What your Dog’s Name Says About You

12 Mar

Dog naming is nearly as funny, if not funnier, as naming babies. Baby names are frequently tamed by both social convention and naming guidelines and laws . However, no such laws exist for dog naming, and as a result we’ve seen quite a few bizarre dog names that rival the oddness of their human counterparts and tend to be common to certain breeds and types of owners. See below for a list of what we think about certain categories of dog names:

The “Smarter than You” name: Choosing a name for your dog is not the time to show off your (self-declared) intellectual prowess. Having a dog named “Dostoyevsky” or “Nietzsche” is not going to make people think you’re blessed with a superior intellect or that you are particularly well-read and worldly. Nope. They’ll just think you’re a pretentious asshole, which is probably true. Either that, or you’re a hipster, which ultimately works out to be one in the same.

“My name is Mensa and I only listen to bands you’ve never heard of.”

The Ethnocentrist: Do you know the language your dog would speak if it were a human? These people do, and be damned if they won’t use a name or a word from it to prove they’re more worldly than you. This ethnic cherry-picking is especially common in breeds hailing from east Asia. The main issue that arises along with these names are two-fold. Firstly, as a non-native speaker, odds are good that word doesn’t mean what you think it does. Context is something you won’t find in an online translator, and in terms of names… it’s sort of important. Nouns and verbs are frequently interchangeable and often there is no direct translation that will get your point across. You may think you just named your new Shiba Inu “Blood-balls the Magnificent” and really you’ve named them something like “Tuesday Veins-Play Object of Magical”. Secondly, you’re probably not pronouncing it correctly. Pretentiousness drips off these names but they can be done reasonably with an ethnic coordinator to guide you through the process.

Bloodballs? What’s wrong with you?

The Penile Extension: We’ve all met those dogs with names like “Glock”, “Felony”, “Cujo” and the like. You know, names that just scream “I’m insecure and need a dog with a badass name”. These dogs usually belong to men and tend to be from breeds that already have a hard enough time dealing with breed stigma, such as pitbulls, American Bulldogs, and Mastiffs. It does not in fact make you look tough to give your dogs one of these names. It just makes you look like a sad little man with penis envy.

Those are less obvious than your name.

The Social Statement: Religion, sex, politics and crazy Uncle Gary– anything you were ever told to not discuss at the dinner table is on tap to some people as a name source. I’m sure you thought it was adorable to name your Black *teehee* Labrador “Obama” and I’m sure your neighbor appreciates how much of a feminist you are while calling your dog “Vulva” to come home for dinner. Not only are a lot of these names questionable in taste, they can also be amazingly offensive, so just back away.


The Self-Appointed Nobility: You will find that announcing your dog to anyone with a title, usually of royal distinction ,will get you a look followed shortly thereafter by a non-committal noise. Anyone who’s worked with dogs will tell you a dog with a self-styled title is a dog and owner combo you don’t want to deal with. Prince Foxy, Lady Dingles, Princess Mary Molly, Sir Charles and so on. Aside from the fact that you’re naming a dog, not the heir of the Luxembourgish throne, these people are typically incredibly high maintenance. They make the dog snobs look like slobs and while that’s not all that hard to do, it’s an impressive feat in micromanagement.


Toddler Tacky: While we understand the idea behind allowing kids to name dogs, one must consider if they are truly willing to accept whatever comes spewing of out their childrens’ mouths. A mutual friend of all three Dog Snobs made this mistake years back and ended up with a giant dog name “Mr. Pookiehead”. Seriously. (Our friend wanted us to note that the first name her kids suggested was “Mr. Boogerhead”, but that was vetoed). Although this may sound cute when spoken by your three year old, imagine the horror of yelling “Stop humping that Mr. Pookiehead!!!” in a public place.

Mr. Huggles, be nice!

Mr. Huggles, be nice!

Animated Atrocities: A source of particular loathing and likely a sub-class of ‘Toddler Tacky’ category, it can also be attributed to a particularly nostalgic (read: immature) adult. Sometimes the dog’s own age can be guessed at by the release date of the movie. Labs named Simba, Dalmatians named Pongo and one particularly memorable Shih-tzu named Sharpay have graced the grooming tables of many a Dog Snob.

