Cute Puppy Names – Over 200 Adorable Ideas

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Looking For Cute Puppy Names? You Have Come To The Right Place!

This article is all about shortlisting the cutest puppy names ever for your new dog.

If your pet naming style leans towards choosing sweet and pretty puppy names, this is the place for you. You’ll also find more ideas in the green box above!

But here today, we’re going to fully embrace the sweetest and most adorable puppy names we can find.

Cute puppy names

Naming a new puppy is a rare privilege, something most of us will only do very few times in our lives.

Choosing a really cute puppy dog name is a way of cementing our pets’ status as the babies of our family forever.

Cute puppy names aren’t always for everyone: sometimes one person’s endearing and perfect is another person’s saccharine and twee.

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But by the same logic, no name in the world is going to delight everyone, so if you like cute names, go for it!

Choosing really cute puppy names

So I love really cute puppy names (can you tell?), and since you’re here. you probably do too.

But we still need to set ourselves some ground rules:

  1. Lady Valentina Von Sparkles is cute. And fabulous. But it is far too long to shout out in public! Three syllables is the most we can get away with, and two is even better. This also makes things simpler when it comes to teaching your pup to come when she’s called.
  2. The name we choose needs to be cute when our dog is a puppy, but ideally it should also suit them as a lively 6 month old teenager and as a grand dog with a few gray whiskers.
  3. You are going to repeat your dog’s name a LOT. Ask yourself honestly if it will still feel cute in ten years.

The days of finding your new puppy can be a little bit tricky. From walking away from bad breeders to avoiding puppy farms, it’s a minefield!

So once you’ve found your perfect new friend from a brilliant breeder, you’ll be ready for the next step to be a bit more fun.

And with this guide, finding your cute puppy name couldn’t be easier.

Right, now let’s get stuck in. Get ready to swoon.

Cute girl puppy names

First off, ultra-girly names are a big trend for people and puppies alike at the moment.

Soft and feminine sounding, these names are perfect for a gentle puppy who’s sure to be ladylike when she grows up, even if she spends half the day biting your ankles right now!

  • Amelia
  • Isabella
  • Charlotte
  • Chloe
  • Phoebe
  • Margo
  • Tilly
  • Alice
  • Pearl
  • Delilah (could be shortened to Dee Dee)
  • Tessa
  • Emily
  • Mila
  • Aria
  • Vivienne (Vivi for short)
  • Zola
  • Felicity
  • Kate
  • Faith
  • Molly

None of those take your fancy. Check out hundreds more great female dog name ideas here.

Cute boy puppy names

Before we get stuck in a trap of thinking that cute names are reserved for girl puppies only, let me stop you right there with some epically cute boy puppy names too.

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Adorable but not embarrassing, these names will befit a cuddly puppy, and a handsome grown dog:

  • Lucky
  • Louie
  • Nano
  • Theo
  • Archie
  • Sparky
  • Zip
  • Tommy
  • Titch
  • Pumpkin
  • Whisper
  • Smudge
  • Happy
  • Pickle
  • Rocket
  • Rudy (because you could call them Rude the Dude, every day)
  • Blue
  • Prince
  • Hero
  • Charming

Not quite set on this lot? No problem! Find loads of more amazing ideas just for the boys in this list.

Cute girl puppy names – unique ideas

Searching for a unique puppy name can be something of a double-edged sword.

On the one hand, you’ll be able to call them in the park and only your dog will come back to you.

best heated dog bedOn the other, you might end up repeating yourself every time someone asks their name.

These names will stand out at your puppy’s obedience training classes for all the right reasons:

  • Emerald (could be shortened to Emmie)
  • Petra
  • Millicent (Millie for short)
  • Trixie
  • Rue
  • Esme
  • Zuzu
  • Cilla
  • Angelica
  • Clementine
  • Peach
  • Lula
  • Gigi
  • Celine
  • Nancy
  • Calypso
  • Juno (in the film Juno, her dad shortens Juno to Junebug, which is even cuter!)
  • Rosalind (could be shortened to Rosa)
  • Naomi
  • Velvet
  • Savannah
  • Madigan (an Irish name meaning little dog!)

Cute male puppy names – unique ideas

There’s never going to be another puppy quite like your puppy ever again.

A cute, unique puppy name is a fun way to celebrate his one-of-a-kindness.

And here we some really cute puppy names for the irresistible boy puppy in your life:

  • Albie
  • Finn
  • Mouse
  • Bear
  • Beau
  • Gus
  • Tommy
  • Billy
  • Pip
  • Angel
  • Freddie
  • Arthur
  • Tobie
  • Arlo
  • Jesse
  • Moose
  • Spud
  • Cirrus
  • Nimbus
  • Halo

Unique names are a huge untapped resource just waiting to be found. And we’ve got even more of them in this exclusively unusual dog names list.

Sweet puppy names

Puppies are fluffy and giddy, and fit into small spaces like shoes and plant pots.

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Only a total ogre doesn’t think puppies are one of the sweetest things ever.

Here are some names which are as sweet as a newborn puppy:

  • Button
  • Fudge
  • Candy
  • Flossie
  • Gumdrop
  • Pudding
  • Popsicle
  • Popcorn – especially good for a lively dog!
  • Coco
  • Smidge
  • Squirtle
  • Rainbow
  • Sunday
  • Juniper
  • Sunshine
  • Jellybean
  • Buttercup
  • Cookie

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You can, of course, go for all-out, completely over the top cuteness, and just own it.

