Black Dog Names

Black dog names

Your new black puppy deserves a name as awesome as they are. My Labrador and Cocker Spaniel mad family have named a lot of black dogs over the years. Our preference for puppies of any fur color is short, snappy human names. 

Our black dog names have included Jack, Ted, Tig and Molly. All traditional monikers with no reference to fur color. Yet each time we adopt a new black puppy, we do the same dance. Running through name ideas that match their cool coat and perfect personality. 

Your new furry friend deserves the best name possible. I hope you’ll love these themed lists!

Top 40 Black Dog Names

  • Shadow
  • Jet
  • Raven
  • Guiness
  • Ember
  • Liquorice
  • Ebony
  • Midnight
  • Zorro
  • Coal
  • Dusk
  • Bear
  • Pitch
  • Crow
  • Inky
  • Storm
  • Voodoo
  • Treacle
  • Nightshade
  • Panther
  • Pepsi
  • Espresso
  • Mamba
  • Sooty
  • Cinders
  • Ash
  • Thunder
  • Blackie
  • Twiglet
  • Nero
  • Bullet
  • Goth

Best Names for Black Dogs

Naming your dog should be fun. This list of dog names for black dogs will help you to avoid the brain ache and hours trawling the internet. There are over 200 names here, putting you a step ahead with your decision.

Names That Mean Black

Names That Mean Black

You want your puppy to have a name that celebrates their black coat? Names that mean dark are a great way of giving your black puppy a special name. 

There is a symbolic meaning to the color black. It’s shrouded in mystery. Some associations are negative and dark, but black also represents power, authority, elegance, dignity, calm and protection. 

Knowing the meaning behind your related color name will help you pick the right one for your black puppy.

  • Ebony
  • Dusky
  • Inky
  • Storm
  • Zorro
  • Graphite
  • Morticia
  • Liquorice
  • Jet
  • Boss
  • Zulu
  • Pitchy
  • Batsho
  • Moor
  • Villain
  • Blackster
  • Monk
  • Coalface
  • Diablo
  • Prince
  • Night Rider
  • Knight
  • Sir
  • Miner
  • Limousine

And black and white dog names for pups with pale markings:

  • Domino
  • Panda
  • Bishop
  • Friar
  • Cookie
  • Spotty
  • Raven

People names for dogs make great girl names and boy names for black dogs.

Girl Names for Black Dogs

Psychologists agree our bonds with our dogs are stronger than ever. Dogs and cats are seen as part of the family, you might well feel like your new puppy is a new son or daughter to you.

Dog names can reflect how we feel about our pets. These female black dog names highlight how close you are to your new buddy.

  • Sherry
  • Kali
  • Cindy
  • Sadie
  • Trudy
  • Grace
  • Aurora
  • Sarah
  • Abby
  • Liz
  • Candy
  • Susan
  • Rose
  • Lily
  • Kate
  • Katherine
  • Sonya
  • Darlene
  • Yolanda
  • Vilma
  • Georgina
  • Christine
  • Nancy
  • Yasmin
  • Britney.

Girl dog names for black dogs are sweet or sour. You can find a huge range of girl puppy names in this fun list.

Black Dog Names - 200 plus names for your black dog.

Boy Black Dog Names

There are tonnes of short, fun and cute choices for boy black dog names. This list has famous inspiration points, including characters in movies or series, musicians, royals and public figures. Popular culture features strongly in naming dogs, and not just after the good guys!

  • Jasper
  • Jake
  • Jeb
  • Rosco
  • Ernie
  • Elmo
  • Tony
  • Nate
  • Cree
  • Cobb
  • Bart
  • Jerry
  • Johnny
  • Paul
  • Boris
  • Zander
  • Brad
  • Trent
  • Cooper
  • Kent
  • Silas
  • Franklin
  • Sam/Sammie
  • Raymond.

Did you want something slightly more fun for your dog? We’ve got some amusing and adorable dog names to come.

black dog names - fun ideas

Fun Ideas

Does your family have a great sense of humor? These dog names will raise a bunch of smiles.

  • Goob
  • Reeces
  • Juicy
  • Blondie
  • Hershey
  • Chicken
  • Jersey
  • Muddy
  • Mosley
  • Tater
  • Topper
  • Foo
  • Knobby
  • Fancy
  • Ford
  • Trouble
  • Chancellor
  • Lager
  • Guinness
  • Boss
  • Stick
  • Berry
  • Daisy
  • Bevis
  • Tipsy

Our massive dog names guide has even more fun ideas. 

Cute Names for Black Dogs

Cute Names for Black Dogs

Cute dog names make you grin until your face hurts. These choices will make everyone you meet say awwwww.

  • Chippy
  • Kaluha
  • Brownie
  • Morris
  • Sweetie
  • Cookie
  • Shandy
  • Lori
  • Lawna
  • Twizzler
  • Madison
  • Thumbelina
  • Toodles
  • Zippie
  • Flea
  • Daisy
  • Tippy
  • Skippy
  • Prancer
  • Alice
  • Fiona
  • Frannie

Large dogs are cute too!

