Dog Names That Start With B

dog names that start with b

I love dog names that start with B! Bella, Ben, Beauty, Biffy, Buddy, Byron! The choices are endless. Maybe too endless…. naming your new puppy can be overwhelming after all. The attempts to stay original, whilst still being palatable enough to shout it out at the dog park…

This bumper collection of dog names that start with B has all the inspiration you can possibly need for continuing a tradition of B pet names, or perhaps naming the puppies in your second ever litter. Today I’ll share trending to classic, modern to pop culture names that will hit the perfect mark.

To help you name your baby puppy, I’ve organized them into themed names lists. We’ll focus on dog names that start with B that are short, mostly two or three syllables. And words that have harsh consonants and slow vowel sounds, to make it easier for your dog to learn their name and come when they are called.


Dog names starting with B can be old-fashioned or modern, traditional or quirky. Giving all your dogs names that start with B can be a fun tradition that links the pets in your present with the pets in your past and your future. If you’re lucky enough to be naming a whole litter, then choosing a single initial (like Guide Dogs of America do for their litters) is a sweet tribute to their relationship.

Whatever your reason for seeking B names, we can’t believe you won’t fall in love with at least one of the options coming up!

Traditional girl dog names that start with B

Traditional and old fashioned names are a popular source of inspiration for people naming a new dog. Perhaps it’s because these names all evoke a strong sense of character! We think these girl names that start with B would be sweet and charming on any puppy.

  • Barbara
  • Beatrix
  • Belinda
  • Belva
  • Bernice
  • Bertha
  • Beryl
  • Bessie
  • Beth
  • Betsey
  • Betty
  • Beulah
  • Beverley
  • Blanche
  • Bonita
  • Brenda
  • Bridget

Traditional boy dog names that start with B

Some of these boys’ names that start with B were popular for humans right back at the turn of the 20th century. We think they have an irresistible old time quality about them.

  • Barney
  • Bartholemew
  • Basil
  • Benedict
  • Benjamin
  • Bernard
  • Bert
  • Bill
  • Bob
  • Boyce
  • Boyd
  • Bradley
  • Branson
  • Brendan
  • Brian
  • Broderick
  • Bryant
  • Buck
  • Bud
  • Buford
dog names that start with b

Popular girl dog names that start with B

These names for dogs that start with B are all popular right now. If you pick one of these, you’ll be showing the world that you’ve got your finger firmly on the pulse of current naming trends.

  • Beatrice
  • Beauty
  • Bella
  • Belle
  • Bethany
  • Bexley
  • Bianca
  • Birdie
  • Blakely
  • Bonnie
  • Braelynn
  • Brianna
  • Briella
  • Brittany
  • Brooke
  • Brynlee
  • Brynn

Popular boy dog names that start with B

Here are some of the most used boy names that start with B today. Some of them, like Benji and Buddy, are never not popular for dogs – they’re timeless classics which we predict will never go out of style.

  • Banks
  • Barrett
  • Beau
  • Beckett
  • Beckham
  • Benji
  • Bennett
  • Benson
  • Bentley
  • Bodhi
  • Boone
  • Bowen
  • Brady
  • Brandon
  • Brantley
  • Braxton
  • Brayden
  • Braylen
  • Briggs
  • Brody
  • Bryson
  • Buddy
  • Buster
  • Butch

Unisex dog names that start with B

Next we’ve got a nod to a popular naming trend of the 21st century – genderless names. These names for dogs that start with B can all be used for boys and girls.

  • Babel
  • Bae
  • Bailey
  • Baylor
  • Bellamy
  • Berlin
  • Billie
  • Bingo
  • Birkin
  • Blake
  • Bobbie
  • Bo
  • Bounce
  • Brandy
  • Briar
  • Brooklyn
  • Bunny
  • Burma

Cool dog names that start with B

Finding cool names that start with B for dogs is easy. Choosing just one that you like more than all the rest is much harder! Your puppy is bound to impress with one of these monikers:

  • Babka
  • Baptiste
  • Baron
  • Beauregard
  • Benicia
  • Benson
  • Bexley
  • Bing
  • Blade
  • Blaze
  • Bliss
  • Boris
  • Boston
  • Bowie
  • Brave
  • Brixton
  • Brock
  • Brodie
  • Bronte
  • Bruce
  • Bryce
  • Byron

Our next category of names is only for those dog owners comfortable standing out from the crowd…

Unusual dog names that start with B

These unusual names that start with B are highly unlikely to belong to any other pooches in the dog park. Which means when you call your dog back to you, you’re not likely to end up with anyone else’s dog as well (which is good – take from it someone who owns a dog called Max!)

  • Banjo
  • Bathsheba
  • Becca
  • Berry
  • Bettany
  • Biba
  • Bibi
  • Bishop
  • Bjorn
  • Bliss
  • Boden
  • Booker
  • Boone
  • Bozo
  • Bramwell
  • Brett
  • Bridger
  • Bristol
  • Bronwyn
  • Bryony
  • Bude
  • Burton

If you’d feel a little self conscious using one of these, then our next section will have you on more familiar ground.

Famous B names from popular culture

  • Babe
  • Baloo
  • Bambi
  • Ban
  • Barbie
  • Barnacle
  • Batman
  • Baymax
  • Bellatrix
  • Bilbo
  • Bobo Fett
  • Bojack
  • Bond
  • Boop
  • Borat
  • Boromir
  • Bowser
  • Bubbles
  • Button
  • Buzz

Last but not least, if you’re struggling to choose a dog name starting with B, why not use the color of their fur to help you narrow down your choices?

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Dog names that start with B, sorted by color

These names are sorted by the color of dog we think they would most shine on. But don’t let that stop you choosing them for a puppy in another color, if you spot one you love!

B names for black dogs

  • Baccara
  • Bat
  • Bean
  • Beetle
  • Blackberry
  • Blackbird
  • Bramble
  • Bug

The B names for gray dogs

  • Bunny
  • Billon
  • Bismuth
  • Blade
  • Blue
  • Boots
  • Brick
  • Bullet

B names for brown dogs

  • Baker
  • Bear
  • Beaver
  • Birch
  • Bracken
  • Brownie
  • Bruno
  • Buffy

Cute B names for yellow dogs

  • Banana
  • Barclay
  • Beach
  • Bee
  • Blondie
  • Blossom
  • Bumble
  • Buttercup

B names for white dogs

  • Baby
  • Balsa
  • Beluga
  • Blizzard
  • Bonbon
  • Boo
  • Bridie
  • Button

Choosing names for dogs that start with B

We hope you’ve enjoyed making a shortlist of dog names from the ideas on this page. Before you make your final choice, here are a few things to bear in mind:

  • Pick a name you feel comfortable using. It’s easy to admire an unusual name from afar, but lots of people will want to ask you where it came from. That doesn’t mean it’s an inherently bad name, but it can be an introvert’s worst nightmare!
  • Avoid choosing a name which sounds too much like the name of someone else already in your household. For example, resist choosing Baylor if you’re married to someone called Taylor!
  • Getting dogs to recognise their own name is pretty easy, but getting them to respond to it reliably is a totally different ball game. Using a whistle as your recall cue instead of their name reduces the risk of them ignoring you. Find out more about establishing a rock solid recall here.

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Pippa Mattinson is the best selling author of The Happy Puppy Handbook, the Labrador Handbook, Choosing The Perfect Puppy, and Total Recall.

She is also the founder of the Gundog Trust and the Dogsnet Online Training Program 

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