Hakuna Matata, asshole.

Hakuna Matata, asshole.

The Long Lost Relative: Recently lose a great-aunt Myrtle? Have I got the best dog name for you! Yeah, we didn’t think it was a good idea either. Naming pets after dead relatives is weird and we’re pretty sure those relatives wouldn’t appreciate it.

Great Uncle Horace loves a nice hat

Great Uncle Horace loves a nice hat

The Gender-Bender: Got a Dog named Sue? So does this guy and will he ever be offended if you dare assume ‘Sue’ is a bitch. Spencer, Shelby, Muffin, Cupcake (and any other baked goods for that matter) along with numerous others have unfortunately confusing monikers as well as owners misguided enough to get upset about it.


The Mismatch: I think it’s safe to assume that we’ve all met a large dog named “Tiny” or a small dog named “Tank”. Opposites are so clever. Oh wait. They’re not. So the next time you meet a black dog named “Snowflake” be sure to congratulate the owner on being an intellectual giant.


Is that you Fluffy?

Food Names: Naming your dog after foods (think Quinoa, Asparagus, or Sushi) is a quick way to have people think either that you were on a diet when you named your dog or that you simply ran out of ideas so you looked to your fridge for inspiration. Calling out the name “Yogurt” at the dog park will not in fact have people applauding your creativity. Instead, they are far more likely to snicker behind your back and wonder what exactly you were eating (or smoking) when you decided to name your dog after a nutritious dairy treat.

Borscht?!? Really??!!!?

The Luxury: If you name your dog “Mercedes”, “Porsche”, or “Coco Chanel” (or any other luxury brand name) people will immediately assume you have shitty credit and most likely a hovel of a home. Naming a dog after name brands makes you look tacky and pretty much guarantees you will never actually have nice things. You may as well call the dog ‘Things I can’t afford’ and leave it at that.

“Please meet ‘Manolo Blahnik von Furstenburg’ ”

The Aspiring Namer : The Aspiring Namer has high hopes for their dog. Unfortunately. Angel often ends up closer to demon, Sweetie is a total asshole, Cutie looks like she was beaten with the ugly stick, and Darling would gladly remove a finger. When naming your dog, remember that a name won’t do what training can… make your dog less of an asshole.


Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to naming dogs? What are the worst dog names you’ve ever heard? Share below!

128 Responses to “What your Dog’s Name Says About You”

  1. Tamara February 4, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

    My first dog, a curly tailed corgi mutt I wanted to name Wilbur, but was vetoed. We searched pig names and landed on Toby, which every other dog is named apparently. I recently got my second dog, a blue pit and named her Wednesday, after my favorite childhood goth icon. Sometimes people think I chose the day of the week but most people get the reference.

  2. Donna February 5, 2014 at 1:45 am #

    Ok here are my dogs names that I as an adult have named. All Poodles by the way. My 1st Standard Poodle Ki-Oki Noel, reference I love the Hawaiin coffee Keoke,changed the spelling to represent Chinese power “KI” Noel because I got her at Christmas time. 2nd Standard,Ki-Owa Loki, for my love of American Indian history and Loki because she was crazy fun!!My 3rd SP came withe the name Jasmine mand it just seemed to fit her so I kept it. My 4th SP We(my partner and ) named her Logans Fate, Logans being where we had our first date and Fate because we found her and became a family. Then came our 1st toy poodle(by the way, these are all rescues)came with the name Sugar, and she was sweet as could be so we kept it. Our next was Oscar the blind TP, he came with no name, but he grumbled under his breath all the time, so he became Oscar the Grouch! Then came another SP, he was named Toby and I hated it, so I changed it to Tobias, it sounded much more distinguished! LOL After that we fostered 3 TP’s and so as not to get attatched referred to them as Fosters A,B&C. A and C got adopted , and B got lost, we spent days searching for her and when we finally found her 5 days later I said she wasn’t going anywhere, she was going to be my Baby,so thats her name. Then came my apricot TP from a puppymill bust with no name , just a number. I wanted to name her Lucy after Lucille Ball , buy she refused to answer to it, so one day my partner said she looked brown to her , like Cocoa Wheats , so she called her Cocoa and she responded, so she is officially Cocoa Pop. Ok now comes little black TP, was waiting for her to show us her name , when she was always getting in trouble and I would constantly say to her “now listen here Little Missy am I going to have to spank you?) So by default she became Little Miss or Missy. Ok . now enter teeny tiny white TP(male) we got him from an unsuccessful adoption and he was already named, Dude Mac!!! Well it pretty much fit him, so he is Lil Dude or Mr. Proper because he always lays with his front paws crossed!! And last but not least , our last rescue , a Bichon Frise. She came with the name “Shirley” well that was the name of my dearly departed Mother, so that was not going to fly! Well with her big pretty fluffy face she looked like a happy flower, so she became Daisy Mae!! So we currently have 8 babies and that is enough, so what category do I belong to , besides “One dog past Crazy!!”

