48 Unique Puppy Names

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All puppies are special and yours deserves a unique name! However, it can be difficult to think of a name that is truly a one-of-a-kind. Use these suggestions as a starting for developing an amazing name for your new canine companion.

Amusing and Absurd Dog Name Ideas

Is there anything funnier than a puppy chasing its tail? Is there anything sillier than a dog rolling onto its back for a tummy rub? You can reflect this joyful demeanor with an amusing or even absurd name. You can make up names that will ensure truly unique puppy names. Try these fun approaches to creating your own clever dog name.

  • Take any word and substitute a new letter or two. The word "trooper" can become "Drooper," a great name for a Basset Hound or Bloodhound.
  • Some words already sound funny on their own. Boogle, pollywog, and pumpkin all sound funny and could make funny names for a dog.
  • Take it a step further and can create a nonsensical name with some simple letter changes: "Snoogle," "Gollypog," and "Trumplin."

Dog Name Ideas From the Animal Kingdom

It can be very funny to see a dog named Rhinoceros or Giraffe. Great animal name ideas include:

  • Horse for a Great Dane
  • Gerbil for a Chihuahua
  • Tiger for a brindle colored hound
  • Flamingo for a Dachshund
  • Moose for a French Bulldog
  • Mouse for an Italian Greyhound

You can also name your dog a name commonly associated with another species:

  • Simba (lion) for a Lhasa Apso
  • Jaws (shark) for a Doberman Pinscher
  • Bossy (cow) for a Bulldog
  • Felix (cat) for a Catahoula
  • Shamu (whale) for a Newfoundland
  • Yogi (bear) for a Saint Bernard
  • Bambi (deer) for a Scottish Deerhound
  • Flipper (dolphin) for a Labrador Retriever

Rhyming to Make a Unique Puppy Name

Even a simple name becomes amusing when you make it a rhyme. You can also gear it to the puppy's personality or behavior.

  • Goosey Lucy
  • Silly Lilly
  • Scary Larry
  • Dizzie Lizzie
  • Dusty Rusty

Multiple Names for Pups

If you combine two human names into one, it will be even more unique. You can use two first names or first and last names. Some suggestions:

  • Doris Sue
  • Rupert Lee
  • Mary Elizabeth
  • Bob Smith

Famous Name Ideas for Pets

You can also use the name of a famous actor, author or character as an interesting and uncommon name for your dog.

  • Butch Cassidy
  • Mark Twain
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Angelina Jolie

Classical Name Ideas for Dogs

The historic names from ancient civilizations can be very unique. Some, like Hercules, Venus and Thor, are common for dogs. However, there are some unusual and colorful ones. Here are some suggestions:

  • Nyx, the Greek goddess of the night; good for a black female dog
  • Pontos, the original Greek god of the sea, for a male Retriever
  • Themis, the Greek goddess of law and order for a German Shepherd
  • Hypnos, the Greek god of sleep for a particularly sleepy puppy
  • Sif, the Norse god associated with golden hair, for a Golden Retriever
  • Hnoss, the Norse god related to beauty and treasure, appropriate for any puppy
  • Hlin, the Norse goddess of protection, for a guard dog

Twin Names for Puppy Pairs

If you adopt two puppies at the same time, you can name them as a pair. Try these or create your own:

  • Levi and Strauss for any German breed
  • Bogie and Bacall for the perfect male/female match
  • Burt and Ernie for a comical set
  • Lucy and Ricky for a tempestuous pair
  • Cyclone and Tornado for any energetic breed
  • Mickey and Minnie for a male a female pair
  • Orville and Wilbur for a couple of energetic Jack Russells

Finding the Perfect Name for Your Dog

That new addition to your household is a special little creature. With a little creativity and imagination, you can reflect this individuality with a unique name. For example, you could go for a southern-inspired dog name if your pet hails from that region. There are plenty of creative dog name ideas to consider. Take care of your puppy, and you will have a great canine companion.

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48 Unique Puppy Names