How Do You Choose Male and Female Dog Names?

Pet Health


April 1, 2020

When it comes to caring for a dog, whether it is a brand-new puppy, or an adopted addition to the family, there are going to be a few different things you will want to think about.

For one, you are going to want to make sure that you have a good name selected for your puppy. However, as you will likely realize quickly, there are countless names to choose from. Of course, there are going to be some names that are more popular than others. Similarly, there are going to be names that are going to be quite unproductive for your dog. As you begin the search for the best name for your dog, here are some things that you will need to think about.

What Should You Look for in a Name?

As many people can agree, names are an incredibly important part of life. They are something that people identify with and they hold a considerable amount of meaning. While your dog won’t get the same amount of meaning from your name as you and your friends will be able to get from it, it is the sentiment that counts when it comes to naming your dog. Speaking of choosing a name for your dog, there are a couple things that you will want to look at in particular.

For one, you will want to make sure that it isn’t a complicated name. Names that are long, hard for you to pronounce, and all-around difficult to work with are not going to be a good choice for your dog. Not only will it cause a number of issues for you, especially in situations where you find that you need to call out your dog’s name at a moment’s notice, but it will also be harder for your dog to understand when you are calling its name.

Making sure that your dog understands what its name is, is an important process of dog training. Nobody wants to make their puppy’s training more troublesome than it should be with an overly complex name.

You will also want to choose a name that properly suits your dog. This includes the dog’s appearance, personality, and overall behavior. A dog who is slow, lazy, and generally akin to a sloth should not have a highly energetic name, or one that is commonly associated with more rambunctious dogs.

The same applies vice versa as well. While it might take you a small amount of time to discern what behaviors are part of your dog’s personality, and which behaviors are spurred by a puppy simply being curious about the world around it, it can often be a good idea to take some time to think about what name works best for your dog.

Finally, there are actually some aspects that your dog will appreciate more in a name than you might realize. While a dog certainly won’t be able to understand what its name means, it can still appreciate the sounds that you make to pronounce that name.

Dogs tend to prefer names that are short and choppy, as well as names that have a hard-consonant sound within the name. The hard-consonant sound helps a dog distinguish its name from all of the other noises that it might be distracted by.

These are the most important things you will want to think about when you are looking for a brand-new name for your dog, whether it is a new addition to the house from an adoption center or your dog has just had a litter of puppies and you are desperately trying to name them and care for them.

With this being said, of course, there are going to be a few things that you will want to keep your eye out for when you are planning to name your new dog.

What Should You Avoid in a Dog Name?

As mentioned earlier, you should try to avoid dog names that are bulky, hard to pronounce, and don’t really roll off the tongue easily. What this means is that, on the off chance that your dog decides to get into some mischief behavior, you can quickly call out their name to alert your dog that you have already spotted the improper action.

This is particularly important for much younger puppies who do not know the difference between right and wrong. Do keep in mind that if you choose a name that can be easily abbreviated, then all you will have to do is put a little bit more effort into teaching your dog both the abbreviation and the natural word.

Another thing that you might want to avoid doing is giving an older, adopted dog a new name. Chances are that, depending on that dog’s lifestyle, it has become accustomed to the name it was originally given. Trying to teach an older dog a brand-new name can be frustrating, troublesome, and typically more work than it is worth. This is the other thing that you will need to be aware of, particularly if you are purchasing an older dog from a pet store or somewhere similar.

Another thing that you will need to pay attention to is the fact that you should not choose a dog name that sounds similar to a command name. An example of this would be the name “Kit,” which to a dog, can sound very similar to “Sit.”

Now that you have a better idea of what you should look for in a dog’s name and what you should avoid, you should begin thinking about what type of name you want to give your dog. For some people, there are enough gender-neutral dog names out there that finding a specifically male or female name is not too much of an issue.

Other people, however, want to make sure that their dogs have a fitting name, meaning that male dogs have masculine names and female dogs have feminine names. This is just one of the things you will need to think about when you begin the search for a brand-new puppy name.

Narrowing Down the Choices

To choose a name that suits your dog best, you are going to need to narrow down the amount of choices that you have for names. If you enjoy keeping up on the trends, or you want a dog name that doesn’t stand out much from the rest, you can always look at the “Top Picks” lists to get a good idea of both male and female names that are somewhat popular.

From here, you will want to think about the theme of the name. Some people, particularly younger children, might want to name their dog after their favorite superhero or comic character. Other people might choose to name their dog after something they are passionate about, such as food, large cities, and even the names of famous celebrities.

As you can probably imagine, the lists are endless, making it all the more important for you to choose a name category depending on what you know of your dog’s personality.

Finding the Right Theme for Your Pet

Trying to decide what theme suits your dog best can be a tough and troubling choice. Of course, you will always have the option of simply going with one of the most common dog name options of the current year or the year before that, but then there isn’t nearly as much of a personal meaning to the name. When there isn’t nearly as much meaning to something that is important to you, it can cause different types of trouble for everyone.

With this being said, you will need to start thinking about what some of the most charming dog names would come from. Many, many people enjoy naming their dog after foods, wines, and coffees. There are countless dogs out there that are lovingly called “Mocha” because of the color of their fur. Some people find more of a connection with celebrities, movie characters, superhero comic characters, and so on. Many people consider naming their dogs after celebrities, and there are plenty of people out there that do so.

Finally, when you are trying to find a named theme for your dog, you will need to think about what makes you happy in particular. Whether that is a superhero, a food, or even a flower, you can rest assured knowing that you will eventually find a range of names that you would be comfortable applying to your dog.


Ultimately, when it comes time to work on choosing a dog’s name, the best way to see if a name works for your dog is to see how it feels rolling off the tongue. Whether or not you have adopted the dog yet, you can practice saying the name out loud and seeing if it is a nice name to choose. If you are naming a dog that is already in your house, rather than at a shelter, then you can also see if the name is fitting for the personality of your dog as well. With enough time and dedication, you can rest assured knowing that you will be able to find the perfect name for your dog, whether it is male, or female.