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Updated on June 12, 2014

Finding the Right Name for Your Dog

When you first get a dog, you want just the right name for him. Should he have a tough "he-man" name like Rocky or Spike? Or should she have a "little ball of fluff" name like Mitsy or Daisy? Whatever you select, it is who your dog will be for the rest of its life.

Owners with a sense of humor may want to try something more daring. How about "Bacon" for a girl-dog. Yes, a young newly-wed was asked by her husband what to name their gorgeous, black English lab puppy and, being a comic, her first words were "Bacon" and the name stuck! (She was eating bacon at the time!)

Funny thing with dogs, though. They don't much care what their name is. As long as you say it with a loving tone, a smile, a treat and a tummy rub, they'll answer to most anything--and love you for it!

Presidential Dogs

Most of the US Presidents had dogs. In the course of their lives, some owned many. Amongst the most famous presidents, here are some of their dogs' names:

George Washington had an abundance of foxhounds. Names included Captain, Mospey, Tipler, Chloe, Searcher and Vulcan.

Abraham Lincoln had “Fido” and “Jip”.

Franklin D Roosevelt had a dog named "Fala".

John F Kennedy a Welch Terrier named Charlie and an Irish Cocker Spaniel named Shannan. He also received a dog as a gift from the Premier of Russia. The dog was named Pushinka and was related to the first dog kosmonat.

Lyndon B. Johnson had two Beagles. One named “Him” and one named “Her”. Gotta love it! (Incidentally, LBJ took a lot of flack for lifting one of the dogs, Him, by his ears. It hit the news in a big way and drew lots of criticism.)

Ronald Reagan owned “Lucky” and “Cavalier”

George HW Bush dog was “Millie” and her two pups, “Spot” and “Ranger”.

Bill Clinton had a chocolate lab named “Buddy”

George W Bush --Spot, Barney and Mrs.Beasley

Barack Obama owns a Portuguese Water Dog named “Bo”

More Presidential Dogs and their names.

What a dog!
What a dog!

"Trouble, Trouble"

Boy Dog Names

Beans - Belmont - Benji - Bingo - Bruce - Buddy - Butch - Buttons

Carson - Champ - Charlie - Chester - Chuck - Coal Cody - Cooper - Deeohgee (DOG) - Duke

Earl - Fido - Garth - George - Grady - Jake - Jeter - Killer - King - Leo - Link -Luke

Martini - Maverick - Micky - Miles - Milo - Morgan - Oden - Otis - Pal - Pete - Petey

Prince – Rambo - Riot - Rocky -

Scamp - Schnapps - Scout - Scooter -Skip- Snoopy- Spike - Spot –Stonewall

Tank - Thor - Toby -Toto – Tramp - Troy Tyson

Upsi Musqwa (Little Bear) - Velcro - Walley - Zorro

Girl Dog Names

Abbie - Alfie - Ashley - Baby Sister --Bella - Blondie - Brandy

Cinerella ("Cinders" for short) - Chloe - Daisy - Daphne - Dixie - Duchess

Ellie - Emma - Fluffy - Foxy - Ginger - Goldie - Jeannie

Lady - Lexi - Lily - Lola - Lucy - Macie - Macy Magz - Margo - Mindy - Mitsy - Molly

Nutmeg – Parker - Penelope - Pennie - Poochini - Princess - Puppy Girl - Queenie

Risi - Ruby - Sadie - Sugar Baby - Sweetie -Taffy - Toby - Tuffy – Zsa Zsa

Roll over, Beethoven!
Roll over, Beethoven! | Source

Beethoven the Movie

Hollywood Dogs

There have been many memorable dogs in movies and television over the years, as you will see in the movie trailer on this page.

Toto from the Wizard of Oz

Petey from the Little Rascals

Rin Tin Tin, German Shepherd of television fame.

Lassie, the most famous collie ever!

Old Yeller, Disney's classic film of the same name featuring a yellow lab.

Skip from the movie "My Dog Skip"

Jerry Lee, featured character in K-9 starring Jim Belushi.

