Perfect Puppy Names


Picking the  perfect puppy name

Choosing your puppy's name is one of the fun things about being a new 'parent'.

Choosing a name for your new pup/dog isn't quite as fraught as choosing a baby's name but it can come close!

And although you don't want to take a month to make a decision you do need to take a little time to think about it and pick a name that feels 'just right'

....... because you're going to use it what seems like a hundred times, every single day, for years to come :)

Whether you're looking for a popular name, one that's unique, or one to suit your sense of humor/your dog's breed/color/size/personality and so on.... I can help you find the perfect fit.

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What's In A (Puppy) Name?

It might actually be more than you think, because the name you choose for your new pup can say a lot about you, as well as a fair bit about how you view your dog!

Other people might even judge your dog's personality by the name you give him.

Calling him 'Killer' or 'Hannibal' might seem funny if you own a complete softie who wouldn't say boo to a goose! BUT strangers may not be amused when he's barking or growling at them - especially if you own a breed that tends to be feared due to media hype and lack of public education (such as Pitbulls and Rottweilers).

It might also be a good idea to rein in your sense of humor :)

If you choose the name 'Tiny' for your Great Dane puppy or 'Rocket' for your little Basset Hound, it will probably raise a smile at the dog park. But it can undermine your dog's natural dignity when you go for a laugh at his expense.

Dogs are intelligent animals, and don't think they don't sense when someone is making fun of them.

The best foundation for a good relationship between you and your puppy is mutual love and respect, bear that in mind when choosing a puppy name.


Puppy Naming Tips & Advice

There are a few basic guidelines you can use to help you pick out that perfect puppy name. When choosing names for a puppy, you can use the following tips to find a name that sounds 'just right'

  • Keep it simple
    There are two reasons for this. Firstly, dogs respond better to short commands and can easily get confused by long, strange-sounding words. Keep the name you choose short and simple, one or two syllables is best.

    If your puppy is a pure-bred you can indulge your desire for an exotic name when you pick his or her registered name. Secondly You are going to be using your puppy's name many (repeat, MANY) times a day! It'll be a lot less wearing if it's short and simple.

  • It's not just a puppy name
    Your new puppy won't always be this small! You're also choosing a DOG name here. Depending on the breed he or she could reach anywhere up to 130lbs plus within a couple of years. Even a thoughtfully chosen puppy name such as 'Tickles' or 'Buttercup' may seem a whole lot less appropriate when 'Tickles' the St. Bernard is fully grown.

  • Let your puppy help you out
    Yes, believe it or not your little bundle of fur can help choose his own name! How? It's quit simple - just take a close look at him (okay, you're a little too close when he's planting puppy kisses on your nose!) and then pay attention to his personality.

    Remember the 'Rocket' example I used earlier? Well, not for a Basset Hound perhaps, but it could be the perfect puppy name for your super-speedy Italian Greyhound. Or how about 'Snowflake' for your American Eskimo pup? See what I mean?

  • Consider his heritage If you have a purebred puppy you probably know what country his breed originated in. If you have a Rottweiler or German Shorthaired Pointer then a German dog name would be a great choice. The same goes for your French Bulldog, or Italian Mastiff etc. etc.

  • What about a theme?
    A great way to find puppy names that are not so 'run of the mill' is to think of a theme.. this also helps later on if you're adding another pup to your home. You can pick two names that work together and sound cute!

    When it comes to themes, there are just way too many to list, but here are a few that might jump-start your imagination... cartoon characters, celebrities or movie stars, sports stars or teams, music - ie bands, rock stars, opera, country music etc., presidents, artist... the list could go on and on and on.....


Here's a quick look at the top boy and girl puppy names for 2013 (plus a quick comparison of some of 2012's favorites against this years crop).

These lists are taken from survey compiled by various organizations who have millions of puppy names in their databases. Each one varies a little, but definitely shows the trends.

The first collection is for 2013 and was produced by the Vetstreet.com...


Top 10 Boy Girl Names & Top 10 Girl Dog Names for 2013

Bella
Daisy
Lucy
Molly
Sadie
Sophie
Lola
Chloe
Zoey
Maggie

Max
Buddy
Charlie
Rocky
Cooper
Duke
Bear
Jack
Bentley
Toby



Now, just for fun, let's take a look at 2012's survey results, and see what's changed (also from the vetstreet.com database).....

Top 10 Female Puppy Names 2012

Bella
Daisy
Lucy
Molly
Lola
Sophie
Sadie
Chloe
Coco
Maggie

Top 10 Male Puppy Names 2012

 Max
 Buddy
 Charlie
 Rocky
 Cooper
 Bear
Bentley
 Duke
Jack
Toby

Not a lot of changes then. For the girls Zoey is in for Coco, boys remain unchanged (disappointing!).


Okay, one more database to check, this time it's rover.com. Here's how the Top 20 dog names look in 2013 for boys and girls according to this website's survey.

Top 20 Female Dog Names 2013

Bella
Lucy
Daisy
Molly
Lola
Maggie
Sadie
Chloe
Sophie
Bailey
Roxy
Lily
Coco
Stella
Penny
Gracie
Zoe
Zoey
Abby
Luna

Top 20 Male Dog Names 2013

Max
Buddy
Charlie
Rocky
Cooper
Duke
Bear
Jack
Bentley
Toby
Buster
Tucker
Duke
Oliver
Bailey
Riley
Milo
Dexter
Oscar
Lucky


This gives you a few more to get your teeth into. My favorites are Luna and Milo, but Lily and Oliver are close seconds :)

Of course many of the same names appear on all the lists above, simply because they're so popular! And of course there are also lots more adorable and popular boy and girl names for dogs.

Or, if you're looking for something different, unique, or with a certain international 'flair', why not check out some of these pages. There's bound to be at least one name that's absolutely perfect for your new pup.......



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