200+ Cute Dog Names for Your Canine Companion

Published November 9, 2022
Beautiful girl hugs a beagle dog

Cuteness may be in the eye of the beholder, but there's no denying your dog is the cutest thing you've ever laid eyes on. Maybe it's the way they tilt their head to the side, how they look up at you with those big, droopy eyes, or the peach fuzz on their adorable belly; it all just screams "Cute!" And when you have a cute dog, of course, you need an equally cute name. Take some time reviewing all your options before settling on a cute dog name for your new best friend. When you find the right one, you'll know.

Top 25 Cutest Dog Names of All Time

We're not saying you should always follow the trends, but it can be fun to pick from the most popular dog names. With input from Trupanion's top-ranked names, we've compiled our own list to show the cutest of the cute dog names. Some are fun to say, and others are downright silly, but all are cute as a button.

Beautiful old dog with large brown eyes
  • Ava
  • Bailey
  • Bean
  • Beep
  • Bella
  • Blitz
  • Blue
  • Boop
  • Button
  • Buzz
  • Cocoa
  • Daisy
  • Liam
  • Lily
  • Loki
  • Milo
  • Nash
  • Pepper
  • Po
  • Puddles
  • Scout
  • Sheba
  • Smidge
  • Winnie
  • Woofer
  • Zane

Cute Names for Small Dogs

Many people find small dog breeds like Chihuahuas, Yorkshire Terriers, and Corgis irresistibly cute. If your new dog is petite, you might be on the hunt for a name to celebrate their small size. On the other hand, a cute little dog name could be an ironic choice for a big dog! Try these out to see if any of them work for your new friend.

Pekingese breed puppy sitting in pink flowers
  • Baby
  • Bitsy
  • Bitty
  • Dinky
  • Itsy Bitsy
  • Mini
  • Mouse
  • Nugget
  • Peewee
  • Petite
  • Pint
  • Pipsqueak (Pip)
  • Runtly
  • Shorty
  • Shrimp
  • Slim
  • Smalls
  • Sprinkle
  • Squirt
  • Teeny
  • Tiny
  • Wee

Cute Names for Big Dogs

Whether your cutie is physically large or just has a big personality or presence, it can be fun to give them a name fit for a giant. Choose a cute big dog name that embodies their size.

Regal Bernese Mountain Dog Sits in the Sun
  • Beast
  • Beethoven
  • Big Mac
  • Biggie
  • Bruiser
  • Crusher
  • Diesel
  • Dozer
  • Hulk
  • Maximus (Max)
  • Monster
  • Oso
  • Queen
  • Rock
  • Tank
  • Whopper

Unique Names That Stand Out

Is your cutie one in a million? Of course they are. So, why not give them a unique name? These names aren't exactly bizarre, but they're unique enough that you probably won't find any other dogs at the dog park with the same name.

English Greyhound
  • Alto
  • Arrow
  • Asher
  • Aspen
  • Cruz
  • Denali
  • Domino
  • Jed
  • Monkey
  • Obi
  • Phoenix
  • Price
  • Roly Poly
  • Yogi

Cute Names Inspired by Food

Food items aren't necessarily cute on their own, but they can make an adorable moniker for a dog. Use one of these small or silly-sounding foods as a cute name for your dog, or consider what delicacy your dog resembles. For example, consider "Meatball" for an English Bulldog, or "Oreo" for a black-and-white Shih Tzu.

Dog looking at Christmas cookies
  • Bagel
  • Bao
  • Basil
  • Cinnabon
  • Dumpling
  • Gumdrop
  • Honey
  • Jellybean
  • Kimchi
  • Limon
  • Mochi
  • Muffin
  • Olive
  • Oreo
  • Popcorn
  • Poptart
  • Sushi
  • Taco

Pop Culture Names After Hollywood Cuties

There's no question your dog is the star of your life. Consider the name of a canine character from the movies or a TV show for your cute dog. But don't just stop at the silver screen; you can look to literary names or names after Greek mythological gods.

White Dog Standing Outdoors
  • Balto (Balto)
  • Benji (Benji)
  • Bolt (Bolt)
  • Bruiser (Legally Blonde)
  • Clifford (Clifford the Big Red Dog)
  • Comet (Full House)
  • Dante (Coco)
  • Dug (Up)
  • Einstein (Back to the Future)
  • Frank (Men in Black II)
  • Nana (Peter Pan)
  • Petey (The Little Rascals)
  • Pluto (Disney franchise)
  • Slinky (Toy Story)
  • Sonny (Due Date)
  • Spunky (Happy Days)
  • Stella (Modern Family)
  • Wishbone (Wishbone TV series)
  • Zero (The Nightmare Before Christmas)

Cute Names for Girl Dogs

Whether your little girl is as sweet as sugar or on the spicy side, you could use one of these cute names for female dogs. Think about which name fits their personality. Some names were inspired by human names, whereas others take after flowers or fruit.

Dogs standing on field
  • Addie
  • Barbie
  • Cece
  • Cherry
  • Chloe
  • Cleo
  • Dolly
  • Duchess
  • Ella
  • Emma
  • Gigi
  • Gracie
  • Lady
  • Lola
  • Lulu
  • Melody
  • Mia
  • Millie
  • Mimi
  • Molly
  • Penny
  • Petunia
  • Phoebe
  • Princess
  • Queenie
  • Rosie
  • Ruby
  • Sassy
  • Sophie
  • Sweet Pea
  • Trixie
  • Willow
  • Zoe

Cute Names for Boy Dogs

A handsome male dog deserves an equally distinguished name. After reading through the list, you might feel compelled to give your little mister one of these cute boy dog names. You can't go wrong with any of them!

Dog standing outdoors
  • Archie
  • Benny
  • Caleb
  • Dexter
  • Duke
  • Everett
  • Forrest
  • Gus
  • Handsome
  • Hank
  • Hugo
  • Hunter
  • Jake
  • Lucas
  • Max
  • Noah
  • Otis
  • Ralphie
  • Rupert
  • Teddy
  • Tommy
  • Waldo
  • Winston
  • Wyatt
  • Zak
  • Zeke

Gender-inclusive Names for Dogs

Not sure what to name your new pup? A gender-neutral choice can be a great option for any pet. Think about which name you like the sound of, or which name your dog responds to most enthusiastically.

Doberman dog outdoors
  • Angel
  • Avery
  • Bailey
  • Bandit
  • Blake
  • Buddy
  • Bugsy
  • Buster
  • Charlie
  • Frankie
  • Ginger
  • Hershey
  • Jamie
  • Koda
  • Leo
  • Lucky
  • Marley
  • Poppy
  • Riley
  • Robin
  • Rocky
  • Sammy
  • Snoopy
  • Sweetie
  • Taylor
  • Tootsie
  • Toto
  • Winnie

Popular Names for Cute Dogs

It can take some time to find the right name, so don't feel rushed in this process. Try out a few names before you settle on the perfect one. You can take your dog's personality, cute looks, and silly quirks into consideration when exploring names. It might even be worthwhile to check out lists of names for other species, like cats, rabbits, or even fish, to get even more inspiration.

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200+ Cute Dog Names for Your Canine Companion