Unique Dog Names

Closeup of a gleefully happy white and brown dog, with tongue out, eyes closed and big wet nose. Image by B Rosen

Want your dog’s name to stand out from the pack?

The most common dog names are actually human names. Giving a human name to a dog is not super original, but I get it. We think of dogs as part of our families, so there are a lot of dogs named Lucy, Bailey, Max, Molly, Charley, Maggie and Jake. But, hey, naming a dog gives us a chance to get really creative, funny, and imaginative.

Your dog deserves a really cool, amazing name!

So it’s worth it to take a bit more time to come up with a dog name that is a perfect fit. It could be a name that describes their personality, their habits, or their looks. Your dog’s name may also reflect something about your own life, experiences, or sense of humour.

Find a fresh dog name that you absolutely love

If you choose a dog name that makes you laugh, keep in mind that you will eventually be calling it out at the dog park, or writing it on a form at the vet’s office. So think it over and test the names out loud before making a decision. Which name feels most natural and rolls off your tongue? Which name will make you proud, happy, or give you a warm fuzzy feeling? Remember not to get too serious about it. Have fun! Your dog will definitely love the name if you do.

Make it easy for your dog to recognize their name

As a dog walker in Toronto, I know that there are far too many 2-syllable dog names ending in the letter “y”, such as Buddy, Rusty, Lady, Missy, Daisy, Riley, Teddy, and Murphy. Adding the letter Y on the end makes any word in English sound diminutive and cute, but it can get confusing for the dogs when they are all together and I am asking for only one dog’s attention.

After all, English isn’t a dog’s first language

The solution is to choose a dog name that is unique, so a dog can easily tell that you are calling their name, rather than saying some regular word used in everyday speech. Don’t pick a name that sounds like a common command. For example, a dog named “May” could be confused when asked to “stay”, and the name “Kit” sounds too much like “sit”. To help your dog respond to their name, choose a name that’s easily distinguished from other sounds. A hard consonant in the name, such as a “c” or “k”, can help dogs to detect their own names from other human speech.

Here are over 50 unusual dog name suggestions to get you started on finding the perfect name for your dog:

  • Kerfuffle
  • Scallywag
  • Buckaroo
  • Skedaddle
  • Sassafrass (Sassypants, or just Sass)
  • Boondoggle
  • Razzamatazz
  • Alfresco
  • Ambrosia
  • Hullabaloo
  • Gadzooks
  • Curmudgeon
  • Beau Dacious
  • Fandango
  • Scooch  (for the pooch who likes to monopolize all of the space in bed or on the sofa)
  • Moocher
  • Barkley
  • Hoover (for the dog who cleans up any bit of food that lands on the floor)
  • Miss Wigglebottom (or Mr. Wigglesworth, or just Wiggles)
  • Sir Wagsalot (or simply Wags)
  • Mr. Pickles
  • Smidgen
  • Canoodle
  • Cahoots
  • Meadow
  • Sunshine
  • Sprinkles
  • Pumpkin
  • Bumpkin
  • Puppers
  • Cuddles
  • Hooligan
  • Ruckus
  • Petunia
  • Sweetpea (or Sweets)
  • Fribble
  • Venture
  • Scoobycute
  • Persnickety
  • Pizzazz
  • Rapscallion
  • Razzle-Dazzle
  • Zephyr
  • Stretch
  • Galoot
  • Schmooze
  • Dingleberry
  • Flibbertigibbet
  • Shenanigan
  • Sweetness
  • Handsome
  • Honest
  • Wilder
  • Loyal

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