Tips On choosing Your Pet’s Name

Here are some useful hints and tips for when choosing a name for your pet. Please remember that the pet-name you choose will used dozens of times a day to call, praise and perhaps scold.


  • Pick a name that the pet can easily recognise. Animals respond better to one or two syllable names.


  • Choose a name that’s both easy to call out and one that you are happy calling out. Calling out "Jack" or "Molly" in the park may be far less embarrassing than calling out than "Darth Vader".


  • For dogs avoid names that sound like the standard commands of No, Stay, Sit, Come, Down or Fetch. For example "Joe" is probably too close to "No". It can be difficult for dogs to tell the difference between similar sounding words.


  • If choosing a long name keep in mind the shortened version. Just like in the case of humans, a long name will inevitably be shortened, but it may ruin the effect that you were originally looking for.


  • The pet’s breed heritage can provide some useful inspiration. For example Orientals (Siamese and Burmese) , German (Shepherds, Dachshunds and Schnauzers), French (Poodle), Scottish (Terriers), or Irish (Wolfhounds and Setters). 


  • Waiting a few days to study your pet’s behaviour can help pick the right name. All pets have different personality and knowing your pet’s personality first may give you some inspiration for a name that truly suits your pet.


  • Pick a name that will grow with the pet. For example "Kitten" may be less appropriate for a full grown cat.Remember that the name you choose now will be your pet’s name forever, so choose wisely and with careful thought and consideration.