In the world of both dogs and beverages, there seems to be no end in terms of variety. Over the centuries, appreciators and connoisseurs alike have furthered their respective fields to bring others new types, refined by everything from science to aesthetic to simple desire. And while there may be few other overlaps besides their respective colors and regions of origins, there is certainly enough context, history, and originality in both worlds to provide a considerable roster of apt names to dually attribute to your canine companion. So whether they’re a tall drink of water or a hot shot of java, rest assured there’s a perfect beverage inspired name waiting for you and your furry friend.
Beverage Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture
Animal rescues have come up with some pretty interesting techniques over the years to showcase their animals while providing insight and bringing attention to the fact that thousands upon thousands of animals every year are abused, lost, or even just straight up neglected and in need of a better home. If you need any further proof, feel free to look up the Sarah McLachlan ASPCA videos and grab a box of Kleenex.
Sure, some of them can be written off as stunts or glorified guilt trips when done incorrectly, but the aim is often true, as all shelters are motivated to get their animals adopted, cared for, and into good loving homes. And while it’s easy to find examples of those that have gone over the top, there are plenty more that go about it in a tasteful and effective way by bringing light to animal issues and finding an entertaining and informative way to convince people to adopt rescues instead of fueling the breeding market.
One such rescue group in New Zealand went above and beyond just showing that they had some really great dogs up for adoption. In 2012, they decided to not only showcase what dogs were available, but how incredibly intelligent they were, by teaching them to drive cars — yes, you read that correctly — including a 10-month old Beardie cross named Porter who shortly after became the first dog in the world to drive a car.
The trainers of the rescue group first started by teaching the recent rescues a few basic commands such as teaching them touch commands, which were then individualized to their right and left paws. Then, they would be placed on their haunches in a car-seat-like cart, which they then learned to propel around the experimenters’ laboratory. After about eight weeks, two of the dogs were successful enough to begin their trials in modified cars that would allow them to accelerate, brake, and turn on a track. After a few successful test runs, the group decided to take their experiments worldwide by live broadcasting the dogs driving. It was a huge hit, generating over 15 million views online.
The incredible stunt was specifically aimed at rescue dogs, who had somehow, in the public eye, been largely seen as second-class animals, even though they generally end up being more resilient and often healthier than their purebred counterparts, and the group proved this idea convincingly. If their view numbers and subsequent reactions from their audience are any indicator, they’ve left little doubt in the minds of those who witnessed it exactly what dogs, even (and maybe especially) those who have seen tough times, are truly capable of with enough love and attention.
Beverage Inspired Dog Name Considerations
Considering the breadth of beverage types and attributes, there should be no shortage of names or ideas to choose from. We suggest making a list of your dog’s most prominent traits, both in looks and personality to use as the basis for your inspiration.
For instance, you could start as simple as choosing your favorite drink category. If you are a tea drinker, narrow your results down to tea-based names such as Oolong and Matcha. Consider where those teas come from, as you may be able to match your dog with a tea of a similar origin, such as naming your Shiba Inu, Sencha, or your Pariah, Darjeeling.
You can keep things as simple as matching their color to an appropriate favorite drink, such as naming your Golden Retriever, Sémillion, after the golden grapes of France and Australia or your Chocolate Lab, Mocha. You can also pick a name based on their personality, such as giving your hyper dog a coffee-inspired name like Cordato or Latte, or your dark-haired and lethargic dog the name Porter.
There’s no limit to what beverages you choose and how you pair them up. And don’t forget, there’s certainly more than what’s listed here. We’ve excluded nearly all soda-inspired names since we have a dedicated list for that too, so if you have a specific drink category you’d like to work within, don’t forget to check out our other drink-specific guides as well.