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215+ Funny Dog Names That Perfectly Capture Your New Pup’s Personality

Chew on these funny dog names to find the best moniker for your playful pup

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Funny dog names for some serious LOLs

Congrats on bringing home the cutest, sweetest and funniest pup in the world! (It’s totally OK to brag!) Now that your fur baby is roaming and sniffing out their new digs, it’s time to start perusing dog names. Sure, you could go with a Disney dog name, or one of the popular boy dog names or girl dog names like Max or Bella. But what drew you to your pup (besides their good looks) was their adorable personality—from their goofy, lopsided smile to the way just one ear sticks up when you say their name to the zoomies they embarked on the second they saw you—so funny dog names might be the perfect pool to choose from. Plus, let’s be honest: Funny pet names will tickle your funny bone too, and that’s never a bad thing!

What should you keep in mind when choosing a funny dog name?

Even if you go with a long name for your dog’s official moniker, keep the name you use on a daily basis short and sweet. This is what show-dog owners do, and there’s a logical reason for it. “It is thought that dogs do not parse language, which means they probably hear the first syllable or so and respond off that,” says Leigh Siegfried, the founder and training director at Opportunity Barks. “Ideally, the name is a way to get their attention and orient toward the person.”

Not only is this easier for training, but it’s also less of a mouthful for you every time you want your pup to come to you or drop something. Translation: “It is totally fine to name your dog Bubba Louis Chubby Muffin, but it is best to use a shorter name, Bubba or Chubby, in training and everyday life,” says Corina Witkowksi, a dog trainer and animal behavior specialist at Veterinarians.org. And the process for training your dog to learn a funny name is the same as the process for a traditional one: It involves a lot of praise, treats and other positive reinforcement.

With that in mind, let’s get to our list of the best names for your funny girl or guy. Trust us: Choose wisely, and this will be the gift that keeps on giving.

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Funny dog names inspired by movies

Is your new pup ready for her close-up? Movie-star names offer a cute absurdity, and you can add a funny twist on them with a good pun. You can also name your pooch after your favorite director. (“Sit, Scorsese!”) And, of course, the canine characters in your favorite dog movies can provide an abundance of fun dog names too.

  • Mary Puppins
  • Al Pupcino
  • Moneypuppy
  • Wookie
  • Chewbarka
  • Jabba the Mutt
  • Boba Fetch
  • Indiana Bones
  • Sandra Bulldog
  • Groucho Barks
  • Alfred Hitchdog
  • Greta Garbo
  • Harry Pawter
  • Fluffy
  • Fang
  • Hufflepup
  • Charlie B. Barkin
  • Hooch
  • Godzilla
  • Dr. Evil
  • Clarice
  • Donkey
  • Goofy

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Funny dog names inspired by TV shows

Whether you love bingeing the classics or streaming the latest series, your favorite TV shows are filled with ideas for funny girl dog names and boy dog names. Can’t settle on one favorite character? Name your dog after a show you love. Go for irony or the unexpected, and while your dog may not smile every time you call their name, you certainly will!

  • Simon Basset Hound
  • Pupperton
  • Kermit the Dog
  • Squiggy
  • Kramer
  • Ubu
  • Woofgang Puck
  • Sarah Jessica Barker
  • Mrs. Maisel
  • Fonzie
  • Urkel
  • Fresh Prints
  • Pee-Wee
  • Baby Yoda
  • Pikachu
  • Liz Lemon
  • Dwight
  • Conan
  • Stewie
  • MacGruff
  • Deputy Dawg
  • Binky Barnes
  • Ted Lasso
  • George Costanza
  • Beef
  • Thing
  • Wednesday
  • Enid
  • Snuffleupagus
  • Lamb Chop

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Funny dog names inspired by books

Think authors, book characters, comic books and literary devices. The members of your book club—which should have its own awesome name—will be super impressed.

  • Bark Twain
  • Hairy Maclary
  • Fyodor Dogstoevsky
  • Winnie the Poodle
  • Winnie the Pooch
  • Archibald MacLeash
  • Sherlock Bones
  • Frodo
  • Precious
  • Virginia Woof
  • Furdinand
  • Clifford (for a big red dog, of course)
  • Bluey
  • Dr. Seuss
  • J.K. Growling
  • George Bernard Paw
  • Jane Pawston
  • David Pawster Wallace
  • Fezziwig

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Funny dog names inspired by food

When your pooch is a foodie like you, funny food-inspired dog names are a foolproof method for choosing a delicious moniker. Bone appétit!

  • Taco
  • Meatball
  • Pickles
  • Pierogi
  • Pup-ernickel
  • Chickpea
  • Artichoke
  • Tater Tot
  • Skittles
  • Sprinkles
  • Sloppy Joe
  • Cap’n Crunch
  • Tofu
  • Oscar Mayer (perfect for a dachshund!)
  • Chalupa
  • Barkwurst
  • Pup Tart
  • Ginger Snap
  • Twinkie
  • Pork Chop
  • Cocoa Puff
  • Pringles
  • Tic Tac
  • Snickerdoodle

Here are more dog puns that deserve a round of a-paws.

