65 Traditional Puppy Names

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Sometimes when you get a new puppy, it can be difficult to choose the right dog name. While some people focus on looking for unique monikers for their pets, others prefer traditional choices. If you're a fan of the tried and true, you just might find your new dog's name on this list.

Traditional Descriptive Puppy Names

Many dog owners like to choose descriptive names for their dogs. Favorite puppy names that describe a physical characteristic of the puppy are the perfect choice for many people. Some of these describing names are:

  • Spot
  • Socks
  • Patch
  • Blackie
  • Brownie
  • Coffee
  • Cocoa
  • Cinnamon
  • Pepper
  • Ginger
  • Bandit (especially if there is a patch over one eye)
  • Red
  • Fluffy
  • Freckles
  • Scruffy
  • Goldie
  • Rusty
  • Tiny

Classic Names That Show Personality

Other people like to name their puppies after some personality trait. These names tend to also grow along with your dog and work well. Usually a dog's personality traits won't change much over a period of time.

Some of the most popular names are:

  • Lady
  • King
  • Prince
  • Princess
  • Cuddles
  • Nibbles
  • Wag
  • Joker
  • Joy
  • Scooter
  • Sparky
  • Speedy
  • Scamp
  • Shadow

Famous Names for Dogs

Some new dog owners like to use famous names for their dogs. They may name them after real celebrities or cartoon characters. Movies, TV shows and books are also sources for some popular names.

  • Sherlock
  • Bambi
  • Marmaduke
  • Clifford
  • Goofy
  • Marilyn
  • Bart
  • Beethoven
  • Blue
  • Chance
  • Hooch
  • Shiloh
  • Odie

Popular Dog Names

Popular names for dogs change from season to season and from year to year; here are several popular options you may want to consider.

  • Bailey
  • Bella
  • Buster
  • Buddy
  • Charlie
  • Chloe
  • Cody
  • Daisy
  • Jack
  • Jake
  • Lola
  • Lucy
  • Maggie
  • Max
  • Molly
  • Rocky
  • Sadie
  • Sally
  • Sophie
  • Toby

Choosing Your Favorite

While your favorite puppy name may be one on the popular list, it may also be something that is absolutely unique to your puppy. You should name your dog something that you like and will continue to like, no matter what the rest of society is naming their dogs. Part of the fun of owning a puppy is getting to know it and choosing a name that fits the individual personality of the puppy. If you want to name your puppy after your favorite uncle, you should do so.

Once you have named your new puppy, give it a chance to get used to its name. Use the name often, and reward your dog when he comes to you. Don't change the name in a week or two because this can be very confusing to the dog.

Finding the perfect name for your puppy is the beginning of a lifetime friendship. Consider these tips for naming your dog just as suggestions. After all, you should name your dog something that you like.

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65 Traditional Puppy Names