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 petite 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 of our top names for small dogs to put a grin on your face too!