The Karate Kid Inspired Dog Names

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"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. 

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