Always recognizable, the mild-mannered basset hound is beloved for its long velvety ears, expressive eyes, and wrinkled brow. They’re also celebrated for their unmatched ability to track scents (well, unmatched aside from the bloodhound). Loyal and agreeable, the basset makes a lovable addition to any family. We’ve rounded up the most popular basset hound names of the year from our enormous Rover.com database of dog names nationwide. Did your dog’s name make the list?
Looking for a dog name for your new basset hound puppy or adopted family member? Have fun, use your imagination, and be sure to check out other ideas from our wide selection of dog name lists.
The 105 Most Popular Basset Hound Names
- Lilly / Lily
- Beau / Bo
- Zoey / Zoe
- Roxy / Roxie
- Riley / Rylee
- Blue / Blu
- Remi / Remy
Top 10 Female Basset Hound Names
- Lilly / Lily
Top 10 Male Basset Hound Names
- Beau / Bo
Basset Hound Name Trends
It’s pretty clear that the basset hound’s incredible tracking ability has affected the names chosen for them. On this list, you’ll find plenty of names that bring to mind old detective novels or movies—from Sherlock (duh), to monikers like Dudley, Marley, Buster, and Walter. Or maybe it’s just that their wrinkled brow makes them look like lovable old men. Whatever the reason, you’ll see a lot more names like Frank, Rufus, Fred, and Otis on this list than for any other breed.
Names related to colors show up more often among basset hounds, too, with Copper, Hazel, Blu/Blue, and Honey ranking a bit higher in this dog group than in the general population of dogs.
Basset Hound Name Advice
If you’re having trouble deciding, keep in mind that great basset hound names can come from many different sources of inspiration, such as your favorite foods, books, celebrities, your heritage, or even dog breed history. For example, your puppy might sport the name of a famous character like Snoopy or a food-themed moniker like Oreo.
Another consideration when choosing your basset hound name? Dog training. This is of particular importance for puppies. When you’re teaching your new dog to respond to commands like sit, stay, or come, you’ll want to be sure their name isn’t a source of confusion. In other words, 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 you choose rolls off your tongue. The best basset hound names will make you happy. We’re fans of the “backdoor test” for dog name selection. It’s pretty much what it sounds like: stand at the back door and call out your new dog‘s potential name. Saying “Dexter, it’s time for dinner!” or “Olive, leave it!” helps take the name out of your imagination and into reality.
All Dog Names, All the Time
As dog lovers through and through here at Rover, we find dog names absolutely fascinating, and we love searching our data on the topic to discover hot trends, quirky choices, and unique twists on 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.