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The Best Italian Dog Names

Italian dog names sound colorful, captivating, exotic.... and so they should.

After all, they originate in Italy - the land of the Romans, world-famous artists, the mafia, good wine and amazing food, a country that's a blend of history, color, flavor and excitement.

Italian Greyhound on dog bed in the sunshine

What better backdrop for picking the perfect name for your pup?

Maybe you have an Italian breed, or perhaps you just love the sound of the language or are looking for a dog name that's a little bit different.

Either way you're going to love the great selection of Italian names that I've collected together on this page. If you're not bi-lingual you'll be happy to see the meanings of each dog name as well!

At the bottom of the page you'll also find a list of the most popular Italian dog breeds, plus links to more pages of names.


From Italy With Love

For Male Puppies

  • Aldo - rich
  • Angelo - angel
  • Brando - brilliant raven
  • Bruno - brown haired
  • Cesare - long haired
  • Corrado - bold
  • Elmo - worthy to be loved
  • Enzo - rules the home
  • Fausto - lucky
  • Geronimo - sacred
  • Gino - famous
  • Giovanni - gift from God
  • Guido - forest guide
  • Ilari - cheerful
  • Lanza - noble
  • Leo - lion
  • Lucca - light
  • Lucio - brings light
  • Marco - warring
  • Paolo - little
  • Primo - first or first born
  • Rocco - rest
  • Silvio - silver
  • Tino - small
  • Tito - giant
  • Ugo - intelligent
  • Vito - the victor


For Female Puppies

  • Andria - love
  • Aria - melody
  • Bambi - child
  • Bianca - white
  • Cammeo - sculptured jewel
  • Cara - beloved
  • Cira - the sun
  • Donata - gift
  • Elda - warrior
  • Fiorenza - flower
  • Gemma - jewel or gem
  • Ghita - pearl
  • Grazia - grace
  • Ilaria - cheerful
  • Leola - lion
  • Liona - lioness
  • Lucia - graceful
  • Lunetta - little moon
  • Massima - great
  • Nicia - people's victory
  • Oria/Oriana - golden
  • Paola - small
  • Pietra - rock
  • Renata - rebirth
  • Rosa - rose
  • Rosetta - little rose
  • Rufina - red haired
  • Sofia - wise
  • Vedetta - guardian
  • Viviana - full of life


Popular Italian Dog Breeds

There are over a dozen Italian dog breeds that are recognized by registry organizations in the USA.

Lots of the breed names are a challenge to pronounce, but they're all interesting dogs, many of them herding and working breeds.

If you're interested in a breed with a link to the colorful history of Italy, check out this list.....


Spinone Italiano dog with his rope ball
  • Bergamasco Shepherd (Pastore Bergamasco)
  • Bolognese
  • Bracco Italiano
  • Cane Corso (Italian Mastiff)
  • Cirneco dell'Etna
  • Italian Shepherd (Pastore Italiano)
  • Italian Spitz (Volpino Italiano)
  • Lagotto Romagnolo
  • Lupo Italiano (wolf-gsd-hybrid)
  • Neopolitan Mastiff
  • Maremma Sheepdog (Pastore Maremmano-Abruzzese)
  • Piccolo Levriero Italiano
  • Saint Bernard (from Italian/Swiss Alps)
  • Segugio Italiano a Pelo Raso
  • Segugio Italiano a Pelo Forte
  • Spinone  Italiano


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