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.
Give a dog a rad name
Now that you’ve brought home a new furry addition to your family, it’s time to give that dog a name. Sure, you could go with the usual popular puppy 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. Does your guy have ears worth naming him after? He might suit one of the 50 most popular boy dog names. Or perhaps your small gal reminds you of a zany sitcom character! One of the 50 most popular girl dog names might fit her perfectly. Either way, with this list you can think outside the box to choose a name with purebred hilarity, that captures your pup’s personality too. These funny dog names are sorted by category so you can get the size-, food-, or literary-inspired dog name that gives your pooch’s alias the bow-wow factor you’re looking for. And if you’re thinking about bringing home a feline friend, check out these funny cat names that are just purr-fect!
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 fave TV programs 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.
Kermit the Dog
Movie-inspired dog names
Is your new puppy ready for her close-up? Movie 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.
Sarah Jessica Barker
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.
Winnie the Poodle
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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 can 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.
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. Koshka is a great name for a dog. It means cat in Russian. See? Hilarious!
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Dog names from the world of sports
What are some surefire funny dog names? Pretty much the entire baseball roster from the 1930s: Boots Poffenberger, anyone? Get wacky with the most athletic dog names around.
Kareem Abdul Ja-Bark
Barky Jean King
Dog names based on size
You can also 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.
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.
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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 a 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.
The Notorious D.O.G.
Ozzy Pawsbourne, or the Prince of Barkness
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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: Shredder, Mr. Smiles, Yippy, etc.
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.
Dog names inspired by myths
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.
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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.
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