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Dog Names: It’s All In The Name

Take time to choose the perfect dog names. You’ve heard the expression, “It’s all in the name.” We go to great lengths to give our children the perfect name, and we do this blindly. When we name our children we have no idea what they will look like when they grow up and we can only make assumptions about their personalities. We try to give our children names that we hope will fit them for years to come.

Naming a new puppy shouldn’t be all that different. Think about it. Have you ever met a Bulldog named Bunny? How about a Cockapoo named Czar? It just doesn’t it make sense, does it? The reason these names seem odd is because we know what a Cockapoo will look like in five years, and he won’t look like a Czar. We are well aware of the personality traits that Bulldogs are famous for. Is Bunny really a fitting name for a dog that snorts and slobbers with enough strength in his jaw to break bones with little effort? Unlike our children, we do have some insight into K-9 breeds that allow us to choose dog names that make sense. Mythology names a lot of fun as well, for example Greek mythology names.

Choosing appropriate dog names should be a fun task that the family can be involved in. When choosing a name for a large breed dog, consider the look and temperament of the dog. For example, a Collie is a long-haired, cuddly family dog that makes us remember Lassie. Lassie is a great name for a Collie, but don’t expect your puppy to be Lassie. All dogs have their own personalities. Collies were originally bred in Scotland as herd dogs and have a lot of energy. They need lots of attention and love and will return it tenfold. Some female dog names for Collies might be Lady, Sasha, or Godiva (a good name for any long haired female dog). Great dog names for male Collies could be Buddy, Cody or Jake.

If you prefer more aggressive, watchdog breeds, then more appropriate dog names would denote strength, stamina, and give the impression that the “Beware of Dog” sign on the door is something to be heeded. When that unsavory looking salesman comes to the door to ask about your alarm system, you don’t want to introduce him to your security dog, Precious. You want to let him know that Brutus, Wolfgang, Bruiser, or Draco will come to your aid. The salesman, if he really was a salesman, won’t be back.

Many people enjoy small dogs because they feel that they are going to be quiet, loving, and friendly to everyone they meet. They might be, but not likely. Many small dogs are very lovable, but only to family. Otherwise they tend to be timid, in constant need of attention, and bark a lot. This, of course, is not true of all small dogs and many do grow out of these traits. Small dogs deserve the cutest of the dog names, just because they are so darn cuddly. For instance, a Chihuahua could be called Paco, Sparky, Princess, or Tinkerbell (the name of Paris Hilton’s Chihuahua).

No matter what your choice of dog breed, choose appropriate dog names for your puppies. They have to carry that name for the rest of their lives. Please don’t embarrass your Rottweiler by naming her Snookums or your Toy Poodle Frankenstein. Just remember, it’s all in the names. Dog names, that is.

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