Small dogs are becoming increasingly popular because they just fit. With smaller yards becoming the norm and an increase in apartment dwellers, sometimes there just isn’t room for a large dog. For many families and living arrangements, only a smaller dog makes sense. There are also many characteristics that new owners look for that just can’t be obtained in a big breed. A Golden Retriever will not fit in most purses and it is hard to watch television with a 200lb Mastiff in your lap. Because the little dogs are getting more attention, we have put together a special list of names tailored for your small puppy.
The best advice for a new owner of a toy or miniature breed is to think small when naming. It might be a good idea to choose a size related theme as well. Cookie, Nacho, Skittles, and Raisin are a few examples of cute names that come from a small food theme. Naming themes help get the wheels turning in your mind so that you are generating more name options. A person that tries to think of names in general will come up with only typical names that they associate with other dogs. On the other hand, a person using a theme will come up with new and interesting name possibilities. Keep in mind that a name should not only incorporate the size of a dog but also his/her personality.
A small dog goes best with a small name. In fact, choosing a short name is a good rule of thumb for any dog. It comes highly recommended that you stick with just one or two syllables. A longer name like Benjamin is too much to say repetitively. It would be no surprise to see an owner that chose this name resort to using Ben. There is nothing wrong with choosing a longer name like this, but the shortened version might merit some consideration. If you are having trouble coming up with anything, you can gather ideas from the small dog names below.
|Reason to Choose
|This name comes from a franchise where the characters are all small
|This name comes from a character in a franchise known for being small
|This name, while not directly indicating size, is associated with a small, fast video game character
|Perfect for small, elegant, and graceful breeds
|This name suggests a fast, quick moving pet, typically characteristic of smaller breeds
|This name has the connotation of someone small and spunky, perfect for a tiny, energetic canine
|A small, agile creature, this name is befitting a small, active dog breed
|A term often used to describe something small and energetic
|An endearing term often used to describe someone small, lovely and charming
|A sweet and small name, often used for small, lovable pets
|A charming, quaint name that suits a small, sweet dog
|This name sounds cute, playful and petite, fitting for a small dog
|This name indicates something small but fiery, much like a small dog with a big personality
|A food item that is small and flavorful, a great name for a small dog with a big personality
|An informal term for a small amount, an apt name for a small dog
|Named after a small sweet candy, it's a great name for a little, sweet-natured dog
|Though this name might sound big, it's often used ironically for small, cute dogs
|Reminiscent of the small, energetic Looney Tunes character, it's a fitting name for a lively small dog
|A term often used to describe very small dogs due to their size being comparable to a teacup
|Tea leaves are small and delicate, a fitting name for a small, gentle dog
|A name that directly implies small size, perfect for a tiny dog
|Named after a miniature fairy-tale character, ideal for a small, magical pup
|This game uses small discs, a fitting name for a small, playful dog
|Inspired by the tiny fairy from Peter Pan, it's suitable for a petite dog
|A name that clearly indicates small size, ideal for a tiny pup
|A cute name that often denotes something small and sweet, like a miniature dog
|Associated with the small dog from the Wizard of Oz, it's perfect for a small breed
|Frequently chosen for small dogs as it suggests a playful and energetic nature
|It's associated with small, functional objects
|A small piece of hardware, a quirky name for a small dog
|1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
|Italian for 'child', a playful name for a small dog
|In Spanish, this translates to 'tiny', apt for a small dog
|A Japanese term for 'small'
|This Indonesian word means 'small'
|In Hungarian, this word means 'small'
|In Serbian, this translates to 'small'
|A German word meaning 'small'
|An Icelandic term meaning 'small'
|This Turkish word translates to 'small'
|In Hindi, this word means 'puppy'
|This is Norwegian for 'small'
|In Slovenian, this word means 'small'
|This Filipino word translates to 'small'
|This is Polish for 'small'
|In Latvian, this word means 'small'
|A Greek term meaning 'small'
|A Latin term that translates to 'the smallest'
|This is Vietnamese for 'small'
|This is French for small
|An Italian word meaning 'small'
|In Chinese, this means 'tiny'
|This is Samoan for 'small'
|A Tajik term for 'small'
|An English slang term for a small person or thing
|This is Estonian for 'small'
|A small edible seed, often associated with something tiny
|A cookie or snack, often small in size and loved by many
|A cute comparison to a small, round object
|A small cake designed to serve one person
|An informal term for something small and neat
|A small savory ball of dough
|A tiny mark or spot
|A small tropical fish that's often kept in aquariums
|An affectionate term for something small or short
|A small, sweet candy that's loved by many
|A small, softer part contained within a hard shell
|A type of small fish
|A tiny piece or portion of food
|A tiny piece or fragment, often referring to food
|A small lump of precious metal or other valuable substance
|Reminiscent of a small, familiar snack
|A small stone found on beaches and river beds
