Best Friend Dog Names

Give a Dog a Name

Dog Names fit for a best friend. Hundreds and hundreds of puppy names that any dog would be proud to own.

Once you give your dog a name, you will utter that sound thousands of times over the next 10 to 20 years.

You'll praise and comfort a faithful companion, holler it out the back door hundreds of times and there'll be times you'll speak it in utter exasperation.

Tips for Naming a Puppy

Give the name some thought and have fun with it. Take inspiration from an aspect of the dog's:

  • Personality - "Wags"
  • Breed - "Goliath"
  • Demeanor - "Zippy"
  • Physical characteristics - "Spot"

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Your relationship with the dog can be a source for names like "Buddy", or name him for a job he'll be trained for like "Tracker".

Add a sense of fun by naming her something obviously contradictory, like naming your great dane "Tiny" or a teacup poodle "Killer"

Keep it family friendly. Before you settle on a name, picture yourself walking the neighborhood, calling the name repeatedly, with a 4 year old at your side.

In general, a one or two syllable name is easiest to remember and use repeatedly, but you'll find plenty of three and even some four syllable names in our lists.

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Browse through our pages to find a worthy name for your dog that you can call, and he can answer to, with pride and dignity.

Puppyhood is short in comparison to the rest of a dogs life. Select a name that will grow up with your dog.

Naming that adorable puppy "skoochy bunny cakes" might seem like a good idea when he's a cuddly little ball of fluff, but when he's a 170 lb. shaggy headed grown up, it's just not very... well... dignified,
for him or you.

Our A to Z lists of favorite puppy names for both male and female dogs.

Female Puppy Names

  • Aspen
  • Bailey
  • Castle
  • Dixie
  • Echo
  • Fizzy
  • Gracie
  • Honor
  • Izzy
  • Jade
  • Kia
  • LuLu
  • Maxie
  • Nickel
  • Orbit
  • Placid
  • Quinn
  • Roxie
  • Sox
  • Tess
  • Ultra
  • Vixen
  • Willow
  • Xena
  • Yessie
  • Ziti

Male Dog Names

  • Abel
  • Baxter
  • Chimo
  • Dexter
  • Eli
  • Friar
  • Gibson
  • Hartley
  • Indio
  • Java
  • Kane
  • Lobo
  • Max
  • Noble
  • Obie
  • Porter
  • Quantum
  • Rafe
  • Skooch
  • Tequila
  • Umber
  • Valor
  • Wags
  • Xtar
  • Yavi
  • Zade

Male Dog Names

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Female Puppy Names

A-F ~ G-L ~ M-R ~ S-Z

If a Chihuahua has just moved in, have a look at some great Chihuahua Puppy Names for your new amigo.

Your new buddy will play a big role in your life and, with a little training, will become a valued member of the family.

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