Beethoven, beloved St. Bernard featured in five films.

Hooch, slobbery hero in "Turner & Hootch", starring Tom Hanks.

Marly, another great yellow lab starring in the movie "Marly and Me"

Frank, the talking Pug in "Men in Black"

Satchmo (Hmmm, another yellow lab. There's a pattern here!) from the USA television hit "White Collar".

Carmine, the beautiful Rottweiler in Fox's tv series "Human Target".

WiFi,possibly the name of the dog-star in the Traveler's commercial "Trouble, Trouble". If anyone knows for sure, let me know!

Jupiter & Mars, the stunning Great Danes who obediently followed their new "owner" in "The Patriot" featuring Mel Gibson.

Zeus and Apollo --two beautiful Doberman Pinschers who patrolled the estate on the hit TV Show "Magnum P.I.", starring Tom Selleck.

Beloved Fictional Dogs

Of course, we can't forget the dog names of children's literature and cartoons!

Pongo & Perdita were the proud parents of 101 Dalmatians

Clifford, the Big Red Dog

Lady & Tramp from Lady and the Tramp

Disney's beloved Pluto the dog and Goofy

Snoopy of Peanuts' fame

Two Movies Where People Turn Into Dogs

Two popular movies featured dogs who, secretly, were people.

1959's "The Shaggy Dog" starring Fred McMurray

1964's "Goodbye Charlie" starring Tony Curtis and Debbie Reynolds. (The reincarnate mobster, Charlie, first comes back as a woman. He finally becomes their beloved dog.)

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About the Author..

Sinea Pies is a freelance writer who writes frequently on HubPages, GVParent Magazine, WebAnswers and her own website: Ducks 'n a Row.Follow her on Pinterest and Facebook, too.

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  • ReuVera profile image


    5 years ago from USA

    The most famous Russian dog is probably Laika, the first cosmonaut dog :). Unfortunately, she was not returned back to Earth :( Next cosmonaut dogs, Belka and Strelka did come back!

  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    7 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Gigi! Much better than Daisy. Afterall, she is part French, right? I love it. (I love dogs...all of them. Can you tell?). You are going to have so much fun getting to know her. Do let us know what you named her. Thanks for the vote up and share. I appreciate it, Steph.

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    Stephanie Hicks 

    7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

    Awesome!! Love all these ideas! We'll bring home our little girl puppy this weekend. One name that might fit her is Gigi. I'm going to meet her in person before deciding. Rated up and sharing!

  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    8 years ago from Northeastern United States

    We adopted 2 adult labs. One came without a name so we called her Lexi. Troy came named already.

  • HealthyPetNetwork profile image


    8 years ago

    Thank You Sinea. Since we do a lot of rescue, it is not rare for us to get a new baby so the names you have compliled may come in handy. Thank You for sharing

  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    8 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thank you...sounds like you have a passion for dogs! Me too!

  • Miss Lil' Atlanta profile image

    Miss Lil' Atlanta 

    8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

    Oh wow, I love this hub. I'm so going to remember some of these dog names and dog name ideas for my next pooch. I'm so favoriting this hub!

    ~Miss Lil' Atlanta

  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    8 years ago from Northeastern United States

    I love your names for her. God made a great invention when He thought up dogs!

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    Jaye Denman 

    8 years ago from Deep South, USA

    When writing about my dog--a six-year-old mini Schnauzer--I use her pseudonym, Puppy Girl, which is one of the terms of endearment I called her when she was little, and it stuck around. I also called her Sugar Baby and Baby Sister then and sometimes still do.

    However, I researched the breed before getting her and decided to give her a female German name since that's where Schauzers originated. She has a great name, even a middle name (a tradition in the Deep South, USA) plus my last name tacke on at the end, so she has a mouthful of names!

    When she was a small puppy and did something naughty, I reacted just as I did when my human children were small and they did something naughty: I'd use all three of her formal names to call her. Isn't that silly?

    Now, when it's just the two of us here together, I talk to her and mainly use her first name. But those terms of endearment are still important, and I use one of them when she's getting her first-thing-when-she-wakes-up tummy tickle.

