Bear Names For Dogs: Cute and Adorable Names For Your Cuddly Pet

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John Walton
Written by John Walton

If you’ve got a dog that looks like the cutest teddy bear ever, then you have to give your pet one of the most adorable bear names for dogs. Bears are actually considered the symbol of strength and power. Even though your pet may be tiny, won’t it be nice to name him after a formidable yet cuddly bear?

Teddy bears, on the one hand, remind us of love, sweetness, companionship happiness, and all the positive things that we expect to share with our canine pets. Giving your dog a bear-related name is not only cute and adorable, but it will also symbolize the strong and unbreakable bond that will soon form between you.

In this article, we’ll first talk about some of the cutest Teddy Bear Dog breeds. We’ll then share with you a long list of great pet names that are related to “bear.” Then we’ll give you several excellent names for fluffy dogs to choose from, since fluffy dogs almost always resemble bears. We can’t forget all the famous bear characters, so we’re giving you a short list of some of the most popular bear characters of all time.

The Cutest Teddy Bear Dogs

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Teddy bear dogs are not exactly a breed, but they are named so for their striking resemblance to adorably cute teddy bears. They’re usually small, with large round eyes and fluffy coat. Their tiny size and helpless, needy expressions just make you want to cuddle them and protect them all the time.

  • Cavapoo. A mix between a Cavalier King Charles and a poodle, the Cavapoo is a recent addition to the Teddy Bear Dog group. They’re known for their gentle nature, intelligence, and non-shedding coat derived from their Toy Poodle parent.

  • Chorkie. If you mix a Chihuahua and a Yorkshire Terrier, you’ll get a clever, headstrong, and yet loyal Chorkie.

  • Cockapoo. Warm-hearted and intelligent, the Cockapoo is a mix between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. This Teddy Bear Dog is quite small, loving, and loyal.

  • Corky. Breeding a Cocker Spaniel and a Yorkshire Terrier will give you diminutive yet independent, lively, and responsive Corky.

  • Goldendoodle. Bred from a Golden Retriever and a Poodle, the Goldendoodle is not just cute but also intelligent, loyal, and loving.

  • Maltipoo. Another cute and clever Teddy Bear Dog, the Maltipoo is a mix of a Maltese and a Poodle.

  • Pomapoo. If you want a sociable yet home-loving Teddy Bear Dog, you should breed a Pomeranian and a Poodle to get a Pomapoo.

  • Pomchi. Undeniably one of the cutest Teddy Bear Dogs, the Pomchi is a mix of a Pomeranian and a Chihuahua.

Bear-Inspired Names For Your Cuddly Pet

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For dogs that remind you of a cuddly and cute bear, you can’t go wrong with a name that’s bear-inspired or has a meaning that’s related to “bear.” Here’s a long list of excellent names for you to choose from.

