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100+ Funny Dog Names That Exactly Capture Your New Pup

Skip the stereotypical monikers and chew on these funny dog names that are a breed apart.

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Give a dog a rad name

Now that you’ve brought home a new furry addition, it’s time to give that dog a name. Sure, you could go with the usual popular names like Max, Bella, or even Rover, but in this dog-meet-dog world, it’s time to choose something for your pooch that packs a punch. Is your little guy a nipper who’s also super small? Do you have a baby fur queen on hand? Choose a name with purebred hilarity that captures your pup’s personality. Check out funny dog names in categories based on size, shape, or celebrity resemblance with that bow-wow factor you’re looking for. To get you started here are 30 funny dog pics you need to see right now.

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TV-inspired dog names

It’s hard to choose just one favorite television character or notable TV personality. Scooby. Seinfeld. Any of the Simpsons. Spock. The possibilities are endless. Whether you love bingeing classic shows or streaming the latest series, your preferences are probably filled with funny dog names. If you can’t settle on one favorite character, just name your dog after your favorite show. Go for irony and the unexpected. Ever wonder how “Fido” became the default dog name in the first place?

Kermit the Frog

Carole Baskin

Leslie Knope

Outlander

Baby Yoda

Walter White

Dwight Schrute

Bugs Bunny

Battlestar Galactica

Rod Serling

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Movie-inspired dog names

Is your new puppy ready for her close-up? Movies star names offer a cute absurdity. Or name your pooch after your favorite director. “Sit, Scorsese!” Your favorite movie characters provide a wealth of funny dog names. Don’t miss these 15 dog memes that are guaranteed to make you laugh.

Godfather

Ellen Ripley

James Bond or 007

Batman

Gandalf

Toto

Sheriff Woody

Alfred Hitchcock

Dumbo

Chewbacca

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Literary dog names

If your dog seems like he was a librarian in a prior life (chewing on books, etc.) then consider the hilarious possibilities in a literary name. Think authors, book characters, and literary devices. Funny dog names are everywhere when it comes to books and reading. What’s the smartest dog? We mean besides yours? Here are the 20 smartest dog breeds, ranked.

Bestseller

Oscar Wilde

Shakespeare

Lyric

Rowling

Rhyme

Woolf

Jane Austen

Dr. Seuss

Nancy Drew

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Food-inspired dog names

Your pooch is the cutest, squishiest, most lovable little cutie pie ever. Did someone say pie? You keep everything you love connected when you name your pooch after your favorite food. It’s a foolproof method for cracking up and snacking up. Don’t forget to sup with pup! Here are 11 simple dog treats you can whip up at home.

Enchilada

Avocado Toast

Soupy

Reeses

Tofu

Popcorn

Macaroni

Ginger Snap

Marsala

Pringles

 

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Dog names inspired by world languages

If your new puppy is all about exploring or has that certain je ne sais quoi, then choose a dog name that hints at world travel or faraway cultures. Also consider plugging a funny English word into a language translator. Māo is a great name for a dog. It means cat in Chinese. See? Hilarious. If you want something unexpected, here are 50 unique dog names for your pup.

Fondue

Schnitzel

Mozart

Jasmine

Piki

Matisse

Baguette

Fiesta

Piccolo

Cajones

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Dog names that reflect breed

What are some surefire funny dog names? Get weird when it comes to breeds. Name your German shepherd Poodle and vice versa! Check out the most popular names for the most popular breeds.

Retriever

Bull

Poodle

Huskie

Mastiff

Dober

Bernard

Terrier

Basset

Chi (short for Chihuahua)

 

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Dog names based on size

You can literally choose a dog name that matches your dog’s actual size. Or you can switch it up. It’s absolutely fine to name a Great Dane Chickpea or to call a Maltese Godzilla. Choose a name that captures your pooch pal’s essence and all will be well, and funny. What’s the smallest dog out there, anyway? Check out some of the smallest dog breeds.

Small-sized names

Mini

Weensy

Lilliput

Micro

Atom

Iota

Large-sized names

Colossus

Macro

Monster

Jumbo

Galaxy

Humongo

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Names inspired by your dog’s coat

If you want to get wacky, name your dog Jacket, Trench, or Bomber. It’s also an established tradition to choose a name for your dog that captures the color or texture of their fur coat. Feel free to think way outside the box. Don’t miss the best cute pet names for 2020.

Plush

Cloudburst

Whiskey

Woolly

Ritzy

Charcoal

Stipple

Dusky

Bonbon

Leopard

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Music-inspired dog names

So, what kind of music is your dog into? Can he hang with the cool kids? Does she have discerning taste? Funny dog names abound when you’re using music as your inspiration. Consider nouns like Mixtape, your favorite song (Jolene), or any of your favorite genres, albums, or rock idols. These are the best puppy names for boy and girl dogs.

Grunge

Jazz

Mumford

Sheeran

Metal

Bieber

Axl Rose

Sinatra

Disco

Uptown Funk

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Personality-style dog names

Your dog is the best dog in the world. She has her own absolutely unique personality. Choose a name that captures that zest and individual flair. Think of the kinds of activities your dog loves for ideas: Gobble, Banquet, Destroyer, Snarly, etc. Is your dog a sleeper? Check out the best dog beds for every type of dog napper.

Sloth

Buoy

Sparkle

Zippy

Go-go

Sleeping Beauty

Jolly Good

Chipper

Sluggo

Chunk

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Vintage dog names

Choose a century-old throwback to find funny dog names based on the 1920s. It’s the perfect way to get rolling with the 2020s. Retro dog names keep it classic, cool, and comical. How about Horsefeathers? Be a goofball. Choose a name from a long-ago historical era. Don’t miss these 30 slang words from the 1920s to get you started.

Moonshine

Nickelodeon

Charleston

Jazz

Capone

Flapper

Jukebox

Bob

Duke Ellington

Gatsby

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Dog names inspired by mythical creatures

If your new puppy is absolutely out-of-this-world then give them a name of epic proportions. Your pooch may look like a regular dog, but let’s face it, she’s exceptional and god-like. Give this canine a name befitting its place in the universe. How big do dogs get anyway? Don’t miss the biggest dog breeds that need an epic name.

Unicorn

Dragon

Centaur

Aslan

Medusa

Griffin

Zombie

Yeti

Faun

Mermaid

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Dog names inspired by your favorite hobbies

A new puppy keeps you really busy. Maybe even too busy to work on your favorite pastimes or engage with your hobbies. Then again, you might have a mellow, quiet, and respectful dog who honors your personal space and time. Make a list of activities you love to do and see if any funny dog names emerge.

Gamer

Crochet

Puzzler

Crafty

Doodle

Playdoh

Meditation

Camper

Scrapbook

Soccer

Did you adopt a pup during the coronavirus pandemic? Read on for funny, quarantine-inspired dog names.