    • El June 1, 2014 at 12:33 pm #

      Interesting that the article was written before the post above…

      • Assegai Rhodesian Ridgebacks June 3, 2014 at 1:11 am #


      • Paul July 25, 2014 at 5:23 pm #

        Oh dear G-d the worst is people with way pure breeds who give the dog 15 names. You need something simple to yell across the yard. That being said, my partner and I both enjoy The Band. There are so many fanciful yet simple human named in their music we have a lifetime of dog names…simple.

      • Gersheps July 25, 2014 at 7:48 pm #

        Something simple to yell across the Yard? That’s what the “Call Name” is for. The Registered Name for a Purebred is meant to give an indication of the Dog’s Heritage or at least identify the Breeder, in lieu of a full Pedigree. One of the dogs I bred is registered as “Two Feathers’ Hoochie Koochie Man” but I just call him “Muddy.”

      • mamaofmyaandmeeko October 21, 2014 at 5:49 pm #


  3. Nanci February 5, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

    My pet peeve (pun intended) is people who cannot think of a new name for a new pet. As a groomer, I am on my fifth (!!!) Daisy and third Duchess. Is it really that hard to think up an original name?

    • Elaine April 14, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

      Yes, it IS that difficult when everyone in the family has to agree… . Hence our Daisy…

  4. laurararah February 12, 2014 at 8:20 pm #

    My fiance and I are getting a puppy in 3 weeks from a breeder and naming him “Princeton”. That might put us in the smarter-than-you pretentious names, but that’s fine. My fiance is a professor at Princeton and I’m an alum, so it has a lot of meaning to us. Also, since my fiance is untenured, we’re not planning to live at the university forever. Admittedly, having a puppy named Princeton running around the Princeton campus is going to be a little tricky…

  5. Haley February 18, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    Found this site this morning and it has had me laughing. I have a german shepherd named Atlas, a cattle dog named Scout and a Yorkie named Dover. I work at a kennel and I wish I had a dollar for every Bella we have, sheesh.

  6. Jessica C April 1, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

    I guess Boo Radley puts me in the smarter than thou category, although Harper Lee is not exactly Proust lol

  7. Margaret Guthrie April 29, 2014 at 5:50 am #

    When my husband told me to get a dog that would do agility with me(because my mixed breed made it clear he was all done with that sport by pooping on the course), he wanted me to get a Corgi. When I got an Australian Shepherd, he asked to name her. She is registered as Shouldabeenacorgi, call name Corgi. Her breeder loved it.

  8. JaclynM April 29, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

    When I got my Chihuahua in 2012, someone told me, “Oh you have to name him Killer or something like that. It would be so funny!” No thanks. Although I guess I fit in “Animated Atrocities” because I ended up naming him Ren, after the character from Ren & Stimpy (he’s the same color). Although it actually turned out more original than I thought. I’ve met many Chihuahua owners in the area and have never come across another Ren. I suppose 20 years ago, when the show was on, it was probably very common. Yes, I am a nostalgic (immature) adult! 🙂

    • Jeff May 31, 2014 at 10:57 am #

      That is awesome. I’ve never come across ANY other dog named Ren, Chihuahua or otherwise. Never found a cat named Stimpy. Cheers to you.

