If you’re a fan of classic monster movies, old-school Hollywood flicks or simply the seemingly timeless narrative arc that’s been reinterpreted over the last 85 years, there are few better places to derive a dog name from than the world of King Kong. Throughout its history, from its inception in the 1930s to the modern spin-offs and remakes, the franchise has seen numerous interpretations, from simple re-tellings to complete re-imaginings, all of which seem to embody at least some elements of the original, if only in character, but all combine to form a fantastic world where the King still rules, complete with a roster of characters perfect for potential dog-namers.
King Kong Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture
King Kong will always have a special place in history. It helped to further the monster movie genre, inspired others of its kind worldwide and better yet, had well-developed enough narrative to spawn decades of spin-offs, remakes and reimaginings.
At the time, King Kong’s presence in the entertainment industry was magnified not only due to its place in the development of film and Hollywood movies, but also because the silver screen made his image, backstory and undeniable size all that much bigger. It also didn’t hurt that much of the inspiration for King Kong stemmed from reality, thanks to Paul Du Chaillu, the anthropologist whose work sparked the imagination of King Kong creator Merian Cooper.
But giant gorillas weren’t the only ones to live up to the mythic proportions that surrounded them. Dogs, too, also had a relative in history that was best known for its gigantic size: the Molossus.
If you’re unfamiliar with the breed, that’s because it went extinct centuries ago. It eventually went into disuse after the age of the Greeks, who often used the massive dogs’ intimidating size and power for war. Though their use is different, its large relatives such as the Mastiff and Great Dane, still live on today.
The Molossus itself, however, may soon see a resurgence. Recent breeding efforts have produced a dog believed to be quite similar to the original: huge-boned and massively muscular dogs with excess skin and a black brindle coat. And although they’ve only been recently recognized by the American Dog Federation, a few members of the group are already making news.
One of which is Euphrates, an American Molossus who may be giving “big dogs” a whole new standard. At just 9 months old, she stood nearly 32” at the withers and weighed a whopping 180 pounds, veritably making her the largest puppy in the world — which was confirmed by owner Jared Howser after making calls to breeders and the Guinness Book of World Records. Because the American Molossus is such a new breed, there is no way of knowing exactly how large she will grow.
But despite her intimidating size, Euphrates is said to be quite gentle, caring and loyal, albeit a bit clumsy, though she is gaining better control now that most of her largest growth spurts have finally slowed. Given that Howser was one of the first to adopt the new breed, only time will tell how well Euphrates and others of the breed will develop.
King Kong Inspired Dog Name Considerations
When attempting to come up with an appropriate King Kong inspired dog name, it’s usually best to follow a simple order of operations. First, determine which version of the story you like best, as it will act as the best starting point. If you don’t have a preference, you’ll have all the more options. Second, put together a list of your dog’s most prominent traits, from their looks to personality, and see what lines up with characters from your favorite version (though there will inevitably be a bit of overlap).
For instance, if your dog is adventurous and driven, then the name Denham would be a great fit. If your dog happens to be large and muscular, then the names King and Kong would certainly work well. If your dog happens to scream every time someone tries to pick them up, then the names Darrow and Dwan would be perfect. If you’re simply fascinated by adventure and exploration, then Merian, Cooper, and DuChaillu would all be suitable selections.
There are plenty of directions you can go, so don’t be afraid to get creative. If you need any further inspiration, don’t hesitate to hunker down and have a movie (or series) marathon and see what jumps off the screen at you.