Pet Names

Tips for Deciding the Right Name

Keep in mind that the pet-name you choose will be used dozens of times a day to call, praise and perhaps scold your pet, so choose something you won't be sorry for in the future.

Pick a name that the pet can easily recognize. Animals respond better to one or two syllable names.

Choose a name that's both easy to call out and one that you are happy calling out. Calling out "Bobbie" or "Cami" in the park may be far less embarrassing than calling out "Dragon Breath"!

For dogs, avoid names that sound like the standard commands of No, Stay, Sit, Come, Down or Fetch. For example "Joe" is probably too close to "No". It can be difficult for dogs to tell the difference between similar sounding words.

Puppy names

If choosing a long name, keep in mind the shortened version. A long name will inevitably be shortened, but it may ruin the effect that you were originally looking for.

The pet's breed heritage can provide some useful inspiration. For example Oriental (Siamese and Burmese), German (Shepherds, Dachshunds and Schnauzers), French (Poodle), Scottish (Terriers), or Irish (Wolfhounds and Setters).

Waiting a few days to study your pet's behavior can help pick the right name. Your pet's personality, activity level and appearance can help you decide.

Pick a name that will grow with the pet. For example "Kittie" may be less appropriate for a full grown cat.

Top Puppy Names:

Max
Jake
Buddy
Maggie
Bear
Molly
Bailey
Shadow
Sam
Lady
Sadie
Lucky
Rocky
Lucy
Daisy

Top Kitten Names:

Tigger
Tiger
Max
Smokey
Sam
Kitty
Sassy
Shadow
Simba
Patches
Lucky
Misty
Sammy
Princes
Oreo

Our Favorite Dog Names:

With thousands of names to choose from, here our some of our favorites.

Alfalfa, Atomic, Azure, Bacchus, Biscuit, Broccoli, Bubbles, Butterball, Calypso, Carisma, Channel, Dibble, Dulce, Emmylou, Fizzle, Freeway, Gatsby, Gimlet, Gumball, Halogen, Houdini, Iceman, Jewels, Jorgie, Kashmir, Kosmic, Leaky, Lojack, Lushy, Magellan, Marigold, Meenie, Moptop, Munchkin, Nashville, Newman, Nibbles, Nymph, Osmosis, Parsnip, Puddles, Putter, Quigly, Ragweed, Rickrack, Ruggles, Seltzer, Sheena, Snuggles, Sudsy, Swizzle, Tabitha, Thunder, Toulouse, Trinket, Ulysses, Uri, Valentino, Voltaire, Weezer, Winkle, Winston, Xavier, Yuppie, Zorabell