Dogs have been man’s best friend for thousands of years — and it shows in their names. Dogs share our lives, whether they’re guarding us or snuggling with us on a rainy day. And just as we give them pet-specific nicknames like Fluffy or Rover, so do dogs have special names that reflect how they’ve changed over time to become what they are today.
There’s nothing more wonderful than a new puppy or adult dog with the right name on their tags.
A good name speaks to your dogs personality and character, so it should accurately describe its temperament as well as be easy for you and other people who interact with them to pronounce correctly. Here is a list of some great cute names that will help make sure they have an adorable moniker.
Below are 17 beautiful dog names. Some you might recognize from movies and TV shows while others will take your breath away. Read more about each below.
The Japanese word miké means “to guard.” This name suggests that Mikko has an important job to do — protecting his family or other people around him.
The name was inspired by a young boy who lived near the author Yukio Mishima. He would often stare out into the forest watching deer until he became strong enough to chase them down and bring them back home. After seeing this incident, Mishima chose the name Mikko for his first son.
This adorable pup earned its moniker when Buddy joined the Navy Seals team known as SEALAB III in 1977. Because no humans could go outside due to low pressure levels inside the capsule, members needed another way to communicate with each other.
They nicknamed the new puppy buddy, resulting in the now famous phrase “budweiser salute.” While it seems strange that such an intelligent animal couldn’t figure out a better method than barking, it turns out that dogs aren’t very logical beings. Their brains evolved differently from ours, making communication difficult. As a result, dogs developed unique ways to signal their needs, including tail wagging, lip smacking, body language and barks [sources: PBS, CNN].
When Sasha arrived at her Wisconsin family farm in 1885, she took charge immediately. She helped herd cattle, protect sheep, catch frogs and scare birds off trees. When the farmer grew tired of all the work, he gave Sasha permission to run free.
Her sense of freedom led her to explore the area and eventually discover a nearby cave where she took shelter every night. Eventually, Sasha befriended a local human girl, but unfortunately, the two fell victim to poachers. A year later, Sasha died without ever finding love again. Today, there are statues commemorating both her life and death across America. One sits in Madison Square Park in New York City, while another stands in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Japanese legend tells the tale of Hachiko, a faithful Shiba Inu who waited patiently outside Tokyo Station every single weekday morning between 1935 and 1955 for his master Takeshiro, a postal worker who never returned from delivering mail late at night.
Every evening, Hachiko faithfully followed Takeshiro’s tracks until he found his owner lying weakly next to a train track. It wasn’t until 1953 that Takesshro left his post behind to return home, bringing hope along with him. Sadly, the old dog passed away shortly afterward.
But Hachiko remained true to his heartbroken task and continued waiting for Takeshiro until the latter finally returned home. He collapsed at the foot of the steps leading up to the station entrance and lay motionless until police officers came to check on him and discovered Takeshiro had fallen asleep right beside him. Hachiko survived the ordeal and spent the rest of his long life happily enjoying walks alongside his beloved master and wife Keiko.
In 1936, Rex’s creator called him “the greatest show dog since Noah’s Ark.” His owners didn’t agree, however, thinking his looks were too common. So they decided to change his name to King Charles Spaniel, but the public thought otherwise.
Instead of leaving the cute mutt alone, they renamed him Rex — short for Regal Esteem — hoping that would make him look more impressive. And indeed, Rex did win several Westminster Kennel Club titles under the new moniker.
He also starred in numerous films and television shows throughout his career, including the original Scooby Doo series and the classic cartoon Tom & Jerry. However, Rex’s fame quickly faded despite being one of the world’s top show dogs in 1950.
It isn’t easy choosing a dog name if you don’t know much about the breed. This situation arose for NASA scientists working aboard Skylab 4195 mission in 1973.
To solve the problem, they asked children to send suggestions via radio broadcast. Overwhelming response allowed them to pick Rover, which ended up becoming the space agency’s unofficial mascot. Later, Rover made appearances on multiple missions, including Discovery 7 in 1985 and Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity in 2003. Now retired, Rover spends his days living peacefully with his daughter Ch. Rooey Jo in Tennessee.
Fluffy got her name from a little white kitten that belonged to author Rudyard Kipling. Kipling adopted the kitten and named her Fluffball. Years later, Kipling told a reporter that although Fluffball only lasted four months before dying, she taught him something valuable.
He said Fluffball showed him that everything doesn’t always turn out perfectly, but sometimes things happen for reasons unknown. That philosophy carried through to Kipling’s writing, helping shape themes in his novels like “Kim” and “Pollyanna”.