    Aren't dogs wonderful? I didn't know that until I was 61 and got my very first pet. This adorable little fur-girl came into my life and changed it forever. I feel so lucky. Jaye

  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    8 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Those are the cutest "bunny names".

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    Kidney Hurts? 

    8 years ago

    Great hub - thanks - not in the naming a dog line but years ago my husband had a pet rabbit that we named "Casserole" and we were going to get a furry friend to keep him company and call it "Stew" ...cheers

  • Eiddwen profile image


    8 years ago from Wales

    A great hub and I loved it.

    Thanks for sharing and I now look forward to reading more of your work.

    Take care


  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    8 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks,RedElf! Cute names.

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    8 years ago from Canada

    Fun hub! Our current dogs are named Upsi Musqwa (Little Bear) and Bella. Cat's name is Murphy, Mr. Murphy, or "you rotten kitty", depending on what he's been up to.

  • Leighsue profile image


    8 years ago

    Great ideas. I am always looking for great name for a new dog.

  • annmackiemiller profile image


    8 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

    My dog as a child was called Mickie - haven't had another one since - plenty of cats though :0)

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    Susan Zutautas 

    8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    My female is Magz and my male is Bruce. My uncle always had cool names for his dogs. One that I will always remember was for his female boxer her name was Trixie.

  • dstarek profile image


    8 years ago

    My girl's name is Mindy. A pretty name for a pretty dog!

  • Tlspicer profile image


    8 years ago from york

    Deeohgee... D O G... i think its cute

  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    8 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Sounds like "Riot" is a perfect name for a crazed collie! LOL. Thanks so much for the input. I'm adding the new names as they come!

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    8 years ago from Indiana

    One lady in my rescue group has a dog named Riot (a crazed border collie) I loved that! My childhood dog was named Buttons and it always embarassed my dad to call her in, when the other neighborhood men were calling in their "Thors" and "Killers"!

  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    8 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Dogs are the best, aren't they? Staffie? That's a breed I don't think I am familiar with. My childhood dogs, Duke, Duchess and Princess were all boxers. I thought they were beautiful but other people were a little afraid of them. Thanks for the help. I'll be adding their names to this hub later today.

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    Mel Jay 

    8 years ago from Australia

    I had Staffies called Sophie and Cosmo, and a Bull Terrier cross called Dolly, she was the sort of dog people used to cross the street when they saw us coming - she looked so mean, but she was a real sweetie, I miss her heaps. Now I have Whippets - Benny and Dotty (she was adopted by us aged 5 and came with this name)

  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    8 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Toby is a noble name!

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    Steph Harris 

    8 years ago from Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

    We ended up being very boring and calling our English Springer Spaniel Toby, short for Tobemory the womble from a British TV programme. Strangely enough, he is quite like his TV character namesake. Loveable and very easy going. My husband wanted to call him Zowie, of Bowie fame but there was no way I was going to shout that in the middle of the local field.

  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    8 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Garth Von-Ike, now that's a different one! Thanks for the comment, Carol!

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    Carol Jones 

    8 years ago

    Thanks for including the name Garth. My big boy(baby) Rottie)I made it German sounding by adding my middle name and dad's name. Really a nice twist, Garth Von-Ike.

    Great article.

  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    8 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Love the names. Cogerson, Editorsupremo and Colleen, I am adding all these great dog names to my hub! Let's see how long it can grow.

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    8 years ago from Virginia

    Excellent I have had 4 dogs in my life....Stonewall, Jeannie, Dixie and Goldie.....thanks for posting

  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    8 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Spot! I love it. I'm a lot older than you but our first reader in grade school was about Dick, Jane, Sally and their dog Spot.

  • editorsupremo profile image


    8 years ago from London, England

    My first dog was named Spot and he was a bit crazy! I don't know why my Dad named him that!

  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    8 years ago from Northeastern United States

    That's a great "tough guy dog" name!

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    8 years ago

    We named our dog Rambo.


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