48 Unique Puppy Names

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All puppies are special and deserve unique puppy names. However, it can be difficult to think of one that is a one-of-a-kind. Here are a few suggestions for developing an amazing name.

Amusing and Absurd

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.

Create Your Own

You can make up names that will ensure truly unique puppy names. For example, 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 amusing. Boogle, pollywog, and pumpkin all sound funny. You can create a nonsensical name with some simple letter changes: "Snoogle," "Gollypog," and "Trumplin."

Borrow From the Animal Kingdom

It can be very funny to see a dog named Rhinoceros or Giraffe. Here are some suggestions for animal names.

  • 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 Unique Puppy Names

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

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

You can also use the name of a famous actor, author or character:

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

Classical Names

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

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

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. Take care of your puppy, and you will have a great canine companion.

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48 Unique Puppy Names