naming your new puppy

Like most people, your probably devote a fair amount of thought naming your new puppy. Sometimes the dog’s personality and appearance suggests the perfect moniker.

Each year, the Veterinary Pet Insurance Company publishes the most popular dog names. Based on information gathered from surveys, these are some picks for male and female dog names.

Naming Your New Male Puppy

  • Max: It’s power and might, a dog who’s “on” all the time. It goes with a German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever or Alaskan Malamute.
  • Buddy: He might be a guy’s best friend or a gal’s lapdog, the neighborhood mutt who landed at your door. His ancestry could be a terrier mix.
  • Jake: A variation of Jacob, it suggests a real pal. Picture a Golden Retriever, Lab or even a rescued Greyhound.
  • Rocky: He’s feisty and shows it. It can also reference the classic Rocky movies. It’s a fit for a Pit Bull, Rottweiler or Great Dane.
  • Bailey: Does the pup have a touch o’ the Irish? It’s the perfect name for an Irish Wolfhound, Irish Setter or Irish Water Spaniel.
  • Buster: Any dog who is a mix of many breeds or who loves to be part of a pack. Picture a terrier, Foxhound or Beagle.
  • Cody: If you’re in Wyoming, your search is over. The name has an English derivation. A Collie, Cocker Spaniel or Welsh Corgie could be a match.
  • Charlie: It’s as all-American as the burger. Every breed from a Dachshund to a Standard Poodle to a Bloodhound has a Charlie.
  • Bear: Picture big and brawny. How about a St. Bernard, Newfoundland or Old English Sheepdog?
  • Jack: It’s a nickname for Jackson. It suggests comfort and familiarity, perfect for a Jack Russell Terrier, Toy Fox Terrier or Brittany Spaniel.

Female Puppy Names

  • Molly: Above all, she’s a sweet puppy. It’s ideal for a Shih Tzu, Beagle or Cocker Spaniel.
  • Maggie: It has an Irish or English ring. It goes well with a Foxhound, Boxer or Irish Water Spaniel.
  • Daisy: Is your dog perky and sunny? How about giving the name to a Cocker, Dalmatian or Norfolk Terrier?
  • Lucy: It can be short for Lucia and suggests a small dog, and also refers to the classic show I Love Lucy. It’s suitable for a Beagle, English Toy Spaniel or Pug.
  • Sadie: It’s a nickname for Sarah. You could have a match if your puppy is an Akita, Golden Retriever or a Wire Fox Terrier.
  • Ginger: Because it connotes a color, this name is just right for a Boxer, Chesapeake Bay Retriever or Irish Setter.
  • Chloe: It suggests a blue-blooded pedigree often associated with an Afghan, Maltese or Pomeranian.
  • Bailey: Is you gal English or Irish? It could be a good fit if she’s a Pointer, Cairn Terrier or English Cocker.
  • Sophie: This is the French version of Sophia. It will work for a Poodle, Pomeranian or Papillon.
  • Zoe: It means life in Greek. It has an exotic connotation. Think Lhasha Apso, Samoyed or Bichon Frise.

If you’re not into using more common names, give your pup a rare and unique name.