There are many reasons you might want to give your dog a green name: maybe it’s your favorite color, maybe you have a Greenland Dog, maybe you’re particularly eco-friendly, maybe your dog is always grass-stained or maybe you’re one of the rare few who has a puppy that was born naturally green (believe it or not, it does happen — see the featured dog section). Whatever the case, there are plenty of great green names that will not only provide them a unique name, but one that could aptly capture some element of their personality as well, allowing their green-meaning name to provide some meaning in itself.
Dog Names Meaning Green in Pop Culture
For people knowledgeable about dogs, it seems like there’s almost no limit to what colors canines can come in. Of course, there are always standards like black, brown, white, orange and tan. Then there are the more rare colors like blues, rusty reds and even completely albino. But one of the least common of all — and easily one of the most shocking for the unprepared — are green dogs. Yes, you read that correctly.
While it’s surely not common, puppies that are born green do happen, although it is most prevalent in breeds that inherently have lighter coats, like that of a Golden Retriever, Yellow Labrador or even some terrier breeds. The phenomenon is one of the rarest of the rare, so rare in fact that it has only been documented three times in world in the modern era, if not longer. That, of course, doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened in history before, but the lack of records indicates it’s truly as extraordinary as it seems.
But that may be for a specific reason as well, although it’s still almost entirely unknown because the number of cases are so few. Out of the most recent occurrences, the two puppies born under the watch of two Spanish breeders in 2014 ended up being the weakest in the litter. While the other puppies quickly grew into their new bodies, the green female died shortly after birth and the male was clearly weaker than much of the rest of the littler, but did survive. However, because of the other cases studied, scientists don’t believe to be the green tint to be specifically linked to any other serious health conditions.
For what is currently known, it is believed that the green tint is actually due to the exposure to biliverdin, a bile pigment found in the mother dog’s placenta. During the growth process within the body, the pigment can stain a puppy’s coat so significantly that they come out a pistachio green. Should this happen in inherently dark-colored breeds, this kind of somewhat light tinting may mix with other colors or be obscured entirely due to the dark hues alone.
Due to the fact that the pigment only tints the dogs while in the womb, it doesn’t actually stick with them throughout their lifetime. While it can’t be wiped or washed clean, it does fade just a few weeks after birth, though a slight tint can remain longer.
One of the most recent cases happened to a golden retriever in 2017 but only one puppy of nine was born with the tint. The family named him Forest and as of the last update, he is currently happy and healthy.
Dog Name Meaning Green Considerations
When trying to come up with an appropriate green-meaning name, you’ll first want to consider what the name will best represent, whether that’s their appearance or their personality. To make it easy, make a list of your dog’s most prominent traits so when you look at our list, you’ll have a good starting point.
You can always base it on their personality. For instance, if your dog loves being in the woods, the names Forest, Hunter, Pine and Juniper would all be apt picks. If they always act like they’re royalty, then the names Emerald, Jade and Peacock would be good choices. If they’re calm and quiet, the names Sage, Fern and Moss would be great fits. For dogs that are particularly feisty, the names Lizard, Alligator and Crocodile would be suitable. For those who are great patio partners, the names Chartreuse and Julep are ideal.
Considering the number of green shades and tones that are named after plants, naturally-occurring objects like minerals and numerous other objects, there’s really no limit to how you create your ties or to what you attribute meaning, making giving your dog a green-themed name a great way to go for a wide variety of people and dogs.