Movie Dog Names: For the A-List Puppies

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Emily Young
Written by Emily Young

You probably think that naming your puppy is going to be a breeze, but it’s harder than you think it is, especially when it comes to movie dog names. Movies have become a big part of our lives and culture. So many great movies have been produced since the dawn of the entertainment industry that it’s become very difficult to pick between all the awesome characters. From the beloved Disney characters of our childhood to the cool, saber-wielding Jedi of Star Wars, the options are limitless.

You can, essentially, just name your dog after your favorite movie character, but as your pup is going to be associated with this name for their whole life, you want a name which will represent their personality. Is your dog cute? Sexy? Brave? Loyal? Or perhaps your dog is mischievous? Maybe he puts one of his paws on the dark side? No matter what kind of personality trait your dog exhibits, we’re sure there’s a movie name out there that suits them perfectly.

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With that being said, in this article, we’re going to talk about how to name your dog and give you a list of male and female dog names from movies for you to choose from. A-list puppies deserve A-list names, so get ready to be entertained by an all-star cast.

The Best Movie Dog Names

Now, if you’ve decided that you want to give your dog a movie name, you were inspired for a reason. There’s no rule when it comes to naming your dog. Maybe your dog is a Collie, so you want to name them after Lassie. Or, perhaps, your dog has a celebrity-look-alike and could pass as being Steve Buscemi or Cher. If you have a breed such as a Beagle, Saint Bernard, Collie, or a Weiner Dog, then it might help to know that these were the breeds that commonly starred in classic big-screen films.

Below, we’ve hand-picked some of the best movie names for your dog. Whether you’re a fan of a particular film or have a dog that looks like Tom Cruise, there’s a name out there for you.

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What we’ve done is broken down our lists into two categories: female and male dog names from movies. But no matter the gender of your dog, we recommend that you go through both lists and give them a read. Some of these names are unisex.

On a piece of paper, write down all the names you liked, then test them first. If you focus on finding one name and for example, your dog doesn’t like name, you have a problem. With a couple of names handy, you’ll feel less pressure if your dog doesn’t respond to the first pick.

Male Dog Names from Movies

If you’re giving your dog a name after a famous movie character, then it’s clear you’re a big fan. Though your dog may not understand why they’re given this name, what’s important is that you like it and they respond well to it.

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Here’s a list of the best male dog names from movies. All of the names below will have connotations to famous films and characters. Some of these names will also be historically symbolic as many movies were based on true events.

  • Beethoven: we all know the movie Beethoven. He’s big, drooly, and a total troublemaker, yet we can’t stop loving him!

  • Benji: a courageous and heroic pup, Benji goes on a mission to find two kidnapped children.

  • Bolt: maybe you believe your dog has superhero-like powers.

  • Brian: he’s talkative, sarcastic, and sassy. Plus, he’s everyone’s favorite character in Family Guy.

  • Buck: from the movie Call of the Wild, Buck is taken from home and placed in the Yukon to work as a sled dog.

  • Buddy: another classic, Buddy is the beloved golden retriever from Air Bud. Plus, he’s extremely talented at basketball.

  • Butch: maybe your dog is a poodle or will be a show dog in the future. Why not name him after Butch from Best in Show.

  • Charlie: if All Dogs Go to Heaven is one of your favorite films, then pay homage to it by naming your pup after Charlie.

  • Copper: a Disney classic, The Fox and the Hound is about a fox and hound that become friends, only to face each other later in life as enemies.

  • Cujo: if you’re a fan of Stephen King, Cujo is the name of a dog that terrorizes a small town in the film.

  • Fang: if you’re a fan of Harry Potter, then you already know that this is Hagrid’s Neapolitan Mastiff.

  • Gus: if your dog is full of energy and constantly on the go, name him after Gus, the lead sled dog in the movie Iron Will.

  • Goofy: you must be familiar with this lovable Disney character. If your dog is a bit goofy yet cute, this is a perfect name.

  • Hooch: if your dog is always investigating some scent and tracking down hidden treats, your pup is similar to Hooch from Turner and Hooch.

  • Marley: always getting into trouble, Marley is a mischievous and goofy yellow lab.

  • Morpheus: red pill or blue pill? One of the characters in The Matrix, he’s also named after the Greek god of dreams.

  • Odie: everyone needs a sidekick; this is where Odie from Garfield comes in.

  • Old Yeller: this classic movie is about a young boy and his best friend, Old Yeller.

  • Otis: who doesn’t love the adorable pug that tries to find his friend, Milo the cat?

  • Pluto: Mickey Mouse’s beloved dog.

  • Pongo: the father of the missing pups in 101 Dalmatians.

  • Reno: a perfect name if your dog is always fighting for justice. Reno teams up with a cop to fight bad guys.

  • Ricky Bobby: If you love Will Ferrell, what better way to pay homage to him than to name your dog after one of his funniest characters, Ricky Bobby?

  • Rocky: he never backs down even through the hard times. Everyone admires and loves the film Rocky for his courage and drive.

  • Scooby: ‘Can I get a Scooby snack?’ The classic TV show Scooby Doo is about Scooby and his gang, solving mysteries and fighting bad guys.

  • Seuss: if your dog is a lover of children and getting cuddles, why not name him after the world’s most favorite children’s storyteller?

  • Shadow: perfect if you have a golden retriever, Shadow in Homeward Bound helped an American Bulldog and a Himalayan cat find their way back home. Perfect for a pup that always knows where home is.

