Happy Dogs at Dog SchoolPeople used to give animal companions monikers that described certain physical characteristics, such as Shaggy, Scruffy, and Spot, but contemporary trends point to pet names that are perfectly suited for people.

While names like Jake, Bella, Max, and Charlie are popular choices, there could be downsides to choosing a name that countless other pets have (think of the confusion at the dog park!). That’s why The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital came up with this list of unusual pet names sure to please the most unique and discerning pet owners. Enjoy!

What is in a Name?

If your pets could name themselves, would they come up with “Caesar” or “Xerxes”? Perhaps not. The fact is, it’s up to you to call them by names that not only fit them, but ones that you find pleasing as well. After all, you will be saying these names constantly.

A young pet may benefit from a shorter name (no more than two syllables) in order to quickly catch his or her attention. Plus, most longer names are eventually shortened (for example, Professor Longbottom becomes “Prof” after a few weeks).

We find these one or two syllable pet names most unusual or adorable:

  • Aldrich
  • Jovi
  • Finn
  • Tank
  • Coach
  • Bleu
  • Moose
  • Lobo
  • Orca
  • Upton
  • Sheldon
  • Chico
  • Bruno
  • Copper
  • Bodger
  • Herbie
  • Zuri

Let the Breed Decide

If you know your pet’s breed, it’s always fun to find a name that comes from his or her country/region of origin. For example:

  • Germany – Pet names like Winnifred, Hedwig, Liesel, Sigmund, Blitz, or Siegfried might be a perfect for your German Shepherd, Schnauzer, Dachshund, or Doberman Pinscher.
  • Italy – Your Bolognese, Mastiff, or Greyhound may like the sound of Baffi, Primo, Rocco, or Toro.
  • France – A Bichon Frise, French Bulldog, or Poodle may quickly take to Bijou, Fleur, Coco, Beau, or Juju.
  • Ireland or Scotland – Your precious Setter, Pointer, or Terrier could easily adopt Angus, Brady, Griffin, Rogan, Moira, or Neala.
  • Asia – Burmese or Siamese cats, or Akitas or Shih Tzus, can be called Ping, Won Ton, Lotus, Bamboo, or Haiku.

Cartoon Inspiration

From Odie to Pluto, Mr. Peabody to Scooby Doo, Huckleberry Hound to Astro, dogs are given some pretty fun names in the world of cartoons. Certainly, dog owners around the globe apply fictional dog names to real ones, and they often work incredibly well.

Similarly, Mr. Whiskers, Toulouse, Figaro, Gideon, Sylvester, Garfield, Stimpy, and Tom all translate well from fictional feline to real cat.

Unusual Pet Names Fit for a President

American presidents over the ages owned various dogs and, unsurprisingly, many of them had very unusual pet names. We particularly enjoy:

  • George Washington’s American Staghounds named Sweet Lips, Scentwell, and Vulcan
  • Abraham Lincoln’s mixed breed named Fido
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt’s German Shepherd named Majora, Great Dane named President, and Winks, his Llewellin Setter
  • Barack Obama’s Portuguese Water Dogs named Bo and Sunny

The Right Stuff

Finding the right name for your pet can take some time, but once you find it you’ll notice how well it seems to fit.

If you have any questions about our list of unusual pet names, we encourage you to contact us at The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital. We are always here for you!