How to choose the correct name for my dog

How to choose the correct name for my dog

Last update: 14 April, 2018

One of the most difficult tasks of adopting a pet is naming it. There are many common names that several dogs have.  Of course, we believe our dog is unique and special. Therefore,we want it to have a rightfully suitable name. So, how do you choose the perfect name for your furry friend?

Dogs will eventually learn their name if you know how to choose the right one. Think of all the factors to take into consideration. For example, if you adopt a large breed puppy and you give it a baby´s name, once it´s full grown, the name will no longer fit it. So follow the tips below to prevent this from happening.


Choose an ideal name for your dog

An ideal name: is short

Take your time thinking of the perfect name for your dog

Choose a maximum two syllable name and if possible, with ‘a’ and ‘o’ vowels. The reason is unknown, but dogs easily recognize these vowels. If the name is too long, it’s possible the dog will never end up learning it.

An ideal name: is easy to pronounce

Being original is something great but when it comes to a dog’s name the challenge is even greater. Be original but avoiding names that are too difficult to pronounce. If you choose one that’s too complicated, it will be a problem for those meeting your dog for the first time. At the same time, it is possible your dog won´t be able to adapt to an exotic name.

An ideal name: is long-term

As mentioned above, you should choose a name that lasts a life time. Just imagine naming your dog something like “Pooch” and it´s a Great Dane. However, wouldn´t it be a great name for a teacup yorkie?

An ideal name: can be one of a person or animal?

As the saying goes, “whatever tickles your fancy”.  In this matter it’s true because many agree with giving a person’s name to a pet. Even though, others who would never do so and even criticize those who do it. Therefore, whatever it may be, we advise you to follow your heart and consider keeping it short and easy to pronounce.

An ideal name: describes your dog

Although, from the beginning you always want your dog to have a name, it´s worth waiting to pick the right one. Observing your dog’s gestures and attitudes can help you come up with the right one. Any feature such as skin or eye color, markings or any personality trait might be useful.

An ideal name: should be the one that was originally given

Keep the dogs original name

It’s possible your dog already had a name prior to adoption, and it propbly doesn´t like its name. Anyways, if the little animal responds to it and feels identified with that name, don’t change it.  If you do so, it would be confusing for your dog and it won´t know when to respond back.

An ideal name: must be chosen well

Realize that once you choose a name, your little dog won’t take very long to notice it.  It is necessary to choose well and that you don´t change it over time. That would be a bad idea because your dog may get confused.

Choosing an ideal name for your dog doesn’t seem like an easy task.  As you can see, there are many tips that can help you make the right decision. Remember that it’s a lifelong matter that will affect your pet and it shouldn’t be taken lightly.

We’re sure that if you follow our tips, you’ll choose a name that’s original, short, easy to pronounce and it goes well with pet´s personality.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.