White Dog Names: A Perfect Name for a Perfect Dog

Beautiful white litte puppy sitting
John Walton
Written by John Walton

We all love white dogs. There’s just something about their pristine coat that’s so attractive. But precisely because of that pure white coat, thinking up a good name for them can be difficult. If your dog has brown spots, for example, and there is a conspicuous one that’s shaped like a star, it’s easy to name him (Starry or Sirius will do). On the other hand, most white dogs just end up with Snow or Whitey. If you’d like a more creative name that fits your beautiful dog nicely, we’ve got a list of unique white dog names for you right here.

Names are important because it gives the power of identity. It makes you different from all the other girls and boys. The same is true with your dog. Even though white dogs often have a problem with uniformity since their coat looks almost exactly the same as all the other white-coated dogs out there, your baby still needs to have a name that stands out, that they will recognize, and that people will think is cute.

gorgeous white samoyed dog sitting and looking at the camera

How do you choose a white dog name that is befitting the personality of your soon to be best friend? Some people have their pet’s name picked out long before they meet their best friend. However, not all of us have a list of names for our future dogs. Luckily, we have some inventive recommendations as well as advice and tips on how to pick the best names for your beautiful white dog.

The Best White Dog Names

Generic names for white dogs include, as aforementioned, straightforward names like Snowy or Whitey. Although there’s nothing wrong with these names, if you believe that your dog deserves a name that describes more than his appearances and you are looking for inspiration, we have a few ideas below that you can check out.

little white dog lying down on the grass

We are going to stick to the less common names since we don’t want to accidentally recommend a name that turns out to be your relative’s or one that sounds like a command. Dogs get confused with words that sound similar—especially if the word is often associated with another person or sounds like a command that they are supposed to follow.

White Dog Names by Gender

Is your white dog female? Male? Either way, we’ve got a list of the perfect names for each gender distinction.

Dog Names by Gender #1: Female Names

We’re going to start with the ladies. Female white dogs are beautiful, graceful, and noble. Some white female dog names that we think fit these elegant, heavenly beings perfectly are:

  • Flora

  • Agatha

  • Harriet

  • Bianca

  • Fiona

  • Snow

  • Icy

You can also be unique and name your white colored dog after famous white blonde haired characters such as Queen Elsa from Frozen to be quirky and funny. The infamous white-haired beauty from Game of Thrones, Daenerys Targaryen can also be a source of inspiration. Although, you might want to cut out parts of that name instead of using it in full. We know that dogs are smart, but they find it easier to recognize names with two syllables, so it’s best to stick to short names. Longer names are more complicated too.

Cute little white female puppy sitting

Also, according to research, dogs hear higher frequency sounds better than they do lower frequency sounds. This means that picking out names starting in k, s, ch or sh will work well in getting your dog’s attention. The sharper the sound is, the better the dog will respond to it. Also, consider names that end with a vowel or a long e sound. Therefore, you should probably turn Daenerys Targaryen into either Rys, Daerys, Daene, or Garen.

Dog Names by Gender #2: Male Names

Now, on to the gentlemen. White male dogs are often associated with regality, authority, and intelligence. Examples of white male dog names that would fit these calm yet powerful beings are classic names such as:

  • Walter

  • Albert

  • Henry

  • Atlas

  • Forrest

  • Wallace

  • Hyde

  • Edmund

These names sound very gentlemanly. If you would like something more current and recognizable, however, you can borrow names from famous dogs such as:

  • Lassie

  • Blue

  • Balto

  • Benji

  • Odie

  • Fang

  • Snoopy

  • Brian (Family Guy)

  • Dollar (Ritchie Rich)

  • Droopy Dog

  • Max (Where the Wild Things Are)

  • Half-Pint (Little House On The Prairie)

  • Biscuit (Biscuit Series)

  • Bowser

  • Sonic

  • Kirby

Oh, to be young again! Naming your dog after some aspects of your childhood is another way to bring nostalgia back. We just explained how you could name your dog after books you read when you were a kid. However, why limit yourself to dog characters?


If you love reading and watching movies, there are also plenty of famous male human characters commonly associated with white hair. Some of the most recognizable among them would be Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter, his father Lucius Malfoy, or perhaps some iconic elderly characters such as Gandalf, Saruman, and Albus Dumbledore.

White Dog Names by Personality

Just like names based on appearance, naming dogs based on their personality is also an easy way of coming up with a cool name. While we associated white dogs with calmness and regality, we realize that this isn’t always the case as each dog is an individual.

Beautyful white fluffy dog in a mountain landscape

Observe your dogs and take a look at their personality. Perhaps they have a happy disposition so you can name them things like:

  • Happy

  • Joy

  • Fifi

  • Cherie

  • Pierre

You can call them Skip if they have a funny way of walking or Bandit and maybe Rascal if they’re mischievous. Other ideas include Snoozy for sleepy pups, Puddles for dogs that pee on the floor and Cuddles for dogs that like to do so and Samson for strong puppers.

White Dog Names by Your Favorites

You will be calling your dog by that name for a long time to come, so it is important for you to actually like that name. Why not use this chance to pay homage to your favorites?