  • Skip: this Jack Russell in My Dog Skip becomes close friends with a young boy and helps him fit in with the other kids.

  • Snoopy: how do you not know who Snoopy is? If you’re a fan of Charlie Brown, then you’ll know right away whose big snoring nose we’re talking about.

  • Toto: the famous Toto in the Wizard of Oz is Dorothy’s trusty companion while she journeys down the yellow brick road.

  • Yoda: though this isn’t from a traditional dog movie, Yoda is the wise and powerful Jedi master from Star Wars. Perfect for a pup with an old soul.

Females Dog Names from Movies

There are so many amazing characters you can pay homage to by naming your dog after them. Whichever name you select for your puppy, it’s important that you like the name and your pup responds well to it.

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If you have a female dog, you’ll also be able to name her after your favorite movie or character. So many movies these days feature a kickass female lead. What’s a better way to pay homage to your favorite film than to name your dog after the main character? Exactly!

  • Alice: if your dog seems to have their head in the clouds, daydreaming about cats and food, why not name them after Alice from Alice in Wonderland?

  • Amelie: innocent and naive Amelie is curious and charming.

  • Beatrice: if you have a Weimaraner or a show-dog, Beatrice is one of the show dogs in the movie Best of Show.

  • Buffy: Buffy slays vampires in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Her gentle soul is just as admirable as her fighter’s soul.

  • Dorothy: swept up from Kansas, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz is kind-hearted and adventurous.

  • Frida: the movie Frida is based on the real-life painter Frida Kahlo. She’s sensual, passionate, and an overall vibrant soul.

  • Hermione: Harry Potter fans should already know who this is. Hermione is the sharp-witted friend of Harry Potter. This name was derived from ‘Hermes’ who was known for his wit and ability to transition between worlds.

  • Katniss: she’s fierce and strong-headed, the perfect name for a pup that never backs down from a challenge.

  • Lady: who could forget the movie Lady and the Tramp? It’s a romantic tale between two dogs: a street-smart mutt and an upper-class cocker spaniel.

  • Lassie: this is possibly the most iconic name in film history. Lassie is the story of a collie who’s always going on wild adventures.

  • Leia: the brave princess from Star Wars.

  • Maria: perfect if your dog is a gentle country soul that loves to voice her thoughts through beautiful notes like Maria from The Sound of Music.

  • Marilyn: if your pup makes all the other dogs go crazy, Marilyn may be a good option.

  • Matilda: a genius, Matilda is a young girl who uses her magic to get back at her horrible parents and school principal.

  • Megan: maybe your dog has a flirtatious wiggle in her walk like Megan Fox.

  • Miss Agnes: maybe your dog has a taste for the high-life. In this case, she’s similar to Miss Agnes, an upper-class Shih Tzu who competes in dog competition in the movie Best in Show.

  • Myrtle: maybe your pup is a bit of a whiner, so, why not name her after Moaning Myrtle from Harry Potter.

  • Nana: the dog in Peter Pan, Nana is the child’s nanny and takes care of them when the parents are away.

  • Natasha: is your dog graceful and strong like Black Widow from The Avengers?

  • Purdy: from the classic Disney movie 101 Dalmatians, Purdy is a motivated and driven mother looking for her stolen pups.

  • Rosebud: if you’re a fan of Air Bud or have a golden retriever then you’ll love this name. This is the name of one of the puppies in an Air Bud sequel.

  • Summer: in 500 Days of Summer, it was easy to fall in love with Summer. If your pup has those innocent and playful eyes that make you weak in the knees, this is a great name.

  • Winn-Dixie: in the movie Because of Winn-Dixie, this mischievous dog helps a young girl make new friends.

Wrap Up

When a new puppy enters your home, of course, it’s an exciting moment in your life. From that moment onwards, you’re responsible for making sure that puppy is well-fed, loved, and trained. Though giving them love and food will be easy, the hard part comes when you have to train your puppy. Before you can train them, you’ll have to give them a name which really connects with them.

Now, we don’t want to put unnecessary pressure on you, but choosing the right name for your dog can put you one step ahead when it comes to training. If your puppy responds well to their name, then they’re easier to train. This is why, at the end of the day, choosing the right name for your puppy is so important. Yes, we want you to have a name which you like, but we also want your pup to have a name they won’t hesitate to answer to.

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We’ve provided you with a list of male and female names inspired by movies. Now, when you’re deciding on a name, we suggest that you take your time and choose a couple of names that really click with you. If your dog isn’t responding to one name, after a couple of days, try another one and see if anything changes. Remember, this is the name they’ll have for life, so make sure you and your dog like it.

Don’t hesitate to name your dog after a movie character because you’re afraid that they will be forced to live in another person’s shadow. Rather, by naming them after a movie character, you’re expressing your wish for them to be just as gentle a soul, and for their life to be just as great of an adventure as these characters’ were.

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What’s your favorite movie? Do you already have a dog named after a movie character? What do you think is a good name from a movie for a dog? Let us know in the comment section below!

About the author
Emily Young
Emily Young

Emily is originally from China where she graduated from The University of Hong Kong with high distinction learning about fashion and design. During university she opened her own magazine about Dog Fashion as dogs were always in her heart. She was surprised, when she moved to a beautiful British Columbia 10 years ago, to see many great Boutiques with dog's designer clothing and desire of pet owners to make their babies look nice.