Short dog names: 160 Ideas for naming female, male Puppy

Are you looking for beautiful, cute, unique short dog names? Here is a list of the best short names for male and female dogs.

Once you have decided to adopt a dog, the first thing you will have to consider is how to name your dog, there are countless possibilities, making the decision to name your dog difficult.

Choosing a short name for your female or male dog takes a little luck and inspiration and a lot of thought. Like baby names, short dog names are also becoming increasingly popular.

The most important factor in naming your dog is getting his or her attention. This makes training time and socialization much easier. Dogs learn names very quickly, especially if they are short, easy to call and have 1 or 2 syllables. To do this, they analyze your sound and tone when you call or speak to them. This is why a lot of people choose a nickname because it is much easier to learn and recognize.

Top short dog names

  • Ace – Meaning: “one, unity”.
  • Apollo – Meaning: “sea”, “water”, “man of Adria”.
  • Bailey – Meaning: “Bailiff”, “Steward”.
  • Buddy – Meaning: “Friend”.
  • Bear – Meaning: “Strong, brave bear”.
  • Duke – Meaning: “the leader” or “son of Marmaduke”.
  • Bella – Meaning: “beautiful”.
  • Lucy – Meaning: “light”
  • Sadie – Meaning: “Lion”.
  • Lola – Meaning: “sorrows”, “free”, “proficient” and “army”.
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Cute short dog names

Cute short dog names are perfect for small dog breeds, fluffy puppies, and really, any family dog.

  • Axel – Meaning: “dawn”.
  • Babe – Meaning: “foreign”.
  • Biscuit – Meaning: “twice-cooked”.
  • Blaze – Meaning: “fire”, “torch, bright”.
  • Candy – Meaning: Bright, glowing white.
  • Chase – Meaning: “hunter”.
  • Clementine – Meaning: “mild, merciful”.
  • Cleo – Meaning: “pride”, “fame” or “glory”.
  • Coco – Meaning: Chocolate Bean.
  • Cole – Meaning: “swarthy, coal-black, charcoal”.
  • Daisy – Meaning: “day’s eye”.
  • Fifi – Meaning: “vaginas”.
  • Chicklet – Meaning: young bird Chiclet.
  • Cookie – Meaning: Sweet Biscuit.
  • Cupcake –  Meaning: Little sweet cake.
  • Bambino –  Meaning: “little child” or “baby”
  • Bonbon – Meaning: “good”. 
  • Bubbles – Meaning: “Bubbly”, “Happy”.
  • Buzz – Meaning: Village In The Woods.
  • Blade – Meaning: “knife, sword”.
  • Bowie – Meaning: “yellow”, “fair-haired”.
  • Carly – Meaning: “free man”.
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Beautiful short dog names

Check out these cute girl short dog name ideas to get your brainstorm started. We know your little female will love whichever one you choose.

  • Abby – Meaning: “my father joy”, “my father is exultation”, or “my father is joy”.
  • Ada – Meaning: “noble, nobility”, “adornment”.
  • Adara – Meaning: “virgin; beauty; noble”.
  • Addie – Meaning: “noble; son of Adam”.
  • Addison – Meaning: “son of Addie”.
  • Adelaide – Meaning: “noble natured”.
  • Adele – Meaning: “nobility” or adal, “noble”.
  • Allie – Meaning: “precious; noble, bright; man’s defender, warrior”.
  • Angel – Meaning: “angel”.
  • Annie – Meaning: “Gracious, Merciful”.
  • Apple – Meaning: The Apple Fruit.
  • Apricot – Meaning: “Flower”.
  • Archie – Meaning: “genuine”, “bold” or “brave”.
  • Beau – Meaning: “Beautiful, Handsome”.
  • Awendea – Meaning: “Early Deay”.
  • Halona – Meaning: “happy fortune”.
  • Hinto – Meaning: “Blue Haired”.
  • Bee – Meaning: “she who brings happiness”.
  • Birch – Meaning: “Birch”.
  • Boots – Meaning: “boatman”.
  • Bamm-Bamm – Meaning: “Everything to me”.
  • AJ – Meaning: “unconquerable” or “Save to list”.
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Unique short dog names

Looking for unique short names for your new pup? Check out our list of short dog names.

