Dog Names Meaning Noble in Pop Culture
One Hollywood dog christened with the name Duke might not remind viewers of a royal dog at all. He is the lovable hound dog of The Beverly Hillbillies. The series dealt with "country folk" who miraculously "hit it rich" and moved to the big city. However, the Clampett family exemplifies the idea that you can take the family out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the family.
In case you are not old enough to remember The Beverly Hillbillies, the Clampett family is extremely poor. Hailing from Hooterville, Arkansas, the Clampetts had never seen an in-ground swimming pool and did not understand how to use many of the appliances that furnished their new mansion (which was bought with oil money). Duke is the Clampett's Bloodhound. He is Jed's hunting partner, and he is with Jed the day that he discovers the oil on his land. Duke was not only owned by a wealthy family, he was quiet and often spent most of his time lying around observing his new territory.
Another Hollywood pooch with the moniker Duke is a cartoon character. The sheep dog featured on "Back at the Barnyard", the villainous Duke often works against the protagonists of the show. In keeping with the comedy of the show, Duke is often duped by the lead characters - the sheep. (Traditionally, sheep aren't the brightest animals to work with.) In this case, the farmer and his loyal dog Duke are the ones who are easily fooled when the sheep organize a plan to either leave the farm or to bring entertainment to the farm. He is said to have leadership qualities, which would qualify him as worthy of a name such as "Duke."
Noble Dog Name Considerations
The Shih Tzu was once so coveted that only the Dalai Lama and his monks owned the breed, and individuals could only own a Shih Tzu if the Dalai Lama gifted one to that person. This is how the Empress of China came to possess a small group of Shih Tzus. Legend has it that the Imperial Shihs were trained to sit back on their haunches and wave to the Empress as she entered the area where the dogs were kept. If this does not depict nobility, what does?
A Great Dane is a large and rather serious dog. He is quiet and observant of his surroundings. He is agile and moves gracefully. He is also highly loyal and protective of his family. These characteristics make him highly noble as well. Nobility comes in many packages, both large and small. It is truly up to the individual pet parent to determine whether or not his pooch is worthy of a noble name.