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How to Pick Dog Names

Find the perfect handle that will suit your four-legged friend for years to come with these tips.


  • Step 1: Base it on breed Base the name on the breed of your dog. You might consider Fritz for a German shepherd or Riley for an Irish setter.
  • Step 2: Suit their personality Choose a name that suits their personality or behavior. Princess seems perfect for a spoiled lap dog. And Bandit is fit for a dog that takes things that don't belong to him.
  • Step 3: Name by physical trait Name your dog based on a physical trait. Bear suits a large, stocky canine, while Smokey or Shadow are a good names for dark-colored dogs.
  • TIP: You can also choose a name that is the opposite of their main physical traits, like Killer if your dog is a toy breed.
  • Step 4: Consider matching names Consider a pair of names if you have two new dogs or puppies. Bonnie and Clyde or Ben and Jerry are examples.
  • Step 5: Choose something practical Choose a practical name that you aren't afraid to shout out loud. Refrain from embarrassing or overly long monikers. Something that is one or two syllables is best.
  • Step 6: Make a list Make a list of your top 4 or 5 names and try them out on your dog to test which one you both respond to the most.
  • FACT: U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt had at least 7 dogs, including an English sheepdog named Tiny.

You Will Need

  • New dog
  • List of your top 5 names

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