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Classic American Names for Dogs

 
By Amy McCready, Animal rights journalist. April 10, 2017
Classic American Names for Dogs

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Choosing the right name for your dog is an important step any owner must take to acquaint their furry friend. However, sometimes this step can seem daunting because there are so many options out there!

Many dog names have originated from popular TV shows or films, like Shadow or Chance from Homeward Bound, and some are simply great descriptions for their pup's appearance, like Patch or Ginger. These classic names are always great choices for dogs. So, here at AnimalWised we have put together a list of classic American names for dogs, to give you some inspiration.



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Unique names VS traditional names

The chosen names on our list always rank well in annual lists of top dog names around the world. However, the origin of most of them is the United States. Perhaps this is primarily because of a strong influence from TV or film, or maybe Americans are just great at naming their dogs!

For some people, the hunt for a unique name is a long and tiresome process, so why not opt for a traditional choice?

Things to consider before choosing a name for your dog

Before moving on to our list of classic American names for dogs, there are some things you need to take into account before making your choice.

  • Your dog will learn their name faster if it's between 2 and 3 syllables long.

  • Your dog's name shouldn't sound like a daily word or command, since that would undoubtedly confuse them.

  • You should never yell your dog's name or use it while scolding them, because they will learn that their name is a bad word you use to punish them.
Classic American Names for Dogs - Unique names VS traditional names

American Names for Male Dogs

    You will notice that most of these names are highly descriptive and quite amusing. Both male and female pets are commonly named as a result of their appearance. This is a good method to take when naming your dog, and makes it easier for others to identify your dog in public!

    Here are our male choices:

    • Bandit
    • Baxter
    • Beethoven
    • Buddy
    • Buster
    • Chance
    • Charlie
    • Coco
    • Cooper
    • Copper
    • Fido
    • Goldie
    • Hunter
    • Lucky
    • Max
    • Patch
    • Rex
    • Rocky
    • Rusty
    • Scamp
    • Scooter
    • Scruffy
    • Shadow
    • Spot
    • Teddy
    Classic American Names for Dogs - American Names for Male Dogs

    American Names for Female Dogs

    As you will see in the following list, some of these names can be used for both male and female dogs.

    Here are our female choices:

    • Bailey
    • Bell(e)
    • Bella
    • Biscuit
    • Buttons
    • Cinnamon
    • Coco
    • Cookie
    • Copper
    • Cuddles
    • Daisy
    • Dolly
    • Fluffy
    • Ginger
    • Honey
    • Lady
    • Lassie
    • Lexie
    • Lily
    • Maggie
    • Marley
    • Misty
    • Molly
    • Ruby
    • Sandy

    Have you found the perfect name for your pup in our list of Classic American Names for Dogs? If so, tell us in the comments section! If not, be sure to check out our other lists:

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    Classic American Names for Dogs - American Names for Female Dogs

    If you want to read similar articles to Classic American Names for Dogs, we recommend you visit our Names category.

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