Dogs seem to have a limited role in cinema. They are either anthropomorphic sidekicks, comic relief, or the accidental hero. The common elements are that the dog must live and they are about as graceful as Bambi on ice. A naming trend that is universal for children and pets alike is choosing a name with the desired trait. So not Cujo. Never Cujo. If you really want a graceful dog that walks on air, choosing a name that means graceful could remind you to exercise grace while training. Either way, what can it hurt?
Dog Names Meaning Graceful in Pop Culture
No article on graceful dogs would be complete without Lassie. She is the icon of heroic dogs everywhere. With loud, singular barks and pacing in the direction of trouble, she was constantly saving the day. Pal was the first Lassie and five of his male descendants took on the role after he retired. The series ran for seventeen years. Lassie Junior was the second canine to play the legendary Collie, but he retired to fight cancer. While he beat cancer, it was Baby who passed away at eight years old making her the only one of the five who did not live for seventeen years. Collies are known for their graceful strides and intelligence, but Pal and his sons take the Milkbone.
Also, Homeward Bound is a film from 1993 that, believe it or not, had a G rating. It is one of those films that you laugh the whole way through only to have your heart stop and tears flow in the final moments in fear and then joy. It is a children’s movie after all. The one thing universally remembered are the antics of Chance, the American Bulldog rescue. He is the epitome of comic relief and yet of a very graceful breed. There was Sally Field’s fantastic performance as Sassy, but she is a cat and thus is irrelevant.
The third member of this trio is the Golden Retriever, Shadow. Shadow is the epitome of grace in both personality and movement. He kind of came off as the grumpy dad of the group trying to instill common sense into Chance. Through all of the dangerous scenarios they face, he remains stoic. He has a singular goal to get home to his person and for an older dog, he certainly had some moves in him. With the flaxen coat that seemed to glide with him, he navigated the most difficult obstacles.
In 2006, the movie Eight Below was released. It had Paul Walker as the human lead, but the real stars were the pack of sled dogs, made up of Alaskan Malamutes and Siberian Huskies. Their names are Maya, Old Jack, Shorty, Dewey, Truman, Shadow, Buck, and Max and this was based on a true story. Sled dogs must be smart, fast, and graceful. To work in tandem with seven other dogs, each dog must be independently aware as well as a team player. Being based on a true story made this film that much more of a nail-biter. In the face of unimaginable hardship, these eight dogs never gave up.
Dog Name Meaning Graceful Considerations
You can bring your dog home without choosing a name. When using a breeder, they may want to push you a bit, but in the end, it is your choice. While you may have a name picked out, you may want to watch your little guy and see if it fits them. While there is always a learning curve to the basics, a dog who just cannot deal with loud noises may not suit the name Courage. Similarly, if your pup has not grasped not walking into walls that never move, graceful may not be a descriptive word for them.
When choosing a graceful dog name, you need to be able to say it without your tongue losing its place in your mouth. Five syllables may sound cute to say, but in a hurry, you want something a bit shorter and to the point. Steer clear of words that sound a lot like commands such as "no" and "down". Remember that you could skip a name that means "graceful" and make it just Graceful, and they could still go downstairs like a slinky. You will love your dog like nothing you have ever experienced. Find a name you love to go with them.