|A unit of volume, often associated with being small
|This is a common term for small seeds or things of little size
|A term for a small group or cluster
|A small, light and soft piece of matter
|The smallest animal in a litter
|An informal term for a very small amount or part
|A small larval stage of a frog or toad
|A British term for a small person or thing
|Named after the small and clever Gaul from the famous French comic book series
|The young deer from Disney's film, perfect for a small, gentle dog
|Inspired by the small and brave hobbit from The Lord of the Rings series
|A character from Dexter's Laboratory, ideal for a small, clever dog
|The small, brave house elf from the Harry Potter series inspires this name
|The small, fuzzy creatures from Star Wars could inspire a dog's name
|A small but brave character from The Lord of the Rings, a great name for a courageous small dog
|A small dog with a wise and mysterious demeanor would fit this name, borrowed from The Lord of the Rings series
|The adorable creature from the movie Gremlins, perfect for a small, cuddly dog
|The Lord of the Rings character, perfect for a small dog with a strong personality
|Inspired by the small, brave characters from The Lord of the Rings series
|From the movie The Mask, a great name for a small, energetic dog
|From the Disney film Finding Nemo, ideal for small, adventurous dogs
|The lovable snowman from Frozen, a great name for a small, playful dog
|For a small dog with a big heart, just like the beloved bear from children's literature
|Inspired by the popular Pokemon character, a great name for a small, energetic dog
|A Hobbit character from the Lord of the Rings series, ideal for a small, fun-loving dog
|From the character in the classic Disney film, 101 Dalmatians, this name is perfect for a small, adventurous pet
|From Scooby-Doo, a classic name for a small, adventurous dog
|The famous detective's name could be perfect for a small, intelligent dog
|The Lion King's main character, perfect for a small dog with a big heart
|A name inspired by the lovable dog character from the Peanuts comic strip
|The mischievous but loveable character from Lilo & Stitch, a good fit for a small, playful dog
|From The Wizard of Oz, a classic name for a small and loyal dog
|Star Wars' wise character could be a fun name for a small dog with a big personality
|This name is perfect for a small gray pup
|For small dogs with reddish or purplish fur
|A name that suits small dogs with light yellow fur
|Perfect for a small brown dog
|Appropriate for small brown dogs
|A good choice for small red or brown dogs
|A name that suits a small black dog
|For small dogs with orange or red fur
|This name is ideal for a small dog with golden fur
|This name is great for a small light brown dog
|A name that suits a small dark blue or black dog
|Suits a small white dog
|Perfect for a small black dog
|This name is suitable for a small black dog
|For small dogs with light purple or gray fur
|This name is great for a small black dog
|For small dogs with peach or light orange fur
|Ideal for a small white dog
|Perfect for a small black dog
|A name that suits a small red dog
|Ideal for small reddish-brown dogs
|Appropriate for a small dog with yellowish fur
|This name is fitting for a small gray dog
|Gray colored pups would suit this name
|Ideal for a little white dog
|A small, round legume is a great moniker for a tiny pet
|Ideal for a small, colorful little dog
|Perfect for a small, tan-colored pup
|This name suits a small dog with a golden-brown coat
|A sweet and small fruit, perfect for a petite pup
|For a small, warm, and comforting pup
|A cute name for a small, sweet dog who is as irresistible as a cookie
|A sweet name for a small and adorable dog
|This spice-inspired name suits a small, feisty redhead
|For a small, sweet, chocolate-colored dog
|A sweet and colorful name for a small, happy dog
|For a small, exotic and cute pup
|Inspired by the small, sweet Japanese dessert
|Suits a tiny, sweet pup who is as lovable as a fresh baked good
|This name is perfect for a tiny golden pup
|This name is inspired by a small, bite-sized food
|A great name for a small dog with a big heart
|A cute, snappy name for a small, energetic dog
|For a small dog with a big personality
|A cute name for a small, dark-colored dog
|A tiny seed that makes a cute name for a small dog
|For a small, colorful, and playful little pup
|A tiny green vegetable that makes a cute name for a small dog
|Because your small pet is just as delightful as a mini taco
|For a small dog who is as precious as a rare delicacy
|We picked this name because he is little and lookes like a toy
|My son choose this name as he liked scooby doo and our dog is a small dog so he named him scrappy doo
|There are so many names but we chose RUSTY as he was born in the autumn and has such gorgeous warm autumn colours,he has orange rust coloured golden/brown shades through his fur,on his face,legs and paws,as he is getting older and is almost five and a half months his face has become a lovely darker warm rusty colour,mostly around his face,he has such a beautiful face and amazing colours,he is such a loving puppy,he really suits RUSTY and he took to it very quickly,although we should have called him snorer or piggy as he makes some noise when sleeping x
|beacause it suits the the dog as it is really tiny like a tea cup
|Because they are small like little dogs
|my shih Tzu origins are from china and I couldn't find a Chinese name. then I was looking at a Chinese menu and thought - ah!!! chop suey
|very small. runt of the litter
Once upon a time in the quaint little town of Whiskerville, there lived a dog named Tiny Tim. Tiny Tim wasn't like any other dog; he was the size of an ant. Born under unusual circumstances to a family of regular-sized Golden Retrievers, Tiny Tim was often overlooked due to his minuscule size.
