It is well known that Friends is one of the most popular television shows of all times. If you’re one of the show’s millions of fans, perhaps you will consider naming your dog in honor of the show. After all, dogs are man’s best friend. What better way to feel close to your favorite character than hearing their name each time you call your canine best friend? Whether you have an episode that calls out to you or a particularly funny aspect of the show, the possibilities are endless when one considers Friends as a theme for a new canine addition to the family. Gather your friends around and get their opinion on a name for your new best pal.
Friends Dog Names in Pop Culture
There were a few canine guest stars on Friends over the years. There were even a few recurring dog characters that were never shown onscreen but still held a place in the hearts of the Friends.
A recurring canine character that does appear onscreen frequently is Pat the dog, a massive statue of a Greyhound that Joey bought during his height of success on Days of Our Lives. Joey insisted on giving Pat to Chandler when he moved in with Monica, and the sculpture is frequently spotted in the background of scenes within the apartment. A recurring joke in the show is that none of the Friends really like Pat and are constantly trying to pawn him off on one another. Perhaps it’s a good thing none of the friends own real dogs!
One of the guest stars you may remember is Clunkers, the furry friend that Phoebe hid in Monica and Chandler’s apartment in “The One Where Chandler Doesn’t Like Dogs.” Chandler insists that he is severely allergic to dogs, however, when Clunkers is discovered he is forced to admit that his allergy was a lie. Chandler confesses that he just doesn’t like dogs, and the friends are appalled. After all, who couldn’t love dogs?!
Another important dog character is Chappy, Mike’s beloved family dog. Chappy ends up being one of the groomsmen in Phoebe and Mike’s wedding, much to the disappoint of Chandler and Ross. Though, Ross is rewarded with the honor of holding the Bolognese pup during the wedding to protect his paws. The Bolognese is a breed that is known for being deeply loyal and devoted to its human family members, so there’s no doubt that it is a great choice to be a groomsman!
Every devoted Friends fan will remember how heartbroken Joey was when he learned that Rachel didn’t return his feelings for her. But do you remember that Phoebe brought him a canine pal to help cheer him up? Phoebe is certain that this dog, supposedly “the happiest dog in the world” will lift Joey’s spirits. Unfortunately, Joey’s depression overpowered the dog’s positivity, and Phoebe returns to find the happy dog feeling depressed and sad instead! Love really does hurt!
Friends Dog Name Considerations
When choosing a Friends inspired name for your pup there are many factors to consider. Perhaps you want to name your pup after your favorite character on the show. If your dog is food obsessed then Joey is the obvious choice, or if he tends to be comical and animated maybe you ought to name him Chandler. Or, if your dog is the hyper, high strung type Monica is definitely a fitting name.
You could also consider location for further name inspiration. The characters live in New York City and make many references to different aspects of the experience of living in New York. They also mention many of the famous landmarks such as Central Park and the Met, among others. Details like this could be a great way to give your pup a more subtle Friends inspired name.
And of course, there is the myriad of guest stars to consider. Everyone from Julia Roberts to Brad Pitt and Isabella Rossellini has appeared on the show. Needless to say, the name options are practically endless. Before your head starts spinning, start with these suggestions.