Top 10 Small Dog Names

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The American Kennel Club defines small dogs as those 20 pounds and under. There's an estimated over 28 million small breed dogs residing in the United States, meaning there's a lot of adorable petitie pups to name! You've probably already heard the most common names at the dog park. But how can your pup stand out? Giving your petite pup a name that shines has several factors. 

First, what are the kinds of names that dogs respond to? Dogs prefer shorter names in general. Remember, they don't speak English. They have to pick their name out of all the other sounds we make in a day! Small dog names should be as short as they are in general. 

It's not always about function over form, though. Small dogs tend to have big personalities. The right name can capture their quirks. You may have to get to know your new pup before settling on a permanent name for them. 

Lastly, small breeds are prime targets for humorous names. Give your tiny fur-baby a grandiose name! A name that references how big and fierce your fluff-ball is always gets a smile. What small dog doesn't want to bring smiles? Check out this list to put a grin on your face too! 


This name has the ironic humor of a tongue in cheek name, but without actually having to shout "Come here, Killer!" at the dog park. Definitely an improvement.


Joy is a perky name for a perky pup. Good things come in small packages!


Speck means "a small piece or amount". It's the pawfect name for a tiny doggie pal!
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Zusa means "sweet" in Yiddish. It's the perfect name for a snack-sized pal.


Scoop is a fun, unique name for dogs you can pick up in one fell swoop. Similar names include Scamp and Scout.


Toss a "Lady" in front of that if you're in the mood, but Bug is a cute and simple name for boy and girl pups. It matches a tiny dog with an off the wall personality!


A wren is a small songbird, and makes a great name for a sweet and quiet pup. Also a funny name if your little dog is a big talker!

William Benjamin Harrington the Third

Any name that's just about longer than your dog is going to be a crowd pleaser. They may be small, but they're important!


The theme behind this name could apply to any mythology cycle. From Zeus to Athena to Freya to Thor, it's always going to be cute to see a small dog with a powerful name!


You might be most familiar with this term from that most delectable steak cut, the filet mignon. The word itself means "cute" or "darling" in French, and fits a pup you could just eat up!