Choosing pet names is a lot of fun, but it can also be a challenge. First and foremost, you’ll want to pick a name that you like and that also suits your pet. With this in mind, here are 10 pet naming tips to help inspire you and keep you on the right track:
1) Make sure you know your pet’s gender. This may sound like a no-brainer, but I’ve known many pet owners who have suddenly realized that their “Jack” is actually a “Jill”!
2) Keep it simple. Two-syllable names are easiest to call out and for your pet to understand. If you really want a long name like Sergeant Pepper Paws, make sure it can be shortened to something like “Serge” or “Pepper” for everyday use, and that you like the shortened form.
3) Avoid names that sound like commands. This tip is more relevant to dogs and pets that will actually listen to you.
4) Don’t choose a name that you will be embarrassed to call out in public. I named one of my first childhood pets, a calico cat, Chocolate Fart Bum. Her name was immediately changed to Chocky when my mother took her for her first visit to the vet!
5) Let your imagination run wild. Pet names can be witty, famous, regal, related to your hobbies…whatever appeals to you. A friend of mine is a golf fanatic so he named his cats Putter and Birdie.
6) Let your pet’s appearance inspire you. When you first get a new pet, it may take you a while to get to know its true personality, and as it grows, its behavior may change. Your pet’s appearance, on the other hand, is much more likely to stay constant.
7) Use your pet’s breed for inspiration. For example, choose a French name for your Bichon Frise, a Scottish name for your Scottish Fold or a German name your Dachshund.
8) Consult pet naming books and websites for ideas. These resources will provide you with hundreds if not thousands of options.
9) Let your pet guide you. Create a shortlist of names that you like and then try calling them out to your pet. Its response just might help you pick the perfect one!
10) Be respectful – don’t pick names that will demean your pet.