Are you getting a Bichon Frise, a Pomeranian, or a Chow Chow? Is it a Samoyed, a Poodle, or a Bearded Collie? Whatever breed it is, you are now the owner of a fluffy dog, so congratulations! You probably have a dog bed, food, and other supplies ready, but do you have a dog name yet? We know that choosing a dog name can be very confusing. There are just so many names; how do you know which one of the fluffy dog names is the best choice for your new friend?
When it comes to fluffy dogs, many owners tend to gravitate towards equally fluffy and cute names like the obvious Fluffy, Snookie, Cutie, Baby, and other sweet variations. However, not all fluffy dogs are cuddly and fluffy. Bearded collies, for example, are working dogs, and it would be a poor choice to call him Fluffy or Sweetie. Names for dogs should not only be unique, but they should also be dignified as befitting the dog’s status, characteristics, and personality.
If you’re not sure what to call your new ball of fluff, never fear because we have some awesome suggestions for you. These names go beyond the obvious names for fluffy dogs so that the name you choose is becoming of your dog. But before we lay out our name suggestions, we have a few other suggestions regarding the proper ways to choose a name for a dog that you probably will want to keep in mind as you browse. Read on to see.
How to Name Your Dog
Fluffy dog names don’t have to be sweet and “cloying” all the time. Names for your fluffy dogs can be inspired by his personality, color, gender, or job. But before you start naming your dog, here are a few tips you need to consider.
Avoid Command-Sounding Names
Dogs are often gifted during Christmas. During this time, lots of dogs receive the name Noel or Snow. These are good names. However, they also contain “no” and sound like “go.”
When thinking of a name for your dog, avoid words that sound like commands to avoid confusion. For example, avoid Kit (sit), Neil (heel), Clay (stay), and other similar-sounding words.
Long words are very exhausting to stay. Let’s say you name your dog King Arthur of Poodleville. It’s not only a mouthful, but it can also be tiring to repeat over and over especially during training. You can give him a long, proper name, and then call him by a nickname. Or, you can give him a name that contains no more than two syllables to make things easier for the both of you.
For instance, your parrot is named Jay and your dog is James. These sounds are too alike and can make training harder for you. The same is true for other members of your household. If your child is named Lucy, you probably shouldn’t name your dog Macy.
Always have different-sounding names if you live in a multi-pet household. Remember, dogs do not really understand what you’re saying; instead they are listening to the sound you’re making. The name should be distinct so that your dog can easily distinguish it from all the other words you’re saying.
Offensive or Provocative Names
You should also avoid offensive names. Many dog breeds are intelligent so it probably won’t take a lot of training to make them learn their names. Monikers like Stupid or Devil might sound cool at first, but you will probably regret it when you take him to the vet or call out at the dog park. They can also be offensive or provocative to other people. Aside from curse words, other names to avoid include:
Diablo (anything devil or Satan-related)
You should also think about your puppy when he becomes an adult. Giving your pup an offensive name might be cute and funny but it will become degrading when he becomes an adult. Over time you might also get embarrassed by calling him an offensive or provocative name in public.
There’s nothing wrong with popular names, except that they’re common. Most of these names are classic and will not go out of style anytime soon, but popular names can create confusion when you’re at a public place like the vet, a dog park, or the street.
Examples of popular names include:
Bear (although it would have been perfect for a fluffy breed like a Chow Chow)
Fluffy Dog Names
Below are some names that pay homage to your dog’s fluffiness.
We’re going to start with the general ones, so these names don’t really leave much to the imagination (if you want unique and funny names for your fluffy dog, you can move on to the next part), but if you’re looking for cute, immediately-recognizable names for your cuddly best friend, you will probably like these options.
Bunny – all that fluff makes them look like overgrown bunnies
Cozy — who wouldn’t like to cozy up with a fluffy dog?
Curly – good idea for breeds with curly coats like the poodles
Fluffy – obvious choice but still cute
Furbaby or Furball
Fuzz or Fuzzy Fuzzy Wuzzy
Hairy / Harry
Lush – for fluffy and lush dogs
Nana – the Newfoundland in Peter Pan
Polar or Grizzly – good and unique alternative to Bear
Puffy or Puffin
Ruffles or Ruff
Snuggles – let’s face it, fluffy dogs are snuggly
Teddy – they look like teddy bears
Velvet – that fluffy coat can be as smooth as velvet
Funny Fluffy Dog Names
Playing the name game for dogs is probably one of the few times when you can goof off. This is also a good time to show your creative side.
Here are some funny names to name your fluffy friend.
Captain Fluff/General Fluff or any other military rank
Charmin – like the toilet paper
Chewbacca or Chewie
Doogie Schnauzer MD – like the TV show but punny
Governor/Mayor Fluffington or any other political designation
Kuma — Japanese for bear
Mr/Ms Fluffer Nutter
Sir Fluffs A Lot
Fluffy White Dog Names
Dogs come in all sizes and colors, but when we think about fluffy dogs, the first one that jumps to mind is probably a dog with a white coat—fluffy like the clouds.
Choosing a name by color is actually a popular way of naming a dog, so here are some white fluffy dog names for you.