Big Black Dog Names - Great name ideas for you large black dog.

Big Black Dog Names

Your Newfie, St Bernard or Great Dane is still darned sweet. If your pup has big paws they’re likely to grow into a super sized adult dog. 

Powerful names suit big black dogs with loveable natures. Your giant bundle of puppy loveliness will appreciate a name that celebrates their massively great characteristics.

  • Brandon
  • Ragnar
  • Odin
  • Zeus
  • Thor
  • Zena
  • Ben
  • Fin
  • Cujo
  • Al
  • King
  • Bear
  • Athena
  • Helen
  • Ava
  • Tank
  • Hugo
  • Diego
  • Victor
  • Truman
  • Trent
  • Cosmos
  • Roth
  • Fallon
  • Mercedes
  • Nero
  • Bosco
  • Caleb
  • Fjodor
  • Jabu
  • Flare
Black Dog Names - These cool names sound rad, but we all see awesome by different degrees.

Cool Ways To Get Inspired

These cool names sound rad, but we all see awesome by different degrees. If you want something uniquely street cred heightening, ask a kid. It sounds crazy, but children can have some off-the-wall ideas that sound rocking.

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  • Muttly
  • Knut
  • Barkley
  • Tanner
  • Stout
  • Barker
  • Bowser
  • Sierra
  • Fleur
  • Speck
  • Dandy
  • Eddie
  • Leroy
  • Ronnie
  • Adriel
  • Ariel
  • Brantley
  • Chandler
  • Chance
  • Mason
  • Josh
  • Tom
  • Chopper
  • Eli
  • Colton
  • Jordan
  • Shadow
  • Nooner
  • Hank

And talking about cool black dog names – what about popular black cartoon characters?

Unique Black Dog Names - Maybe you're someone that likes to think outside the box and not go along with the crowd. Here are some black dog names that not many dogs have.

Unique Black Dog Names

Maybe you’re someone that likes to think outside the box and not go along with the crowd. Here are some black dog names that not many dogs have.

  • Crowe
  • Elvis
  • Gracie
  • Grover
  • Landis
  • Loki
  • Larson
  • Tilly
  • Digger
  • Drover
  • Texas
  • Jackson
  • Dylan
  • Hunter
  • Cash
  • Bailey
  • Iris
  • Bandy
  • Bandit
  • Washington
  • Chomp
  • Champ
  • Tara
  • Mullet
  • Hoth
  • Hoss
  • Hal
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  1. I’m adopting a designer mix, made up of a Havanese, Yorkie and Poodle. He’s adorable and mostly black with a bit of white on his chin and chest. I think “Shadow” will suit the little guy.

    • I lost my black lab Shadow 10 yrs ago & still miss him so. Funny that I am giving Kai as my dog’s middle name & then I see your post. Hunter Kai

  2. I had 13 dogs: 12 Labs, 1 poodle. Labs: Jahn Dog (blk), Nora (blk), Missy (choc), Misty (blk), Buddy (choc), Baby (blk), Coco (choc), Maggie Mae (blk), Tonka (blk), Nemo (blk), Rascal (blk), Teal (blk). Poodle: Moe (silver grey). They were the best companions, miss them all to this day…..

  3. I had a black male lab named (Sully).. I loved him so much and miss him everyday. I also had a black female lab named (Sadie) but I always called her Sadie May. I miss both my babies so very much

    • This is such a trippy comment… I had a brown boxer lab mix named spanky when I was younger and you posted this on my birthdate 👀🤯

  4. My in-laws and I had sister black lab/golden retriever mix pups that were almost entirely black… they named their pup “Ebony” and we named ours “Kenya”. They were good girls.

  5. After having a few black labs in my life I decided to find a name that fit my black lab sheperd mix, I have used Katy, Shadow, Tammy, Sheba, Dakota and Ringo. They all had good long lines with Dakota going 14 years, and yes I’m old. After researching for a few days I came up with a name that I think fit her great and is somewhat unique. Its Ciara! Pronounced like Sierra but spelled different. In Ireland its definition is Dark haired one. A common name there and I think fitting for a female black Lab puppy. Anyway might not matter to anyone but her and I but it works for me.

  6. We had a girl puppy who we named Tuppeney ,as in Tuppeney. We were lucky to have her for 15 yrs lpved her to bits from the moment we set eyes on her.

  7. I have two black labs, which I LOVE with all my heart!!! The first one is named: WINSTON and the other one is named: JEFFERSON.

  8. My 1st and only female: Onyx (my first black lab – got me hooked)
    2nd Male: Ranger (my son was into Power Rangers)
    3rd Male: Westley (the “man in black” or the “dread pirate Roberts” from the Princess Bride)