  9. RowanVT May 1, 2014 at 3:44 am #

    Nearly all my critters are named after plants, which does result in some ‘food names’. My current batch are Alyssum (dog), Mallorn, Hawthorn, Burdock, and Rowan (all cats) along with the four fosters who are Turnip, Potato, Jicama, and Yam.

    I’ve also had Acacia, Sago, Divi-divi, Saffron, Marsh and Mallow, Parsnip and Rosemary. My foster pibble puppy was named Hibiscus officially, but his actual name was Kisses because that’s all he wanted to do.

    Non-plants, I have had Miss Jenny (wanted pretentious because she was a tiny chi/min pin puppy), Lulu (came with that name), and Lucky (hydrocephalic puppy). Kumo was so named because when I purchased him his marking were pale gray, like clouds had landed on him. Unfortunately Kumo also means ‘spider’ so there was confusion abounding with that one.

    However, I am a firm believer in the Law of Opposite Names for puppies and kittens. Almost anything named Sugar, Sweetie, Angel, Fluffy, Princess, Loverboy, etc when it is a *baby* will end up utterly evil.

  10. Gersheps May 6, 2014 at 1:36 am #

    The worst dog name I can remember was “Taggart.” The owner named the dog after a Character in “Atlas Shrugged,” and he made sure that everyone knew where the name came from. So he read “Atlas Shrugged” — who really gives a damn.

    Since the dog was a male, I assumed he named it after Jim Taggart, a dickhead who wound up in a mental hospital. Not exactly a great name for a dog.

    • limedestruction May 24, 2015 at 2:21 am #

      Hey, maybe he’s just proud of that feat. I still haven’t finished that stupid book 6 years later.

  11. Bill Moser May 12, 2014 at 4:57 am #

    After a lifetime of pets with names that bit us in the ass (for example, Louise and then a new neighbor was named Louise; Petunia in the ’60’s because she was a flower child; Moriah, because she broke wind all the way home when we got her; Stella with people screaming the name in her face/ muzzle), when our dog Brando (Stella’s brother but people always called him Marlon, to great confusion) died, and we got a new rescue, we named him Fourteen because he was our fourteenth pet not counting fish, reptiles and rodents. At least his name is unique. Probably not pretentious. Not political, nor religious, nor after a dead relative. The shelter called him Rosival because the head was a Blackhawk Hockey fan, but we couldn’t think of a nickname for that and he is a Mastiff mix, way too butch for Rosie. “Fourteen” is perhaps a touch cute, but we can live with that. And so can he. His nickname is a very throaty Buhb, but we seldom use it. He’s just Fourteen.

  12. mysterieuxadmirateur June 3, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

    I had a friend who hated pet names that were also people names. Her border collie: Busy; Her great Dane: Pony. Creative? Not particularly, but rather descriptive.

    Me, I name my dogs with a great deal of thought and try to make the reg names and call names fit: Flying Wizard/Merlin; More Than a Feeling/Boston; Take Your Time/Tuesday (that one needs some ‘splaining, unless you’re familiar with Popeye).

    I’m on several breed-specific FB groups and some of the stuff I see covers the gamut of irritating names and make me cringe: Vivaldi, Poopsie, Ryker, Bear (BEAR? Like every other large-ish, fluffy dog owned my someone with NO imagination has that name).

    • Annie July 25, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

      See, and I’m of the opposite sort in that I only consider names for my pets that are also people names. The only exception might be my fish.
      As an adult I’ve had Grace (cat), Chelsea, Theodore (both dogs), and my pet rats have been Carter, Boyd, Lily, Fern, Clover, and Rosie (I went a little botanical-name crazy with the female rats).

      And if I had it to do over again Chelsea would have been named Francesca. It fits her much more. She needs a frilly, ultra-feminine name and Chelsea, while nice, is a bit ordinary for her. I already call her Chess as a nickname for Chelsea (Chels said quickly became Chess and it stuck) so I decided that her middle name is Francesca. Even if only my husband and I know that, it makes me feel better. 😉

  13. L.M. Ashley June 4, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

    I have my personal preferences and reasons that my dogs were given the names they were, (like Holly for my Rottie that I got at xmas time). Why should anyone care what someone else chooses to name their dog? All that matters is that a dog is loved and given good care.

