Who doesn’t love a brown dog? From the classic chocolate Lab to the striking Newfoundland, the poodle, the fawn pug, the labradoodle, or any lovable mixed breed dog that landed a brown coat—they’re all sweet.
So how do you find a great name for your new brown dog? Consider size, look, and personality. This list has options to fit any dog, from a lovely Autumn to a strong Bear.
Many of these dog names are quite unique, while others appear in the top 100 dog names. This is only the beginning, of course. Use your imagination, have fun, and be sure to check out our other dog name articles for more ideas. Their numbers here represent their relative popularity, not their actual rank and many of these names are gender-neutral.
Brown Dog Names by Popularity
- Coco (a)
- Bruno (brown bear)
- Bean (Beans)
- Canela (cinnamon in Spanish)
- Dunkin (as in doughnuts!)
Other Brown Dog Names by Theme
- Aruna (Hindi for “reddish brown”)
- Graham (Cracker)
Sure, a brown dog named Cocoa, Topaz, or Honey is pretty cute. But you don’t have to go that route. Some of the names on Rover’s list are inspired by your dog’s colour, but not all! You don’t have to give your new puppy a name that has anything to do with their coat if you don’t want to.
Do you like the sound of a human baby name on a puppy? If so, you’re not alone. It used to be that most of us agreed on a good name for a dog. Fido, Rex, Lady: we expected generic choices. Now, however, you’re more likely to hear human names on dogs.
Our data shows that each year, dog owners increasingly turn to human names for their pets. This reflects the larger cultural trend that embraces dogs as full-on family members who deserve their own special place in our homes and hearts. Our dog love runs deep.
If you’re having trouble deciding, keep in mind that a great dog name can come from many different sources of inspiration, such as your favourite foods, books, celebrities, your heritage, or even dog breed history. For example, a chocolate Lab puppy might sport a water-inspired name like Ocean, while a Latin dog breed could carry a cute name like Coco.
Another consideration when choosing your dog’s 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 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 “Brownie, it’s time for dinner!” or “Chaco, leave it!” helps take the name out of your imagination and into reality.
When it comes to ideas for excellent dog names, we’ve got you covered. Over the years, we’ve compiled plenty of names for you to peruse—and we keep our lists updated with new dog name data each year. You can also check out our list of unique dog names, or take a look at our list of Scottish dog names, and Irish names for dogs! Have fun, use your imagination, and if you need some more name inspiration, check out our Dog Name Generator!