Short Names for Dogs

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: November 7, 2016
Short Names for Dogs

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Have you decided to welcome a dog into your home? You've made a decision that will change your life for the better; the bond between a pet and their human owner is always deep and unique. While this decision will bring many positive experiences, you must also know that keeping a dog is a great responsibility and you'll have to fulfill all their physical, psychological and social needs.

Once you've finished thinking it over, the first thing you must consider is how to name your new pet. There are infinite possibilities, which makes deciding on a name for your dog all the more difficult. This is why here at AnimalWised we've compiled a list of short names for dogs so that you can find the one that best fits your pet.

Why should you choose a short name for your dog?

When it comes to naming our pet, you must not forget what is the first and foremost function of a name; it must catch your dog's attention and thus make their training and socialization possible.

Taking that function into account, we can safely say that short names for dogs will give an advantage to your dog regarding their training. Since they're two syllables long or less, they will be much easier to learn.

It takes a very short time for a dog to learn their name - usually they internalize it in a few days. Of course, that depends on each dog. Some sources suggest that training to recognize their name shouldn't start until a puppy is four months old. Once they reach that age, they can also start learning basic orders.

Short Names for Dogs - Why should you choose a short name for your dog?

Short names for male dogs

Here you can find a selection of short names for male dogs; we recommend you choose one based on your own dog's particular physical and personality traits.

  • Argos
  • Aston
  • Atom
  • Benji
  • Bingo
  • Black
  • Bolt
  • Bond
  • Bones
  • Brad
  • Buddah
  • Buko
  • Charlie
  • Chico
  • Clint
  • Cobi
  • Coco
  • Dali
  • Dante
  • Doc
  • Draco
  • Ernie
  • Fido
  • Flip
  • Floppy
  • Izor
  • Jah
  • Jake
  • James
  • King
  • Kovu
  • Liam
  • Mango
  • Mikki
  • Noah
  • Paul
  • Pinkie
  • Pookie
  • Pumba
  • Royal
  • Sunny
  • Thunder
  • Tino
  • Toby
  • Yang
  • Ying
  • Zeus
Short Names for Dogs - Short names for male dogs

Short names for female dogs

If you have a female dog, you might be interested in these names.

  • Ada
  • Adele
  • Amber
  • Bambi
  • Chloe
  • Cookie
  • Dame
  • Diva
  • Dora
  • Fata
  • Fifi
  • Gaya
  • Gala
  • Holly
  • Ina
  • Isis
  • Kira
  • Lady
  • Layla
  • Lilah
  • Lizzie
  • Lola
  • Lori
  • Luna
  • Lyra
  • Maca
  • Mimi
  • Misty
  • Moka
  • Mona
  • Momo
  • Neeve
  • Noa
  • Nora
  • Pukka
  • Queen
  • Samba
  • Sheba
  • Spark
  • Tai
  • Tara
  • Tina
  • Zira
  • Zoe
Short Names for Dogs - Short names for female dogs

Have you decided on a name for your dog?

If you have decided on a short name for your pet, now's the time to start their training. Take a look at our guides on house training a puppy and get to know the basic dog commands.

If you haven't found the right name for your dog, we recommend taking a look at our other lists:

Once you've chosen a name, you can make your dog feel special and loved by personalizing their objects - their collar, their bed... Up to you!

If your favorite short name for dogs isn't on our list, don't forget to tell us in the comments section and we'll add it.

Short Names for Dogs - Have you decided on a name for your dog?

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