  • Acorn – Meaning: “Fruit of the unenclosed land”.
  • Ajay – Meaning: “Undefeated and is golden as the sun”.
  • Alba – Meaning: white, sunrise, “dawn”.
  • Alfred – Meaning “elf counsel”.
  • Almond – Meaning: “Noble protection”
  • Angus – Meaning: “one”, and “choice”.
  • Arlo – Meaning: “Hill”.
  • Arnold – Meaning: “eagle” and “power, brightness”.
  • Asher – Meaning: “ash wood”, “one who lives near an ash tree or grove”, “happy”.
  • Atticus – Meaning: “belonging to Attica”.
  • Banana – Meaning: “fruit of the wise men”.
  • Bertha – Meaning: “bright one”.
  • Boo – Meaning: “beautiful”.
  • Charlie – Meaning: “free man”.
  • Chloe – Meaning: “blooming” or “fertility” in Greek.
  • Crush – Meaning: “You like some one”.
  • Dino – Meaning: “Little sword”.
  • Dozer – Meaning: “Bulldozer”.
  • Kodiak – Meaning: “Island”.
  • Neo – Meaning: “new or gift”.
  • Ocean – Meaning: “sea, ocean”.
  • Orion –  Meaning: Rising in the sky; dawning.
  • Sabre – Meaning: “sword”.
  • Sumo –  Meaning: To mutually rush at.
  • Yeti –  Meaning: “abominable snowman”.
  • Zeus – Meaning: “God”.
  • Biggie – Presumably a descriptive nickname for a large man.
  • Brady – Meaning: “spirited; broad”.
  • Chips – Meaning: a son who takes after his father.
  • Chow – Meaning:  “chough” or “jackdaw”.
  • Amigo – Meaning: “friend”.
  • Argo – a nickname from Greek argos “lazy”, “slothful”. 
  • Anise – Meaning: “Spice”.
  • Arrow – Meaning: A Projectile Fired From A Bow.
  • Bash – Meaning: “Chief, Commander”.
  • Beebee – Meaning: “lady of the house”.
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Rare short dog names

30 rare dog names for Every Kind of Pup. These cool nicknames make naming your dog so much more fun.

  • Amadio – Meaning: Loves God.
  • Arwen – Meaning: Lord of the Rings
  • Ash – Meaning: The Greek god of war.
  • Barkley – Meaning: Birch valley; birch tree meadow.
  • Billy – Meaning: “resolute protector”.
  • Boomer – Meaning: “gatekeeper”.
  • Braden – Meaning: “broad valley” or “broad hillside”.
  • Chaos – Meaning: “emptiness, vast void, chasm, abyss”.
  • Chili – Meaning: “Cold”.
  • Dorothy – Meaning: “God’s Gift”.
  • Happy – Meaning: “Joyful”.
  • Harper – Meaning “harp player”.
  • Klaus – Meaning: Victory Of The People.
  • Pennie – Meaning: With A Web Over Her Face.
  • Pheobe – Meaning: “bright”.
  • Pyro –  Meaning: “fire”, “heat”, “high temperature”.
  • Rain – Meaning: “Heart” Or “maiden”.
  • Posey – Meaning: “Yahweh will add another son”.
  • Barker – Meaning: “shepherd”.
  • Bixby – Meaning: “Lost or unkown”.
  • Cinder – Meaning: “Ash, ember”.
  • Ritz – Meaning: Brave Ruler/Luxury.
  • Azrael – Meaning: “Angel of God” or “Help from God”.
  • Binky – Meaning: “field of beans”.
  • Flossie – Meaning: “flower”.
  • Malice – Meaning: “Malice”.
  • Cyclone – Meaning: “cyclones”.
  • Inferno – Meaning: “of the lower regions”.
  • Bedlam – Meaning: “a place, scene, or state of uproar and confusion”.
  • Renegade – Meaning: “deserter”.
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Short dog names male

Try and stick to short names with hard consonants, names like Alfie are quite popular and are easily understood by dogs. 

  • Benji – Meaning: “son of the right hand or son of the south”.
  • Clifford – Meaning: “ford by a cliff”.
  • Cooper – Meaning: “barrel maker”.
  • Finn – Meaning: “white” or “fair”.
  • Jack – Meaning: “God Is Gracious” or “Supplanter”.
  • Loki – Meaning: “Trickster God”.
  • Lucky – Meaning: “fortunate”.
  • Marley – Meaning: “pleasant seaside meadow”.
  • Max – Meaning: “the greatest”.
  • Milo – Meaning: “gracious” or “soldier”, “rival”.
  • Otis – Meaning: “wealthy”.
  • Pongo – The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
  • Rocky – Meaning: “rest”.
  • Shiloh – Meaning: “Peace”
  • Snoopy – Meaning:  “curious or nosy”.
  • Teddy – Meaning: “wealthy protector”, “brave people”, or “God’s gift”.
  • Toby – Meaning: “God is Good”.
  • Toto – Meaning: “Mother”.
  • Bismark – Meaning: “Bold”.
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Short dog names female

A list of great cute female dog names for your pup. You will find 12 great short name ideas for every little dog, big or small!

  • Luna – Meaning: “wood carver, sculptor”.
  • Molly – Meaning: “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” and “wished for child” or “beloved”.
  • Millie – Meaning: King. King’s field.
  • Lily – Meaning: Son Of Jack.
  • Zoe – Meaning: “thunder”, “god of thunder”.
  • Alfredo – Meaning: “Wise counsellor”.
  • Bagel – Meaning: “ring” or “bracelet”.
  • Baguette – Meaning: “wand”, “baton” or “stick”.
  • Barley – Meaning: “grower or seller of barley”.
  • Anni – Meaning: “favour” and “grace”.
  • Aada – Meaning: “noble natured”, “of noble type” or “noble person”.
  • Abigail – Meaning: “my father’s joy”.

About the Author

Henry Mark
Mark is Editor at dognamesbest.com covering Information about breeds, naming dogs. He's a graduate in veterinary medicine at the agricultural academy.