Naming Your Pet: Dog Edition

Posted on
August 26, 2020
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Naming your new dog is a crucial part of welcoming your new furry friend into your family. It is what you will be calling them for the rest of their lives, and their name will be an integral part of their place in your family and a crucial aspect of their personality, so choose wisely! The following article will cover how to go about naming your dog in a variety of ways:

  • Think about the personality of your new pet
  • Pick a name based on how they look
  • Pick an irrelevant name, but one that is meaningful to you

Black and white dog closeup
There are many ways to go about naming your dog, whether it is a name you have had in mind or one that best suits your new pooch’s personality.

Think about the personality of your new pet

Doing so can lead you to the perfect name for your new furry friend!

Once you have picked up your dog from the shelter or breeder, you may have already visited them a few times and started to get to know their personality. Personality traits can lend themselves to interesting name choices that go along with how they behave and what they act like. These can be names that are descriptive of personality traits such as:

  • Fluffy
  • Zesty
  • Fire
Two white dogs
If you go the route of naming your dog based on how they look, these two beauties could be named just that-- Beauty and Snowy!

Pick a name based on how your dog looks

This can accurately describe the dog’s mannerisms or simply the color of their fur

Some names that can describe the dog’s looks could also be foods, for example. If a dog has black and white colored fur, you could name them Oreo or an orange colored dog could be named Peaches for the flesh of the fruit-- maybe one that you particularly enjoy and can think about every time you call out your dog’s name. 

Some other names that are food related that can also describe the look of your new dog are:

  • Pepper: Name your reddish dog Pepper, or yellow too. If you’re thinking of the spice, then it could be speckled black.
  • Snickers: A Snickers could be a brown dog with some black and white fur in there too.
  • Jalapeño: Jalapeño could be a little, spunky dog that zests up your life.
  • Mango: For a dog with a golden hue, and a sweet personality!
  • Twix: Another candy name for a solid brown dog or one with some yellow fur too.
  • Beany: A good name for a brown dog, and cute too.
  • Lemon: A name for a yellow dog, or one that has a zesty personality!
  • Kit-Kat: A brown dog, or one that is both sweet and has a bit of “crunch” (outgoing and personable.)
  • Mandarin: An orange dog that is sweet and soft.
  • Latte: A brownish colored dog that is full of a flavorful personality.
  • Chai: A dog that has varying personalities and tasty flavors to its personality.
  • Pumpkin: An orangish colored dog, maybe born in the fall.
  • Guinness: If you are a beer lover, this name could be perfect for your next dog.
  • Hops: Similarly, Hops is a cute name and goes along with the beer theme.
  • Olive: Olive is a petite dog that has a strong presence. 
  • Honey: Sweet and smooth, with a golden hue.

Here are some other categories of names that may describe what your dog looks like or just be a name that you think best fits your dog’s personality!


  • Orchid: For a delicate dog with a calm personality.
  • Rose: A thorny dog that has a sweet side.
  • Tulip: A popular human name as well, this name is perfect for a girl dog.
  • Violet: A pretty flower can also be a nice name for a pretty dog.
  • Peony: This layered flower can describe a dog that has a layered personality.
  • Lily: A nice looking flower that describes a nice dog.
  • Daffodil: Oftentimes yellow, or sometimes white, this name can suit the way your dog looks.
  • Daisy: A sweet name that can suit a sweet dog.


  • Peach
  • Orange
  • Grapes
  • Plum
  • Kumquat
  • Papaya
  • Coconut
  • Persimmon

Herbs and Spices

  • Cayenne
  • Thyme
  • Parsley
  • Salty: Also a reference to the ocean, this name can bring thoughts of waves crashing and sand beneath your toes.
  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Pepper
  • Sumac
  • Adobo
  • Anise
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Aleppo
  • Za’atar


  • Summer
  • Winter
  • Autumn
  • Spring
  • Maple
  • Oak
  • Birch
  • Pine
  • Sky
  • Cloud


  • Salsa
  • Rhumba
  • Tango
  • Foxy, short for Foxtrot
  • Cha Cha

Ordinary dog names

  • Biscuit
  • Fluffy
  • Spot
  • Snoopy
  • Chewy
  • Clifford
  • Champ
  • Todo

Human names

  • Grace
  • Lucy
  • Jack
  • Sammy
  • Lincoln
  • Zola
  • Charlie


  • Frodo
  • Harry Potter
  • Jane Austen
  • Matilda
  • Mr. Darcy

Greek Mythology

  • Zeus
  • Athena
  • Poseidon
  • Atlas
Light brown puppy
If you pick a name that is seemingly “irrelevant” to others, it can still be meaningful to you and be all the more important to your dog!

Pick a seemingly irrelevant name, but one that is all the more meaningful to you

These can be names that are somewhat random or out of the blue

Whether the name you picked is specific to how your dog looks or seems totally random to a passerby, it can have meaning to you and possibly be a name that runs in the family or is one that holds a special place in your heart.

Look for inspiration for a dog name in obscure places, such as at the grocery store or when you are taking a walk around your block. A name can come to you at the most random of times, as you are reading your favorite novel, or even as you read the newspaper in the morning. Wherever it is that you find the perfect dog name, make sure it is one that will stick and that you want to be saying throughout the life of your dog.

We hope that you find the perfect name for your pet on this list of dog names, or it inspires another perfect name that best suits your furry friend. For a wide range of unique and ordinary names, check out this website. Here are some more names you can pick from. For male and female specific names, this is a helpful website. Picking a name doesn’t have to be stressful; it can be fun and rewarding!

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Posted on
August 26, 2020

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