Female dog names can be hard to choose from. Whether it’s a girly name, something edgy or a creative standout, it’s got to be perfect. Choosing the best dog name, like choosing the perfect dog sitter, is a fun and important task for every pet parent.
Luckily, we’ve rounded up some great options for you. From Abbie to Zoe and everything in between, we’ve got the scoop on girl dog names here at Rover.com. After all, we’ve got the nation’s largest database of dog names to work with. Start with the top 100 below, and then go deeper with our collection of dog name lists. The perfect name for your dog is out there!
100 Most Popular Female Dog Names
Most Unique Female Dog Names
Least common female names from Rover’s dog name database
Tough Female Dog Names
If you want a dog name with a little more, well, backbone, these tough choices should do the trick. And if you want a name that also works for boy dogs, look no further than the gender-neutral picks here. Harley, Ronan, Shadow—they all work just as well as female puppy names, we’d say.
- Indi / Indy
- Finley / Finn
- Stormy / Storm
Place and Nature Names for Dogs
If you love Paris, why not name your dog for the City of Lights? Plenty of pet owners agree. Place names for dogs are on the rise, along with plant, landscape, and gemstone names, all pulled from the natural world. These ten names made the top 100 female dog names this year.
Why Do So Many Female Dog Names End in “Y” or “Ie”?
We’re seeing that many popular dog names are two syllables and end with a singsong “eee” sound, whether the name is spelled with a “y,” an “ie,” an “eigh,” or an “ee,” or any variation thereof.
In fact, a whopping seven out of ten from the most popular girl dog names in our data end with this sound! It’s easy to understand why. Names like Sunny or Katie are easy to call out and they come with a built-in warmth and friendliness we associate with our dogs.
The most popular of these names include Lucy, Daisy, Sadie, Molly, Bailey, Maggie and Sophie. Other great dog names ending in -y or similar include:
- Zoey or Zoe
Choosing the Right Female Dog Name
Are you still uncertain about which dog name to choose? You’re not alone. Some dog owners just know their pet is a Bailey or Lucy as soon as they make eye contact, but many others need time to try out various options. If you’re having trouble deciding, keep in mind that a 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 French bulldog puppy might sport a French-inspired name like Chloe, while a Latin dog breed like the Chihuahua might be perfect for a 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.” Many dog experts recommend choosing a name with at least two syllables and a sing-song or vowel sound at the end.
Of course, what matters most is that the dog name you choose rolls off your tongue with ease. You’ll want to select a name that you feel comfortable repeating because you’ll be saying it…a lot. Your dog’s name should 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 “Rose, it’s time for dinner!” or “Sally, leave it!” helps take the name out of your imagination and into reality.
And once you have that perfect name for your gal, show it off with a customised collar.
Get Your Dog Name
Find out what your name would be if you’d been born a dog: try Rover’s Dog Name Generator. We’ll crunch the numbers, comparing baby name rankings from your birth year to give you a dog name of equal popularity. Give it a whirl!
The Bottom Line
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.
To start, check out our list of the most popular names of 2018, and then jump over to unique dog names to see the contrast. But that’s only the beginning. We’ve got articles covering top Irish choices, Scottish dog names, small dog names, and many more.
How to choose? To start, check out our guide to picking the perfect dog name.
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