Dog Names & Tips

We are only able to show a small selection of the many dogs available for rehoming, and the information provided on each dog is for guideline purposes only. For more information on each dog, or to view all the dogs available for adoption, please visit our rehoming centres directly.

1 Max 11 Charlie
2 Jake 12 Jack
3 Buddy 13 Harley
4 Baily 14 Rusty
5 Sam 15 Toby
6 Rocky 16 Murphy
7 Buster 17 Shelby
8 Casey 18 Sparky
9 Cody 19 Barney
10 Duke 20 Winston
1 Maggie 11 Dakota
2 Mollie 12 Katie
3 Lady 13 Annie
4 Sadie 14 Chelsea
5 Lucy 15 Princess
6 Daisy 16 Missy
7 Ginger 17 Sophie
8 Abby 18 Bo
9 Sasha 19 Coco
10 Sandy 20 Tasha


1. Choose a name that will be easy for your dog to learn. A two-syllable name usually works best. Get your dog used to hearing his name often. It should be spoken in a gentle and happy manner.

2. Don't give your dog a name that sounds like a command. Avoid names like "Joe" (No), "Jay" (Stay), or "Fletch" (Fetch).

3. Your dog deserves a respectful name. The attitude you and others develop toward your dog can be affected by the name you give it. Avoid derogatory names like Bozo and Doofus. Steer clear of names that have negative connotations like Diablo, Lucifer, Satan, and Cujo.

4. Your dog's name should not sound like any other name within the family, a close friend or neighbor. You want to avoid confusion and hurt feelings. (My neighbour and my dog were both named "Charlie", and my neighbour would think I was yelling for him whenever I would call my dog in from the yard.)

5. If your dog is going to be around kids or the elderly, avoid upsetting names like Nightmare, Killer, or Monster.


A Alfie, Annie, Armani, Amber, Angus, April, Archie, Albert, Arnold, Axel

B Belle, Beau, Benson, Bess, Boss, Bruno, Buddy, Buster, Billy, Bonnie

C Chaos, Chester, Chico, Candy, Charlie, Chief, Chip, Casper, Coco, Cookie

D Daisy, Digby, Dodger, Duchess, Duke, Dixie, Dolly, Dylan, Dennis, Domino

E Ebony, Elmo, Elvis, Emily, Ellie, Eddie, Elliot, Eric, Elsie, Eve

F Faith, Fizz, Fido, Findlay, Fred, Fergus, Foxy, Fudge, Fitz, Flash

G Genghis, Gino, Gonzo, Gizmo, Gnasher, George, Gypsy, Grace, Gucci, Gus

H Harley, Havoc, Homer, Hope, Hugo, Harvey, Honey, Henry, Holly, Hooch

I Indie, Irwin, Itchy, Iris, Isaac, Ivory, Iggy, Ida, Izzy, Ice

K Kaiser, Kevin, Kirby, Kosmo, Kara, Kenny, King, Kane, Kelly, Katie

L Laddie, Lady, Lilly, Lola, Lucy, Lulu, Lassie, Lucas, Lenny, Leo

M Major, Minnie, Murphy, Marley, Meg, Mia, Mitch, Monty, Max, Molly

N Neo, Nell, Nancy, Ned, Nelson, Ness, Nibbles, Noah, Nipper, Nugget

O Oscar, Owen, Olga, Olive, Otis, Oliver, Oslo, Ollie, Oreo, Ozzie

P Penny, Peggy, Pepper, Paddy, Patch, Pebbles, Pickles, Poppy, Pippin, Princess

Q Quintana, Quibbles, Quirky, Quebec, Quartz, Queen, Queenie, Quasar, Quentin, Quincy

R Rebel, Rex, Rover, Ruby, Reggie, Rosie, Rogue, Rogan, Roscoe, Rufus

S Spencer, Spike, Sammy, Sid, Spot, Sadie, Samson, Saxon, Scampi, Shadow

T Ted, Tiny, Troy, Tank, Timmy, Toby, Trudy, Todd, Tyler, Turner

U Ursula, Usher, Unique, Ulysses, Unity, Utah, Urchin, Utopia, Ulwin, United

V Versace, Vicki, Vixen, Victor, Violet, Viva, Venus, Verne, Vinnie, Valerie

W Waffles, Wallace, Whiskey, Wes, Wellington, Widget, William, Willow, Wilma, Winnie

X Xanadu, Xavier, Xena, Xenon, Xyster, Xyston, Xystus, Xereasia, Xiphias, Xylan

Y Yogi, Yvette, Yen, Yoghurt, Yvonne, Yonder, York, Yuri, Yoshi, Yardley

Z Zach, Zelda, Zero, Zorro, Zane, Zena, Zeus, Zephyr, Ziggy, Zurich