Some tips for deciding on the right name

Here are our some useful tips in choosing a name for your dog or cat. Please remember that the pet-name you choose will be used dozens of times a day to call, praise and perhaps scold.

  • Pick a name that the pet can easily recognise. Animals respond better to one or two syllable names.
  • Waiting a few days to study your pets behaviour can help pick the right name.
  • Pick a name that will grow with the pet. For example "Kitten" may be less appropriate for a full grown cat.
  • Choose a name that's both easy to call out and one that you are happy calling out.
  • For dogs avoid names that sound like the standard commands of No, Stay, Sit, Come, Down or Fetch. For example "Mo" is probably too close to "No". It can be difficult for dogs to tell the difference between similar sounding words.
  • If choosing a long name keep in mind the shortened version. A long name will inevitably be shortened, but it may ruin the effect that you were originally looking for.
  • The pet's breed heritage can provide some useful inspiration. For example Orientals ( Siamese and Burmese) , German (Shepherds, Dachshunds and Schnauzers), French (Poodle), Scottish (Terriers), or Irish (Wolfhounds and Setters).


If you looking for a popular name you can also browse our list of popular dog and cat names.