Despite his tiny stature, Tiny Tim had a heart full of love and an unbreakable spirit. He was determined to show the world that even the smallest creatures could have the biggest adventures.
One sunny day, while exploring the garden behind his house, Tiny Tim stumbled upon a hidden world teeming with life. He had discovered the magical land of Minutia, where insects and other small creatures lived in harmony. Amazed by this newfound world, Tiny Tim decided to venture further and make new friends.
Along the way, he met a wise old ladybug named Lenny, who shared stories of Minutia's history and legends. Lenny told Tiny Tim about an ancient treasure that was said to grant wishes, hidden deep within the heart of the mysterious Whispering Woods.
Intrigued by the legend, Tiny Tim made it his mission to find the treasure and use it to wish for a better life for himself and his family. With Lenny as his trusty companion, they set off on an epic journey through Minutia, facing challenges and obstacles beyond their wildest dreams.
As they journeyed deeper into the Whispering Woods, Tiny Tim and Lenny encountered a menacing spider named Gideon. Gideon demanded a toll for anyone who dared to pass through his territory. Tiny Tim, using his wit and charm, managed to strike a deal with Gideon. If he could solve Gideon's riddle, they could continue their quest without paying the toll.
With Lenny's guidance and Tiny Tim's cleverness, they were able to solve the riddle and continue on their way. As they ventured deeper into the Whispering Woods, the two friends faced countless challenges, from treacherous terrain to cunning predators. Through it all, Tiny Tim's bravery and determination never wavered.
Finally, after overcoming numerous obstacles, Tiny Tim and Lenny found the ancient treasure hidden in a small cave. As they approached the treasure chest, it magically opened, revealing a glowing gemstone. The stone pulsed with a warm energy, inviting Tiny Tim to make his wish.
Tiny Tim thought long and hard about what he should wish for. He could wish to be a regular-sized dog, but he realized that his adventures in Minutia had taught him that size didn't matter. Instead, he wished for the happiness and prosperity of all the creatures in Minutia and Whiskerville, big or small.
As soon as he made his wish, the gemstone's glow intensified, bathing Tiny Tim and Lenny in a warm, golden light. In an instant, they were transported back to Whiskerville, where they found that Tiny Tim's wish had come true.
The town had transformed into a utopia where all creatures, regardless of their size, lived together in harmony. Tiny Tim's family had a beautiful new home, and the people of Whiskerville had newfound respect and admiration for the smallest dog in town.
From that day on, Tiny Tim was no longer just a dog the size of an ant; he became a symbol of courage, determination, and the importance of embracing one's uniqueness. And so, Tiny Tim, Lenny the ladybug, and their friends from Minutia lived happily ever after, proving that even the smallest creatures can make the biggest difference in the world.
We would like to take this time to thank all of our visitors that make DogNamed.com the best dog naming resource on the web. Our site would not be where it is today without your suggestions, ratings, and photo submissions. So pat yourselves on the back for a job well done and keep up the good work! If you have any comments, suggestions, or ideas for the this page or any part of our site, don't hesitate to drop us a line on our Contact Page. Thank you! -The DogNamed Team