Pokémon Dog Names: The Most Interesting Dog Names in the Pokémon World

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August 7, 2023

It is said that dogs are man’s best friend, so it should be a surprise to no one that in the Pokémon world, there are a lot of dogs and even wolves, which are similar to dogs in many ways.

The names given to the Pokémon dogs can be very interesting and unique, which is one of the reasons the game is still as popular as it ever was.

Each time a new “generation” comes out, new names have to be thought up, and if you’re interested in learning what some of these names are, keep reading.

Some of the Most Interesting Pokémon Dog Names

If you’re like most Pokémon fans, you have many different dogs in your lineup, and they are all different.

In your Pokédex, you’ll notice that some of these dogs are essentially worthless while others are extreme competitors who will do anything to win. Never mind, though, because they all serve a purpose when it comes to the Pokémon game.

If you’re familiar with Pokémon, you already know that there are generations involved with every Pokémon dog, and certain versions of the game correspond with a particular generation, although the dogs are usually available afterwards. Here is a list of the generations and the versions that correspond with them:

  • Generation I: Red (Green), Blue, Yellow (R/B/Y)
  • Generation II: Gold, Silver, Crystal (G/S/C)
  • Generation III: Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, LeafGreen (Ru/Sa/E/FR/LG)
  • Generation IV: Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, SoulSilver (D/P/Pl/HG/SS)
  • Generation V: Black, White, Black 2, White 2 (Bl/W/B2/W2)
  • Generation VI: Pokémon X and Y, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire (X/Y/OR/AS)
  • Generation VII: Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, Ultra Moon (Su/M/US/UM)
  • Generation VIII: Sword, Shield (Sw/Sh)

Now that you know this, let’s go over some of the most interesting dog names for Pokémon. Below are a handful of them, along with their type and the generation they belong to.

1.  Yamper (Type: Electric, Generation: VIII)

An adorable dog with a gray body and yellow eyes and tail, it starts out as a basic puppy dog then later on evolves into a Boltund.

When it comes to single-player campaigns, Yamper is not much help, but this is mostly because there are too many other electric-type Pokémon dogs for this one to matter.

2.  Lycanroc (Type: Rock, Generation: VII)

When you look at this dog, you can see how ferocious it is. It is tan and white with blue eyes and comes in three forms, depending on how it is influenced.

While it has advantages against certain types of Pokémon, it doesn’t do well against other types, especially fighting, water, ground, and grass types.

3.  Arcanine (Type: Fire, Generation: I)

This Pokémon character is quite attractive with its black-and-orange coat, looking similar to a tiger.

While it isn’t technically a legendary dog, Arcanine is mostly used for single players in the earlier generations. For tournament play, it isn’t recommended because you’ll likely use Growlithe more often.

4.  Granbull (Type: Fairy, Generation: II)

Granbull is essentially a lavender bulldog and evolved from the Snubbull dog. It has a very strong attack stat but is a little weak in other base stats.

Once you add it to your Pokédex, you can disregard it because it does poorly in all generations and in all competitive play.

5.  Manectric (Type: Electric, Generation: III)

Nicknamed the Discharge Pokémon, the Manectric has poor type advantages and base stats, which means you’ll likely just add it to your collection then forget about it.

With a blue-and-yellow body and a head and body that look like electricity, you certainly don’t want this Pokémon dog in any of your competitive play.

6.  Nickit (Type: Dark, Generation: VIII)

The dog itself is adorable, with its brown-and-white wolf-like appearance, and it’s a great addition to your collection of Sword & Shield.

Still, while it packs a decent punch, it isn’t good for Little Cup competition and has a rather shallow move pool. After you add it to your Pokédex, it won’t be much use in your primary rotation.

7.  Lillipup (Type: Normal, Generation: V)

With a brown-and-beige puppy look and adorable big eyes, this Pokémon dog is cute as can be, but if it isn’t evolved you’ll find it isn’t much use to you.

Instead, most players will likely choose to use Herdier instead. In fact, Lillipup is seldom used nowadays because of these reasons, but it’s still an adorable addition to your collection.

8.  Riolu (Type: Fighting, Generation: IV)

Also known as the Emanation Pokémon, Riolu is black and blue and has long floppy ears. It’s not technically a Pokémon dog but is closer to a dog than anything else.

It isn’t good for either single-player campaigns or in competitive play, in part because it has weak base stats. Still, it is yet another Pokémon dog that can complete your collection.


Pokémon dogs have different types and were introduced in various generations, and there are too many of them to include in this article.

Still, each of them has a different look and different capabilities, so regardless of what you’re looking for to add to your Pokémon collection, it shouldn’t be difficult to find it.

Once you determine what to add next to your Pokémon collection and the reason you’re looking for that particular dog, it becomes a lot easier to find what you need.