Small dog names

Small Dog Names

It sounds a bit silly but one of the hardest things about getting a new small dog is choosing a suitable name for it that everyone agrees on.

Of course, as long as all the family like the chosen name then it doesn’t really matter what anyone else thinks about it.

That said, there are a few things that you should bear in mind when naming your dog.

Here are a few tips for choosing small dog names…

Choosing small dog names

  • Try to choose a name for your dog that matches their appearance, for example their size, and/or their personality. The name should also match the gender of your dog too, of course. It looks a bit silly if you give your male dog a girl dog name, or likewise if you give your female dog a name that’s more suited to being a boy dog name.
  • Your dog will be able to learn and recognize its name more easily if you choose a shorter name. So it’s best to stick to small dog names that only have one or two syllables rather than longer, more complex names.
  • It’s a good idea to avoid names that sound similar to commands that you’ll be expecting your dog to obey. As an example, if you called your dog ‘Kit’, it could easily get confused between its name and the ‘Sit’ command as dogs really only recognize the frequency and overall sound of the words, rather than the actual words themselves. Similarly, your dog could easily confuse ‘Joe’ with ‘No’ and so on.
  • Dogs respond well to sounds that start with sharp sounding consonants such as ‘s’, ‘sh’ and ‘ch’. So names starting with these sounds make good dog names. Names starting with ‘k’ and ‘t’ also work well.
  • Dogs also respond well to words that end in a long ‘e’ or a short ‘a’ sound, for example Tilly or Simba.
  • If you choose a very common name for your dog, it may well get very confused when you take it down to the park and there are lots of people calling out its name to their own dogs. Or you may find that when you call your dog, other dogs come running to you! For this reason, you may want to avoid one of the most popular dog names.
  • Try your chosen name out for a few days to see how your dog responds to it. This will also give you the chance to see if you actually do like the name and it suits your dog. You can always choose a different name in the first few days if you do decide you don’t like the original name.
  • Avoid small dog names that other people might consider to be offensive or annoying. Remember that you’ll have to be shouting out your dog’s name in public places.
  • If you’re going to name your dog after a family member, it’s a good idea to ask them how they feel about it first. Not everyone may be happy to share their name with a dog in the family!
  • Remember that your dog will have the same name all of its life, so choose a name that will still suit it when it’s older, not just when it’s a cute little puppy.

Small Boy Dog Names

Small boy dog names

Below is an alphabetical list of all our favorite boy dog names for small dogs…

Abe
Ace
Alfie
Ali
Angus
Archie
Art
Astro
Bailey
Bandit
Barney
Baron
Bart
Baxter
Beans
Benji
Bennie
Biker
Blackie
Bobo
Bogie
Bogart
Bonsai
Boss
Boxer
Brownie
Bruiser
Buddy
Bullseye
Buster
Butch
Buzz
Buzzer
Caesar
Capone
Captain
Caspar
Champ
Charlie
Chester
Chico
Clyde
Cody
Colonel
Comet
Corky
Cowboy
Curly
Dash
Deuce
Digger
Doc
Duke
Dusty
Earl
Eddie
Elf
Elvis
Face
Fang
Felix
Frankie
Freddie
Gizmo
Gonzo
Grover
Gus
Gusto
Guy
Hank
Happy
Harley
Harvey
Howie
Hunter
Iggy
Igor
Inch
Inchy
Jack
Jagger
Jake
Jakie
Jasper
Java
Jessie
Joey
Joker
Joshy
Jude
Kaiser
Kid
King
Lenny
Leo
Levi
Lucky
Mac
Max
Marley
Mickey
Micro
Midge
Midget
Milo
Moe
Monty
Mini
Mugsy
Nipper
Nitro
Obi
Odie
Ollie
Oscar
Ozzie
Pablo
Paco
Paddy
Patch
Patches
Paws
Pepper
Pogo
Prince
Pudsie
Quincy
Quinn
Racer
Radar
Raider
Rags
Rambo
Randy
Ranger
Rascal
Red
Rocky
Rollo
Rover
Rowdy
Rudy
Ruff
Rusty
Sam
Sammy
Sarge
Scamp
Scooby
Scooter
Scrapper
Scrappy
Scruffy
Shadow
Shane
Shorty
Shrimp
Slugger
Snoopy
Socks
Sparky
Spike
Sport
Spot
Spuds
Squirt
Stone
Taco
Tag
Tiger
Tiny
Toby
Tommy
Toto
Tramp
Trouble
Troy
Tucker
Tuffy
Tug
Ulysses
Vic
Vinny
Webster
Wellie
Whistler
Willie
Xander
Yoda
Yogi
Zack
Zeus
Ziggy
Zorro

Small Girl Dog Names

Small girl dog names

Below is an alphabetical list of all our favorite girl dog names for small dogs…

Abbie
Acorn
Amber
Angel
Angie
Annie
Asia
Baby
Beanie
Bella
Belle
Bessie
Binkie
Bitsy
Bizzie
Blondie
Blossom
Bobo
Bonnie
Brandy
Bubbles
Buffy
Cairo
Candy
Casey
Cassie
China
Chloe
Cindy
Cleo
Coco
Cookie
Curly
Daisy
Dakota
Dancer
Derby
Dida
Diva
Dixie
Dolly
Doodle
Duchess
Duffy
Dusty
Echo
Emma
Ester
Fancy
Fanny
Feather
Fluffy
Ginger
Ginny
Goldie
Grace
Gracie
Gypsy
Heidi
Helly
Holly
Honey
Hope
Inca
Ivy
Jackie
Jade
Jasmine
Jess
Jessie
Joy
Katie
Kelly
Kiki
Kolo
Lacey
Lady
Leila
Lexi
Lilly
Lola
Lucky
Lucy
Lulu
Luna
Madison
Maggie
Mandy
Maxie
Meg
Meggie
Mia
Milly
Minnie
Missy
Misty
Molly
Nellie
Nikki
Nina
Ola
Paris
Patsy
Peanut
Penny
Pepper
Pippa
Pixie
Polly
Pookie
Popcorn
Poppy
Princess
Queenie
Rosie
Roxy
Ruby
Sady
Sage
Sally
Sammy
Sandy
Sasha
Sassy
Shelby
Silver
Skye
Stella
Sunshine
Tasha
Teeny
Tess
Tilly
Tiffany
Tiny
Tizzy
Trixie
Tulip
Twiggie
Ully
Wendy
Wiggles
Winnie
Xena
Zelda
Zoey

Summary

You should put a bit of thought into choosing small dog names. The name should be one that all the family likes and that suits your dog. Our lists of boy small dog names and girl small dog names should hopefully help you to choose the perfect name for your dog.

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