100+ Funny Dog Names for Your Playful, Goofy, or Badass Pooch
If you can’t think of a good name for your dog we’re here for you. We’re going to explore 100+ funny dog names for your pooch, to help you decide on a new pet name, or give a proper name to a new dog in your life!
In the classic “Romeo & Juliette,” William Shakespeare wrote, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Your dog, however, probably doesn’t care too doggone much what name you give him as long as you call him sweetly.
However, if we needed science to tell us that cats know their names and choose whether or not to respond to them, dogs are huge fans of their names and can’t wait to come when called, especially if you also involve walking or treats in the conversation.
Your dog likely thinks of you as a mom, dad, or the lady with the long dark fur on her head who gives food! Your faithful pal will respond to whatever you choose to call him, and the fun part is that we can come up with funny dog names, witty, silly, or completely wacky names for animals and our pets will love us all the same.
Funny Girl Dog Names
Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what female dogs are made of. Or are they? Let’s look at girly, as well as spunky and sassy, funny female dog names for your funny four-legged girl dog.
2. Bo Peep
12. Jersey Girl
13. June Bug
14. Lady Dogiva
15. Lady Rover
18. Lucy Loo
21. Pumpkin Spice Latte
25. Sweet Tea
Funny Boy Dog Names
A boy dog may be rough and tumble, but he’s still your cutie pie, so here are names that suit adoring brown eyes and fuzzy faces of varying personalities, if you’re looking for funny dog names for boy dogs.
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45. Indiana Bones
46. Kanye Westie
48. Mr. Muggles
51. Snoop Doggy Dog
Funny Small Dog Names
“Three Stooges” fans get the joke in naming opposites, as demonstrated by the hair-challenged character “Curly.” Not necessarily funny on their own, these funny dog names for pint-sized pooches evoke largeness and might make humans giggle.
53. Attila the Hound
55. Biggie Smalls
64. Mr. T
Funny Big Dog Names
If it’s funny to give a small dog a big dog’s name, it’s equally funny (if not funnier) to give a big dog a small dog name! Let’s put that theory to the test with this list of names for the bigger kids on four paws.
69. Bon Bon
70. Little Bit
74. Pee Wee
Funny Puppy Names
What is cuter than a puppy? Watching him learn to walk, run, play, climb stairs, and get his coordination down can be a hoot. These tiny furry creatures allow us to summon up the names of all things small and adorable. Here are a few hilarious dog names for our young furry family members (aka puppies)!
79. Doodle Bug
81. Lil’ Dude
83. Small Fry
86. Sweet Pea
87. Tater Tot
88. Tiny Man
Witty Dog Names
Time to put on your thinking cap if you want something truly ingenious to name your special pooch. Taking characters from literature, sports, and the silver screen are a good place to start. Then, use a play on words to come up with witty dog names like these.
89. Bark Twain
90. Droolious Caesar
91. Hairy Pawter
92. Jimmy Chew
93. Kareem Abdul Ja Bark
94. Mary Puppins
95. Ozzy Pawsborn
96. Orville Redenbarker
97. Queen of Barkness
98. R2 Dog 2
99. Salvador Doggy
100. Sherlock Bones
101. Winnie the Poodle
Silly Dog Names
As we reach the last category in our quest to find 100+ great dog names for your playful, goofy, or downright badass pooch, we can let our imaginations run wild with silly dog names.
102. Andy Warhowl
103. Captain Sniffer
104. Count Droolsberry
105. Mrs. Wigglebottom
106. Professor Wagglesworth
107. Sir Barks-a-Lot
108. Sir Licks-a-Lot
109. Sir Pees-a-Lot
110. Waggington Dog
Dogs already make us smile, but it’s nice to find cute (and appropriate) dog names that bring out a pup’s unique personality. We use names to identify our dogs, to call them to us, and praise them, so always use the name chosen with a kind tone to your voice. Of course, dogs understand everything we say – even when we speak to them via pet cameras – but it is best to choose a dog name that he or she can easily learn. One or two syllables say the experts, but longer names will do just fine as long as you pronounce them clearly.
Additionally, consider a name that ends in “y” or has that “ee” sound at the end, preferably a two-syllable word, as we said above. Short and perky funny dog names resonate joy and your pooch is more likely to learn them faster. If you choose one of the longer names, like the ones listed above, you may want to come up with a shorter nickname to use regularly.
One last tip, don’t select a name that sounds like a command. “Bo” sounds like “no,” and “Nitwit” sounds like “sit,” although it may not be bad if your dog sits still when called. Other than that, have fun finding the perfect name for your dog, but always say it in the kindest, most loving voice!
Choosing a Dog’s Name: Frequently Asked Questions
Before we wrap up our guide on best dog names to call your pooch, let’s answer some of the most frequently asked questions we received from our readers regarding dog names in general!
What are the general rules for choosing a dog’s name?
- You should pick a name that you really like. Since you will be using that name for plenty of years, you should make sure you like the sound of it;
- Try the name for a few days to see how your dog responds to it;
- As we said before, avoid choosing a name that sounds like a command you are about to teach your dog. When it comes to cat names, cats do not actually learn many commands, but a dog will most likely go to training;
- If you want to teach a newborn pooch its name, offer some treats whenever it responds to the name, and shows signs it is learning it.
Can you rename a dog that already has a name?
Experts do not recommend you rename a dog after the age of 1 year. However, if you get a rescue dog and you don’t want its name and you want to call it something, give your new friend some time to adapt. It may be harder for older dogs to learn a new name, but they can and will if you treat them with kindness and patience.
If it is your own dog you want to rename, make sure the new name sounds like the old one. For instance, you can change Harley to Charlie or Benji to Genji, but make sure you don’t overdo it. Of course, if your dog’s name is Sir William von Fluffypants, calling it Will is probably the best choice.
What are some of the most popular dog names in the world?
We cannot speak for the rest of the world, but in the United States, some of the most common girl dog names are Bella, Lucy, and Daisy, whereas the most popular and common boy dog names are Max, Buddy, and Charlie. Of course, for a touch of originality, check out the list of cute and bold dog names we offered here.
Before We Depart…
Tell us what amazing dog names, goofy dog names, witty dog names, or silly names do you call your dog by? What are some of the all-time funniest dog names you have ever heard? Please share, and make us all smile and wag!
DENISE FLECK is an award-winning author, animal care instructor and radio show host. She was named one of Pet Age Magazine’s “Women of Influence” for 2018, a “Most Inspiring Story” in 2017 by Voyage Atlanta Magazine and has been nominated for 6 Dog Writers Awards to be announced in early 2019.Read more »