    • Gersheps June 4, 2014 at 4:34 pm #


  14. Glock_Fireman June 20, 2014 at 8:53 am #

    Have any of you thought about maybe the names like “Glock, Sig, Ruger, or Colt” may be used because the owner is a gun enthusiast. Or maybe the owner is a Fireman or in the Military or just maybe the owner is a Police Officer I think you all are looking at this the wrong way with that stereotype.

    • TheDogSnobs June 20, 2014 at 11:14 pm #

      Naming a dog after things I like… Still probably stupid.

    • GSDgirl October 3, 2014 at 11:18 pm #

      My rescue GSD was named “Glock” by the woman who pulled him. She is in law enforcement by profession and all dogs she pulled during that particular time were given rescue names of that nature.

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  16. Ophelia July 12, 2014 at 5:10 am #

    Somehow, my family has gotten into religious names. I have no idea why, we never go to church and have made our controversial opinions quite independently from the bible.
    Still, we’ve had a dog named Hope, a cat named Moses (which was quickly shortened to Moe), a cat named Faith, a cat named Church, etc.
    I’m into classic names, like Dottie, Nancy, Davie, and such. But have not been able to express my opinion.

  17. Veg July 24, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

    My dogs name are Joey, the 2nd Ricky and the 3rd Mitch …. What category is that?

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  19. Julia September 9, 2014 at 1:38 am #

    I groom an obnoxious amount of Mrs. Pippy because of my salon location and when I am filling out the new client form it always goes like this Me: “what is the dog’s name?” Owner: “Mrs. Pippy, get it?! Like the river? Mrs….. Mississ…. Pippy…..ppi…… mississippi…..mrs pippy…..get it…..Get It…..GET IT….?” my only response is an involuntary eye twitch until they leave the salon, and from then on I call the dog river while i’m grooming it.

  20. mamaofmyaandmeeko October 21, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

    Pet Peeve – Northern Breed owners: you do NOT have to name your majestic Siberian husky names like Nanook, Denali, Alaska, etc. Give your dog a proper name but if you live here in the United States, that damn sled dog you have DID NOT COME FROM ALASKA!!! It came from some yahwho breeder here in the states or a shelter or a rescue and it deserves a name to match it’s personality, not it’s ancestors freaking origin. One more thing, the over use of Dakota, Nikki, Max and Mya is f’ing annoying! We all saw 8 Below. We get it, it was a meaningful story based on true events, but you do NOT have to name your dog after it. Disclaimer: Yes, my female Siberian husky’s name is Mya. Sigh. We rescued her and I didn’t have the heart to change it. She knew her name already. And yes, sadly those dumb asses we got her from, who were going to take her to Animal Control after purchasing her for $600 from a breeder (smh) did name her after the movie. Sigh. Her given name is MyaJune. In my head, that made up for the overused movie name. Lol

    • pommom101690 October 31, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

      I feel you! I had super common names. My first dog was already named Zoe, so I call her Zoe Claire.

    • Taja Siberians December 25, 2014 at 1:39 am #

      Amen to that! There are a million Dakotas. You can leave count Loki and Demon out too. We know they are naughty. Think of something else that’s original.
      My Siberians’ names are Kablooey (Guilty of allowing the ten year old to name him and we just call him Bloo), Alenka, Anicka, Darka and Crucio.

    • Peg February 23, 2015 at 2:17 am #

      You do know Alaska’s a state, right? As in, one of the 50 United States of America? I ask because twice you referred to Alaska is if it isn’t a state. Also, Siberian Huskies aren’t from Alaska.

      I live in Alaska and there are a lot of dogs of all breeds named Denali, Juneau, Nanook, etc. I do agree that people could be more creative! That being said, I’m considering naming my puppy Aurora, so maybe I’m no better. In my defense, I haven’t met any dogs named Aurora.

      • mamaofmyaandmeeko August 31, 2016 at 6:59 pm #

        I am quite aware that Alaska is a state Peg but thank you for the education you provided someone else who may not know. You missed the point altogether but that may because you are one of “those” people. I know 5 Siberian Huskies named Aurora. Enjoy your dog.

