What's in a Dog's Name?

Spot, Lucky, and Buddy may have been popular dog names forty years ago, but this is 2019, people — and those names pale in comparison to some of the unique ones we’ve seen, on the Wag! platform and at the dog park. 

Does your dog’s name matter?

Many folks believe that our names, as humans, can be a key to who we become. Can the same be true of our dogs? Is a pup named Trouble likely to act naughtier than one named Angel? Or was "Angel" bestowed ironically?

Dogs often earn their monikers during puppyhood when their personalities begin to bloom. The way a puppy interacts with her littermates can result in what she’s called. But a dog’s name can say a lot about the person that named it. You, perhaps?

Many pet parents give their dogs names that reflect the human’s personality. From NFL quarterback names to a favorite treat like Oreo, a pup can often end up with a name that reflects a pet parent’s likes or favs.

Names are important! Just beginning to utter your dog’s name likely results in laser-sharp focus and anticipation. When we call our doggos' names, our pups respond with excitement and love, demonstrating the loving bond we have with our furry best friends!

Is “Snowflake” as unique as a snowflake?

Every dog is one-of-a-kind and many dogs have names as unique as they are. From the quirky to the powerful, your dog’s name often reflects what you care about and helps shape how you and others see your dog. And don’t our dogs deserve names worthy of attention, adoration, and interest? 

As we scoured the Wag! platform and elsewhere, we came across some unique names. Here are a few that stood out to us. If you're looking to name a new furry family member, you could do worse than start with these names:

Pop (pup?) culture names

Kim K. may be one of the most popular names in pop culture headlines, but at the dog park? Many pup parents are choosing star-worthy names from the silver screen or Billboard’s song charts.

Cujo
Nemo
Patsy Cline
Pink
Rico Suave
Sasha Fierce
Snoop (and Snoop Dawg)
Toto
Yoda

Some tasty names

From Betty Bacon to Bubblegum, these sweet, salty, and unconventional names may make your mouth water and warm your heart like a biscuit in an oven.

Bagel
Coconut
Fizzy Pop
Fluffer Nutter
Onion
Oscar Meyer
Pickles
Salty Dog
Sushi
Tamale
Waffles

Unusually adorable names

Some names are just so darn cute, you can’t help but love them. 

Bubbles
First Lady
Precious
Puddle
Snuggle

Dogs by any other name

That’s not a cat! Some pet parents look to other species for inspiration. Some of the most interesting name choices are inspired by jungle creatures and other animals!

Catfish
El Gato
Kitty
Monkey 
Panda
Tiger

Quirky names for quirky canines?

You know that dog doing flips in the dog park? She likely has a name like one of these — ones that deserve some appreciation for just how out of the box they are!

Chaos
Flat White
Fleabag
Nike
Ouzo
Shiner Bock or Shiner Bark
Thunder
What What
Zero