Breakfast is known to be the most important meal of the day but besides its nourishing, standard-setting identity, it also happens to boast some of the most beloved foods in various cultures worldwide — which is probably also the reason why so many American restaurants now offer all-day breakfast. But with the fantastic array of food and drink choices, breakfast and its dishes also come with a roster of names from cute to culturally relevant, all of which not only bring to mind nostalgia as warm and sweet as many of the dishes, but double as fantastic dog names that will likely bring about some of those very same feelings.
Breakfast Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture
There are many things celebrated in the world of dogs from beauty to lineage to behavior, many of which stand as pivotal elements of National and International dog shows. But one dog who owns a world title is celebrated for something completely different: his unrivaled ugliness.
In 2014, a two-year-old Chihuahua-Shih-Tzu mix named Peanut took home the title of World’s Ugliest Dog, a yearly contest held in Petaluma, California as part the Sonoma-Marin Fair. Although it seems like a cruel distinction, it is part of a celebration that has taken place since the 1970s, one that cherishes owners whose dogs are less fortunate in the looks department, but are beloved because of their personalities and cherished for being adopted despite defying the common convention of buying the “cutest of the litter.” In recent years, the fair has also added an all-day Dog Lovers’ Festival that precedes the capstone, the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, which involves several rounds of voting and now boasts an in-person fanbase of 2,000-3,000 a year, plus the television audience since the contest has been broadcast.
In recent years, many owners have taken advantage of the fact that one breed seems to rise above the rest in terms of ugliness. Year in and year out, barring rarities in the last few, the Chinese Crested has taken home the trophy, largely because the breed is well-known for their patchy hair and dirty-looking skin, along with other slightly off-kilter deformations exacerbated by their overall look.
But outside of being a different breed, Peanut was also different because he had the misfortune of starting life on the toughest of paws. He suffered significant abuse in his early life and even endured a fire that kept him at an animal hospital for nine months before his owner, Holly Chandler, adopted him. The fire left him without proper eyelids and lips, giving him a very distinct look that centers around his prominent, watery eyes and over-exposed teeth along with significantly patchy and wispy hair on his face, interspersed with bare and scarred skin.
But instead of using Peanut as an easy way to become a finalist in the contest (like many others have been rumored to do), Chandler decided to use the contest as a means to make Peanut a poster child for animal abuse. After winning the contest, she vowed to use the $1,500 prize to help other owners help pay for their veterinary bills.
Breakfast Inspired Dog Name Considerations
When looking to pair your dog with an appropriate breakfast-inspired name, our best suggestion is to first make note of some of their most notable characteristics, such as their breed origins or the quirks of their personality.
For instance, if you have a Belgian Shepherd, Waffle would be a good fit simply due to their shared origins. For the same reason, anyone who owns an English breed, such as a Cocker Spaniel or King Charles, would have easily suitable choices in the names Rasher, Muffin, and Pudding.
Of course, you can always base their name on their appearance as well. If they happen to be particularly long, thick, and tubular, then Sausage or Chorizo would be great picks. If they’re yellow or orange in coloration, then OJ, Cheese, and Juice would all work perfectly well, the same way Coffee and Cinnamon would be suitable for brown or rust-colored dogs.
There are plenty more ways you can choose to go as well, such as naming them after their favorite human food (or anecdotally, the food they tend to steal the most) or the look, feel, or other characteristics inherent to both the food/drink and your dog. Don’t feel limited to what we’ve offered here, either. It may look like a menu, but you’re more than welcome to order something else straight from the naming kitchen.