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From the playful Dalmatian to the regal Siberian husky, there’s something about a black-and-white dog that tugs at our heartstrings in a major way. We can’t get enough of these beauties! And don’t forget all the lovable mixed-breed dogs that were lucky enough to land the black-and-white coat genes.
If you’re planning on adding a black-and-white pup to your household, you’ll need a dog name that’s as fabulous as he is. We’ve done the grunt work for you by compiling this list of the most creative, unique, and timeless names for black-and-white dogs.
We’ve got names that will suit a wide variety of dogs, from a charming Dot to a theatrical Chaplain. We handpicked these names by consulting dog name trends and examining our massive Rover.com database of dog names.
The Best Black & White Dog Names
Many of these dog names are gender-neutral. “Freckles,” for instance, could work equally well for a male or a female pup.
- Almond Joy
- Betty (Boop)
- Cookies n’ Cream
- Dot (Dotty)
- Garbo (black and white film star)
- Hemera (Greek goddess of day and night)
- Holstein (the cow)
- Junior Mint
- Kiss (the band)
- Nyx (God of the night)
- Odette or Odile (the black and white swans from Swan Lake)
- Peanuts (in honor of Snoopy!)
- Pepe (le pew!)
- Perdita (the mother of 101 Dalmatians)
- Rocky (Raccoon!)
- Salt n’ Pepper
- Socks or Sox
- Storm or Stormy
- Tuxedo (Tux)
- Whoopie (pie)
Do Black & White Dogs Need a Themed Name?
Of course not! When it comes to naming your black-and-white dog, you’re limited only by your imagination. Sure, you can go with something expected, like “Oreo” or “Panda,” but don’t feel confined to one topic. If themes aren’t your thing, you can go in an entirely different direction- which is why some of the names on this list have nothing to do with your dog’s coat colour.
Here are some other things to consider when choosing your new black-and-white dog’s name.
People Names for Dogs
Do you like the sound of a human name for a puppy? If so, you’re not alone. Our data shows that every year, more dog owners are turning to human names for their pets. These days you’re more likely to run into a “Sophie” or “Claude” than a “Fido” or “Rex” at the local dog park.
This reflects the larger cultural trend that embraces dogs as full-fledged family members who deserve their own special place in our homes and hearts. There’s no doubt about it—our dog-love runs deep.
More Dog Naming Advice
If you’re having difficulty deciding on a name, keep in mind that inspiration can come from many sources. Consider your favourite foods, books, celebrities, or even your heritage.
Another thing to consider when choosing your dog’s name? Dog training. When you’re teaching your new puppy to respond to commands like sit, stay, or come, you want to be sure their name isn’t a source of confusion. To put it simply: avoid puppy names that sound like a common dog training cue, such as “Bit,” which could easily be misheard as “sit.”
Of course, what matters most is that the dog name makes you smile. The best names for dogs are ones that bring joy to the owners.
We’re fans of the “backdoor test” for dog name selection. It’s exactly what it sounds like: stand at the back door and call out your new dog’s potential name. Saying “Pepe, it’s time for dinner!” or “Presley, leave it!” helps take the name out of your imagination and into reality. If you still like the name when it’s become more tangible, you might have a winner on your hands.
More Dog Names
Good luck, have fun, and be sure to check out our other lists of dog names. As animal lovers through and through, we’re fascinated by current pet-naming trends, and we love searching our data to discover quirky choices and unique twists on old classics. Over the years, we’ve compiled plenty of names for you to peruse—and we keep our lists updated with new data each year.
To start, check out our list of Canada’s Top Dog Names, and then jump over to unique dog names for an interesting contrast. We’ve also got articles covering the top Japanese dog names, the cutest dog names, the coolest dog names, the best names for large breed dogs, and many more!