New Zealand Dog Names

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Introduction

So you've chosen a new dog, a new member to the family and one who I am sure will keep you entertained. But what will you call him? It was hard enough to select the dog - it seems unfair just to choose one when you could have them all! But no doubt reason prevailed; whether you closed your eyes and took the first one you touched, or whether you 'scientifically' went through a list to choose, you now are the proud owner of the dog. But thinking of a name doesn't have to be difficult. There are many lists like this one to help you with your task. If you enjoy a certain type of music or sport, integrate that into your search. If you have a favorite place to visit, draw on ideas from this special place. One such location for many is New Zealand, a land of great beauty. Some things to remember are to decide on a New Zealand name that is easy to say, that you will enjoy for many years, and one that suits your dog best. Consider the color, size and personality of your dog as you check each name.  Whether you go for a simple name or a more exotic name, it is fine as long as it works for you and your dog. There is no wrong way, but do take time to consider it fully while you get to know your devoted new dog.

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New Zealand Dog Name Considerations

There is a lot to consider when choosing a dog's name using the theme of New Zealand. You could base it on personality (Happy for a cheerful dog), looks (Bella if your dog is beautiful), or Chomper (for a dog with big tough teeth). You could consider a name after your dog's color, such as Red for a red dog, Honey for a soft golden colored pooch, and Jet for a black Labrador. When selecting a moniker that reminds you of New Zealand specifically you may want to honor the beauty of the terrain found there, the animal life, certain monuments or museums, or even a favorite food. When choosing a name though, make sure that it is one that you love, because you will be using it for many years. Decide on one that just rolls off your tongue. Nothing offensive please, and nothing too long to say otherwise your dog will lose patience while he waits for your instructions. Don't choose a name that can be confused with the commands that you train them with. May is sweet, but can sound like 'stay' to a dog. A dog called Malt could confuse the sound with 'halt'. You can see what I mean, sometimes training is hard enough without confusion over names and commands being part of the mix. Take your time, compile a list of possible New Zealand names, and try each name out on your dog. You will immediately know which ones work and what ones don't. Then it's just choosing the best one - simple isn't it?

Male New Zealand Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
6
Rocky
The rocky clifs and shorelines on the wilder West Coast of New Zealand
6
Frost
Perfect for a white dog - it's a cool name meaning cold icy morning
5
Kotuku
A Maori name for the White Heron, a perfect name for a white dog
5
Maverick
Someone who is outgoing, tough and does things their way
5
Sambar
A large bodied deer often found in the North Island of NZ
5
Rimu
A tree highly valued in New Zealand
5
Moko
A Maori tattoo
4
Dune
After the many sand dunes along the coastline
4
Socks
Perfect for a dog with colored patches, especially on his legs
3
Falcon
A wild and beautiful bird of prey
3
Moose
Perfect for a large imposing dog, Moose are still rumoured to roam in Milford Sounds
3
Moeraki
Massive round boulders seem along Koekohe Beach on the South Island of NZ; the name suits a big solid dog
3
Punga
A term for a type of fern native to New Zealand
2
Sparrow
Ideal for a small friendly dog
2
Tane
The Maori God of the Forest
1
Tasman
As in the mighty Tasman Sea that bounds the shore
1
Hunter
A great name for a dog who is a hunter's companion
0
Nikau
After the tropical Nikau palms that dot the beaches and landscape
0
Nugget
Many gold nuggets were found in NZ wild West Coast
0
Wasp
An insect that stings, something to be wary of but a neat name just the same
0
Amiri
Means the west wind in Maori
0
Jack
Another form of John; the name Jack is short, simple and elegant
-1
Abel
After the amazing Abel Tasman National Park
-1
Ripper
As in 'you little ripper' which means you are great
-1
Kahu
A Harrier Hawk
-1
McCaw
After Ritchie McCaw - legendary New Zealand Rugby player and captain of the All Blacks
-3
Rex
The name means The King, and is Latin in origin
-3
Caesar
After Julius Caesar - a powerful leader in Roman history
-3
Manu
The Maori name meaning power

Female New Zealand Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
7
Pixie
A small mischievous supernatural person or creature with pointed ears
7
Marika
The quiet and careful one - perfect for a small calm dog
6
Belle
After the amazing Bellbird and its clear pure song in New Zealand
5
Thistle
Many grow in NZ's countryside but I love the name - its perfect for a pooch
5
Forest
After the extensive forests in NZ
5
Shandy
A glass of beer with added lemonade - popular with the ladies of NZ
4
Aroha
This lovely word means love in Maori
3
Amber
Precious stone often found around NZ shores
3
Roha
Maori name for the rose
3
Tui
Another New Zealand bird with a beautiful voice and sharp pure tones
3
Lani
Meaning flower, such a soft lovely name for your dog
3
Siren
As in the siren who calls from the sea to the unwary sailor and lures them onto the rocks
3
Autumn
A lovely time of year, perfect for a golden red dog
2
Daisy
Wild daisies and other flowers often grow alongside the roadways in the country
2
Misty
A misty cloud rising up from the valley floor in the early morning sun
2
TeeAroa
Taken from Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud aka NZ
2
Bailey
After a delicious white or cream colored liquor
1
Pebbles
And Bam Bam, as in the Flintstone cartoon
1
Possum
After the soft furred possum that inhabits the forestlands
1
Button
As in 'cute as a button' which is often heard in NZ
1
Bramble
A prickly bush that invades the land
0
Fern
A delicate intricate plant with soft long fronds
0
Jewel
The many lakes and glorious beaches makes NZ a true jewel in the South Pacific
0
Ribbons
Catchy for a slim elegant dog
0
Fluffy
When all else fails and your dog is soft and furry
0
Storm
Many a rough storm blows in from the mighty seas surrounding New Zealand
0
Velvet
After the velvety sands on the beaches
-1
Twinkle
As in twinkle, twinkle little star
-1
Blondie
Cute for a sweet small blonde dog - popular amongst kiwis (New Zealanders)
-2
Taffy
Similar to toffee - very chewy candy
-2
Minty
Like the advert that went viral in NZ - 'it's moments like these you need a minty'
-2
Raven
A black colored bird known as the New Zealand Raven
-3
Jade
Also known as Pounamu - treasured by the Maori people

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