Dog Names by Favorites #1: Place

Names of places make very good dog names and this way you won’t feel too homesick.

Young dog , maltese puppy looking out the car window

You can consider naming your dog:

  • Paris

  • Milan

  • Sydney

  • Ham (for Hamburg)

  • L.A.

Another idea is to name your dog after the address of your childhood home. For example, if you lived in Lexington Street, perhaps you can shorten it to Lex or Penny for Pennsylvania, the state. Names well-known for their heavy snow and long winters are also perfect for white dogs. Some examples are:

  • Alaska

  • Harbin

  • Hokkaido

  • Alpine

  • Aspen

  • Everest

Dog Names by Favorites #2: Heritage

It doesn’t also have to be the name of a place. It can be something from your heritage. For example, you can name your dog Mario, Luigi, Sofia, and Anna if you’re Italian or Pura and Anjo if they’re white and you’re Portuguese.

White Shepherd Dog running on the hill

If you don’t want to name your dog after your own heritage but would rather name him after his own, perhaps something from the Eskimo would be more fitting. Beautiful Inuit dog names that would symbolize your dog’s unique heritage perfectly include:

  • Desna (meaning “Leader”)

  • Dyani (meaning “An agile deer”)

  • Ezra (meaning “One that offers assistance”)

  • Kaya (meaning “To stay in place”)

  • Eska (meaning “A river”)

  • Miki (meaning “A cute little thing”)

  • Sesi (meaning “Snowfall”)

Dog Names by Favorites #3: Food

Naming your dog after your favorite food is also cool and funny. What better way to meet new friends at the dog park by calling out Pepperoni or Kernel? How about T-bone or Snickers or Kitkat or Popcorn if he’s white and fluffy?

White Long Coated Dog lying on the road

Food names for dogs are cute and unique. If you’re like Jughead in the Archie comics, you can probably name your dog after Pops, his favorite place to eat burgers. Jughead’s dog is named Hotdog (after his second favorite food) by the way. Just make sure you don’t get hungry every time you call out their names.

Dog Names by Favorites #4: Your Kid’s Name

When you were a kid, you probably thought about names you would give your future children. Fast forward to adulthood, and you weren’t able to name any of your children names you’ve thought up. Now is probably the right time to think about all those intended names years ago. Perhaps your imaginary children were named Austin, Sepia, Clark, David or Zelda. These make good dog names.

lovely_white_puppy maltese in a studio

Lastly, do not forget that you will be calling your dog this name in public. Deciding to name your dog cuss words (even though it is your favorite cuss word) might offend people particularly if you’re calling the dog in public places like dog parks or the vet’s.

Traditional dog names like “Fido” or “Rover” are popular but also common and should probably be avoided. However, dog names like “Killer” or “Bomber” will most probably frighten people. Stick to names that won’t offend or incite fear.

What if Your White Dog was Adopted in Adulthood?

If you’re adopting an older dog and they already have a name attached, and you love it, perhaps you don’t need to rename them. We know that it feels lazy, but if you love the name anyway, there’s really no need to change it. Your dog already recognizes the name and answers to it, so they don’t need to learn a new name. Dogs also feel attached to their names especially the old ones. If you’re undecided then sticking to their old names is probably the best course of action.

However, if you do decide to give them new names, remember that dogs recognize the frequency of the word and not the actual word. So, if you’re renaming an old dog, stick to sounds similar to their original name. So if your white dog was “Whitey,” he can now become “Winky” but not “Snowy.”

Maltese canine dog sitting in front of the house

You might be unsure about calling your dog a particular name, but it is perfectly fine to try out names for a few days before making one permanent. Trying out names will make you see if the name is a keeper or not.

Also, pay attention to how it feels to call your dog a particular name. Can you see yourself using this name over and over again? If the answer is no, it’s best to try another name.Don’t forget to reward your dog when he answers to the name. Praising your dogs and rewarding with treats will make it easier for them to understand that you’re calling their name.

Wrap Up

Thinking of dog names? Congratulations, it probably means you have a new dog. Now the dilemma that besets every dog owner: what to name your dog? We all know that naming a dog is hard. You can’t just pick out an ordinary name because it needs to be special.

Naming them will make them different. It will make them individuals and will allow them to stand out from the crowd. Most of all, your pet will come to you when you call them their name. There are many ways of finding dog names and thousands of names available. We know that choosing the perfect name can be daunting and intimidating, but it is possible to choose the right one.

lapphund, dog lying on the grass in a hot summer day

If you’re really struggling, explore as many names as you can. Talk to family members or friends and ask them to help you pick out a name. Perhaps your family can have a suggestion box full of names, and you can read each name out to try how it feels on your tongue and to see how your dog responds. You can cast votes to help you decide.

Remember, you can be as creative as you want. If your dog is white, you can think outside the box and call them names that symbolize something opposite from their natural color and shock everybody else. How about calling your white dog Clifford? When they’re expecting a big red dog but a cute Bichon Frise emerges instead, it’s going to be a fun surprise.

Have you just adopted a white dog? Do you plan to name them after one of the suggestions we’ve listed above or have you come up with something even better? We’d like to hear all about it! Tell us by leaving your comments below.

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.