If you’re a fan of beach volleyball, giving your dog a themed name is a great way to bring together two things you love. Between the greats of the sport and the expansive lexicon of terms, there’s a fantastic selection of names to match to your pup’s personality. And even if your dog may not be able to play like a pro, they’ll certainly at least share something in common with the sport. After all, most dogs are great at chasing balls around, let alone bumping and digging, leaving you plenty of opportunities to spike the naming game like a lollipop.
Beach Volleyball Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture
Out of nearly all dog names, Spike often reigns supreme near the top of the list in terms of being one of the most classic and tenured, so it stands to reason that one of the most famous cartoon dogs in history shares the same characteristics.
While he’s been known by several names throughout his earliest appearances, from Killer to Butch to just Bulldog, Spike Bulldog is a staple of the cartoon scene nearly as much as his more famous counterpart, Tom Cat from the original Tom and Jerry series.
Spike made his first television appearance in 1942 but wasn’t actually given a voice or a speaking role until 1944. While his voice did change over the course of the first few years, it cemented itself by 1949 when famed Hanna-Barbera voice actor Daws Butler introduced a gruff and thick New York accent reminiscent of Jimmy Durante, who also sealed his stardom with a quintessential Lower East Side delivery.
Even though Spike was nearly always at odds with Tom and at times flashed significant fierceness when he needed to, the muscled bulldog was most often portrayed as easy-going yet protective and more than all else, a good father to his son Tyke, who was also a reoccurring character in the series. Even when Tom and Spike were at odds, it was rarely, if ever, due to direct antagonism. More often than not, Spike and Tyke somehow ended up in the middle of a Tom and Jerry chase, at which point Spike is forced to be stern and protect his cute and somewhat helpless son, whom he is constantly trying to teach the lessons of dog-life.
Although Spike and Tyke’s appearances were somewhat limited, totaling right around 30 appearances during their first run, they spanned 15 years before Hanna-Barbera finally did something drastic. After a Spike and Tyke series flopped shortly after beginning production in 1957, the company pivoted, converting their once-classic characters into Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy, one of their first television successes.
But Spike and Tyke were not completely lost. Even though they didn’t grace television screens outside of reruns throughout the 1960s, they did return in the 1970s when The Tom and Jerry Show reintroduced them, as well as in the ‘80s in The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show, and in the ‘90s in the Tom & Jerry Kids show. They have also been featured in full-length features and several other television series, including Tom and Jerry Tales (2000s) since.
Beach Volleyball Inspired Dog Name Considerations
Coming up with an appropriate name for your dog can often be a bit intimidating but with the right approach, it can be much simpler than you might think. With a beach volleyball inspired name, your first consideration should be whether or not you want to name them after one of your favorite players. If so, the process is pretty straightforward, but if you’d like to be a bit more clever and suit them more personally, make a list of their most prominent traits such as their quirks and tendencies, as this is a fast-track to finding something apt.
For instance, if they’re always trying to push the boundaries, then Antenna would be a good name, as a reference to their need for more defined lines like antennas would provide to a court. If they’re a bit clumsy and absent-minded and tend to get caught or stuck on things, the names Fish and Tuna would certainly be appropriate. If they tend to use their power over nuance or finesse, then the names Whale, Prince or Princess would all be perfectly suitable.
Of course, you can tie the terms in however you like, let alone the names of greats if you know their personalities or tendencies well enough to play off of them. Just make sure to set the shot up properly before you take it so you know where it’s going to land.