350 Small Dog Name Ideas For Your Adorable Miniature Friend

Small dog names ideas
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Are you looking for a name for your small dog? You’ve come to the right place.

Thinking of a name for your new furry friend is the most exciting activity and the chances are, you will think of a name for your small dog before you collect it, or even see it! But once you name your dog and it’s trained to respond to its name, it’s super difficult to change, so it’s important to ensure that you pick the right name for your small dog from the get-go, otherwise, it will cause some difficulty and confusion for your dog later down the line.

The dog’s name will define who they are and who they are referred to as, so whether you’d like your dog to be called some funny or joyful, that’s completely up to you, but it needs to be something simplistic, as it’s a name for life. The average lifespan of a dog is between 10 and 13 years, so make your choice wisely!

The good news: we’ve done the hard work for you and collated the best small dog names in one location for you. So, whether you’ve found a dog already that you like, or are scanning the market to find your perfect companion, this article will help you pick a name for your small doggy friend.

Small dogs bring so much happiness and joy to your home and will play a big part in your lives, overall happiness, and mental stability. They will be welcomed by friends and family, and by everyday people in the street, so it’s important that you pick a convenient and welcoming name for your small dog. A dog name that’s well understood, easily understandable, easily pronounceable and isn’t overly complicated. People should be able to immediately recognize that it’s a dog name and when called, understand that you are referring to a dog. 

If you’re soon to buy a miniature little friend and haven’t yet chosen a name for your small dog – you’re in luck, below is our list of the best small dog names, hand-picked by our expert team from sources all over the web.

Everything from names for both male and female dogs, cute dog names, human names for dogs, unusual names, names of products, actors, planets, celebrities, brands, vehicles, alcohol, flowers, and fictional character names. We’ve covered every angle to help you choose a name for your dog. If there isn’t a name that you like, the list may help generate or spark ideas later!

How to choose a name for your dog

The name you choose will likely be the name they are referred to as for life, so it isn’t a process you should rush and you should get your best ideas into a list before making your final decision. A dog’s name is an important part of their training and socialization, it should be something that’s simple, easy to understand, and easy to hear. Something that’s easy to say and keeps your dog’s attention.

As an example, a name like “Lucy” is much easier to understand and will catch your dog’s immediate attention once said, than “Peanut Wigglebut”. The dog may get confused or think that you’re trying to speak to it or tell it to do something, then simply call it.

Below are some considerations when choosing a name for your dog.

1) Keep the dog’s name short and simple

It should be an easy word to say and understand by a small dog – as a rule of thumb you should keep the name between one or two syllables, so your dog can easily understand the message you are trying to convey.

2) Name your dog something unique and isn’t used by another family member or friend

If someone in your family is called “Brett” and your dog is called “Bert”, this will cause some confusion and the dog won’t know who you are referring to and won’t know when to respond. This will result in the dog not responding to its name and they may ignore it.

3) Avoid names that sound similar to a command

As an example, you wouldn’t want to call your dog “Sid”, this will cause confusion when you say “Sit”. The dog won’t know how to differentiate between both of these words and will make the training process difficult.

4) Choose a positive name that is friendly to say and ends with a vowel

Dogs react to the tone of their humans voice and when we say positive things enthusiastically, the dog sees this as a positive and happy reaction. Thus, they react positively too. A name like “Blue” is easy to say, easily understood and when we say it, we say it with a calm tone of voice. Make sure this is considered when choosing your dog’s name. It shouldn’t seem like you are shouting or saying a name aggressively when calling your dog, it should be a happy, positive signal that whatever you say next, you are saying to your dog.

5) Avoid names with negative connotations

Avoid calling your dog something that’s associated with something negative, keep it positive, as the chances are, your dog’s name won’t only be said by you, but others around you too.

6) Think of your dog’s personality when naming your companion

The name of your dog will represent who they are and what they’re like, the name will also represent the owners of the dog too.

So now you’ve got the best tips on how to choose a name for your dog, let’s look at some ideas to help name your small dog! This isn’t a definitive list, however, should help inform your decision and help spark ideas.

