Dog names ending in "ko" are often more popular in Asia but are becoming more well known in the western world as well. Names ending with "ko" tend to be cheeky, roll off the tongue when you’re calling your dog and can be a little bit cute as well. What’s more, you can swap the more common ‘c’ in many names for a ‘k’ giving it a point of difference. An example of that is Koko instead of Cocoa.
People choose this name to be quirky and different from more common dog names. Spot, Marley, and Milly were all famous dog names at one point, but it’s getting to the point where if you call your dog at a dog park, ten others will run up to you – all with the same name! Sometimes, it’s helpful to be different. Here are a few dog names ending in "ko" if you dare to be a little different.
Dog Names Ending in ko in Pop Culture
A famous dog in pop culture, starring in a movie called Red Dog, was called Koko. Koko was a male Australian Kelpie born in Victoria, Australia and owned by Len and Carol Hobday. The Hobdays were Australian Kelpie breeders and trained Koko as a show dog. He took out the title of Best Exhibiting Group, Working Dogs, in 2006, a rare title for such a young pup.
In 2011, Koko hit the spotlight again, playing one of the leading roles in the movie Red Dog. Koko played the role of Red Dog, a dog from a mining town that has several owners over his life and develops many relationships in the early 1970s. Red Dog travels throughout West Australia, being taken in by many owners along the way, and even gets his own bank account. The Bank of New South Wales used him as a mascot in their marketing material, stating that if “Red banks at Wales, then you can too.” The movie is based on a true story.
Unfortunately, Red Dog met an untimely death, with someone deliberately poisoning him with strychnine in 1979. However, the dog that played Red Dog continued to lead a rewarding life. He won a Golden Collar Award for his role in the movie, and artwork in his honor was a finalist for the 2012 Archibald Prize as well.
Following on from his success, Koko developed congestive heart disease and retired to “light duties,” helping the RSPCA and Dogs’ Refuge Home WA with fundraising efforts. He died on December 18, 2012, with a prequel movie called Red Dog: True Blue, dedicated to his memory.
Koko is also not the only dog name ending in "ko" that shot to fame on the big screen, either. A German Shepherd named Tusko played his father called Kantor in a Hungarian TV series of the same name. Tusko was a much-loved Hungarian Detective dog.
More commonly known, too, is the dog named Hachiko. Hachiko’s story is so well known that it became a movie with skyrocketing reviews. You can also see Hachiko’s statue in Tokyo. Hachiko was a Japanese Akita known for his loyalty to his dead master, Hidesaburo Ueno.
Every day, Hachiko would wait for his master to get off the train, even though he had died. He continued to visit the station every day for the next nine years, refusing to go live with relatives and preferring to sleep on the streets. Anyone who watches the movie, Hachiko, will find it challenging not to shed a tear!
Dog Name Ending in ko Considerations
There are a few things you may like to consider before going ahead and naming your dog a name ending in "ko". As mentioned previously, dog names ending in "ko" tend to be more popular in Asia. Take Hachiko, for example. Dogs with Asian-style names tend to be Asian dogs such as Akitas, Shiba Inus, Kai Kens, Kishu Kens, and Japanese Terriers. There’s no reason for it, other than Asian names, in general, utilizing 'k' more than you might see in westernized culture.
Longer names ending in "ko" also tend to suit larger dogs with more personality and strength. If you choose a name that ends in "ko", but it’s short, it can suit smaller dogs with cheeky personalities. You can then find a myriad of name options that don’t follow the same Japanese-style formatting as the longer names do – such as Koko or Cheeko.
Color also plays a part in what you name your dog. Many famous dogs with names ending in "ko" were brown or variations of brown. Koko the Kelpie was a deep, chocolate brown (like cocoa), while Hachiko was a light tan or white color. Take the time to match a name to your dog’s personality. There’s no hurry to get it right.