Best 4-Letter Dog Names

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Did you recently get a new dog?  Are you fretting in your sincere attempt to pick the perfect name for that cute, cuddly canine who recently joined your family?  Names are so important...it’s who we are and, sometimes, it can be why we are. It’s no different for our dogs, so take your time, watch her and get to know her.  Research has shown that one or two syllable names tend to work best for your cuddly canine, especially when she is young and in training.  To avoid confusion, be sure NOT to call her any name which sounds like a command.

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Best 4-Letter Dog Name Considerations

While, admittedly, it is not customary to refer to your new furry family member as “dog” for months on end, it is important to give her potential name some thought and even devote a bit of research time before labeling her with a moniker that will stick with her for life.  You could consider her color, breed history and any particular cute (or perhaps not so cute) habits or characteristics she may display.  For example, you might name a red or auburn colored dog Gini or Gigi (short for Ginger) or Cini or Cino (short for Cinnamon) ... or ... a black and white mix could be named Ashy  or Camo... or ... a brindle dog could be Brin or Bibi.  If you have a dominant dog, you could name him Boss ... or ... a large breed could be named Hoss.  How many times have you seen a Great Dane named Tiny or Whee ... or ... a Teacup Chihuahua named Brut or Killer? As you can see, the possibilities are endless!  So, make it fun, take away all of the “barriers” and let your imagination run wild in search of that perfect name. A word of caution...to avoid embarrassment, you might want to consider what the name will sound like when you shout for her from across the ball field or the dog park or two blocks from home.  Also, it’s a good idea to avoid choosing names which sound similar to or, when shortened, can sound similar to commands you might find yourself using as you train your furry family member.  Let the sky be the limit!

Male Best-4 Letter Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
7
Pepe
A black and white dog who resembles Pepe Le Pew from Looney Tunes cartoons
7
Yoda
Of Star Wars fame
6
Chas
To honor the yellow dog, Charlie B. Barkin from All Dogs Go to Heaven
6
Kawa
This one is for the Kawasaki motorcycle lovers
6
Reno
A Briard from the movie Top Dog
5
Beau
A Siberian Husky, the lead dog of Will Stoneman in Iron Will
5
Dave
Are you into heavy metal music? How about this one for the lead guitarist in Metallica
5
Deek
For fans of the NCIS TV series, how about this one from the LA version of the series?
5
Elmo
One of the most loved characters on Sesame Street
5
Ladd
Shortened from Ladadog from the movie Please Don’t Eat the Daisies
4
Bitt
For that little bit of a dog in your lap, a Yorkie or Maltese perhaps?
4
Coco
Anyone out there a chocoholic?
4
Kent
This name could reflect an Ohio college you may have attended
4
Pete
Shortened version of Petey from the TV series The Little Rascals
4
Rags
This could describe a mixed breed puppy or hybrid or even a rescued canine
4
Tank
A well-built, solid and dependable canine sentry who guards the food bowl (and fridge?)
4
Zeus
The mythical Greek god of the sky and rain as well as supreme ruler of the gods
3
Milo
Jim Carrey’s cute little Jack Russell Terrier pet from the movie The Mask
3
Pips
Shortened from Pippin who was a Terrier mix in the British TV series Come Outside
3
Shep
To honor the Border Collie from the British children’s show Blue Peter
2
Adam
Is this your first dog? How about naming him after the first man?
1
Pnut
For a cute, cuddly fluff ball or maybe a Great Dane occupying so much of the sofa or bed
1
Race
This moniker could fit a Greyhound, or other racing-type of canine
0
Ashy
A good name for a salt and pepper colored dog
0
Boss
For that dominate pack leader who governs the food bowl
0
Pele
Are you a soccer fan?
0
Tige
Does anyone remember the Buster Brown shoe ads?
-1
Pjay
A play on words for that cuddly sleeping partner
-2
Logo
Does your pet have a distinctive marking or pattern in his coat coloring?
-2
Spot
From children’s book, Dick and Jane, from which the phrase “see Spot run” emanated

Female Best-4 Letter Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
7
Mara
A multicultural name meaning bitter or a time
7
Vici
A variation of Vicki or Victoria, meaning victory, great name of a dominant female
7
Xena
Great name for a brave and gutsy pup
6
Bess
A shortened version of Elizabeth
6
Kate
A shortened version of Katherine, a great historical name, especially for an ancient dog breed
5
Lady
A genteel female or the female canine lead in The Lady and the Tramp movie
5
Rose
Another beautiful flower
5
Savy
A 4-letter version of Savannah
5
Sisi
A Scottish name for the country of Scotland, which can be used for male or female
4
Etta
A shortened version of Henrietta
4
Lena
Famous Lena’s: Lena Horne (singer), Lena Dunham from Girls, Lena Headey from Game of Thrones
4
Lovi
Describes the “postage stamp” who attaches herself when she sleeps with you
4
Tina
Of Gilligan’s Island fame
3
Bree
A Gaelic derivative meaning power, strength, vigor and virtue
3
Lucy
Meaning “light” is moniker for character in Charlie Brown, the namesake for TV series I Love Lucy and the song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
2
Maya
A Siberian Husky from the movie Eight Below
2
Rici
A unisex name meaning strong, happy or graceful
2
Sage
A yummy spice that is frequently found in sausage but is also great in soups and sauces
2
Sami
Shortened from Samantha (or Samuel) and can be a unisex name
1
Bryn
A Welsh name for a boy or girl, meaning “hill”
1
Lily
A beautiful flower
0
Abie
Another famous name from NCIS fame
0
Demi
Are there any of Demi Moore’s fans out there?
0
Fran
A British name which means “free one”
-1
Binx
A popular name for a variety of breeds as well as rescues and mixes
-2
Lacy
4-letter variation of Lacey, a very popular dainty name in the U.S. and Scotland
-2
Pati
A four-letter variation of Patricia
-3
Elly
Of The Beverly Hillbillies fame
-3
Lisa
A 4-letter variation of Elizabeth, an ancient name rich with history
-3
Lois
A Greek name for “most desirable”, kind of describes Lois Lane of Superman fame

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