Dog names come in a ton of different varieties. There are funny ones (how about “Froggy?”), and scary ones (would you want a dog called “Terror?”).
Then there are short ones (like the simple but not very flattering “Ox”) and longer ones (you’ve got to love “Snaggletooth,” well maybe not).
And, there are interesting names and boring ones.
The type of name you consider often says more about you and your personality than it does your dog.
Do you enjoy being different from the pack (no dog pun intended)? Then, you may want to check out our list of unique dog names. Are you more of a follower than a trend-setter?
Then, you’ll probably look at the list of popular dog names. Maybe you’re just someone who has a hard time making up their mind. In that case, you may look at all the lists...and maybe more than once.
You may think that choosing a name for a puppy is simply a matter of thinking of a name that you like and that seems to fit your puppy's personality or physical attributes. But there really is more to it.
Here are a few things to consider before you settle on the name you'll be living with for many years:
If your new dog is an adult, try to stick with the name he/she came with. It can be confusing for a dog when he’s called something other than the name he’s used to.
Of course, if it’s a name that you just can’t stand or is offensive to you, then changing it is the best course.
If you must change his name, just be very patient with your dog while he’s getting used to the new name.
There’s something special about dog names that end in the “E” sound. Names like: Buddy, Lassie, Lucky, Nicky, Queeny, Scooby, Sissy, Trixie, etc. When you say those names out loud, they just sound happy and pleasing.
It’s not unusual for me to say “Dukie” when I’m calling for my dog, Duke. So I recommend choosing a name that sounds like you’re happy when you say it.
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