Popular Dog Names
For New Dog Owners

Some popular dog names come and go. It often happens around the release of a big movie or popular TV show that has a dog in it.

The name may be get adopted by a lot of people for a while and then fade.

Other popular dog names stick around year after year.

What makes a popular dog names so popular?

That’s a bit of mystery. Perhaps there’s something about the name that just touches a memory or feeling in a lot of people. Names that stay popular for a long time probably do so because people have a fond memory of a pet or movie character from their childhood.

Some popular dog names have been around for year

When you hear some of these names, it’s hard not to think of a dog. Some good examples of these are Lassie, Duke, Benji, Snoopy, and Queeny. These kind of names stay popular for long time...maybe even forever.

Popular dog names that come from movies and television

Others are associated with canine character from TV, movies or even comic strips (I’m thinking of Snoopy and Odie here). I, for one, grew up watching Lassie every week on TV.

Even though we had our own dogs, she was like a “virtual” pet...we felt like we knew her. I was convinced that she was smarter than most people I knew. Ah, fond memories indeed!

Rin Tin Tin and Old Yeller were very popular for a while, but not so much any longer. Some names just don’t catch on for one reason or another. Benji has stayed quite popular for some time now.

Popular dog names that are breed-specific

Some dog names are closely tied a particular breed. This happens when a beloved character belongs to an easily identifiable breed.

It would be hard for me to give the name “Lassie” to a German Shepherd...it just wouldn't feel right. But, it would feel perfect for a Collie.

Check out our list of popular dog names...

Anyway, if you’re looking to give your new dog one of our popular dog names, we have 2 lists for you. Below you’ll find my personal pick for the Top Dog Names. These are the best of the best and probably more common that most names.

Can’t find one you like in that list? Check out the list of 200 of the most Common Dog Names. Now, I’m claiming that either of these are definitive lists (I don’t think any of those exist).

Many websites have list and while there is some overlap, they are all different.

I hope you enjoy searching these lists. If you’re having trouble picking a good name, check out my guidelines for choosing a dog name.

Top 30 Popular Dog Names

BANDIT
BENJI
BLUE
BUDDY
BUSTER
BUTCH
CHLOE
CODY
DIXIE
DUKE

GINGER
JAKE
KING
LASSIE
MAGGIE
MAX
NICKY
PLUTO
QUEENY
LUCKY

REX
ROCKY
SAMMY
SCOOBIE
SNOOPY
TOBY
TRIXIE
TUBBY
ZEUS
ZOOEY

200 of the most Common Dog Names

ABBY

ACE

APOLLO

ARCHIE

ARTY

ASTRO

ATLAS

BABY

BAMBI

BANDIT

BARNEY

BART

BAXTER

BEAR

BEAUTY

BEETHOVEN

BENJI

BINGO

BLONDIE

BLUE

BOGIE

BONGO

BOOMER

BOONE

BRANDO

BRANDY

BROWNIE

BRUTUS

BUBBLES

BUCK

BUDDY

BUFFY

BUSTER

BUTCH

CAESAR

CANDY

CASEY

CASPER

CHAMPION

CHECKERS

CHESTER

CHEWY

CHIEF

CHIP

CHLOE

CHOPPER

CLYDE

CODY

COMET

COOKIE

CROCKETT

DIDI

DIGBY

DIGGER

DINO

DIVA

DIXIE

DIZZY

DODGER

DOLLY

DOOGIE

DROOPY

DUCHESS

DUDLEY

DUFFY

DUKE

DUSTY


ELVIS

FANCY

FIFI

FLASH

FLUFFY

FONZI

FRISKY

GIDGET

GIGI

GINGER

GOLDIE

GOLIATH

GOOBER

GROUCHO

GROVER

HALEY

HARLEY

HARPO

HEIDI

HERO

HERSHEY

HOBO

HOMER

HOOVER

HUNTER

IGGY

JAKE

JASPER

JETHRO

JUPITER

KING

KIRK

KOSMO

KUJO

LADY

LASSIE

LEO

LINUS

LUCKY

LUCY

LULU

MAC

MAGGIE

MAJOR

MANDY

MARLEY

MARMADUKE

MAX

METRO

MICKEY

MISSIE

MOOCHY

MOOSE

MUGSY

NICKY

NITRO

ODIE

OTIS

PATCHES

PEABODY

PEACHES

PEBBLES

PEEWEE

PEPPER

PHOENIX

PINKY

PLATO

PLUTO

PRECIOUS

PRINCE

PRINCESS

PUCK

PUDDLES

QUEENY

RAMBO

RANGER

RASCAL

REBEL

REX

RINGO

ROCKY

ROSCOE

ROVER

ROWDY

RUDY

RUFFLES

RUFUS

RUSTY

SAMMY

SAMSON

SCHNOOKY

SCOOBIE

SCOOTER

SCOUT

SCRAPPY

SCRUFFY

SHADOW

SISSY

SKIPPER

SKIPPY

SMOKEY

SNICKERS

SNOOPY

SNUGGLES

SPARKEY

SPIKE

SPOOKY

SPORT

SPUNKY

SWEETIE

TANNER

THOR

THUMPER

THUNDER

TINY

TOBY

TOOTSIE

TOTO

TRAMP

TRIXIE

TROJAN

TRUMAN

TUBBY

TURBO

TWINKIE

WOODY

ZACK

ZEKE

ZEUS

ZIGGY

ZIPPY

ZOOEY

ZORRO

There are some great names in these lists. But if nothing here hits you as the perfect name, perhaps the list of Popular Dog Names was not the right one for you.

We have a few other lists that have many more dog names (over 2000 total at last count). Check them out...you’re bound to find the right one for your new canine companion.


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