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Funny small dog names

Size matters … when it comes to choosing a funny dog name that matches your adorable small dog breed. Go with a cute name that plays up their pint-size stature—or switch it up and call your Chihuahua Godzilla. The right name captures your pooch’s essence, and you’ll have all the material you need to create your own hilarious dog memes to share on social media.

  • Mini
  • Weensy
  • Pipsqueak
  • Lilliput
  • Buttercup
  • Micro
  • Winkle
  • Smidge
  • Freckle
  • Polly Pocket
  • Hiccup
  • Sprite
  • Bitsy
  • Peanut
  • Twiglet
  • Thumbelina
  • Pipsqueak
  • Nibblets
  • Wonton
  • King Kong
  • Godzilla
  • Bruiser

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Funny big dog names

You don’t mind that your lovable giant dog breed is large and in charge—of your life and your heart. You can choose from funny pet names befitting their humungous size, or play up the irony and call them Micro.

  • Whopper
  • Mr. Big / Ms. Biggy
  • Brutus
  • Dogzilla
  • Mighty Mutt
  • Bertha
  • Bubba
  • Biggie Smalls
  • Supersize
  • Moose
  • Squirrel
  • Sasquatch
  • Bigfoot
  • Jaws
  • Hefty
  • Sumo
  • T-Rex
  • Humongo
  • Tiny
  • Smalls
  • Snack

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Funny fluffy dog names

They’re like mini stuffed animals, and as such, fluffy dogs are practically begging for a cute name. It’s impossible to resist, so don’t even try!

  • Admiral Fluff
  • Fluffmeister
  • Flava Fluff
  • Poofster
  • Puffy Puffins
  • Mopsy
  • Fleecey
  • Bouffant
  • Jigglypuff
  • Charmin
  • Swiffer
  • Fluffateer
  • Jennifur
  • Scruffy
  • Katy Hairy
  • Shaggy
  • Fluffernutter
  • Woolly Mammoth
  • Captain Floof
  • Fuzz

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Funny dog names inspired by music

As they say, music soothes the savage beast. But have you ever wondered what type of tunes your pup really likes? Like, why does your dog howl when you sing “Don’t Stop Believin'” or do a cute little butt-wiggle dance when she’s waiting for her breakfast? Consider your favorite musical genre, your favorite song or any of your favorite albums or idols when choosing a funny name for a dog.

  • Billie Howliday
  • Buddy Collie
  • Elvis Pawsley
  • 50 Scent
  • Jingles
  • Disco
  • The Notorious D.O.G.
  • Linkin Bark
  • Snoop Dog
  • Meatloaf
  • Ozzy Pawsbourne
  • Prince of Barkness
  • Dolly Pupton
  • Paws McCartney
  • Barky Bark
  • Bone Jovi
  • Dr. Dog
  • Franz Furdinand
  • Mutley Crew
  • Little Bow Wow
  • Sir Barks-a-lot
  • Subwoofer
  • Woofgang Amadeus Mozart

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Funny dog names based on your pup’s personality

Within just a few weeks of birth, puppies already have unique and lovable personalities that provide loads of inspiration to christen them with. But what if you adopt a dog and their name doesn’t jive with their personality? Can you change it? Yep! “When you break it all the way down to the basics, a dog’s name is really just a cue,” says Witkowski. “But when switching their name, start by pairing it with their original name before fading it out. And make sure you reinforce with praise and treats when your pup responds.”

  • Digger
  • Dozer
  • Howler
  • Zippy
  • Zoomer
  • Gogo
  • Farty Artie
  • Crash
  • Nibbler
  • Ninja
  • Jolly Good
  • Chipper
  • Angry Joe
  • Firecracker
  • Winky
  • Captain Side-Eye
  • Lazy Susan
  • Scooter
  • Sassy
  • Boogie
  • Yip Yip
  • Jiffy
  • Jimmy Chew
  • Pokey
  • Barky McBarkster

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Funny dog names inspired by hobbies

When you adopt a dog or puppy, you might be too busy to work on your favorite pastimes or engage with your hobbies. Then again, your dog might become a partner in your favorite hobby, like hiking. Or perhaps your pupster is a calm and easygoing dog that doesn’t mind spending time at your feet while you play Super Mario Brothers. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

  • Bogey
  • Gamer
  • Luigi
  • Mario
  • Qwirkle
  • Yahtzee
  • King Pin
  • Mr. Monopoly
  • Spinner
  • Puzzle
  • Fender
  • Poker
  • Kerplunk
  • Yoshi
  • Checkers
  • Shutterbug
  • Sharkie

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Lisa Marie Conklin
Lisa Marie Conklin is a freelance writer covering pets, home improvement and lifestyle. She loves that her workday is interrupted by muzzle snuggles and walks with Archer, her rescue pup. In her downtime, she's either studying for weekly trivia night, doing a jigsaw puzzle or watching too much British TV.