Female dogs often have the same names that are used for people, like Amy and Emily. Other monikers, like Lady and Lucky, are generally used only for pets. Some owners name their dogs for their appearance. Fluffy and Ruffles are examples.
The top five female dog names in the United States in 2014 are Bella, Lucy, Daisy, Molly and Lola. Next on the list are Maggie, Sadie, Chloe, Sophie, Bailey, Roxy, Lily, Coco and Stella. Other high-ranking names include Zoe, Abby, Ginger, Gracie, Sasha, Angel, Princess, Emma, Annie, Rosie, Ruby, Missy, Mia, Katie, Madison, Penny and Belle.
My Dog's Name offers suggestions for names in eight categories: friendly, tough, elegant, funny, sporty, cute, international and classic. People reveal their personal interests when they name their dogs after famous people or fictional characters. A dog's name may reflect its owner's personality or sense of humor. Owners should avoid names that a pet might confuse with a command. For instance, "Bo" sounds like "no," and "Fletch" is similar to "fetch."
One and two syllable names are simpler to say and easier for a dog to understand. Longer monikers can be shortened to nicknames. An offensive or obscene name should be rejected because it might offend people who hear the dog being called.