For dog owners with well-behaved leash dogs, cycling can be one of the best types of exercise the two of you can do together. The breeze of movement helps to keep you cool, it works significant portions of your body (let alone theirs), allows you both to see more scenery than jogging would, and also has the added benefit of being able to cover larger distances. And in a sense, dogs aren’t all that much unlike bikes to begin with. They can both be measured in stride (or gear ratio), general build, aerodynamics, effort, and look, and they’re both about as reliable as you can get. So if you’re a fan of cycling, why not give your dog a cycling-inspired name that pays tribute to their personality as well as one of your favorite activities?
Cycling Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture
Time and time again, dogs find a way to prove that everything we think we know about them is only a drop in the bucket. We’ve seen them go from good company to masterminds of problem solving, agility, and complex commands. In recent years, with the continued rise in popularity of skateboarding, surfing, and other less tenured sports, we’ve seen some amazingly talented dogs come with them, as happy as their owners to jump on any vehicle that will have their hair pushed back by the wind.
Surfing itself seemed easy enough, as some dogs rode with their owners or just needed to balance while riding a wave in. Skateboarding seemed to take additional skill, requiring additional balance, steering, and even pushing to keep the board going. But few dogs have ever breached a vehicle that takes standing upright, steering, and pushing or pedaling simultaneously… at least until we met Norman.
When Norman was a puppy, he seemed to be a pretty average dog, outside of the fact that he seemed to have a penchant for learning new skills whenever he could. But by the time he reached 15 months, his owner, Karen Cobb, realized he was something special, as he aced his training in Agility, Herding and Obedience and did the same in competition. Shortly after that he was introduced to one of her children’s scooters, of which he gleefully jumped on and taught himself how to balance. The Briard went on to learn a hefty variety of different sports and activities as well from surfing and skateboarding to jumping rope. But his most impressive skill may be his ability to ride a bicycle. And yes, you read that correctly. Despite having a little trouble getting on the bike and into position, once he’s on he can steer and pedal his way down the street. He even owns two Guinness World Records for his cycling and skateboarding prowess.
His set of skills has brought him all sorts of attention and with it, the opportunity to star on several television shows, be a guest on numerous others, tour the US, and be covered in just about every media format possible. If all that wasn’t enough, beyond being incredibly smart and athletic, he’s also exceptionally well behaved and his manners include closing doors, wiping his feet when he comes in the house and even wiping off his beard after he drinks!
As a rescue dog, Norman has also acted as a spokesdog for ending puppy mills and the need for families to adopt rescues over purebreds. Unfortunately, he also had to fight against stage IV lymphoma. But after numerous treatments and financial help from his GoFundMe page, Norman outlived most others (some can go as quick as two weeks) and overcame the difficulties the same way he has all his other great feats, with a nose for determination.
Cycling Inspired Dog Name Considerations
When trying to pick out an appropriate cycling-themed name, there are a few important things you should consider. First, think about your dog’s strongest and most apparent traits, then use that as a basis for connecting them to a lifelong title. Second, consider if you’re more apt to name them after a great, or merely more generic term that captures their persona.
For instance, if you choose to go with a cycling legend, you can make easy associations with breed type alone. For Belgian breeds, like Brussels Griffons or Schipperkes, the names Eddy and Merckx would be appropriate. For French breeds, such as Poodles or the Dogue de Bordeaux, the names Hinault, Jacques, and Anquetil would all be good choices. For Italian breeds, like (and especially) Greyhounds and Mastiffs, the names Gino, Bartali, Fausto and Coppi would all be great selections.
But if you want to get a bit more creative, you’ll have to think outside the peloton. There are plenty of cycling terms that could potentially apply to your pooch as well. For instance, if your dog is particularly streamlined in look, Aero would be a good name. For a dog that constantly runs into things, Bonk would be an apt pick. For a dog that likes to rear up on its hind legs, Wheelie would be the perfect fit.
There are a ton of ways to go, so don’t be shy about digging into our list or perusing a glossary of cycling jargon, list of famous cyclists or even just a list of popular racing bikes.