Switzerland is a beautiful landlocked country, bordering Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein. It is also the home of some very special dog breeds and is bordered by the well-known mountain range, The Alps. If you love Switzerland or feel inspired by a particular Swiss dog breed, there is certainly a lot of inspiration to consider. Choosing a name for your new addition can be challenging and sometimes when there is a lot of inspiration, it can be difficult to narrow down your choices. This guide has some excellent recommendations for you to consider when naming your pooch.
Switzerland Dog Names in Pop Culture
The Bernese Mountain Dog, the Appenzeller Mountain Dog, the Entlebucher Mountain Dog, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog and the Saint Bernard are all breeds that originated in Switzerland. As a country that is home to the Swiss Alps, is it any wonder that Switzerland is home to these sturdy breeds that excel in the mountains and are often used as rescue dogs?
Actresses Hilary Duff and Sarah Michelle Gellar are among celebrities that have owned the beautiful Bernese Mountain Dog. Hilary lost her Bernese, Dubois, in February 2018. Sarah Michelle Gellar has beautiful Bella, the Bernese. Then we have the famous Saint Bernard movies, Beethoven. Six Beethoven movies have been made in total. There’s no doubt that these Swiss breeds make excellent pets and celebrities in their own right!
The spotlight name for this guide is Otto. The name Otto is of German origin originally, and that makes sense because Switzerland borders Germany and is a German speaking country. The name Otto actually means riches and wealth, so it’s considered to be a lucky name. It’s also short, sweet and cute. A famous canine named Otto appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the oldest dog in the world, from 2009, until his death in 2010. Although there are others who suggest their dog to be older than Otto, Otto’s owner was able to provide evidence to the Guinness Book of World Record producers, and he was awarded the title based on that. Otto was a Dachshund Terrier cross breed and he actually appeared on The Paul O’Grady Show to be presented with a certificate acknowledging his world record position. The show was aired on the 4th November 2009, and was covering the topic of elderly dogs for that particular episode. Otto lived out a regular kind of life, with his owners Lynn and Peter Jones, in Shrewsbury, England, until he was named oldest dog in October 2009. Sadly, he died in the following January, just a month before his 21st birthday.
Another Swiss inspired name is Brigitte, however, Brigitte is of French origin. French names are also common in Switzerland, due to its common border with France. A French Bulldog named Brigitte played family pet, Stella, in the ABC television series, Modern Family. In 2012, Brigitte won ‘The Best Dog in a TV series’ award at The Best Collar Awards. Brigitte appeared in Modern Family in season 2 and 3 of the show, but was replaced by her understudy Beatrice, due to a dispute between the owner and the hiring animal agency.
Switzerland Dog Name Considerations
If you are inspired by Switzerland dog names for your new pooch, there are considerations to think about. Maybe you are inspired by a particular place in Switzerland. The name Basel is ideal for the energetic pooch who likes to play, and Basel is also a Swiss city. Switzerland is also home of the popular watch maker, Rolex. Rolex would make a fantastic Swiss name for the canine who enjoys the finer things in life.
Weiss is a great name inspired by color for a white colored pooch, while Schwarz means black. For the small pooch, maybe consider a name like Elvin, which is Swiss for Elf. Gerard is a masculine name consideration if your dog is strong and muscular, and the name Ingrid means beautiful, so it’s ideal for your gorgeous, four-legged friend.
Temperament is certainly something to consider when naming your pooch. Didier is a great name for the pup that is clumsy and funny. Hingis is a fiercely loyal canine, whereas Hans is willful and stubborn. If your four-legged friend is extremely sweet, you might consider the name Ragusa, after the famous Swiss chocolate. Why not write down any names you like from the recommendation list below?