You just got an amazing new puppy and you're wondering how you ever got this far without him. He's lovable and friendly, your companion who follows you everywhere and hears you out when you need to just vent about your day. He's everything you've always wanted in a puppy, he's...
Well, he's unnamed at the moment. But that's OK! Not rushing into a name is a wise move. It gives you time to really get to know your dog, get a feel for any quirks that could influence a catchy name. But for the sake of brainstorming, here are some dog names that start with the letter Y.
Dog Names That Start With Y in Pop Culture
There was no Yodel without Sniff, and no Sniff without Yodel in Disney's 2002 movie, Snow Dogs. The twins were tight as a fiddle. And along with the other dogs on the sledding team, they ruled the world. Or, you know, at least Alaska. In the movie, a dentist from Miami finds himself in Alaska for an inheritance. And like a fish out of water, he's anything but ready to take on the wilderness. Which means... He's perfect trolling material!
And that's something that the sled dogs can't get enough of. They drag him through the snow, fling him off the sled, and laugh at him from beach chairs while wearing sunglasses and swim trunks. Obviously, this is a Disney movie, so you know the dogs talk and joke around about the poor dentist. Each and every one of them has their own personality, their own motivations, and way of handling the dentist.
But somehow, Yodel is the one that everyone really remembers. Despite the fact that he wasn't the leader (Demon was), Yodel was one of the wheel dogs of the sled team, along with Sniff. They followed Demon's orders. So why was Yodel so memorable? He was kind, gentle, good-mannered and friendly. He was the good guy dog, with a mischievous past.
Another famous dog was Yellow, from the 1994 film Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog. Yellow and his little boy companion were enough to remind everyone of their childhood best friend, which was enough to earn them some major points.
But aside from the obvious relatability, it was a matter of survival. Together, they were cast away, and needed to work together to survive the harsh weather, starvation, and hopelessness. More than just trying to survive day by day, they had to keep home in mind.
As anyone who's been lost and hopeless would know, it can be tough out there, in the harsh elements, the constant threat of danger. And being with a friend suddenly means so much more than just hanging out. It means you are brothers, having to rely on each other, each pulling his/her own weight to ensure survival. The stakes are high, and if one or both of you gets consumed with doubt, then the chances of making it out alive significantly decrease. For every child and teenager growing up in the 90's, Yellow was more than a dog, he was a heroic friend.
Dog Names that Start Y Considerations
When you're selecting a dog name, do you ever just stop and wonder what those names mean? Everyone's name, from Christopher to Melanie, have meanings. Historical ones, religious ones, even meanings associated with tribes or other social structures.
You wouldn’t want to make your dog something negative, especially if it doesn't even make sense for the dog. For instance, imagine naming your dog something that potentially means "outgoing, extrovert," when your dog is actually the shyest puppy you've ever seen. How ironic! More so, imagine naming a dog a very bland, stereotypical name. Much like humans, animals have their own personalities, each of them unique and interesting. A bland name wouldn't do that justice.
But before you start fretting about the pressure, remember – this is your friend! Hopefully your best friend. And spending time with this newfound friend should be your main priority. It's through that quality time together that you'll discover who this dog is, how he or she reacts to things, and even their preferences. You'll be able to answer whether the dog is outgoing, shy, laid back or antsy, a huge sleeper, or hyperactive. And once you have more information, you'll be able to really pinpoint the perfect name.