Small Dog Names For Female Dogs

Your female dog will be cute and cuddly, so you’ll need a female dog name that reflects this, even if she’s a proper girly girl (or will be), shy and cute, or an all-out sassy pup, this list will help generate some small dog names!

We’ve provided a mixture of the best female names for dogs that we found on the web, all in one place for you. These names will help define your dog and its personality.

  1. Lola
  2. Bonbon
  3. Bella
  4. Gracie
  5. Mousey
  6. Lilly
  7. Becca
  8. Belle
  9. Coca
  10. Lexi
  11. Maggie
  12. Daisy
  13. Zoe
  14. Roxy
  15. Riley
  16. Emma
  17. Leia
  18. Sugar
  19. Zara
  20. Flo
  21. Honey
  22. Peppy
  23. Lulu
  24. Hazel
  25. Sophie

Small Dog Names For Male Dogs

Do you want your boy to be called the same as other dogs that you come across, or are you looking for something more creative and one of a kind?

Below are some of our most creative dog names for small male dogs.

  1. Zeus
  2. Buddy
  3. Cooper
  4. Apollo
  5. Diesel
  6. Jack
  7. Koda
  8. Carlos
  9. Loki
  10. King
  11. Yoda
  12. Blue
  13. Theo
  14. Arlo
  15. Alife
  16. Joy
  17. Atlas
  18. Barry
  19. Bruno
  20. Cash
  21. Money
  22. Dash
  23. Pepper
  24. Salty
  25. Dude

Cute Small Dog Names For Male Or Female

Looking for a dog name that’s cute and joyful but isn’t necessarily fussed about whether it suits a boy or a girl? Below are some ideas that will help you decide, these names are easy to say, understandable, and don’t overlap with other words that we use in our daily lives, so it’ll help the training process too.

  1. Betty
  2. Abe
  3. Baby
  4. Bambi
  5. Bea
  6. Biscuit
  7. Blossom
  8. Buffy
  9. Boomer
  10. Chewy
  11. Diamond
  12. Gold
  13. Silver
  14. Everett
  15. Flash
  16. Peppy
  17. Callie
  18. Lulu
  19. Pancake
  20. Sugar
  21. Stella
  22. Zuzu
  23. Frodo
  24. Robin
  25. Mongoose

Human Names For Small Dogs

If you’re on the lookout to name your dog something that’s similar to humans, we’ve got a list for you too.

Here are some of the most common dog/human-friendly names we could think of.

However, it’s important to pick a name that isn’t used by someone else in your life, like a family member or friend, as this will confuse your dog if you were to ever call someone else the same name. The dog may start to ignore their name when around that person, as they don’t know who you are trying to communicate to, and will generally cause communication issues between you and your dog.

  1. Chloe
  2. Dixie
  3. Shannon
  4. Carlo
  5. Brandon
  6. Alex
  7. Brannon
  8. Brandon
  9. Jackie
  10. Sophie
  11. James
  12. John
  13. Rob
  14. Mary
  15. Patricia
  16. Jennifer
  17. Linda
  18. Sarah
  19. Karen
  20. Nancy
  21. Betty
  22. Lisa
  23. Michelle
  24. Kimberley
  25. Paulina

The Most Unusual Small Dog Names

If you’re looking to name your dog something that’s unique and not something you would hear someone say to another dog, then this list may be of interest to you too.

Below are some of the most unusual names we could think of that could be a name for your dog, ideas you wouldn’t have heard of before, but actually sound pretty cool!

These names are short and simple and the dog won’t have any trouble knowing that you are trying to call them.

  1. Spark
  2. Nemesis
  3. Angel
  4. King
  5. Pepper
  6. Pepsi
  7. Yoda
  8. Stein
  9. Rick
  10. Twix
  11. Mars
  12. Milk
  13. Glass
  14. Steel
  15. Pipe
  16. Galaxy
  17. Hot
  18. Cold
  19. Darthvader
  20. Johnson
  21. Market
  22. Moon
  23. Gently
  24. Flag
  25. Pipe

Names of Products For Your Small Dog

Here are some everyday products you will use in your lives that may spark some other name ideas, and you may even want to name your dog an everyday product that you love or use all the time. Whatever floats your boat!