Al Bino — funny and punny white dog name
Alabaster – a bit fancy but a good choice for a working dog
Angel — a heavenly name for a fluffy pup
Blizzard – a great option for a big, strong working dog
Bones – simply perfect for dogs
Boo – cute and playful
Casper – the friendly pup
Coconut – because the inside of a coconut is white like your dog’s fur
Crystal – beautiful bright glass
Diamond – a girl’s best friend, like your dog
Dove – beautiful white-colored creatures like your dog
Everest – where there’s buckets of snow; also perfect for a big, strong dog
Faith – a very pure (and white) sounding name
Frosty – a good alternative to Snow or Snowball
Gardenia — beautiful white flower native to Africa and Asia
Ghost – like Jon Snow’s dog in Game of Thrones
Heaven – perhaps the ultimate white dog name
Ice – perfect for Huskies with blue eyes
Ivory – white material made from elephant tusks
January — a cold weather month that features a lot of snow
Jasmine – a fragrant white flower
Lily – white-flowered plant
Lux – for “luxurious”—like your dog’s coat
Magnolia – a large, white flowering plant
Marshmallow – fluffy and sweet
Milky – the perfect way to describe your dog’s coat
Nimbus – because some dogs just glow
Oleander – shrub that’s white in color
Opal – a white and milky-looking gemstone
Pearl – sweet name that sums up your dog’s fur
Powder – cute name for a cute dog
Salt – short and to the point; of course, it doesn’t imply that your dog is salty
Sugar – a sweet name for a sweet dog
Vanilla – another sweet name
Whitey – obvious but succinct
You can also translate “white” to other languages, for example:
Bianco or Bianca (Italian)
Blanc (French) – for your poodle or Bichon Frise
Blanco or Blanca (Spanish)
Shiro (Japanese) – for a white Shiba Inu perhaps?
Weiß (German) – pronounced like “vice”
Fluffy Black Dog Names
Dog coats can be black too.
If you have a fluffy dog with a gorgeous black coat, these black fluffy dog names will go great with them:
Ash – great name for a Bearded Collie
Bean – think black beans
Blackberry – when Blackie just won’t do
Carbon – sounds strong and sophisticated
Cinder – a good alternative to coal
Coal — simple and to the point
Coco — delicious and to the point
Coffee – for the coffee and dog lover
Cola – for the soda and dog lover
Cosmo – the stars are bright but the rest of space is black
Diesel – sometimes it’s a black column of smoke but it can also be a tough name for a tough dog
Dusty – some dust can be black too
Ebony – a sophisticated name
Eclipse – when the Earth goes dark
Elvira- very Goth-sounding
Ember – good alternative to Amber especially if your dog is black-colored
Espresso – dog owners who love their coffee strong and rich
Galaxy – galaxies shine in the darkness
Goth – scary name for a big black dog
Graphite – sounds strong and enduring
Hershey – sweet name for a sweet dog
Inky – a more sophisticated form of Blackie
Jackal – because Jack is too common
Jaguar – strong, black-colored animal
Knight — a play on “night”
Leopard – a variant to Jaguar
Licorice – great alternative to Hershey
Midnight – if he has very black fur
Moon – a sliver of brightness in the dark
Ninja – in the olden days, ninja wore black costumes so they would blend better with the darkness
Onyx – like the gemstone
Oreo – great alternative to Hershey and Coco
Panda – cute and lovable
Panther – another strong and black animal
Penguin – cute name for a dog
Pepper – spicy and strong
Pepsi – if you prefer this soda brand
Phantom – you will fall in love with him
Puma – for fast dogs
Raisin – small but healthy snack
Raven – dogs can’t fly but their names can
Shadow – if you’re looking for something mysterious
Shady – for the mischievous pup
Smoky – good name for a firehouse dog
Spider – scary name to call in a dog park or vet
Stallion – confusing but sounds strong
Stormy – imagine a black dog with blue or grey-colored eyes
Suede – for dogs with smooth fur
Tarmac – simple but strong-sounding
Thunder – strong-sounding name for a big dog
Twilight – a gentler alternative to Thunder
Vader – as in Darth Vader
Velvet – if it’s smoother than suede
Vortex – sophisticated name for a strong dog
Zorro – heroic character
You can also translate the word “black” to other languages. Example:
Zwart (Dutch) – funny-sounding name for a cute dog
Dog names are important. Think about it. As humans, we develop a personal attachment to our names. When we hear our name, we instantly think “that’s me.” While dogs don’t really understand the concept of “owning” their names, they can distinguish their names through the sound you make. Over time, he or she will learn to associate the sound with treats or the good stuff and respond appropriately. This makes dog training easier for you as an owner.
It can take some time for your dog to learn their name. It can also take some time for their personality to show. If you’re not sure what to call them, experiment with a couple of names before making the final decision. Sometimes it takes a few days before you find a name that is befitting of their character.
In the end, you just have to find a name that you’re happy with. These names are great for fluffy dog breeds like the Pomeranian, Samoyed, Chow Chow, Bichon Frise and the Poodle. However, the alternatives above can also be given to any other dog breeds—even the non-fluffy kind.
What is your fluffy dog’s name? What do you think of our selection? Do you think you will be naming your fluffy dog after any of our suggestions? Tell us by leaving your comments below.