70 Dog Names from Cartoons

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Are you looking for a unique dog name? Look no farther than your favorite animated programs and movies, or those of your children. The most cherished animations, from vintage Saturday morning cartoons to modern-day flicks, are jam-packed with dog naming ideas. (Plus, dog naming research is a wonderful excuse to sit on the sofa for a few hours and binge watch cartoons.)

Top Dog Names from Cartoons

  • Astro: The beloved pet of the Jetsons, Astro was known for his robust vocabulary and high-tech hijinks.
  • Balto: Long before the cartoon, Balto was a real-life dog known for his heroics. In 1925, he led a sled-pulling team to deliver medicine to a town overtaken by illness.
  • Bandit: Side-kick to Johnny Quest, Bandit often used his distinctive coloring to fool bad guys.
  • Clifford: A childhood favorite—from both books and cartoons—it doesn't get any more classic than Clifford.
  • Lady: This name, inspired by the Disney classic The Lady and the Tramp, constantly ranks in the top 100 most popular dog names in the United States.
  • Scooby: Jinkies! Everyone's favorite mystery-solving , Scooby Doo, doesn't just have excellent tracking skills—he has an excellent name, too.
  • Snoopy: Need we say more? This beloved Peanuts pooch has entertained audiences for 70 years.
  • Spike: Every tough guy dog needs a tough guy name to match his strong personality. This definitely rings true for Spike the from Looney Tunes.
  • Winston: Although Feast is a newer animation, Winston makes a cute, classic name for any dog.

Tips for Choosing a Dog Name

The simple part is bringing your new pet family member home. Trying to come up with the ideal name for him or her? This is when things become difficult. Not only must you choose a name that fits her personality, but everyone in the family must agree as well. Don't know where to start? Here is some sound advice:

  • Opt for names that are one or two syllables. Shorter names are easier for dogs to hear and understand.
  • Look for hard consonants, which will also help your dog hear his or her name better.
  • Avoid names that sound like . Think "sit" and "Kit" or "lay" and "Layla."
  • Consider the pronunciation and spelling of your dog's name. Remember: Family members, friends, and your veterinarian are going to have to say and spell your dog's name for years.
  • Thinking about a funny dog name? Picture yourself sitting in your veterinarian's waiting room. When your vet calls your dog's name, are you embarrassed? Would it be embarrassing or even offensive to shout your dog's name in the park? If so, you might want to consider a different name.

Dog Names from Classic Cartoons

By naming your dog after a popular cartoon character, you may harken back to your childhood—and long, lazy Saturday mornings filled with your favorite programs. Unfortunately, picking one of these names won't make your Saturday mornings any less hectic—back-to-back sports sessions, anyone?—but they're still lovely throwbacks.

  • Augie
  • Belle
  • Bruno
  • Copper
  • Droopy
  • Goofy
  • Huckleberry
  • Odie
  • Peabody
  • Perdita
  • Pluto
  • Pongo
  • Nana
  • Tramp
  • Tyke

Dog Names from Modern-Day Cartoons

Looking for something more contemporary? Today's cartoon series and animated films are full of unusual names that may be used for any dog, including our favorites, Dug (from Up) and Kyle (from Despicable Me .)

  • Annabelle
  • Bolt
  • Buster
  • Courage
  • Dante
  • Dug
  • Kyle
  • Lucky
  • Max
  • Porkchop
  • Rocky
  • Scud
  • Zoe

Dog Names from Adults-Only Cartoons

There are cartoon-inspired dog names for you, too, if you like more, ahem, mature comedy from your cartoons. Be prepared for your dog to start cracking fart jokes or dragging his butt on the rug. Ren and Stimpy, we're talking about you.

  • Brian
  • Jasper
  • Ren
  • Santa's Little Helper
  • Sharky
  • Spunky
  • Vinny

Dog Names Inspired by Non-Canine Cartoon Characters

Want even more cartoon inspiration? Don't want your dog to be named after an anthropomorphic cartoon dog? No worries. These cartoon-inspired names span the decades and include all of your favorite characters. Consider the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Flintstones, Rugrats, and other cartoons.

  • April
  • Barney
  • Beast
  • Betty
  • Blossom
  • Casper
  • Chuckie
  • Daphne
  • Dixie
  • Donald
  • Elmer
  • Flynn
  • Jake
  • Leela
  • Maggie
  • Olive (Oyl)
  • Pickles
  • Pixie
  • Rocko
  • Rocky
  • Shaggy
  • Sylvester
  • Wendy
  • Wiley
  • Wilma
  • Zed

Other Dog Name Ideas

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