There are no rules about puppy naming – it’s totally up to you. But before you start brainstorming, there are a few things to bear in mind.
First off, it has been proven that dogs react better to a name with the “ie” or “y” sound at the end.
Second, shorter really is better. A name of three syllables or more can become a bit of a mouthful, and some owners find themselves using them in full only when their dog’s being naughty.
So, one or two syllables is ideal. And if you opt for two syllables, think about what that may be shortened to. You want to be comfortable hearing it used around the home or shouting it across a park.
You may also wish to consider what their future nicknames may be – what rhymes with their real name or sounds similar. It’s not unheard of for owners to decide against a real name because of its potential for rude or awkward nicknames.
How does it sound next to your surname? Vets and groomers will refer to them by their first name and your surname, perhaps calling them out in the waiting room.
It’s also a good idea to try and find a name that’s not too close to someone in your family, especially if you have children. It can avoid confusion all round, and even offence.
Lastly, a good tip is to say the name over and over out loud to yourself to see how if it rolls off the tongue easily. If it does, it’ll be a boon when it comes to puppy training.
If you find yourself struggling, baby name finder websites are a great resource. You might get inspired by thinking along certain themes or by exploring countries or languages in your family heritage. Favourite characters from films and TV have inspired many a pet name, and some find themselves naming a puppy after a beloved dog from their childhood.
However you approach it, take your time, involve the rest of your family – and don’t forget, this is the fun bit!
Once you’ve chosen, do let the breeder know. They can start using it, helping tour new pup to get used to his or her new name.