You’ve added a pug to your family! Congratulations! Now it’s time to give your new little buddy a name. Naming a pug is a big responsibility. It will be a word that you’ll use over and over for years to come. Here are a few tips on picking the best name for your pug.
How to Name Your Pug
Pick a name that you like! You’ll be using it a lot, so make sure you enjoy the sound of it.
Pick a name with one or two syllables. Long names will trip up your dog, and might be annoying to say over and over.
Avoid offensive, tacky or embarrassing names. Chances are you’ll have to say your dog’s name in front of children, at the vet or in public.
Don’t choose a name that sounds like a command. This might confuse your dog when it comes time to training them. It will be hard for them to decipher the difference between “Kit” and “sit,” or “Ray” and “stay.”
Practice repeating the name over a few days before settling on it. When I first adopted Boogie, I wanted to name him after a chimpanzee I loved. The name, “Louzolo,” was difficult for people to say. After two days of hearing people say “huh?” and “what?” every time I shared his name, I decided it was best to pick something simpler.
Long names need nicknames. If you’ve decided to give your dog a long name, like Sir Carlton Fluffbutt III, make sure there’s a simplified version that you like. Shorter names will allow your dog to respond quicker and will be easier to say.
What about re-naming? If you’ve adopted an adult dog who already knows their name, either keep their name the same, or change it to one that sounds similar. For example, “Dolly” can be changed to “Molly,” or “Bella” can become “Ella.”
Teach your dog their name. You can teach your dog to respond to their name by associating it with good things. Call them by their name and give them a treat when they look at you. Repeat this, so they’ll learn that responding to their name is a good thing. Remember, a name is more of a cue word to a dog than a personal identifier.
Here’s a list of names by category, in case you want to jump ahead:
Popular Pug Names
Pug Names Starting with A
Pug Names Starting with B
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Pug Names Starting with D
Pug Names Starting with E
Pug Names Starting with F
Pug Names Starting with G
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Pug Names Starting with I
Pug Names Starting with J
Pug Names Starting with K
Pug Names Starting with L
Pug Names Starting with M
Pug Names Starting with N
Pug Names Starting with O
Pug Names Starting with P
Pug Names Starting with Q
Pug Names Starting with R
Pug Names Starting with S
Pug Names Starting with T
Pug Names Starting with U
Pug Names Starting with V
Pug Names Starting with W
Pug Names Starting with X
Pug Names Starting with Y
Pug Names Starting with Z
Basco – the favorite pug of Queen Elizabeth II.
Chester Ludlow – the first and only pug to receive an MBA online from Rochville University.
Diamond – one of the Duke of Windsor’s favorite pugs.
Dizzy – one of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s favorite pugs. Other favorites included Davy Crockett, Winston and Trooper.
Doug – the social media star.
Fortune – the pug of Napoleon Bonaparte’s wife Josephine.
Leonard – Robin William’s pug.
Missy – one of the pugs belonging to Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
Mops – Marie-Antoinette’s pug.
Oliver – one of the pugs belonging to Italian designer Valentino, for which he named his famous line of shirts and cardigans. Other favorites included Molly and her offspring Margot, Maude, Maggie, Monty and Milton.
Pompey – the official dog of the House of Orange. He saved Prince William of Holland’s life.
Punch – another pug belonging to Harriet Beecher Stowe. Winston Churchill also had a pug named Punch.
Trump – English artist William Hogarth’s pug. He painted his famous self-portrait featuring Trump.
Bert – from the TV Show Lady Dynamite.
Blueberry – from the TV Show Lady Dynamite.
Frank – from the movie Men in Black, Men in Black II, and Men in Black 3.
J.B. – from Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Mel – from The Secret Life of Pets.
Otis – from the movie The Adventures of Milo and Otis.
Patrick – from the movie Patrick.
Percy – from Disney’s Pocahantas.
Precious – from The Nut Job.
Rufus – from Breakin’ All The Rules.
Sandwiches – from the TV Show You’re The Worst.
Rosy – from Pug Pals.
Sunny – from Pug Pals.
Lily / Lilly
Zoey / Zoe
Did we miss any names? Let us know in the comments.
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