When it comes to naming dogs, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Everyone has their personal ideas about what is clever and what is lame. If you're trying to be clever about naming your dog, you have to think outside of the box. This might leave you feeling a bit stumped for inspiration, but look around you. Inspiration is everywhere, from the places you frequent to the attributes of your pet.
One way to find a dog name that is slightly off the beaten path is to name your dog after a place you frequent.
If you frequently shop or visit the mall, consider naming your dog after your favorite shopping spot. Some good choices can include:
Are you a foodie or someone who dines out often? If so, consider naming your dog after a favorite dining spot, such as:
Food and Drink Names
Maybe you've noticed your new pet has a fondness for a certain snack food. Or, perhaps you have a favorite food or beverage you'd like to name your dog after. Many clever dog names can be found in this category.
Many soda and soft drink names can also make the perfect name for the family pet.
- Faygo (Don't forget to explore individual flavor names!)
Do you see yourself unwinding at night with a cold brew and your dog at your side? If so, consider naming your dog after your favorite craft beer, or choose one of these other fun options.
- Brewski (Not a real brand, obviously, but still in the spirit)
Naming your dog after your favorite wine is kind of cool, and many of these names sound quite classy. Even the official bottle sizes names have a wonderful ring to them.
Hard Liquor Names
- Whisky or Whiskey
- Captain Morgan
- Jim Beam
- Johnnie Walker
If you still harbor a soft spot for a favorite childhood cereal, consider naming your new dog after it.
- Captain Crunch
- Lucky Charms
Are you a slave to fashion? Or do you have a subscription to a favorite rag, why not name your dog after this publication?
- Marie Claire
Famous People and Musical Acts
Does your dog remind you of some? Have you had a long standing interest in a singer, band or sport's team? If so, you have a wealth of names to choose from for your dog.
Some dogs just love to sing; often these dogs do not even bark and appear to be quiet in nature. Watch the look on your new neighbor's face when he realizes why your canine crooner is named after a famous musical act.
- Fleetwood Mac
- Van Halen
- Yo Yo Ma
- Mozart or Amadeus
Sport Teams and Athlete Names
If you have a favorite team or sports hero, here's a great opportunity to give your dog a clever and meaningful name.
- Green Bay
Names Inspired By Your Dog
Sometimes the perfect humorous or clever name is nearly as clear as the nose on your dog's face.
Spotted Dogs Names
Depending on the color combinations and spot patterns, one of these names may be just perfect for your dog:
If you happen to adopt a dog with only three legs, you can help people smile at him rather than pity him by giving him a light-hearted name:
If you have a very large dog, you may wish to point out his grandeur by giving him an amusing name to match his size:
Fuzzy dogs tend to make people smile with their cute appearance. They may also have a cute or funny name that makes them even more endearing:
Mover and Shakers
Like some people, there are dogs that create chaos wherever they go. Here are a few appropriate names for these good-natured, rough and tumble dogs:
Ironic Dog Names
Another way to give your dog an amusing or clever handle is to call him something that is the opposite of what he is. For example:
- Naming a white dog "Spot".
- Calling your Chihuahua "Sasquatch".
- Giving the name "Fluffy" to a Rottweiler.
- "Snowball" would be a hilarious name for a black dog.
- Name your boxer or French bulldog Palomino or another horse-inspired name.
By now, your wheels are probably turning. Surely you can think of many other genres you could mine (such as puns!) for terrifically clever dog names, whether your dog is male or female. Above all, be willing to explore territory you would never have considered before. Who knows, you might just pioneer a unique new dog naming trend among your friends and family.