How To Pick The Absolutely Perfect Name For Your Pet

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There are lots of fun things about having a pet, not least of which is coming up with the perfect name. Maybe you had a name picked out before you even met your pet, or maybe you’re two months in and still indecisive. It can be hard to make a decision so permanent and significant. Below, you’ll find a guide to help you pick the perfect name! Fear not, cat, dog lovers, there are ideas here for every taste and every pet.

 

Avoid Names With Negative Connotations

You might think it’s funny to give your adorable Corgi the ironic title of “Cujo”, but it’s a bad idea. “Not everyone is going to want to pet a dog named Cujo, or dog-sit a dog named Cujo,” 

How Does Your Pet Look?

Is your pet brown? How about the names Brownie, Rolo, Chocolate, Coffee, Cocoa, Sienna, Chestnut, Caramel or Fawn? Black? Blackie, Onyx, Coal, Ebony, Sable, Inky or Noir. White? Snow, Snowflake, Sugar or Ivory. The options are endless. Try doing a search for your pet’s coloring and look for synonyms. If you’re Pet is striped or spotted, look for those synonyms or consider naming them after another animal that has the same sort of coat. Does your pet have any special markings or identifiers? Is your pet super big or super small? That could lead to some inspiration too.

There’s a lot to consider

And there are probably more considerations than you might have first thought, too. For instance, did you know that names with vowels are far better? Or that it’s best to avoid those with too many syllables? That’s why we chatted with Nicole Ellis, a certified dog trainer and a member of Rover.com’s Dog People Panel, for some dog-naming advice. Read on to make sure your new pooch’s name is on point.

 

Choose a Name That Ends With a Vowel.

Names with vowels change tone when you call for your dog. This matters, because dogs distinguish frequency ranges at a much higher level than we do. “With a vowel name, it’s really easy to get their attention,” says Ellis, who named her dog Rossi. Of course, Buddy, Ziggy, Josie, and Taco all work, too.

Look At The Famous Pets And People

This dog eerily resembles Harrison Ford, mostly due to his slanted lips upon smirking for the camera.

Don’t believe that a dog can be an actor’s doppelganger? Check this out. You soon will:

Dog Resembles Harrison Ford

 

 

Harrison Ford at Ender's Game Premiere

 

Now, if only someone would put this canine in a fedora and give him a whip, we could really make a comparison.

 

Don’t Pick One  That Might Get Confused With Commands

Consider the commands you’ll be giving your pet frequently. Does its name sound too similar? Unless you want a lot of headaches later, pick a different name. Bo could be mistaken for ‘No.’ And Ray could be mistaken for ‘Stay.’ Those are behaviors that I ask for a lot in the dogs I train, and I don’t want them to think I’m yelling ‘No’ at them when I just want them to come over and pay attention to me.”

Pet Name Generator

You can always use a name generator online for free to get ideas.

Pet Name Generator

Personality

If you’re willing to spend some time with your pet before naming him or her, consider giving them a name based on their personality traits. Maybe they skip down the hall every time you come home (Skip) or have a funny bark (Bowzer). Maybe they’re super patient waiting for food or treats or with your young kids (Patience) or maybe they have the best overall disposition you’ve ever seen (Happy). Love to sleep all day? Snoozy! Loves to be right next to you? Cuddles! Won’t stop peeing by the door? Puddles! You get the idea. Maybe just don’t name your dog Sir Humps A Lot. Or do! Who are we to judge?

Sometimes it’s best to spend a little bit of time getting to know your new pet before you decide on a name, but sometimes you see the right name and you know right away it will be a good fit. So without further ado, here are a few hundred pet names from Adopt A Pet to get you started!

Acorn
Alvin
Asia
Audi
Bagel
Balou
Barclay
Barney
Beck
Bellatrix
Bianca
Biloxi
Birdie
Biscuit
Blanca
Bobbafett
Bodie
Bono
Booboo
Bootsie
Bordeaux
Brandy
Bren
Bronco
Bruin
Bubbles
Buffy
Burt
Butler
Button
Calvin
Candy
Carter
Cece
Cessa
Chandler
Chaucer
Chevy
China
Choochoo
Cisco
Claire
Cleopatra
Clooney
Coco(nut)
Connor
Cosmo
Crosby
Cupcake
Daisy
Dallas
Daphne
Delilah
Diva
Doc
Domino
Donna
Donovan
Dulus
Dutch
Ebony
Ed
Elton
Elwood
Ernie
Faith
Faya
Felix
Fig
Fiona
Foxy
Fritz
Fuse
Giblet
Gibson
Gingi
Goofy
Graysen
Greystoke
Guinness
Hershey
Holly
Honey
Huck Finn
Hudson
Hutch
Ike
Indira
Iris
Ivory
Jade
Jasmine
Jasper
Jazzy
Jeeves
Jenna
Jenne
Joy
Kai
Kalua
Kaly
Kassie
Kaya
Keanna
Keesha
Keiko
Kiefer
Kingston
Koby
Kona
Laguna
Landon
Larissa
Lefty
Leia
Lexi
Lil’bit
Lilypie
Linus
Logan
Lola
Luca
Lucy
Luke
Madonna
Marble
Malibu
Margo
Marshmallow
Marti
Max
Maya
Meadow
Mercedes
Merlot
Merry
Mia
Midnight
Midori
Mika
Milan
Mira
Mischa
Mitzi
Moby
Mochi
Monet
Monkey
Mooshie
Mozart
Mr Big
Muggles
Mulder
Mulligan
Murphy
Mylo
Nanda
Nate
Nell
Nina
Nico
Noodle
Nugget
Olive
Onyx
Otis
Owen
Ozzie
Paddington
Paisley
Paris
Parker
Paulie
Pazzo
Peanut
Pearl
Pepper
Persia
Pesci
Phoenix
Picasso
Pinot
Pipsie
Pixie
Porche
Quattro
Ramona
Redford
Reece
Rico
Robin Hood
Rocco
Rocky
Romeo
Roxie
Rufus
Rusty
Scotty
Scout
Shadow
Shaggy
Shane
Shaq
Sheba
Silas
Skip
Skitty
Skyler
Smitty
Snooky
Snoopy
Sookie
Spark
Sprite
Stitch
Starsky
Sugar
Summer
Sunny
Sushi
Sweetpea
Syrah
Tallulah
Tango
Tank
Tanner
Tatertot
Theo
Tibbs
Timber
Tink
Toast
Toffee
Tonka
Vegas
Wednesday
Wilbur
Willow
Winnie
Wolfie
Yoshiko
Zach
Zara
Zeke
Zelda
Zeppelin
ZsaZsa

 

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