Designer Dog Names

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Introduction

The designer dog - the name is suggestive of being fashioned or developed by breeders. In fact, the designer dog is just that - designed by the breeder. Take the case of the Goldendoodle - breeders saw a desire among dog owners for a hypoallergenic working dog. The Golden Retriever parent breed was known for its penchant as a service or therapy dog, but individuals susceptible to allergies often could not benefit from using the Golden (or any other dog) due to allergies. So, breeders chose two breeds in an effort to get top traits from each. The hypoallergenic Poodle has been a popular dog for designer breeding. Some develop designer dogs for uniqueness while others do so for utility. Whatever the original purpose, the trend is only becoming more popular in the world of dog breeding.

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Designer Dog Name Considerations

Much of the practice of creating hybrid or designer breeds goes back to the 1990s, when the popularity of developing new breeds took off. There are a plethora of designer dog breeds today. The Poodle has proven to be one of the most popular breeds with which to create a hybrid breed. This is likely due to the fact that Poodles are hypoallergenic. In addition, the Poodle comes in a variety of sizes, including the Standard and the Miniature variety. Poodles of varying sizes have been interbred with Golden Retrievers to achieve Goldendoodles of different heights and weights. 

Miniature Poodles have been interbred with many other similar-sized dogs to create companion dogs with optimal temperaments. The Cockapoo, a hybrid of the Cocker Spaniel and the Miniature Poodle, was created to capitalize on the sweet, friendly nature of the Cocker Spaniel and the hypoallergenic nature of the Miniature Poodle. Often, this is a frequent reason for the designer development of a new dog. 

Other popular designer breeds include breeds such as the Maltipoo, Labradoodle, the Mal-Shi, Puggle, and Pomchi. The Maltipoo and the Mal-Shi both share the Maltese as a designer parent breed; the Maltipoo is a combination of the Maltese and the Poodle while the Mal-Shi is a combination of the Maltese and the Shih Tzu. The Puggle is a Pug and a Beagle bred together, while the Pomchi is a Pomeranian combined with a Chihuahua. Again, these dogs are bred with the purpose that the best characteristics will appear in the designer dog. 

Male Designer Dog Names

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Alcott
As in Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women
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Asher
A character in the novel The Giver
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Beckham
As in soccer great David Beckham, this name sounds very dignified
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Churchill
None other than former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
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Faulkner
Refers to William Faulkner, author extraordinaire
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Othello
Shakespeare's sad, tragic hero who had a tendency for jealousy
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Prince
This name is fitting of a Shih Poo hybrid dog
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Rory
A Gaelic name meaning "red king," this name is perfect for a red-coated pup
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Preston
This English name refers to a priest's estate
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Wesley
As in Wesley of The Princess Bride, the former farm boy turned out to be a prince
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Stedman
Stedman Graham is the long-time love interest of Oprah Winfrey
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Chaucer
As in Geoffrey Chaucer, the epic poet of English origin
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Gianni
Gianni Versace is the infamous fashion designer
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Branson
As in Branson, Missouri; this name is fitting of a dignified pup
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Barclay
A financial institution; this name is fitting of a Maltipoo
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Atticus
The iconic father of To Kill A Mockingbird
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Bentley
As in the luxury vehicle; this name fits a Mal-Chi
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Channing
Channing Tatum's given name has a very elegant ring to it
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Hudson
As in the Hudson River; this name is fitting of a CockaPoo
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Paxton
This name means "peaceful town," and fits a shy pup
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Washington
As in George Washington, one of the most revered Americans of all time
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Redford
As in handsome movie star Robert Redford
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Finnegan
This Irish name is fitting of a Goldendoodle
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Jacques
This French version of Jack is fitting of a Jack Russell Terrier mix
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Emerson
As in Ralph Waldo Emerson, a revered American poet
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Kors
Refers to Michael Kors, popular handbag and accessory designer
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Giorgio
Giorgio Armani remains a top fashion designer
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Valentino
The name of a legendary love interest
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Jimmy Chew
As in shoe designer Jimmy Choo, a great name for a Puggle
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Barney
Barney's is an upscale department store located in New York

Female Designer Dog Names

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Coco
As in Coco Chanel, the infamous designer
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Elle
Elle magazine or Elle from the movie Legally Blonde
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Krystal
Krystal Carrington of Dynasty fame; this name fits a Poodle
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Hope
As in the Hope Diamond, a beautiful, large blue diamond
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Ruby
A valuable gem, and a great name for a red-coated pup
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Tiffany
The Tiffany brand is one of the most expensive of its kind
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Chloe
A great name for small, toy-sized pups
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Donatella
Gianni Versace's sister and designer partner
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Tori
As in Victoria's Secret; this name is fitting of a CockaPoo
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Vera
Vera Wang purses are quite popular
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Macy
As in Macy's Department Store, a great name for a small pup
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Gisele
Model and wife of Tom Brady Gisele Bundchen
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Cashmere
A soft fabric; also a great name for a Mal-shi
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Cavi
A variation of the word caviar, which is an expensive food
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Lexus
As in the luxury car line, this name is fitting of a Poodle mix
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Mercedes
A luxury car and rather common name for girls
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Porsche
A great name for a very quick pup
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Vette
As in the gorgeous and expensive Chevrolet Corvette
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Diamond
Perhaps one of the most precious gems on earth
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Fendi
A popular Italian clothing designer
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Gucci
A great name for a small pup that can fit in a purse
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Paris
The unique French city or Paris Hilton, who is famous for her love of dogs
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Betsey
Fashion designer Betsey Johnson is famous for her one-of-a-kind clothing
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Silk
A very expensive fabric that is used in fine clothing
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Dolce
As in purse and accessory designer Dolce and Gobana
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Chic
The most fashionable clothing is often referred to as chic
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Pippa
Pippa Middleton is the sister of Prince William's bride, Kate Middleton
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Prada
Prada shoes are often sought out designer shoes
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Chrissy
A variation of the designer name Christian Dior

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