As a new pet parent, coming up with a name for your new pal can feel like a big responsibility. Perhaps you want the name to reflect something that you are passionate about, or that you plan to do with your new household member. For those who love sports, whether participating in them, watching them, or both, coming up with a sporty dog name may be ideal, particularly when your new friend is, or soon will be, pretty athletic. Fortunately, there are many inspirations for those seeking a sporty dog name, whatever your reason for considering one.
Sporty Dog Names in Pop Culture
Inspiration for sporty dog names can be found everywhere. The mascots for many college sports teams, for example, are canines. Mascots are brought in to generate energy and excitement among the crowd for their team. Some teams have live dogs as mascots and others dress in costume (some teams have both). Bulldogs are popular mascots, representing schools like the University of Georgia in Athens (mascots named Uga and Hairy Dog), Gonzaga (named Spike), Mississippi State (named Bully), Georgetown (named Jack), Fresno State (named Time Out and Victor E.), Drake (named Spike), and Butler (named Butler Blue II).
Boston University’s mascot is the Terrier (a Boston Terrier named Rhett). The University of Tulsa (the Golden Hurricane) has Goldie (a Golden Retriever) as their university ambassador. Other mascots include the University of Connecticut’s (UCONN) Siberian Husky, Lewis and Clark’s Newfoundland, Carnegie Mellon’s Scottish Terrier, and North Carolina State’s Tamaskan.
Dogs are also seen as athletes in movies. For example, in the amusing 1997 movie Air Bud, a 12-year-old boy makes friends with a Golden Retriever named Buddy who has run away. It turns out that Buddy is not just a fan of basketball but an amazing basketball player. Buddy was not done with sports after showing off his basketball skills. Air Bud: Golden Retriever, made in 1998, features Buddy learning how to play football. Next comes Air Bud: World Pup, made in 2000, where Buddy demonstrates his soccer skills. The year 2002 brought Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch, where Buddy is the star of his baseball team and 2003 brought Air Bud: Spikes Back where Buddy takes on volleyball.
Other movies feature athletic dogs participating in sports that may be considered more appropriate for dogs, like dog sledding. Such movies include 1994’s Iron Will, an engrossing film where a young man and a team of dogs embark on a cross country dog sled race. Snow Dogs, made in 2002, features a dentist (who was not a fan of dogs) who inherits a team of sled dogs and has to learn the trade.
Sporty Dog Name Considerations
There are multiple reasons to consider a sporty dog name. Perhaps you are a huge fan of a particular sport (or a huge fan of all sports), whether playing, watching or both. Giving your new pal a name that relates to the sport you enjoy can bring a smile to your face each time you call his name. Or your new pooch may be showing off some significant athletic skill that makes you think of a particular sport or of someone who participates in that sport that you have long admired. Another reason to seek a sport name for your special buddy is in honor of your allegiance to a particular sports team with a canine mascot. For example, many college teams have Bulldogs as mascots and a fan of one of those teams may look at naming their new pal after the mascot he has appreciated over the years. Regardless of your motivation to choose a sporty dog name, there are plenty of options to consider as you contemplate just the right name for your new friend.