Arguably, the most important moment in a dog's life is when their family picks their name. It'll be their name for the rest of their life, though a few nicknames may be acquired along the way. So it's important to choose wisely. We've put together 100 unique dog names to help you choose the perfect moniker for your pooch.
Whether it's a nod to their breed like Collie, a call-out to their features like Ivory, a play on their personality like Queenie, or an ode to their birthplace like Nash, your pup deserves a rare dog name that totally suits them. Even a funny dog name like Hot Dog can have meaning behind it. (We're looking at you, wiener dogs!)
Since 100 names is a lot to sift through, we divided them into categories to help make browsing easier. These uncommon dog names include unique gender-neutral dog names, boy dog names, girl dog names, cute dog names, and more. Our favorite might be the category of famous dog names inspired by movies, books, television, music, and art. Eeyore? Matilda? You can't tell us those aren't adorable.
Whether you're planning to adopt a pet or simply hoping for one in the future, jot down your favorite of these distinctive dog names to give your next furry family member.
Best Rare Dog Names
Unisex and Gender-Neutral Dog Names
Unique Female Dog Names
Unique Male Dog Names
Short Dog Names
Unique Food Names for Dogs
- Hot Dog
- Pumpkin Spice
Nature-Inspired Rare Dog Names
Creative Famous Dog Names
- Ron Weasley
Kate Franke (she/her) is the editorial assistant at Woman’s Day. She loves all things lifestyle, home, and market related. Kate has a BAJMC in Magazine Media and BA in Writing from Drake University. She is a proud ASME alum whose work has appeared in Food Network Magazine, The Pioneer Woman Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, Modern Farmhouse Style, Beautiful Kitchens & Baths, and more. Next to writing, Kate’s two favorite things are chai lattes and pumpkin bread!
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