By Andrew Daniels
Every pooch has a unique personality, so when youâ€™re coming up with puppy names, you should pick something special. After all, your new furry friend is an important part of your family. â€śWe call this phenomenon anthropomorphism, where we give human characteristics to pets,â€ť says Frank Nuessel, Ph.D., a linguistics professor at the University of Louisville and editor of NAMES: A Journal of Onomastics. â€śSo thatâ€™s part of how dogs gain human-given names.â€ť
Ah, but whenâ€™s the last time you met a human named â€śBacon?â€ť These days, some of the trendiest names for dogs have to do with food, which makes sense to Nuessel. â€śItâ€™s possible we associate food with dogs more than cats, because theyâ€™re always begging for foodâ€”going up to the table to look for it and waiting around for leftovers,â€ť he says.
We may also give our pups food-based names because theyâ€™re more fun-loving and playful than many other pets, and â€śNoodleâ€ť is certainly sillierâ€”and more appropriateâ€”for a happy-go-lucky dog than, say, â€śFred.â€ť (Nothing against any Freds who may be reading this, though!)
So if you need some good dog name ideas, try one of these fun, food-based puppy names. Warning: You might get hungry while reading.
If you canâ€™t go a week without having a Spicy Tuna or California roll, hereâ€™s the name for you. We think itâ€™s perfect for a Japanese dog breed like an Akita or a Shiba Inu.
Thereâ€™s already a famous mutt with this monikerâ€”that would be the pup from the classic Nickelodeon cartoon Doug.
Honor your Chihuahuaâ€™s Mexican heritage with this appropriate name. Or if youâ€™re really brand-loyal, how about Chipotle?
If you live in a tropical setting, name your best pal after this sweet treat. Because thatâ€™s what he is, after all.
This name is perfect for a pudgier pup, like a bulldog. Bonus points if youâ€™re super into Bat Out of Hell.
If you havenâ€™t touched a carb since 2008 and your doggie was on a veggie diet since the day you adopted him, we canâ€™t think of a better name than this one.
Face it: Your little guy is more than a bit nutty. (And thatâ€™s why you love him.) Name him after this nut, because your next-door neighbor already claimed â€śCashew.â€ť
Because once you name your dog after the signature breakfast from McDonaldâ€™s, heâ€™s automatically guaranteed to be 10 percent cuter. See also: McNugget, McFlurry, Mcgriddle, and Big Mac.
If you have a German breed like a Dachshund, Doberman, or Schnauzer, try this meat-themed name on for size. More of a beer fan? Try something like â€śDunkelâ€ť or â€śDoppelbock.â€ť
Hereâ€™s a great name if youâ€™re Italian and your pooch shares your love of food and family. Practically any pasta will do, but â€śAcini de Pepeâ€ť might be a bit of a mouthful.