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Dog Names : A Guide to Choosing a Dog Name

Updated: May 24

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Naming your new canine companion can be extremely fun, with suggestions flying about from all family members. You may prefer the more traditional dog names, human names or something completely unique that you won’t hear anyone else yelling at the park.


This Guide outlines the most popular dog names of 2020, recommends some principles to be aware of when choosing a dog name, plus has fun with some more unique dog names which may better represent your style and your pooch.

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Firstly, here are some basic tips to bear in mind before settling on your name :-


🐾 Keep the name short with 1 or 2 syllables. Dogs learn and respond quicker to shorter names. You’ll also be using it a lot.


🐾 To help your dog, avoid choosing a name that sounds like a command. You don’t want them struggling to understand the basics such as sit, stay, down and fetch.


🐾 If you’re planning to add more than one pooch to your family, it can be fun to think of partner names or names which go together e.g. Lennon & McCartney.

The Top 10 female dog and male dog names for 2020 saw more traditional dog names being replaced by human ones, reflecting the move to see our dogs becoming part of our families rather than simply being a pet.


Top 10 Female Dog Names 2020

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Bella

Luna

Poppy

Lola

Daisy

Ruby

Molly

Rosie

Lily

Coco


Top 10 Male Dog Names 2020

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Alfie

Charlie

Milo

Max

Teddy

Buddy

Oscar

Bailey

Archie

Hugo


If these choices don’t excite you, you could search for a name which is more unique whilst better reflecting you and your pooch. Need some inspiration? Look no further, here are some pawsome ideas for unusual dog names.


Read All About It - Literary Dog Names

Love a good read? Take a leaf out of your favourite book (or in my case maybe one a bit more highbrow) and choose a dog name based on your favourite character or author.

Dog wearing glasses reading a book

Shakespeare

Harper

Orwell

Hamlet

Sherlock

Watson

Holmes

Bronte

Austen

Harry


Comfort Food - Edible Dog Names

It may seem a little weird, but there is a trend for naming your puppy after a food. Here are some dog names inspired by some culinary delights.

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Twiglet

Cupcake

Brownie

Waffles

Muffin

Cookie

Pepper

Pickles

Biscotti

Hobnob


Cast a Spell - Magical Dog Names

If you’re a fan of the Wizarding World. How about considering some Potteresque inspiration for a dog name? You could combine it with a summoning charm, shouting “Accio Albus!” and your pooch magically returns to you. Sounds so much more impressive than “Freddie Come!”

A dog dressed as Harry Potter with a scarf and glasses

Bellatrix

Fang

Hermione

Albus

Luna

Dobby

Granger

Malfoy

Sirius

Tonks


Music to My Ears - Musical Dog Names

Maybe you’re a music junkie. How about an iconic musical legend for a dog name? Fancy shouting the name of your favourite musician at the park? Obviously depends on you preferred genre, but here’s a few to whet the appetite.

A dog wearing headphones

Elton

Bowie

Ozzy

Jagger

McCartney

Billie

Blondie

Malone

Freddie

Lulu


Shaken, not Stirred - Bond Dog Names

Love all things cinematic? Why not take inspiration from your favourite movie when choosing a name for your dog?


How about a nod to the worlds most famous Royal Naval Reserve Commander - 007?

A pug dressed as James Bond

Bond

Connery

Blofeld

Vesper

Fleming

Moneypenny

Odd Job

Drax

Seven (00)

Aston (Martin)


Netflix and Chill - Screen Dog Names

If James Bond isn't your thing, take some inspiration from your favourite TV show or film.

A dog laying on a sofa watching Netflix

Chandler (Friends)

Baldrick (Blackadder)

Crystal (RuPaul's Drag Race)

Dexter (Dexter !)

Loki (Thor)

Simba (Lion King)

Hopper (Stranger Things)

Mulan (Mulan !)

Beth (The Queen's Gambit)

Baskin (Tiger King)


Faraway Destinations - Travel Dog Names

For people with travel on they minds this year, a faraway destination can make a great dog name.

A dog dressed as Donald Trump

Havana

Cairo

Sydney

Boston

China

Dallas

Paris

Persia

Oslo

Mali


Political Icons - Presidential Dog Names

Feel your canine companion has a love of status and power? Look to world's political icons for some dog name inspiration (or some closer to home).

A dog dressed as Donald Trump

Churchill

Gandhi

Walpole

Kennedy

Mandela

Lenin

Napoleon

Barack

There's always Boris or Trump if your dog is in touch with their satirical side!


Your dog's name can say so much about you and your personality as well as reflecting the personality of your dog. So take your time picking the pawfect name.


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Dog Names : A Guide to Choosing a Dog Name