Top 250+ Best Dog Names for Your Dog

Good Dog Names for Your Dog

One of the questions I get asked with every foster dog that is adopted from us is, “Can I change his/her name?” When we have a foster dog for even a couple of weeks, they start to pick up on their name, but that doesn’t mean it has to stay his name forever. Dogs are pretty adaptable, they don’t really care what you call him, just as long as you are consistent once you do choose his name.

Some of the names of our fosters are pretty silly, and I would never keep for my personal dog. Fun fact: we have changed every single name of our own adopted dogs (except Symba since he didn’t have a name before we got him). Nala was Midnight, Abby was Angel, JJ was Jeremy, Ginger was Penelope, and Bear was the strangest… Vince Lombardi (a famous football player).

Top 250+ Best Dog Names

Best female and male dog names

A good dog name will reflect the personality of your dog. You may want to take a few days to get to know your newly adopted dog, try out a few names you like and see which fits her best. I recommend staying away from people-like names, just imagine if you name your dog Sarah and then 2 years later you end up with a girlfriend named Sarah!

I have not divided the list below into best female or girl dog names and best male or boy dog names since many of these names are interchangeable. No reason to list 100 names on both girl and boy lists!

We’ve made it easy for you to find a name for your new best friend. By printing out this list you can easily highlight the names you love the most. Then pass it around the family to vote for everyone’s favorite name!

Abby

Ace

Adele

AJ

Alfred

Alvin

Angel

Angus

Annie

Apollo

Archie

Ash

Aspen

Astro

Axl

Baby

Bailey

Bandit

Banjo

Barry

Baxter

Beamer

Bear

Bella

Bentley

Birdie

Blaze

Bling

Blitz

Blue

Bogey

Bolo

Bolt

Boo

Boomer

Bowen

Brady

Breeze

Brie

Brody

Bronco

Bruno

Bucky

Buddy

Bullet

Buster

Butch

Buzz

Callaway

Casey

Cash

Casper

Catcher

Chance

Chaos

Charlie

Chase

Chewy

Chief

Chili

Chloe

Clifford

Coby

Cocoa

Cody

Cola

Cole

Comet

Cookie

Cooper

Copper

Cruise

Crush

Daisy

Dakota

Dallas

Dante

Dare

Dash

Dawson

Dazzle

Denny

Denver

Dexter

Diesel

Diva

Dixie

Doom

Draco

Duck

Duke

Eli

Ellie

Elvis

Emma

Emmy

Fenway

Finn

Flash

Frankie

Frisco

Fuz

Gator

Georgia

Ginger

Gizmo

Goose

Gray

Gunner

Gus

Harley

Hattie

Hawk

Hawkeye

Hope

Huck

Hunter

Indy

Ivy

Izzy

Jack

Jagger

Jake

Jasper

Jax

Jazz

Jersey

Jet

Jinx

JoJo

Josie

Joy

Judge

Juno

Kai

Karma

Kiva

Koda

Kona

Kyra

Lark

Laser

Latte

Leo

Levi

Libby

Lilly

Linx

Logan

Loki

Lola

Lucky

Lucy

Luke

Luna

Mac

Maggie

Marley

Max

Mia

Milo

Mocha

Mojo

Molly

Moose

Murphy

Nala

Nike

Nova

Nugget

Obie

Oliver

Ollie

Oreo

Oscar

Otis

Otto

Ozzie

Parker

Peach

Penny

Pepper

Pepsi

Phoenix

Piper

Pixel

Prada

Prince

Princess

Quinn

Rambo

Ranger

Raven

Rebel

Red

Reggie

Remi

Rex

Riley

Riot

Ripley

River

Rocky

Romeo

Rosco

Rosie

Roxie

Roxy

Ruby

Rumor

Ryder

Sadie

Salsa

Sammy

Sasha

Sawyer

Scarlett

Scooby

Scout

Shadow

Sherlock

Shiloh

Skye

Slater

Smokey

Snoopy

Snow

Sophie

Sparky

Spencer

Spike

Spirit

Spring

Star

Storm

Strider

Summer

Suzie

Simba

T-Bone

Tally

Tango

Tank

Taylor

Teddy

Tessa

Thor

Toby

Token

Tori

Trapper

Tripp

Trooper

Tucker

Tux

Twister

Whip

Winston

Wrigley

Wyatt

Yogi

Zeke

Zeus

Zip

Zoe

Top 250 Best Dog Names

We’ve made it easy for you to find a name for your new best friend. By printing out this list you can easily highlight the names you love the most. Then pass it around the family to vote for everyone’s favorite name!


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Once you’ve decided on your dogs new name, make sure to order him his very own name tag!


Teaching your dog his or her new name is easy.

Start by using treats to call your dog over to you, using his old name and new name combined. So for example when we adopted Nala, her old name was Midnight. We called her Nala-Midnight for a couple of days, transitioning to Nala as she started picking it up. And if your dog didn’t have a previous name, just use the name you gave her and use treats to call her to you.

Do you have a name you want me to add to the list? I’m always looking for new creative dog names, so feel free to comment below with your favorite dog name.

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About the Author Debi@RescueDogs101

Debi McKee is a life-long dog lover and owner, volunteers for Fetch WI, fostering rescue dogs, performing home visits and more. She also attends every dog training seminar available to her, and is continually looking for ways to build her knowledge of dog adoption, health and training. Her goal is to guide you through every step of your dog journey. Read her story and learn about the dogs behind Rescue Dogs 101.
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