Choosing a name for your dog can be super tricky. This is something your pup will have for life, and you will undoubtedly be calling them in public, so you want the name to be perfect.
One of the reasons dogs outweigh children in the naming game is you can be a bit more adventurous with the names and no ones going to give you a funny look. Here, you can explore a variety of boy dog names, ones you may not have thought of otherwise. Whether you've got your new dog and are trying to choose his best fit, or are simply browsing for when the day comes, look no further than our range of dog names.
Before delving into names, there are a few pointers you might want to follow, just to make everyone's lives a bit easier.
Pick a name with two syllables or fewer. When you're calling for your dog, you don't want to be shouting ‘Alexander the Great!’ every time. You'll want something more colloquial and that's easy to say when playing around.
Make sure everyone you're sharing him with likes it. If you're getting a family dog, or you and your partner are starting a new family, it's only fair that everyone is on board with the name. When everyone's involved, it makes it more fun and that way there will be no future bitterness over the issue.
Avoid using names that resonate too much with yours or anyone that will be around a lot. This will avoid confusion for the dog — and potentially save some embarrassment for your friends of having the same name as your dog. Your boy will want to know that his name is uniquely his and that when you're shouting to someone in the house, it's not him you're calling.
Picking a name should be fun! It can be a good bonding experience with everyone, and even a good way for you to connect with your pup.
Popular names stick for a reason; they're trustworthy and likable (just like your canine best friend). Let's have a look at the 50 names that made it to the top last year.
And the rest…
When it comes to naming your dog, it's important to have a name that feels right. Whether you're getting a brand-new puppy, or renaming a rescue, sometimes it helps to get to know the dog a bit before naming them. This way, you can choose a name that suits their personality. There's less pressure to make the decision right away, and more time to get it right.
Jot down some names you like from this article, or when one pops into your head, and keep them on a list. Encourage the other people sharing your pet to do the same. Once your first week with the new pup is over, call everyone together and share ideas!
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