Sometimes naming a pet is much like naming your child, it can be frustratingly difficult, or your bulldog can practically hand the name to you. For example, if your dog has a fondness for eating all of the flowers in your yard then you have – Flowers. If your dog hates running, you might consider – Runner.
Naming your bulldog is important from the start. After all, it is likely you will call your dog out by name more than 45,000 times during your bulldog’s life. That’s a lot, which reckons the approach to naming your dog with a name you love – probably not the name of an ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend.
So, here are some tips to help you along:
- Keep it short: Bulldogs respond to short commands. So, naming your dog Coo-Coo-Ca-Choo Princess Diaries (sadly, this is an actual name) is probably not the best name to start with. If the name is longer than the command, then you will likely have a problem. Keep names short and to 1 or 2 syllables. For example, Athens and Coco.
- Have a story behind the name: Everyone loves a cute story. Having a story behind the name of your dog is a great way to introduce your dog and help others remember your bulldog’s name. As mentioned above, maybe your dog, as a puppy, came home for the first time and ate all the flowers in the back yard – Flowers. Or, perhaps, on the ride home your dog stunk up the car (trust me, this can happen), you can name him – Stink.
- Be playful: Bulldogs are notoriously loveable and playful. Finding a name that suits can be easy and fun. Name such as Gruff, Beau, Leroy, Ziggy, and Princess make fun of your dog’s physically broad and overly defined characteristics. For example, Princess is very much the opposite of Bulldogs predominately male traits of broad and muscular – some women may even hint at lazy 🙂
- Don’t mix the name with commands: Try not to confuse your dog by having a name similar to a command. For example, Da’Man could be confused with “stand.” Or, Pitt could be confused with “sit.” As names and commands are frequently used together, keeping their sound different will be helpful in training your dog.
- Personality: As with naming your bulldog from a personal story, you can also name your dog on personality. You don’t need to name your dog right away, so taking a few days to play with your bulldog and getting to know their personality is a great way to find a name. Does your dog remind you of a friend or celebrity? Is your dog athletic? Perhaps, Ace or Hot-shot would work. Maybe your dog is lazy, and you name him Lumpy or Slug. Maybe he reminds you of a clown, and you name him Bozo.
- Opposites Attract: Naming pets and even people by the opposite of their behavior of physical attributes is common. Bulldogs provide more than enough fodder to find a suitable name opposite its behavior or physical attributes. Maybe your dog is always cheerful, and you name her Pouty. Or, a slow dog you can name Sprinter.
Whatever name you choose for your bulldog it should be short, cute, and fit your dog. Bulldogs have wonderful personalities and will love a playful name. Take time in naming your dog – more often than not, the name naturally pops out.