Best 3-Letter Dog Names

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Introduction

Sometimes, you just don't know what you should name your new puppy, and that's just fine. Maybe you know you want to stick to a certain letter-count, for either a short, or lengthy name. It's a start, and certainly a smart way of sticking to something that you're comfortable with for years to come. Perhaps you prefer a longer name, because the dog is large, with funny personality. Or even a short name, because your dog is on the small-medium side and has a witty way of going about things. Here's a list of short, 3-letter names to get you started.

3-Letter Dog Names in Pop Culture

3-Letter Dog Name Considerations

Choosing a pet name is a lot more difficult than it may appear at first glance. This is another life form that you're having to name! Someone whom you will be caring for, hopefully for a long time to come – at least another decade. Choosing the wrong name can lead to some discomfort, or even regret. That being said, if you simply take your time and really analyze your new pet's behaviors, finding the perfect name becomes inevitable. For instance, if you find that your pet is very hyperactive, and enjoys running, jumping, and getting into mischief, you may find that a shorter, spunkier name is the perfect route to take. If your new pet is funny, and is always making you laugh, then a longer name may be ideal. Something else to consider, besides personality, is your willingness to say a long vs short name. This is a name you will be using for years to call your dog to you, to stop bad behavior, to reward them, and make them feel loved. So again, take your time. There's no rush – the right name will come to you. In the meantime, just look around for potential ideas. You never know what you might find! 

Male Best 3-Letter Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
7
Bud
After Air Bud, or even Budlight
7
Ike
It should remind you of the candy
6
Roy
For the outdoorsman dog
6
Cap
Short for captain
4
Ben
For those who want their dog to have a more human name
4
Eli
Not Manning
3
Jon
A shorter spelling of John
3
Lex
After Lex Luthor
3
Cas
If you love the show Supernatural
2
Rex
For the big, serious, protective dog
2
Geo
If he likes rocks
2
Ken
Works if you already have a dog named Barbie
2
Tom
For the older, no funny business dog
2
Ham
If he's unashamed about how needy he is
1
Ace
John Wilker's dog
1
Dax
Sounds like Drax a little, doesn't it?
1
Leo
If he's always being admired by the ladies
0
Ren
After Ren and Stimpy
0
Jax
In case you like Sons of Anarchy
0
Max
It's a classic and means greatest
0
Axl
For that huge, muscular dog
0
Abe
Means father of a multitude
0
Hal
Sounds so... outdoorsman
0
Con
If he's always up to shady business
-1
Dug
The lovable pup from Up
-1
Pip
Short for Pippin
-1
Ian
Another name that sounds more human
-2
Lou
Short for Louie, or Louis
-3
Gus
The perfect name for a Husky
-3
Moe
Sounds old school

Female Best 3-Letter Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
7
Sam
Short for Samantha
7
Luz
Means "light" in Spanish
7
Kim
For the girly gal
6
Iza
If you're a fan of the Roaring Twenties
5
Eva
Again, a variation of Ava
5
Dee
If you're a fan of It's Always Funny in Philadelphia
5
Fay
If she's a laid back gal
4
Rey
After Star Wars
4
Kia
If she likes car rides
3
Ava
A variation of Eva
3
Liv
For the sassy girl
3
Kai
The perfect name, with many meanings including sea
3
Mia
Such a pretty name for such a pretty girl
2
Ina
Meaning pure, for the slightly older girl
1
Noa
A feminine spin on "Noah"
1
Emi
A variation of Emmy
1
Sue
For the introverted pup
0
Nia
For the calm, laid-back girl
0
Ari
For a cute, small dog
0
Ann
It's a classic and means grace
0
Tia
It means "aunt" in Spanish
0
Icy
If she has a white coat, like snow
0
Ivy
If she loves plants
-1
Ida
Perfect for an older dog
-1
Tai
If she's always into islands, exotic places, and the beach
-1
May
If she was born in May
-3
Gia
For the fashionable dog, it is an Italian name
-3
Dot
If she's spotted
-3
Pam
May remind you of the cooking spray
-3
Meg
The perfect nerdy name

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