However, it is important to note that naming your dog an everyday item may cause some confusion if you were to ever use the word in an everyday sentence when you aren’t trying to call your dog. Your dog may start to get confused and when it hears the name in the future, it may decide to ignore it. So, choose carefully!

  1. Ferry
  2. Cola
  3. Lappy
  4. Tele
  5. Money
  6. Snickers
  7. Twix
  8. Milky Way
  9. Durex
  10. Sauce
  11. Rolo
  12. Polo
  13. Gel
  14. Whisky
  15. Vodka
  16. Frosty
  17. Kit Kat
  18. Chicken
  19. Nugget
  20. Pepper
  21. Pickle
  22. Ketchup
  23. Jaffa
  24. Crisp
  25. Biscuit

Names of Actors For Your Small Dog

If you love watching films then you may find the list below of interest, however, you may turn some heads in the street when shouting your dog’s name in public!

These are some short and simple small dog names that will remind you of your favorite actor.

  1. Bruce
  2. Bellrock
  3. Shrek
  4. Max
  5. Leo
  6. Elvis
  7. Rick
  8. Rocky
  9. Jason
  10. Russel
  11. Allen
  12. Jennifer
  13. Fox
  14. Megan
  15. Curtis
  16. Eddie
  17. Murphy
  18. Ramsay
  19. Julia
  20. Clint
  21. Warren
  22. Samuel
  23. Jackson
  24. Will
  25. Rock

Planet / Space Exploration Names For Your Dog

If you’re into space exploration and like the sound of naming your dog something that comes from outer space, then we may have some ideas for you too. Below are some of the other planets in our solar system, and terminologies used for space travel. They may sound crazy at first, but may spark some ideas!

These names have been inspired by planets and space phenomena, as well as names used by space explorers. 

  1. Milky
  2. Eris
  3. Pluto
  4. Luna
  5. Atlas
  6. Leo
  7. Falcon
  8. Cosmo
  9. Earth
  10. Venus
  11. Mercury
  12. Armstrong
  13. Neptune
  14. Blue
  15. Galaxy
  16. Nebula
  17. Star
  18. Comet
  19. Nova
  20. Orbit
  21. Aurora
  22. Cassiopeia
  23. Aster
  24. Calypso
  25. Rover

Funny Names For Your Small Dog

If you’re looking for a quirky name for your dog that brings a smile to your face (and others) every time it’s said, then this list may be of interest. Who wouldn’t like to smile and laugh every time a dog’s name is said? It could be a blessing!

All of these small dog names have positive connotations and when the name is said, they are said in a friendly tone of voice, so your dog will know that you’re saying something positive.

  1. Chewbacca
  2. Jimmy Chew
  3. Dobby
  4. Elmo
  5. Yoda
  6. Pikachu
  7. Archie
  8. Larry
  9. Bob
  10. Betty
  11. Binx
  12. Tank
  13. Barney
  14. Meatball
  15. Nacho
  16. Cheese
  17. Kiwi
  18. Oreo
  19. Sushi
  20. T-Bone
  21. Smooches
  22. Puddin
  23. Spice
  24. Muggles
  25. Sauce

Celebrity Names For Your Dogs

Celebrities are often perceived as hot, trendy, fun, and cool characters, so if you’re looking for inspiration on what to name your small pup, these celebrity names for dogs may be of interest.