  21. Bev October 28, 2014 at 1:33 am #

    I have no idea where I fit in with the naming of dogs, I’ve had a Duska, blk GSD, Peabody, Corgi Dually Papillion, Pete, papillion, Beep a sheltie, and Charm a sheltie????

  22. pommom101690 October 31, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

    For my pet’s that I have named, I tried to find names that if I called them at the dog park, 50 dogs would come charging at me.

    My first Pomeranian was already named Zoe, so I gave her a middle name, and her name is Zoe Claire.

    My second dog, a long hair Chihuahua, was already named Dexter (yes, from that tv show).

    My third dog was a friend’s mistake. She adopted this Pom from our local shelter. He hated her, and decided my house was way better! His name is Marbles.

    I named the fourth dog, also a Pom. The shelter named him Chester, but as soon as my friend called him Chester the Molester, that had to go. His name his now August. Nope. I didn’t adopt him in August. It was more like April, but I have always loved the name.

    The fifth dog was a French Bulldog from a rescue in Georgia. She was surrendered by a breeder. Her name was Miranda, but she didn’t know that. I named her Pandora Jane, so I call her Pandi Jane.

    The sixth dog was a decrepit, crypt keeper Chi from animal control. They named him Cowboy Curtis, so we let that stay.

    The seventh dog was a Spitz. Her name was Mia. She was a 16 year old owner surrender. it was obvious she hadn’t been well cared for. I changed her name to Harper Louise, because I felt it was fitting for an old southern belle.

    I also have four cats.

    Hubble is named after the movie The Way We Were. Gatsby is my second cat. It’s clear where his name came from. Sullivan is my third cat. I always thought the name Sully from Monsters Inc was super cute, so we call him that for short. Finally, we have Fitzgerald. Everyone thought I did it for F Scott Fitzgerald. Nope. Not that deep. I just really love the show Scandal.

  23. dcb November 25, 2014 at 12:24 am #

    I adopted Ted a rottie x at 6 months, totally untrained, a hard mouther, destructive, chicken killer, not housetrained, incredible prey drive and totally hyperactive. He came with that name but I was thinking of changing it and considering some options. However after telling a friend about his latest string of exploits, he asked me if Ted was short for Sh*thead! Well Ted stuck and a year on he is one of the best dogs I’ve ever had.

  24. Laura February 6, 2015 at 8:54 pm #

    Current dog: Omelet. Future dog: Poptart. Ha ha.

  25. Anne February 9, 2015 at 11:08 pm #

    I have been grooming for more than ten years and the worst names I’ve ever come across were two maltese owned by an Asian women named q-tip and toothbrush. I have to wonder if this is a reverse of that Asian name category mentioned above. I really hope so.

  26. RaeHughes April 9, 2015 at 12:43 am #

    My older BC bitch is “Gee” or, her nickname, “Junior Lady in Widdling, Lady Greeble of Bla”.
    My younger BC bitch is “Jim” (real name “Jaimie”) – her nickname is “Mildred BeWilded Envoy of Chaos”.
    My older LabX is “Bob” (nickname “A Peasant”)
    My younger lab is “Luke” (nickname “THE Loyal Sir Luke the Lame, Arrow Fodder, Marcher Lord”
    Yes, all have multiple names but each of the alternatives have a long long history and speak to their behaviour. EG Luke always comes to greet you when visiting. He is also a bit of a thug :). Jim causes chaos wherever she goes ….
    I have a list of names for future dogs that match where the dog comes from in history. My next BC, if male, will be “Brogar” – and shortened to “Bro”.

    None of these are pretentious.

  27. Riz April 19, 2015 at 5:42 pm #

    Oh dear!! Should I tell you my dogs’ names?
    The first 2 are pretty normal…in my eyes anyway
    All German Shepherds, I have Shiloh and Rhogan.
    My little girl is called Little Asskicker..LA for short.
    And our cat is called Icabod.
    Psychoanalysis welcome.

