Belgium, a multi-lingual city in Western Europe is the home of the waffle, incredible beers, frites, and the best chocolatiers, like the famous Godiva. Belgium has the bar with the world’s biggest beer selection – Delirium Café – with over 2,000 different beers! This country is also known for its beautiful medieval towns, its Renaissance architecture, and for being the home of the European Union’s headquarters. Whatever the reason your attraction to Belgium might be, this is a great inspirational theme to consider as you seek to find your dog a lovely name!
Belgium Dog Names in Pop Culture
Belgium is one of the most dog-loving countries in the world. One out of every ten people has a dog as a beloved pet. There are multiple dog friendly places throughout the country; dog-friendly bed and breakfasts, restaurants, cafes, and even special pet railway tickets. There are also beach areas where dogs can play and run leash free.
A particular dog that became very popular and beloved by tourists from all around the globe, is Fidèle (which means faithful in French). Fidèle was a yellow Labrador Retriever who became a tourist attraction in Bruges. He lived at the Côté Canal bed and breakfast, and would always be laying quite comfortably on a windowsill that faces the Groenerei canal, no matter the season.
As one of the city’s attractions, tour boats would pause on the canal so passengers could take picture of the emblematic dog, and lots of people would stay in the Côté Canal bed and breakfast just to personally meet him and pet him. His owner, Caroline Van Langeraert, even said that the dog received multiple fan letters and toys, especially from American admirers.
Bruges' most famous citizen, Fidèle made an appearance on the big screen in the 2008 English Film ‘In Bruges’, where you can see the dog peacefully resting on his favorite spot. This appearance obviously increased his fame. He was also a part of a television advertisement for the Godiva Chocolatier.
Fidèle died in 2016, after falling ill, at the age of 12 years old. He will be remembered forever by the thousands of people who got to see this lovely dog half-sleeping on his windowsill. After his death, fans shared their stories of “the most photographed dog in Bruges”. Caroline, his owner, received condolences from people all over the world, which shows how beloved this beautiful dog was.
Belgium Dog Name Considerations
Belgium is the country with the best chocolate in the world. Also renowned for beer and waffles, it is a super cultural, history-rich nation, and a very diplomatic country. Brussels is considered the de facto capital of Europe. An interesting fun fact is that Belgian men are the second tallest in the world! And Belgium is the second country (after France) with most victories in the Tour de France cycling competition. Plus, this country has three different official languages: Dutch, German, and French. So, we know Belgians are cultured, tall, great at sports, diplomatic, and polyglots.
Tall dogs like the Great Dane, the Scottish Deerhound, the Newfoundland Dog and the Neapolitan Mastiff have great profiles for carrying a Belgian name. Also, friendly, well-behaved dogs like the Irish Setter, the Labrador Retriever, and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel are suitable to represent this country’s diplomatic culture. On the other hand, since Belgium is also known for its beer, golden-coated dogs that are beer-colored, like the Golden Retriever or the Cocker Spaniel, are great candidates to be named after a Belgian beer. A Belgian chocolate name for a dark brown Labrador or a Dachshund can be fun. Lastly, of course, Belgian dogs, like the Bouvier des Flandres, the Brussels Griffon, the Schipperke, or the Belgian Groenendael, can carry their origins with them in their name.