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Introduction

The Pug is a unique dog, both in his looks and in his personality. He was once the imperial dog of Chinese royalty. Legend has it that he was awarded his own palace along with his own guards. The Pug has been the favorite of nobility from Asia to Europe, and, even in American homes today, Pug pets are lavished with attention and luxurious accommodations. The Pug is generally sweet and is often described as "childlike." Most owners choose a name based on their pup's personality rather than specific markings of the dog. While obvious names such as Pugsley are quite popular with Pug owners, other Pug parents choose original names for their pup.

Pug Dog Names in Pop Culture

Pug Dog Name Considerations

The Pug is a delightful little dog. He can be stubborn, like many small dogs, but he is hopelessly devoted to his family. He is not prone to being destructive, but he may become somewhat depressed if he is left alone for long periods of time. He does not require a great deal of grooming, but he does tend to shed. However, these are the few negatives regarding Pug ownership. 

The fun-loving Pug can be considered a noisy dog. Because of his short snout, he often snorts and grunts just while going about his day. Some pet owners take this into consideration, and they may give their Pug a name such as Gizmo, a character in the movie Gremlins. The Gremlins in the movie make some odd noises as well, and Gizmo, like a Pug, has large, bulging brown eyes (much like a Pug) along with a short nose (again, like a Pug). 

Some Pug parents decide to adorn their pups with traditional Pug names such as Pugsley. A "Pugsley the Pug" stuffed animal can be found for sale on Amazon, and a search of social media reveals a Twitter following for a Columbus, Ohio-based Pugsley the Pug, as well as a Facebook page of Pugsley the Pug from Ontario, Canada. 

Other parents focus on the characteristic wrinkles of the Pug. Some are christened "Winston" as some Pug parents believe there is a resemblance between their Pug and the late Winston Churchill. Others stick to just plain "Wrinkles" as a moniker for their pooch. 

Male Pug Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
7
Charlie
Meaning "strong and manly" and describes this perky breed
7
Leo
A zodiac sign, also refers to Leo the Lion
7
Linus
A character in the Peanuts series
5
Brody
Meaning "a muddy place"
5
Dakota
Meaning "friends", your dog is your best friend
5
Gus
Meaning "fat", for the portly Pug
5
Pedro
This moniker means "the rock"
4
Buster
This name means "extraordinary one"
4
Gizmo
A fluffy character from the Gremlins movie
4
Louis
Meaning "famous battle warrior"
4
Myles
Meaning "soldier" and a nice stately name
4
Nikko
A variation of Nick or Nicholas
3
Buddy
Meaning "welcome messenger"
3
Korea
Chris Kirkpatrick of N Sync named his pug Korea
2
Bandit
Outlaw or robber, just the fit for a mischievous little Pug
2
Buddha
Refers to the stocky body of a Pug
2
Luke
Meaning "light", Luke is the English form of the Latin Lucas
1
Bear
Often refers to the large head, bulky body, and coarse fur of the Pug
1
Bruno
A brown-haired man and a cute name for a Pug
1
Cooper
Meaning "barrel maker"
1
Cosmo
The meaning of the name is "the universe"
1
Mickey
Mickey Mouse; also a variation of Michael
0
Chester
Meaning "fortified camp"
0
Jester
A jokester who entertained in the royal courts
0
Maximus
Meaning "the greatest"
-1
Dexter
Meaning "right handed" and totally suitable for the Pug
-1
Hugo
Meaning "rock solid"
-1
Kirby
Meaning "from the church village"
-2
Duke
A high-ranking nobleman; a leader
-3
Bogart
In reference to Humphrey Bogart

Female Pug Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
7
Princess
A member of a royal family, one who is often indulged
5
Honey
Refers to the honey-colored coat of the Pug
5
Jasmine
The best name for a "playful and happy" dog
5
Lilo
Meaning "generous one," may also refer to Lilo of the Disney movie Lilo and Stitch
4
Annie
Meaning "full of grace"
4
Baby
Meaning "an object of personal concern or indulgence"
4
Bella
Meaning "beautiful" for your perfect princess
4
Lexus
Refers to a luxury car
4
Lolita
Gerard Butler's Pug is named Lolita
4
Precious
Meaning "one who is darling"
4
Sadie
"One of royal status" so suits the Pug
3
Bailey
Perfect for a dog who is always on the watch, it means"trusted guardian"
3
Lily
An old name and also a flower
2
Amber
Could be inspired by Amber Riley of the Glee television series
2
Cleo
"Her father's glory" is the meaning behind the name
2
Molly
A variation of Mary
2
Petunia
A summer flower and a sweet name for a girly girl Pug
2
Puggy Sue
Paula Abdul's play on words resulted in this name for her Pug
2
Sugar
A slang term for "sweetheart"
1
Gracie
"The graceful one" for a dog with an elegant gait
0
Hannah
Meaning "full of grace"
0
Penny
A variation of Penelope
-1
Brandy
Meaning "burning wine"
-1
Coco
Related to chocolate or Coco Chanel
-1
Dixie
Related to the Southern states of America
-1
Mabel
Meaning "lovable", all Pug's are easy to love
-1
Sandy
Can refer to a dog's coat color; also Greek, meaning "mankind's helper"
-2
Lady
Refers to the lead character in Disney's Lady and the Tramp
-2
Mia
This name means "mine"
-3
Emma
Meaning "one who heals the universe"

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