The Karate Kid Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

"Wax on, wax off" is the quintessential quote from the 1994 action movie The Karate Kid. When Daniel LaRusso and his mother Lucille move to California, the youth finds himself the target of some bullies with a background in martial arts. However, after one particularly brutal confrontation with his antagonists, Daniel finds a friend in Mr. Miyagi, a maintenance man. Mr. Miyagi trains Daniel in karate, an often slow process at times. Miyagi and Daniel learn how to be positive role models in contrast to the bullies of the Cobra Kai karate team. Daniel also finds a niche by learning karate and makes friends as a result of his newfound talent.

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The Karate Kid Dog Name Considerations

While there are no notable pups in The Karate Kid movie, one can consider the setting of the movie in addition to the origins of martial arts in order to determine breeds that are most suitable for names inspired by The Karate Kid

First, Daniel moves from Newark, New Jersey to California. According to most lists, the Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular dogs in New Jersey. This breed is accompanied by the Bulldog as well as the French Bulldog. German Shepherds are also highly sought in the state of New Jersey. Golden Retrievers round out this list of most popular pups in the Garden State. 

California also cites German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, and Labrador Retrievers as its most popular breeds. However, Californians are also partial to Chihuahuas and Dachshunds. This makes any of these breeds appropriate for a Karate Kid-inspired name. 

At one point in the movie, Mr. Miyagi speaks to Daniel about the roots of karate. The karate expert tells Daniel that karate originated in China, which is also the home of many Oriental dog breeds. The Japanese Chin (despite its moniker) originates in China, as does the Shiba Inu and the Pekingese. The Shih Tzu breed was used to guard the imperial palace of China. 

Male The Karate Kid Inspired Dog Names

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Daniel
Daniel LaRusso is the lead character in the 1984 film
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Pat
Pat Morita played the role of Mr. Miyagi
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Martin
Martin Kove played the role of one of the Cobra Kai
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Kreese
Kreese is a minor character in the film
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Johnny
Johnny is the chief antagonist in the 1984 film
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Willie
A nod to William Zabka, who played the role of Johnny in the film
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Ron
Ron Thomas played the role of Bobby in the original film
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Jayden
Jayden Smith has the starring role in the recent remake of the film
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Miyagi
Mr. Miyagi befriends Daniel and teaches him karate
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Ralph
Ralph Macchio's role in the movie made him a household name
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Tony
Tony O'dell plays the role of Jimmy in the original film
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Jimmy
Jimmy is a minor role in the 1984 version of The Karate Kid
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Jackie
Jackie Chan plays the role of the martial arts master in the remake of the film
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Freddy
Freddy is the name of another member of Johnny's gang
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Jerry
Jerry is one of Daniel's classmates in the original film
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Chucky
Chucky has a bit part in the 1984 version of the film
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Billy
Billy is a fellow martial arts student in the film
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Chad
Chad McQueen plays the role of Dutch in the 1984 film
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Dutch
One of the minor characters; this name is fitting of a Greyhound
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Tommy
Tommy is another member of the Cobra Kai
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Charlie
Charles Gallant plays the role of a karate fan in the original film
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Andy
Actor Andrew Shue plays a bit part as a part of the Cobra Kai
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Duff
Duff Tallahassee plays the role of a karate fan
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Bud
Bud Smith was an associate producer for the film
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Sam
This a popular dog name today; it is a nod to actor Sam Scarber
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Eddie
Eddie is a bit part played by Scott Strader
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Larry
Larry Drake plays the role of "Yahoo #1"
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Felix
Erik Felix plays the role of a karate student
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Bernie
Bernie Kuby played the role of Mr. Harris
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Cobra
Based on the Cobra Kai

Female The Karate Kid Inspired Dog Names

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Frances
Frances Bay plays a small role (involving dog ownership)
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Helen
Helen Stiff plays the role of a cashier in the original film
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Barbara
Barbara plays a bit role in the 1984 original film
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Dana
Dana Anderson plays the role of Barbara in the original movie
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Susan
Susan is a minor role in the film
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Juli
Julie Fields plays the role of Susan in the 1984 film
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Randee
Randee Heller plays the role of Lucille
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Lucille
Lucille LaRusso is Daniel's widowed mother
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Libby
Elizabeth Shue plays the role of Ali in the 1984 film
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Ali
Ali is the love interest of Daniel LaRusso in the film
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Jeannie
Jeannie Jeha was a production coordinator for the 1984 film
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Taraji
Taraji Henson plays the role of Dre's mother in the 2010 film
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Hope
Hope Goodwin was an assistant director on the original film
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Angie
Angela Morley worked as a music orchestrator for the original film
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Aida
Aida Swinson worked as a costume designer for the original film
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Cheri
Cheri Ruff worked as a hairstylist on the set of the original film
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Pennie
Pennie DuPont worked in the casting office of the first film
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Bonnie
Bonnie Timmerman assisted in choosing the cast of the original film
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Katheryn
Katheryn Gallant plays the role of a karate fan in the tournament audience
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Molly
Molly Basler plays the role of a cheerleading coach in the 1984 film
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Meiying
Meiying is Dre's love interest; this is a great name for a Japanese Chin
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Jada
Jada Pinkett Smith worked as a producer for the 2010 film
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Tess
Tess Liu plays the role of one of Dre's teachers at his new school
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Yanyan
Yanyan Wu plays the role of Mrs. Xie; this name is fitting of a Pekingese
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Zoe
Zoe Thompson worked in casting the 2010 film
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Camille
Camille Friend was Jaden Smith's personal hairstylist in the 2010 film
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Renee
Renee Vaca worked as a hairstylist on the 2010 film
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Robin
Robin Harlan worked as a foley artist in the 2010 film
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Wenwen
Wenwen Han plays the role of Dre's love interest in the 2010 film
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Sherry
Sherry Parker is Dre's mother (reprises the role of Lucille LaRusso)

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