  1. Frodo (Frodo – Lord of the Rings)
  2. Bilbo (Bilbo – Lord of the Rings)
  3. Bagins (Bilbo Bagins – Lord of the Rings)
  4. Justin – (Justin Bieber)
  5. Biebes – (Justin Bieber)
  6. Kylie – (Kylie Jenner)
  7. Dwayne  – (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson)
  8. Miley – (Milley Cyrus)
  9. Ariana – (Ariana Grande)
  10. Paris – (Paris Hilton)
  11. Michelle – (Michelle Obama)
  12. Hailey (Hailey Bieber)
  13. Channing (Channing Tatum)
  14. Boris – (Boris Johnson)
  15. Kanye – (Kanye West)
  16. Tom – (Tom Cruise)
  17. Leonardo – (Leonardo DiCaprio)
  18. Gordon – (Gordon Ramsay)
  19. Britney – (Britney Spears)
  20. Phillip – (Phillip Schofield)
  21. Ed – (Ed Sheeran)
  22. Johnny – (Johnny Depp)
  23. Kim (Kim Kardashian)
  24. Graham – (Graham Norton)
  25. Donald – (Donald Trump)

Famous Brand Names For Your Dogs

Some brands are known globally for their excellent products, so if you’re looking for a dog name that stands out in the street, has meaning, and is recognizable by everyday people – a name of a product for your dog may sit the sweet spot in your search for a name.

If you love drinking Coca-Cola, you may love calling your dog “Cola” or “Pepsi”- imagine the daily smiles!

  1. Lego
  2. Pepsi
  3. Cola
  4. Mars
  5. Haribo
  6. Pringle
  7. Oreo
  8. Skittle
  9. Kinder
  10. Puma
  11. Pepper – (Dr Pepper)
  12. Apple
  13. Zara
  14. Gucci
  15. Visa
  16. Sprite
  17. Shell
  18. Ralph
  19. Lauren
  20. Canon
  21. Nokia
  22. Wendy
  23. Berry – (Black Berry)
  24. Venus
  25. Sony

Names Of Vehicles That Could Be Your Dogs Name

If you love your cars then it wouldn’t be a bad idea to name your dog your favourite type of car, after all, cars are fast, trendy, and tough, which may be the perfect representation of your dog in the future!

If your dog is a quick little runner with lots of agility, a name like “Bugatti” may help summarise them well, same with “Limo” for a sausage dog – as they are long!

  1. Toyota
  2. Honda
  3. Ford
  4. Nissan
  5. Audi
  6. Lexus
  7. Volvo
  8. Bentley
  9. Mazda
  10. Tesla
  11. Limo
  12. Bugatti
  13. Genesis
  14. Renault
  15. Citroen
  16. Subaru
  17. Mini
  18. Civic
  19. Cooper
  20. Falcon
  21. Nova
  22. Titan
  23. Spyder
  24. Sprite
  25. Rio

Dog Names Inspired by Beer, Wines, Cocktails, and Breweries

Everyone loves an evening or weekend alcoholic drink to help de-stress and wind down, but have you ever thought about naming your dog after your favourite drink?

It wouldn’t be the craziest idea I’ve heard and some of the names actually sound pretty darn cool.

  1. Whiskey
  2. Bud
  3. Jager
  4. Foster
  5. Skyy
  6. Brew
  7. Tipsy
  8. Tonic
  9. Hooch
  10. Brandy
  11. Bailey
  12. Sherry
  13. Vodka
  14. Gimlet
  15. Amber
  16. Pub
  17. Club
  18. Barley
  19. Cava
  20. Port
  21. Rose
  22. Cork
  23. Tonic
  24. Daiquiri
  25. Thatcher

Small Dog Names Inspired by Nature

If you love all things nature and are inspired by the wildlife that surrounds us, you’ll love this list. 

Peaches is my personal favourite! My mouth would hurt from the uncontrollable smile every time it’s said!

  1. Everest
  2. Berry
  3. Basil
  4. Daisy
  5. Poppy
  6. Pumpkin
  7. Flower
  8. Peaches
  9. Leaf
  10. Luna
  11. Bear
  12. Lupo
  13. Moose
  14. Robin
  15. Echo
  16. Ivy
  17. Lana
  18. Rio
  19. Thistle
  20. Zola
  21. Meadow
  22. River
  23. Breeze
  24. Sunny
  25. Yasmine
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