Arcadia or ArcadiusDerived from the Greek word Arktos which means bear
ArktosIn Greek, it means bear
ArmelFrom Arthmael, Old Breton for bear chief or warrior prince
ArtShort for Arthur, which in Celtic, means bear-man
ArtairThe Scottish version of the Celtic name Arthur
ArthfaelWelsh form of Arthmael
ArthmaelMeans bear chief in Old Breton
ArthurMeans bear man, also means strong as a bear
ArtiePet form of Arthur
Arto or ArttuThe Finnish version of Artie
ArtoriusLatin form of Arthur
ArtturiFinnish form of Arthur
ArturEarly English form of Arthur
ArturasLithuanian version of Arthur
ArturoSpanish and Italian form of Arthur
ÅsbjörnMeans divine bear in Swedish
AvonacoA Cheyenne name, it refers to a lean bear
BarneyIt may remind you of the green and purple Tyrannosaurus, but it's actually the English pet form of Bernard
BearnardGaelic form of Bernard
BenatBasque form of Bernard
BeornheardAn anglo-saxon version of Bernard
BeowulfA metaphorical expression in Old English that means bear
BerYiddish name that means bear
BeraMeans she-bear in German
BerdineShortened form of Bernardine, the feminine version of Bernard in French
BerendLow German form of Bernhard
BerengarItalian name meaning bear-spear, derived from the Latin name Berengarius
BerengariaFeminine form of Berengarius
BerengariusIn Latin, it means bear-spear
BerengerOld French form of Berengarius
BeringarIn Old German, "ber" means bear and "ger" means spear, hence the name means bear-spear
BernadetteFeminine form of Bernard
Bernadine or BernardineMeans bold as a bear, feminine form of Bernard
BernardMeans bold as a bear in Anglo-Saxon and Norman French
BernardinoItalian pet form for Bernardo
BernarditaSpanish feminine version of Bernardo
BernardoSpanish and Italian form of Bernardus
BernardusLatin form of Bernhard
BernatCatalan form of Bernardus
Bernd or BerndtLow German name meaning bold as a bear
Bernhard or BernhardtOld High German name meaning bold as a bear
BernieEnglish pet form of Bernard
BernouIn Dutch, it means sacred female bear
BernatHungarian form of Bernhard
BiornaGaelic name meaning bear
BjarneThe modern form of Bjorn, also means bear
BjarniIcelandic form of Bjorn
BjornOld Norse name meaning bear
BjörneSwedish pet form of Björn
ChyanneMeans loving bear
CinnamonIn reference to the cinnamon bear, a subspecies of the American Black Bear
DovIt means bear in Yiddish and Hebrew
DurojIn Albanian, it means bear
EnyetoIn Miwok, it refers to someone who walks like a bear
EsbenThe scandinavian name meaning divine bear, derived from Old Norse Ásbjorn
EspenThe sweddish name meaning divine bear, derived from Old Norse Ásbjorn
GlacierIn reference to the glacier bear, a subspecies of the American Black Bear that has gray or silver-blue hair
GobiA brown bear, this species is found only in the Gobi desert
GrizzlyIn reference to the grizzly bear, which has a grizzled fur color
HonawIn Hopi, this name means bear
IbatuThe Maltese word for bear
IomairIn Scots-Gaelic, this word means bear
K'eyushIn Inuit, this refers to a bear cub
KumaIn Japanese, this name means bear
KurukIn Pawnee, this is a name that means bear
LuselaA Native American-Miwok name for females, it refers to a bear that is licking its foot while swinging it
MahonDerived from the Irish Gaelic name Mathuin, it means bear calf
MathuinFrom the Old Gaelic Mathghamhain, the name means bear calf
MatoskahIn Sioux, the name refers to a white bear
MechoIn Bulgarian, this is a pet name for a teddy bear
MonarchA Californian wild grizzly bear
NadineIn German, it refers to the courage of a bear
Nanook or NanukIn Eskimo mythology, it refers to the master of bears; also means polar bear in Inuit
NitaIt means bear in Native American Choctaw
NokoskiIt means bear in Seminole
OrsinaFemale form of Orsino, an Italian name that means bear-like
OrsinoFrom the Latin Ursinus
OrsoItalian form of Ursus, the Roman Latin word for bear
OrsolaMeans she-bear in Italian, from the Latin name Ursula
OrsolyaHungarian form of Ursula
OrsonDerived from Old Norman French, it means little bear or bear cub
OsbeornAnglo-Saxon name meaning divine bear
OsbornMiddle English form of Osborn
OsbourneA variant of Osborn
OtsoIn Finnish, the name means bear
OursIn French, it means bear
PandaGiant pandas also belong to the same family as bears
PrebenShortened form of the Danish name Predbjørn
PredbjørnA Danish name that means magnificent bear
SapataIn Miwok, it means dancing bear
SlothIn reference to the Sloth Bear, an insectivorous bear found in the Indian subcontinent
SunThe Sun Bear is found in Southeast Asian forests
TaqukaqIn Inuit, it means grizzly bear
TarbenIn Old Norse, it means Thor's bear or thunder bear
Thorben or ThorbernDanish name derived from Tarben, also means Thor's bear
ThorbjornNorwegian variant of Thorbern
ThorburnScottish variant of Thorbern
TuretiIn Lithuanian, it means bear
TuriIn Spanish and Celtic, it means bear
UffoIn German, it means wild bear
UrolaIn Russian, it means little bear
UrsFrom the Latin Ursus, the German name that means bear
UrsaShortened form of Ursula
Ursala or UrsulaIn Latin, it means little she-bear
UrselGerman form of Ursula
UrsellaEnglish variant form of Ursula
Ursina or UrsineVariant of Ursula
UrsinusDerived from the Latin word Ursus, it is a Roman name that means bear-like
UrsusDerived from Ursus, it is a Roman name that means bear
UschiA German name that means little she-bear, the pet form of Ursel
UzumatiIn Native American Miwok, it means grizzly bear
VorsilaIn Greek, it means bear
WahkoowahIn Sioux, it means charging bear
WybornIn Scandinavian, it means war bear
YonaIn Cherokee, it means bear

Cute and Silly Names For Adorably Fluffy Dogs

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If you’ve got a Chow Chow, Bichon Frise, Pomeranian, Samoyed, or Poodle, then you’ve got yourself one fluffy pet that resembles a cute bear in terms of cuddliness. Here are several pet names that are fitting for bear-like fluffy dogs.

