How to Pick Dog Names

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

You will need

  • New dog
  • List of your top 5 names

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.

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.