Classic Disney Dog Names in Pop Culture
A less well-known but classic Disney dog name is Dodger. Dodger the Dog, voiced by Billy Joel in Oliver and Company, is was a streetwise stray dog that reluctantly brought Oliver, a stray kitten, under his paw. Dodger is a scruffy Jack Russell Terrier and makes for a great subtle Disney name for people wanting to recall some of their own childhood Disney favorites. Dodger's name is based on Charles Dickens's character, Artful Dodger in Oliver Twist, a streetwise child pickpocket who becomes Oliver Twist's best friend. The story of Oliver and Company is a musical adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens's novel. Dodger, as a dog's name, is a reference to both the Disney dog as well as Dickens's character.
Finally, Max, which is one of the most popular dog names for males dogs without reference to Disney, is also a famous Disney dog. Max is Prince Eric's faithful Old English Sheepdog in The Little Mermaid. He is a loving and loyal dog who often appears more in-touch with situations and story plots in the movie than Prince Eric. Max's name does not appear to be based on a previous character or be anything more than a popular name. However, given the popularity of this name for a dog over the years, it is not surprising that Disney chose the name for The Little Mermaid.
Disney dogs, whether they are main characters or sidekicks and minor characters, are a big part of Disney culture and subsequently, pop culture. Many people choose to give their dogs Disney inspired names based on some of these classic dogs as well as other characters in the Disney pantheon. The rise in popularity of certain names may correspond with the release or re-release of Disney classics but for dog names like Pluto, the character, disposition, and nostalgia is an ever-fixed part of pop culture.
Classic Disney Dog Name Considerations
When it comes to naming your dog a classic Disney name, you should consider the character's disposition and whether you believe your dog's personality, looks, or breed match the character. Also, many classic Disney names are from dog characters, such as Pongo. Pongo was the father Dalmatian in 101 Dalmatians and was a Dalmatian himself. While any dog, including female dogs, can easily bear the name Pongo, most diehard Disney fans will only select this name for a Dalmatian.
A similar consideration might be taken for couples Disney names. For example, naming your dog Mickey is the ultimate ode to Disney but would be a perfect fit for a pair of dogs with Minnie as the other name. Mickey and Minnie, as names, also go far better with smaller dogs that have black in their coats, such as a black-coated Pug or French Bulldog. Larger dogs can bear these names, but keep in mind that Mickey and Minnie are mice. Owners of large dogs might want to play to the strength of classic Disney characters and choose names of physically strong and large characters, such as Simba, Pete, and Baloo. Above all, owners who wish to name their dog after a classic Disney inspired character will consider their favorite Disney personalities and fit for their dog.