Admiral Fluff / Captain FluffA cute name that's fitting for any fluffy dog
AlpacaA very cute and furry South American animal
BearSurprisingly, Bear is actually a popular name for cute, fluffy, and bear-like dogs
BunnyA cute name for fluffy dogs that are as cute as bunnies
CharminSounds quite innocent, unless it reminds you of the fluffy toilet paper
ChewbaccaNo one's cuter or fluffier than the famous Star Wars character
CottonWhite fluffy dogs look so soft, just like cotton balls
CozyBecause cuddling your pet is just so cozy
FeathersThis one's great for dogs with fluffy hair like feathers
FleecyPerfect for dogs with fur like fleece
FluffmeisterBecause your cute pet is a master of fluffiness
FluffySimple, and yet so on point
FurbabyA sweet name for your furry baby
FurballThis is one of the cutest names for furry dogs
Fuzz or FuzzyAnother simple but meaningful name for fluffy dogs
Fuzzy WuzzyA silly but fitting name for fluffy dogs, especially the ones with fuzzy hair
GrizzlyIf your dog looks like a bear, this one's a really fitting name
Hairy or HarryBecause your fluffy dog has a lot of hair
Mayor FluffingtonBecause your pet is the fluff mayor
Mr. / Mrs. Fluffer NutterAnother silly name for a fluffy dog that you want to cuddle like crazy
Mr. / Mrs. SoftyDogs with fluffy hair are just so soft to hold
NanaBased on the fluffy Newfoundland character in Peter Pan
PolarBecause your dog reminds you of a polar bear
Prince / Prince FluffsterA silly but charming name for your little canine prince
PuffyWhether it's puffy or fluffy, your dog is definitely one
PupFluffBecause your puppy's so fluffy
RingletA cute name for a dog with fluffy, curly hair
RufflesBecause you just want to ruffle your pet's hair
ShaggyThis may sound old-school, but it's still a popular name for furry dogs
SilkyA fitting name for fluffy dogs with silky hair
Sir Fluff’s A LotA silly pun on Sir Lancelot
SnowballWhite dogs with fluffy hair simply remind you of snowballs
SnugglesBecause you just want to snuggle with your fluffy dog
TeddyBecause your pet resembles an adorable teddy bear
WoollySimply descriptive of your pet's adorable fluffiness

Pet Names Inspired By Famous Bears

dog looking like bear

There are so many famous bears in literature and films. You can borrow the names of these popular characters for your dog.

Famous BearDescription
AloysiusFrom the novel Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, Aloysius is the teddy bear of Lord Sebastian Flyte
BalooThe sleepy brown bear in Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book
Boo BooFrom The Yogi Bear Show, an anthropomorphic bear cub
Fozzie BearAn orange bear character in The Muppet Show
Funshine BearThe Care Bear who loves to have fun
Gentle BenFrom author Walt Morey's children's novel Gentle Ben
Grumpy BearA gruff yet caring Care Bear
Harmony BearA talented Care Bear who enjoys music
Iorek ByrnisonAn exiled armored bear in Philip Pullman’s epic His Dark Materials
KenaiAn adolescent grizzly bear from the Disney Film Kenai
Little JohnRobin Hood's best friend and sidekick
Old BearFrom British author Jane Hissey's Old Bear and Friends
Paddington BearFrom Michael Bond’s A Bear Called Paddington
Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Brother Bear, Sister Bear, and Honey BearFrom Stan and Jan Berenstain's The Berenstain Bears
Rupert BearA comic strip character in the Daily Express
Shakespeare’s BearIn William Shakespeare's The Winter’s Tale, the death of Antigonus is presaged by Shakespeare's famous stage direction Exit, Pursued By a Bear
Share BearThe sharing Care Bear
Smokey BearAn American advertising icon
Tenderheart BearA wise and grandfatherly Care Bear
Winnie-the-PoohFrom A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh
Wonderheart BearA sweet and silly Care Bear
Yogi BearFrom the film The Good, The Bad, and the Huckleberry Hound

Wrap Up

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Choosing a moniker for your pet from all of these cute and sweet bear names must have been fun! Do you have a favorite bear-inspired name for your cuddly dog? Please feel free to share your comments and suggestions with us. We’d also love it if you could check out our next article on Karelian Bear Dog, a brave dog that will fight bears for you!

About the author
John Walton
John Walton

John Walton lives in Somerville, MA, with his two dogs, two sons, and very understanding mate. He is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer, a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, a mentor trainer for the Animal Behavior College, an AKC Certified CGC Evaluator, and the Training Director for the New England Dog Training Club.