Female Dog Names: Tips for Picking the Perfect Name

femaledognamesThe introduction of a new pet in the family can be a very exciting time in many people’s lives! You’ve gone to the shelter, picked out the most adorable pup you can find, and finally brought it home to love and enjoy. Now comes the tough part: coming up with a name. It’s almost as tough as naming a child; the name you give it now is the name that you’re going to call it by for the rest of its life. While common dog names such as Spot, Buster and Buddy seem like an easy choice, somehow they don’t seem appropriate for your female dog.

So what do you name a female dog? While the choice is ultimately up to you, there are a few things you should consider when coming up with female dog names.

Using Family Names

There’s something strange about naming your dog after your aunt Sue. Just imagine yourself at a family reunion, your new little dog and your aunt in the same place. You keep trying to call your dog over, cooing “Sue, come here girl! Come here Sue!” over and over. While your dog ignores you and continues to pester all of your relatives for scraps of food, your aunt hears you and keeps asking “yes? what do you want?” every time you try to call your dog over. Every. Time. Plus, your dog isn’t a human. There’s something strange about personifying animals that don’t necessarily have any human qualities or opposable thumbs. While naming your dog after a human is by no means against any dog naming rules, it’s important to choose a name that won’t cause any confusion in the household.

“Pet Names”

Haven’t you ever wondered why referring to your significant other as “sweet pea” or “muffin” is considered a pet name? It’s because these terms of affection are commonly used to address animals. I’ve even used pet names for pets of mine who had real names! If you think you’re going to use terms of affection to address your pet more than its actual name, maybe you should just name it one of these terms of affection in the first place.

  • Muffin
  • Bee
  • Bubbles
  • Candy
  • Butterscotch
  • Honey
  • Babushka
  • Sunshine
  • Sweetie
  • Squirt
  • Sweet Pea

Choosing the Perfect Name

Think back to books and movies you loved as a child. Was there a particular heroine that has inspired you throughout the years? What about turning to mythology? There are a lot of unique names you can use from stories or old folklore that will help differentiate your dog from the hundreds of dogs named Candy out there. You could even turn to interesting names of plants, herbs, even city names! Why not try one of these unique names?

  • Belladonna (also known as deadly nightshade, a toxic plant)
  • Juliet (from Romeo and Juliet)
  • Goldilocks (from Goldilocks and the Three Bears)
  • Athena (the goddess of wisdom)
  • Aphrodite (the goddess of love)
  • Demeter (the goddess of grain)
  • Hera (the goddess of marriage and women)
  • Indigo (a color and an herb)
  • Jasmine (a flower and a Disney princess from the movie Aladdin)
  • Ariel (from The Little Mermaid)
  • Paprika (a spice and a character from the movie Paprika)
  • Fern (from Charlotte’s Web)
  • Pippi (from Pippi Longstocking)

The Meaning of Names

Every name has a meaning behind it. I once looked up my name to find that it meant “bark of a tree” in Maori. If your new dog is especially sweet, seems as though it was a blessing from heaven or is incredibly rambunctious, there is a name out there that means just that.

  • Alanis: shining star
  • Candace: pure
  • Ella: beautiful
  • Iota: a small amount of – perfect for a small dog!
  • Leona: lion – perfect for a large, wild or very hairy dog!
  • Raksha: to guard
  • Fifi: jazzy
  • Dana: gift of God
  • Sadie: princess
  • Camille: innocent and swift


Many people name their pets based on their appearance. A very hairy dog may be named Scruffy, a black dog Midnight or a white dog Snowflake. Does your pet have wrinkles? Why not name her Raisin? Does she have a long, droopy mane? Why not name her Willow (in reference to a willow tree)? Take into consideration the color of her fur, the size of her body, and way that she walks in order to find inspiration for a name.

Most Popular Female Dog Names

If you simply can’t find the inspiration, there are plenty of lists of the most popular female dog names out there. You can find hundreds and thousands of female dog names, but these are some of the most common:

  • Bella
  • Molly
  • Stella
  • Daisy
  • Lucy
  • Zoey
  • Roxy
  • Daisy
  • Lily
  • Lola
  • Chloe

When All Else Fails

You’ve spent hours and hours dredging through names of female dogs to no avail. You know what? Just call her ‘dog’. Yeah, that seems about right.

Okay, I’m just kidding – unless you really do want to name her Dog! Go right ahead. If you’re still stuck, try one of these helpful tips.

  • Use one or two syllable names. Your dog isn’t a human, so they aren’t going to be able to pick up on complicated names as fast. Plus, shorter, simpler names are easier to shout out when your dog decides to run away from you.
  • Try not to use a name that is too similar to a command. If you name your dog Shoshana and call her Sho as a nickname, it sounds too close to “no”. Every time you try to call your dog over, she may think that you’re scolding her instead!
  • Choose a name that will be appropriate at all ages. Sprout may seem like an adorable name for a tiny puppy, but it won’t make sense once she turns into a fully grown dog.

When naming a female dog, there’s a lot less stress and a lot more leeway than naming a female child. While your child can grow up to hate the name you gave it, your dog won’t know the difference! It will come whenever you call its name and won’t complain. Relax, take a look at all your options, and the perfect one will come to you. Once you decide on a name, you can enjoy teaching it how to behave and learn new tricks.

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