Celebrity Dog Names – big dog names and names for mixed breeds

boxer-with-sunglassesLast week I gave you a list of names chosen by the celebrities for their small dog breeds – click here to read the post.

Today I’ve got a collection of [tag-tec]celebrity dog names [/tag-tec]for large dog breeds and mixed dog breeds.

In my post ‘Do you need help choosing a name for your puppy?’ I suggested choosing a dog name that grew with your dog, one you wouldn’t be embarrassed calling out in the dog park.

I’ve found out that Venus Williams has a Pit Bull called Bambi, the same name Paris Hilton has chosen for one of her Chihuahuas. Perhaps you can get away with it if you are tennis celebrity, but personally I’d feel a little bit silly calling Bambi in the dog park and having a Pit Bull answer to the name!

Here is a list of celebrity dog names for large and mixed breeds:

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Popular Dog Names – Copy the Celebrities

A small dog enjoys the summer sun in styleGlance through any magazine and you are bound to see pictures of celebrities out and about with their dogs.

The small and [tag-tec]miniature dog breeds[/tag-tec] appear to be the most popular choices but whatever breed they choose, celebrities can provide some inspiration when you are looking for [tag]dog name ideas[/tag].

I’ve put together a list of [tag]celebrity dog names[/tag] that may help you choose a name for your dog.

The most popular dog name I found was Charlie (chosen by Jennifer Love Hewitt, Mischa Barton and Natalie Portman). The most bizarre dog name I found – I think that has to go to Christina Ricci who has calls her Miniature Pinscher Sheriff Steve Goldberg!

I’ve split the list into two; today I’ve posted a list of celebrity dog names for the [tag]small dog breeds[/tag]:

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Choosing a Puppy Name Based on Your Puppy’s Coat

miniature-daschund-puppyA good way to choose a [tag-tec]puppy name[/tag-tec] is to base it on either the color of, or the markings on, his coat.

Black, brown, gold and white are the most common single color coats, and red is seen too in breeds like the Irish Setter (also known as the Red Setter).

Many dog coats comprise a number of colors, and names can be chosen from words that describe the pattern of colors or the shape of the markings on the coat.

Here are a few suggestions:

Black Dog Coat: Inky, Midnight, Blackie, Jet, Raven, Storm.

Brown Dog Coat: Bear, Hershey, Fudge, Bruno, Mocha, Tawny.

Golden/Yellow Dog Coat: Goldie, Vanilla, Karat, Goldberg, Cremora.

White Dog Coat: Chalky, Polar, Crystal, Ice, Coconut, Snowflake.

Red Dog Coat: Rusty, Red, Redver, Rosie, Russell.

Patterned Coat: Swirl, Stains, Merle, Jester, Jazzy.

Specific Markings on Coat: Spothog, Dottie, Dot Com, Specks, Stripey Jack.

If you’ve named your puppy based on his color or markings, I’d love to hear what name you chose for him.

How to Teach Your Puppy his Name

Puppy American Cocker Spaniel Breed in front of a white backgroundOnce you have chosen a name for your puppy, you need to teach him what it is. Your objective is to teach him that when his name is called he must immediately give you his full attention, that is, stop what he’s doing, turn his head and look directly at you.

As you go on to teach your puppy other commands, such as come, sit and stay, you’ll do this successfully if your puppy is focussed on you whilst you are teaching him these commands – this is why it’s so important he knows his name and responds to it.

Your puppy will start to learn that the sound of his name will be followed by a command, so for him, his name means ‘I must look at Mum because she wants me to do something’.

When you use your [tag-tec puppy name]puppy’s name[/tag-tec], it must always be associated with good things. Don’t call his name and then proceed to tell him off because he’s chewed your slippers – if you do that too often he’ll start to associate his name with being told off and won’t respond when you call his name. This is easier said than done, believe me, particularly when your puppy has just chewed through another book, but it’s worth the effort in the end!

How To Do It

Arm yourself with a few treats and put your puppy on a leash, that way you have full control if he’s distracted by something and wanders off.

Call his name in a happy and interesting voice – puppy’s love to hear the sound of your voice and will naturally look towards you when they hear you speak. What you do is reinforce that behavior by giving him a treat and praise.

As he looks towards you, give him a treat and praise him verbally with words such as ‘good boy’ or ‘yes’. Repeat this a few times every day until he consistently looks towards you every time you call his name.

Only use his name once, if he doesn’t respond, give a very gentle tug on his lead or tickle his leg so he turns to look at you.

Next, call him and hold the treat near to your face so he has to look at you – reward him with the treat and praise as he does so. Once your puppy does this consistently, swap the food for a toy. His reward for looking at you will then be to play with you for a couple of minutes.

The next progression is to introduce distractions, so try it with other people in the room, outside in the garden, in the driveway, when you are at a friends house and anywhere else you can think of. Don’t rush this stage and always make it easy for your puppy to succeed, he wants to please you, so make it easy for him to do so!

You need to teach your puppy that wherever you are, whatever the distraction, if he hears his name he needs to look at you and wait for the next instruction.


  • Keep the training sessions short;
  • Keep them fun;
  • Give lots of praise when your puppy does what you want him to do;
  • Try and train before meal times so your puppy isn’t tired and is interested in food treats;
  • If neither of you are in the mood, play instead; and always set yourself and your puppy up to succeed – take little steps that you know you can achieve, then you will both look forward to training sessions!

More Help Choosing a Puppy Name

yorkshire-terrier-puppy-1Last week I posted a short checklist to help you choose a name for your [tag-tec] new puppy [/tag-tec]. Hopefully this helped you to decide on a name, but if you are still struggling to come up with one, here are few more suggestions.

A good way to select a name is to base it on the size your dog will be when he’s fully grown. Choose words that will describe his height, width and/or build. Here are a few examples:
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Do You Need Help Choosing a Name for Your Puppy?

dog-tagChoosing a name for your new puppy can be hard – I know, it took me several weeks to settle on the name Zoe for my dog.

So how did I decide? Well, I jotted down a few ideas about how to choose a puppy name that I’d read in dog training manuals and came up with the following check-list which I hope you will find useful:

  • A name with one or two syllables works best because dogs hear and are more responsive to short commands.
  • Choose a name that is not similar to any commands that you will be using, otherwise your puppy will confuse his name with what you are asking him to do. The basic commands you will be using are sit, stay, down, no, wait and fetch so it would be a good idea to stay away from any names that sound similar to these.
  • Find a name that is easy to call out, these are usually names that start with the hard constants such as P, T, K and G.
  • Choose a name that you don’t mind shouting out in public; Pumpkin and Buttercup are sweet names but personally I’d be a bit embarrassed shouting those out in the dog park as my puppy disappears into the distance hot on the heels of a rabbit!
  • Try to avoid names that people either find offensive or will cause them to judge your puppy’s character in a negative way; examples of such names are psycho, killer and tough guy.
  • Choose a name that will grow with your dog. Fluffy and Puddles are cute names but wouldn’t really suit a fully grown dog.
  • Try to avoid names that are already in use by friends and family unless you’ve checked with them first – they may not take it as a compliment that you’ve named your dog after them!
  • If your puppy already has a name, and he is responsive to it, then it’s best not to change it. Learning a new name will cause him unnecessary stress and confusion as he will already have a great deal learn about his new environment.

Once you’ve settled on a name, try it out for a few days and see how you like the sound of it. It’s a good idea to choose a name for your puppy before he arrives so you can start using it immediately . That way your puppy will soon learn who he is, and it’s stops any confusion as you ‘try out’ new names every few days.

Still can’t decide on a name? I’ll post some more ideas for choosing a dog name next week.