  28. limedestruction May 24, 2015 at 2:33 am #

    I work at a huge animal shelter. We get 20,000 or so animals every year. Approximately 15,000 of them are named: Bella, Daisy, Lucy, Molly, Kitty, Max, Charlie, Duke, Jake, or Shadow. It makes me insane. At this point, I would be excited if I met a Fluffy, Rover or Fido. I’ve worked there almost four years, so this is about 80,000 animals, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Fluffy, and this is supposed to be like, some stereotypical dog name. Insanity! There are so many names in the world! I’m not asking for much here. I mean like, instead of Bella or Max, can’t you be ever so slightly more creative and name them, I don’t know, Emily or Gerald? That’s not even a stretch, it doesn’t require any more effort, just open a baby name book to a page. And just pick the name that isn’t Bella. So easy.

    As for me, I name all of my “pocket pets” after food, but that’s just how it is…Clove, Thistle, Panini, Mochi, Lemon, etc. My dogs are Laika (after the space dog), and Effie (Trinket. She’s a 5 pound Chihuahua and I felt the need to name her after a ridiculous character). My cat’s name is Sagan, but my roommate calls him Carl, probably just to irritate me.

    And does every German shepherd have to be named Sarge, Major, General, Lieutenant, Captain, Hans or Klaus? Really?

    • limedestruction May 24, 2015 at 2:41 am #

      But none of that matters because I just call my dogs “Likey”, “Like like”, “Fee Fee”, “Feefs” or “Feefles”….

    • Mel Carlin July 14, 2015 at 2:12 am #

      You missed Beau (or Bo, for the less literate owner) Prince & Princess

  29. Mel Carlin July 14, 2015 at 2:39 am #

    Current dogs (all Rhodesian Ridgebacks) Thandi (means “Star”) don’t blame me – she came with the name
    Shava (means “Red”) He is…
    Ginger (returned pup – she came back with the name) It fits, she’s ginger-colored & a little hot-tempered
    Luna (Registered name Ch Assegai Dark Side Of The Moon – co-owner vetoed “Floyd” & “Pink”) She was the pink ribbon puppy in her litter – she also answers to “looney tooney fish dog” or “Luna Tuna” & “Fish”
    Sani – after the Sani Pass in southern Africa
    Frikkie – named after one of the springboks in an animated movie (Khumba) – it’s a good South African man’s name.
    Cat: Max (Yeah, yeah, I know, rescue cat – he came with it & it just fits somehow)
    Past horses: Spot, George & Dave
    JRT bought for former Boss but named by me: Harry (find the childrens book “Harry The Dirty Dog”)
    French Bulldog also bought for former Boss and named by me – she was cream & white from a “D” litter – Daffodil

    • islandscribe August 20, 2015 at 10:15 pm #

      My most name-challenged dog is my 13-year-old Sheltie, Rupie, who I acquired when she was four-and-a-half years old. First, her call name is a shortened form of Rupert…she’s a girl so I have no idea how she ended up with Rupert as a call name. Second, her registered name is Bach’s Bound and Gagged. I kid you not. I asked why and was told it was part of a theme for that particular litter: Bound for Glory, Bound to Succeed etc. There is a substantial difference between Bound for Glory and Bound and Gagged.
      I have one Sheltie I named: Madselin Magicks bi Moonshadow, call name Shade. He’s a bi-black with almost no white, so it suits him. The registered name is longer than I like but I couldn’t get my first choice which would have been a delightful play on words: Moonshadow bi Madselin.
      My youngest Sheltie’s call name is Crumpit – which I love and kept. Short and unique. She’s named for a mountain, BTW, not a baked good.

    • Dawn June 14, 2016 at 3:15 am #

      I have Hannah (11), Terracottas Vamp O Savannah after the Ella Fitzgerald song Hard Hearted Hannah. Katrina (1), Kennebec’s Bad Bayou Queen, Yillo (she’s 10 and came with her name) and Lily AKA Lily Von Shtup from Blazing Saddles. 3 Ridgebacks and a Boerboel.

  30. smitty werbenjegermanjensen November 17, 2015 at 4:55 am #

    I met a dog at the park once that was named Kevin. Pretty sure the kids picked that one. I also met one owned by this jocky/upper-middle-class family that was called “Airborne”. Mine is named Dawson, after the city in the Yukon Territory. He’s a Malamute.


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