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Funny Dog Names for Special Pups

Funny Dog Names for Special Pups

Critter Culture Staff



It's always exciting to bring home a new, furry friend, and one of the most exciting parts of welcoming a new pup into your family is picking out their name. While some take the road more traveled with standard, common names for their pups, some of us like to add a sense of humour into our pets' names.


Funny names based on size

Big and small dogs play with a stick together. Marina Vedernikova / Getty Images

One of the most obvious ways to pick a funny dog name is by emphasizing the dog's physical attributes. A funny dog name for a tiny pup could be Hulk or Hercules to show off its bold but small stature. A cuter naming strategy would be more descriptive, such as calling a small dog Little Bit or Jellybean. The same concept works for big dogs or fluffy dogs, of course. It's nearly a stereotype to name a big, tough dog Tiny. Other ideas include:

  • Baby Bark
  • Bruiser
  • Dino
  • Ewok
  • Mini Me
  • Peanut
  • Short-Stack
  • Tank
  • Tinkerbell


Funny names for energetic dogs

Golden retriever puppy smiling and running in a field. OK_Gaffer / Getty Images

Many puppies are little bundles of energy and happiness. Naming a dog for its zest for life is sure to bring a smile to those who meet it. A golden retriever with bright expressions would be an adorable Sunshine, while a hyperactive pup on a mission may be suited to the name Jitterbug. Some dogs wag their tail so fast that it moves their whole lower body making Boogie or Rockit perfect name choices. There are many funny dog names for energetic pups, such as:

  • Flash
  • Go-Go
  • Lil Lambo
  • Scooter
  • Speedy
  • Spazzy


Naming mischievous dogs

Silly dog laying with a torn-up pillow. Photoboyko / Getty Images

Whether it's due to a strong personality or a need for extra training, some dogs just seem to be a bit more mischievous than others. The cute little troublemakers tipping over the trash can are just as deserving of love as any other dog and need attention to overcome their rambunctious ways. Funny dog names for pups with this background are nearly endless, and everyone loves a tiny Rascal or Wily Coyote. Some other suiting options might be:

  • Mayhem
  • Ruff-ian
  • Sharknado
  • Trouble
  • Tsunami
  • Zoomer


Pop culture and political dog names

Pug dog with sunglasses relaxes at the beach. titiya / Getty Images

Not all people share the same sense of humor, so funny dog names are subjective. For humans with silly senses of humor, pop culture and political references can be hilarious. From Arf Vader to Bark Obama, there are choices to match any dog to its celebrity look-alike.

  • Bilbo Waggins
  • Bite D. Eisenhowler
  • Boba Fetch
  • Bowser
  • Coco Kennel
  • Colin Howl
  • Fang Lee
  • Ozzy Pawsborn, Prince of Barkness
  • Pawkeye
  • William Shakes-Paw
  • Will Sniff
  • Woofgang Puck


Foodie names for pups

Setter dog staring at food hungrily. ROMAOSLO / Getty Images

Food is tasty and dogs are cute. Putting these two truths together makes it simple to create charming and funny dog names. Hotdog might be a perfect name for your dachshund puppy. For big dogs that love to chew, Captain Crunch is more than adorable.

  • Meatball
  • Porkchop
  • Lunch
  • Pickles
  • Spam
  • Twinkie
  • Mr. Waffles


Fierce names for sassy dogs

Pomeranian puppy laying in a soft blanket. monicadoallo / Getty Images

There are definitely dogs who know just how cute they are. These fluffy, well-groomed divas of the dog world strut proudly and have names to match their confident personalities. Proud pooches named Duchess or Prince know they deserve every bit of honor. Each individual name is cute enough, but a string of pompous dog names can be even funnier. Princess Penny VII or Sir Fifi of Dogland are examples of making it work.

  • Diamond
  • Dynamo
  • Eleanor
  • Foxy
  • King
  • Kitty
  • Penelope
  • Princess
  • Queenie


Affectionate but silly names

Dog owner lovingly holding a dog's paw. sanjagrujic / Getty Images

The love a dog owner can have for their pup is sometimes so strong that no outsider can understand. Overly affectionate names are pretty funny to anyone else. Names like Schnookums, Honeybear, or Cutie Pi will make a dog feel loved while the neighbors laugh out loud. Shouting names like Loverboy or Babycakes across a field at the dog park is a sure hit as well.

  • Buttercup
  • Dreamboat
  • Dollface
  • Honey Bun
  • Pookie
  • Pumpkin
  • Sweet Pea


Funny names for two dogs

Two best friend dogs playing in grass. marcoventuriniautieri / Getty Images

It's tough enough to name one dog, but coming up with 2 funny dog names can be a true challenge. Dog owners can bring a throwback vibe to the home with names like Salt and Peppa or Kenan and Kel. Name pairs that come together to form a phrase, like Chik and Nugget, are also very funny.

  • Chip and Dale
  • Humpty and Dumpty
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Pinky and The Brain
  • Sugar and Spice
  • Weeble and Wobble


Ridiculous and punny dog names

Golden retriever wearing a hat and being cool at the beach. Budanatr / Getty Images

Some punny dog names are hilarious when used in a sentence. Take a dog named Grandma, for example: "Grandma keeps stealing food from the trash can!" Essentially, any internet meme or play on words can become a cute name if the audience understands the meaning behind it.

  • Boyfriend
  • Datboi
  • Doge
  • Ermahgerd
  • Peeves
  • Sniper


Finding the perfect nickname

Playful dog chewing a ball. cunfek / Getty Images

Over time, a dog's personality becomes more clear to its humans. While using a single name may be best for training, nicknames are nearly inevitable. Sometimes adding -ie to the end of a name can bring it some charm and other times a whole new nickname is appropriate. A noisy puppy might earn a nickname like Woofy, Tough Guy, or Sir Barks-A-Lot. When an owner bonds closely with their dog, the perfect nickname often forms naturally.



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