Does your New Puppy Need a Name? Did you recently bring home a new puppy or adopt a dog, and are now searching for the perfect name?  A fun trend is to choose a name based on your dog’s breed or heritage, instead of the all-too-common monikers like Max, Sadie, Bella, and Snoopy.  Listed here are tips for picking out the perfect name for your pup.

Consider your Dog’s Heritage

Where in the world does your dog’s breed originate?  A Scottish dog would do great with a name that nods to his or her heritage, such as Fife, Angus, or Dundee.  Names that pay homage to a German breed’s ancestry include Elke, Rhine, or Zorn.  If your dog is a sled dog, names like Tundra, Juneau, or Blizzard may be appropriate.  Are you naming a Labrador Retriever or Newfoundland?  Historical names for these breeds include Avalon, Nova, or Bristol.

Be Unique

When choosing your dog’s name, strive for uniqueness.  Go to the dog park and observe the names that are commonly called.  Chances are there will be multiple dogs named Rex, Bailey, Buddy, and Lucy.  When considering your dog’s breed, stay away from common breed names such as Coco for a Chihuahua, Rocky for a Boxer, Gizmo for a Shih Tzu, Max for a German Shepherd, Daisy for a Beagle, or Sophie for a Yorkshire Terrier.  These monikers were the most-registered names for top breeds  in the American Kennel Club in 2015.

Use Few Syllables

When choosing a unique name for your pet, be sure to stick with as few syllables as possible.  While “Cherry Blossom” would be a great name for a Shiba Inu, getting your dog’s attention is much simpler with a name like “Kai” or “Hiro.”    

Look to Native Languages

Not everyone prefers to have a human name for his or her dog.  However, it can be fun to borrow words from other languages in order to create the perfect name.  For instance, Inu means “dog” in Japanese, and would be appropriate for an Akita or other Japanese breed.  Similarly, Shiya means “snow at dawn” in Inuit (perfect for a sled dog); Amé means “beloved” in French (great for a French poodle); Dolce means “sweet” in Italian (appropriate for an Italian Greyhound); and “Blanca” means white in Spanish (lovely for a white female Chihuahua).

Food as Inspiration

Food is often considered the universal language and it also makes for interesting dog names.  Brie, Pinot, and Aioli are cute names for French dogs. Cannoli, Panini, and Gnocchi are fitting for Italian dogs.  Riesling, Marzipan, and Radler work for German dogs.  Sushi, Sake, and Nori are adorable monikers for Japanese breeds, and Dumpling, Wonton, and Mashi would work well for Chinese dogs.