The fox has been known throughout history for being cunning and sly yet also having a strong sense of loyalty towards family members. It’s no wonder this clever little creature can easily become one of your best friends! The most famous among these canine companions was probably Red Fox by Aesop (which means “red-tipped ears”) whose story goes like this — A hunter once shot at a fox but missed because he mistook his target for another animal due to poor vision. After shooting his arrow, the man realized what had happened and managed to capture the injured fox which became a loyal pet thereafter.
9. Wonder Dog
One of the most popular dog breeds in America is the Boxer and if you want to get yourself a pup from this breed, we recommend going with the appropriately named Wonder Dog. This dog breed originated in Germany where the ancient Egyptians bred them to fight against wild lions.
These dogs are incredibly playful and very smart making them perfect for anyone wanting a furry friend around to play fetch, run through fields, chase balls, swim, snuggle up with or even take part in fun competitions like agility training.
10. Fox Hound
This gorgeous hound comes from Europe and England where it originally served as a hunting companion or guard dog. Today it still serves those purposes while also being trained to do things like track down lost objects or search out illegal immigrants.
If you’re looking for a pooch that can pull double duty then choosing the aptly named Fox Hound might just work for you! Their fur is thick and full and they aren’t too heavy either. Not only are they intelligent and obedient, but they’re also gentle and calm enough to cuddle with you without causing any harm.
Noodles are such sweet creatures that there’s not much better than owning one that doesn’t misbehave every now and again. However, when they do break the rules, don’t give them a hard time about it since they won’t know why they did wrong. Instead, reward them for behaving themselves and tell them how proud you’ll be if they continue acting that way.
While there isn’t much information available for the origins behind naming this type of noodle, the general consensus seems to suggest that they came into existence thanks to British sailors during the 18th century. Since they look similar to scrawny noodles, it makes sense that they would be called that. As expected, they tend to grow quite large so keep that in mind if you plan on getting one.
Frenchie first gained popularity after appearing in the movie Moulin Rouge starring Nicole Kidman and Jack Black. Nowadays, this small white ballon d’essai dog is often seen in France as well as Canada. In fact, this tiny french bulldog originated in Australia and New Zealand where it was developed as a show dog for local shows.
But regardless of where it started off, this fluffy cutie is now considered a national treasure of both countries. Even though it looks super cute, this dog is actually pretty tough and durable. Don’t let its size fool you, because despite being smaller than many bigger dogs, it packs a big punch for its size.
If you’ve ever come across someone wearing a t-shirt that says something along the lines of I heart My Shih Tzu, you already understand how unique and special this short-haired toy poodle is. And while they may seem fragile, these puppies are resilient and able to withstand anything thrown at them including bad weather and rough terrain.
Like all other types of French Bulldogs, this pup gets its nickname from being born and raised in France. So unlike Americans, they speak French instead of English. According to Wikipedia, the word ‘Frenchy’ translates to ‘little Frenchman’.
Like all other Frenchies, the Yoully got its name from living somewhere near the nation of France. Unlike others however, this particular breed of Frenchy didn’t originate in France itself. Instead, it was brought over by American. Because of its ability to adapt quickly to different environments, the Yoully is said to be the fastest growing European breed in the U.S. today. They love playing fetch, chasing tennis balls and swimming. Another interesting thing about him is that although he does have long hair, it usually stays hidden underneath his collar. When it is visible, it appears to move freely giving it the illusion of movement.
These guys are pretty laid back but they definitely aren’t afraid to show affection. One common misconception about them is that they’re unable to smile or frown based on their moods. What most owners find to be true is that they appear to be happy whenever they feel content. Of course, this shouldn’t deter you from trying to teach them to smile, but sometimes they simply prefer not to put forth effort.
Regardless of whether or not they choose to smile, furrowed are typically known to be friendly and kindhearted. This breed tends to weigh between 25 pounds and 30 pounds and stand tall at roughly 17 inches high.
While sables are native to Russia and parts of Asia, they ended up coming to North America via Great Britain sometime in the late 19th century. Originally referred to as the Siberian Husky, this husky type was created by crossing German Shepherds and Russian Blue Herring Seals.
Due to their distinctive coat pattern, this dog breed earned its name from its dark coloring. During colder months, the black color helps protect their bodies from cold temperatures whereas during warmer times, it keeps them warm. Although they are naturally quiet dogs, they can bark and whimper under certain circumstances.
17. Faux Pas
Since they say imitation is the highest form of flattery, faux pas means doing something foolishly. Thanks to these furry buddies, you’ll never have to worry about taking that extra step forward or backward to avoid stepping on them again. Just think of them as giant versions of regular houseplants that need plenty of care and attention.
With proper nutrition, water and shelter, they’ll thrive perfectly fine on their own. For example, if you happen to notice that one of your plants is droopy, try touching it gently to wake it up.
Or perhaps you’d rather see if it needs sunlight by moving the plant to a sunny spot. No matter how silly you think these actions sound, you’ll learn real quick that they work wonders. Happy naming!