We’ve got hundreds of gorgeous black dog names for you to choose from. Check out our lists of ideas inspired by more than just coat color, along with tips for coming up with unique names for black dogs that no one else will have.
Traditional human names, cute animals, cool kit, and even the natural world can give you some great ideas. Whether you are looking for traditional names for a black dog, or off-the-wall, unique ideas, we’ve got plenty of choices for you.
Top 40 black dog names
Our top forty favorite classic black dog names include:
Read on to find out more about choosing the perfect name for your dog, or jump skip straight to the black dog names that interest you most.
- What should I name my black dog?
- Names linked with the color black
- Girl black dog names
- Boy black dog names
- Fun black dog names
- Cute names for black dogs
- Powerful black dog names
- Cartoon character names for black dogs
Best names for black dogs
Naming your dog should be fun. Having a list of dog names for black dogs to flick through can be helpful. You don’t have to think up a whole lot of names or look all over the internet. With our list of over 200 names you can be a step ahead in making this important decision. Maybe you chose this list because you’re getting a black puppy and have something in mind that’s connected to its strong black color. So that’s where we’ll kick off.
Black dog names linked with the color black
Every one of us attaches to symbolic meaning to the color black – it’s shrouded in mystery. Some of the associations are negative and dark. But black also represents power and authority, elegance and dignity, calm and protection. You’re bound to find something in the list below linking the meaning you attach to black and how you see your dog in the future.
- Night Rider
And a black dog name if he has a touch of white:
Girl names for black dogs
We tend to choose black female dog names to reflect how we feel about our pet. Psychologists believe that we’re forming closer emotional bonds with our pets now than in the past. More than ever before dogs and cats are seen as part of the family. For some people they even take the place of children – at least for a while. There are a lot of great female black dog names out there and here are a few of them.
Boy black dog names
When it comes to boy black dog names, there are tonnes of choices. A lot of these names may be short, but they’re fun and cute all at the same time. Some of the names are also associated with famous people. This includes characters in movies or series, musicians, and even royals and well-loved public figures. Popular culture has started to feature strongly in naming dogs. And they’re not always the good guys!
Fun black dog names
Some families just have that great sense of humor. They usually come up with dog names that are fun and funny. Here are some names that will get lots of smiles.
There is plenty more fun to be had in our massive funny dog names guide here! And cute dog names are also fun.
Cute names for black dogs
Little cute dog names are plentiful. Cute names should make you want to smile – if it doesn’t then it probably can’t be considered cute! Here are a bunch of choices that are sure to get grins from everyone that hears them.
And as if those weren’t sweet enough, you’ve got over 200 more cute dog name ideas here too. Cute names are usually given to smaller dogs. When you know your dog is going to be big and strong you may want to choose an extra special name.
Big black dog names
Take a look at your puppy’s paws and if they’re big then you might be looking forward to having a lovable big black dog! A powerful name will suit a big black dog. On the other side of the coin it can also be really cute when a big, sweet natured, lovable dog has a big name!
Here are more than a few fabulous choices for your giant bundle of dog love. There are names for both male and female dogs.
Like the idea of a huge name for your large dog, but not sure about those ideas? No problem! You can find 350 more awesome big dog names here. OK, so maybe you’re into finding a really cool black dog name.
Cool names for black dogs
While we have some fabulous choices, once you start thinking there are countless cool dog names. Kids are really good at coming up with cool names. If you can handle a cool name then listen to what they have to say! You just may get a name that’s awesome and a lot of fun!
Black cartoon character names for black dogs
What about naming your black dog after that cartoon character that you adore? Here are the names of some of the most popular black cartoon characters that are also perfect for a furry pet.
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.
The Importance of a Name
Bringing home a puppy is an exciting time, but it’s also one that has its ups and downs. From sleepless nights to potty training, there is a lot to consider before you take the plunge into dog ownership. But one of the things that will tie you together through those early days will be shaping your dog’s identity as a part of your family. And what has a bigger effect on a dog’s identity and the bond between you than his name?
You have a huge decision to make in coming up with a perfect name for your new puppy. After all, you dog will probably have the name for the rest of his life. Let’s have a look at a few tips before moving on to our suggestions for black dog names.
What to name a black dog?
There are a lot of black dogs out there. And of course each one needs a name as beautiful and unique as they are. There are names that are suitable for big Labradors. Others are a better fit for cute and cheerful toy dogs.
A dog’s name should be the right fit for the particular dog – and don’t forget that he won’t always be a cute bundle of fluff. A black dog’s name could reflect his or her history as a working breed, or his potential future as a show line stunner.
Further, without you realizing it, the name you choose reflects your own opinions and experiences. This is the main reason why family members might disagree while trying to come up with a name for a new pup.
Keep it simple
Whatever you choose the name needs to be easy for you to say and for him to understand. This will make calling and teaching him simpler. This means that dog names should be mostly short and sweet. Keeping it simple also makes it easy for your dog, kids and friends to form a bond. Some people think you should get to know your new dog for a few days before deciding on a name.
This gives you a chance to see their personality and get to know them a bit. But you can make your mind up based totally on your expectations, or just the things you like!
Choosing the best black dog names
There are thousands of great black dog names out there if you really start thinking and brainstorming. How about making a party out of naming a new dog!
Have some friends or family over and come up with a list. Narrow it down do the best five or ten and take a vote. And if you really can’t decide and it’s getting close to a family brawl? Put the best names in a hat and have a lucky draw.
We hope you’ve found lots of great names on this list. Also have a look at the reader’s suggestions in the comments below. We would also love to hear your own ideas for black dog names! If you need some more inspiration, we’ve got plenty of other name articles for you to take a look at!
- Coren, S. (2017) How important is your dog in your family and social life. Psychology Today.
- Coren, S. (2018) How we choose our dogs’ names. Psychology Today.
- Ranker Characters. The best black cartoon characters of all time.
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