Now I might be biased (I know a lovely Whippet called Tinker Bell), but I can totally get on board with this approach.

These names aren’t going to be for everybody, and they might raise eyebrows at first.

But most names grow on people with time, and if you choose one of these then it won’t be long before people think no more of it.

  • Zarina
  • Minnie
  • Mirabelle
  • Baby
  • Pollina (could be shortened to Polly)
  • Celeste
  • Missy
  • Princess
  • Periwinkle (could be shortened to Peri)
  • Buddy-Boo
  • Tallulah
  • Squiggle
  • Munchkin
  • Honey
  • Loulabel
  • Bambi
  • Pippity
  • Glitterbug
  • Pompom
  • Cupcake
  • Nymphadora (a character in Harry Potter, could be Dora for short!)

Super cute puppy names from books and films

Speaking of Harry Potter, books, films, comics, theater and television are great places to look for cute naming inspiration.

Here are just a few sweet puppy name suggestions – some are from dogs, some are from other animals, and some are human characters.

For the girls I bring you:

  • Lady (Lady and the Tramp)
  • Nala (The Lion King)
  • Saphira (Eragon)
  • Agnes (Despicable Me)
  • Tiana (The Princess and the Frog)
  • Half-pint (Laura Ingalls Wilder’s nickname in Little House on the Prairie)
  • Lyra (the His Dark Materials trilogy)
  • Scout (To Kill a Mockingbird)
  • Betty (Boop)
  • Peppa (Pig)
  • And for the boys:
  • Rowlf (The Muppets)
  • Snowy (Tintin)
  • Romeo (Romeo & Juliet)
  • Dobby (the Harry Potter series)
  • Albus (Dumbledore, the Harry Potter series)
  • Comet (Full House)
  • Marcel (Friends)
  • Shaggydog (Game of Thrones)
  • Baloo (The Jungle Book)
  • Wilbur (Babe)

Going with your favorite movie character can be a great way to find a name that suits your puppy.

You also have the added bonus of combining a cute dog name with one that is seriously cool. Or funny!

Pretty puppy names

All puppies are pretty. Maybe it’s nature’s way of helping their families through the teething stage and the trials of potty training!

And nature is a great source of delicate and dainty puppy names, and nature has inspired a lot of the names in this next section.

These names are perfect for a puppy who’s as pretty as a picture.

  • Blossom
  • Petal
  • Rosie
  • Milly
  • Daisy
  • Florence
  • Sweetpea
  • Carina
  • Aurora
  • Misty
  • Harmony
  • Bliss
  • Haven
  • Ariel
  • Paloma
  • Yara
  • Melody
  • Venus
  • Daphne
  • Ophelia (could be shortened to Fifi)

And because boys can be pretty too, let’s not forget these:

  • Tristan
  • Jude
  • Gabriel
  • Jem
  • Leo
  • Auberon

Your pretty puppy can also be given a name to match their gorgeous fur coat.

You can find some adorable black dog names and some wonderful chocolate dog names in these lists.

Cute female puppy names (and some cute male puppy names)

Anyone who’s paid attention to naming trends over the last decade will know that using girls’ names with an -ie ending has been hugely popular. In some years it was practically the law.

And guess what? Names ending in an -ie sound are really cute!

Just look at these examples:

  • Gracie
  • Ellie
  • Elvie
  • Cassie
  • Nellie
  • Bonnie
  • Pixie
  • Sylvie
  • Sophie
  • Sadie
  • Maggie
  • Goldie
  • Annie
  • Jessie
  • Otillie
  • Eadie

And these examples are charming unisex names too:

  • Eddie
  • Frankie
  • Bobbie
  • Jamie
  • Charlie
  • Georgie

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And finally, there are words, sounds and names which just ooze cuteness, so here are the best of the rest:

  • Twinkle
  • Thimble
  • Serendipity
  • Limerence (this amazing word describes the feeling of being in infatuated love!)
  • Bumble
  • Dreamer
  • Furbert
  • Bug
  • Christmas
  • Fluffy
  • Pipsqueak
  • Smush
  • Bertie
  • Noodle
  • Bing
  • Tiggy
  • Muttnik
  • Sparkle
  • Sausage
  • Boodle

Best cute puppy names

The best cute puppy names are ones that make you go “awwww” when they’re a tumbling puppy. But also grow with them as they make the journey to adult dog-hood.

That said, naming a puppy could be a good opportunity to use a name that you might have talked yourself out of giving to a child!

There are some really cute puppy names to choose from here, and I hope you have fun trying them out.

Please let us know what name you choose for your bundle of fun in the comments section below!

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Sarah Holloway holds a bachelors degree in Zoology and has a special interest in animal behavior and communication


  1. Im soooo stuck. I have a medium brown male puppy, with cute green eyes. I’ve Had him for over a week and STILL can’t pick a name. They have soooo many awesome girl names but I’m not feeling many of the boy names. I want a cute sounding name and not any people names. Can any help me plzzzzz?????

  2. Yikes this is harder than I thought it would be. I’m going to get my tiny little chihuahua today and I cannot think of a name for her. She is all black and so adorable. She will only weigh about 5 pounds full grown. I’m so excited, but can’t believe NONE of the above names jumped out at me 🙁