVER choose one that rhymes with basic commands like Joe which may sound like “no”.