The Best 100 Female Dog Names

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Female dog names can be hard to choose from. Whether it’s a girly name, something spunky, or a creative standout, it’s gotta be perfect. Choosing the best dog name, like choosing the perfect dog sitter, is a fun and important task for every pet parent. Luckily, we’ve rounded up some great options for you. Start with the top 100 below, and then go deeper with our collection of dog name lists. The perfect name for your dog is out there!

100 Most Popular Female Dog Names

Bella
Luna
Lucy
Daisy
Lola
Sadie
Bailey
Molly
Stella
Maggie
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Chloe
Penny
Zoey
Nala
Lily
Coco
Sophie
Rosie
Ellie
Ruby
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Piper
Mia
Roxy
Gracie
Willow
Millie
Lulu
Pepper
Ginger
Harley
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Abby
Winnie
Nova
Kona
Riley
Zoe
Lilly
Dixie
Izzy
Lady
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Hazel
Layla
Olive
Charlie
Sasha
Maya
Honey
Athena
Lexi
Cali
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Annie
Belle
Princess
Phoebe
Emma
Cookie
Ella
Marley
Callie
Scout
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Roxie
Remi
Minnie
Maddie
Dakota
Leia
Poppy
Josie
Harper
Mila
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Angel
Holly
Ava
Ivy
Mocha
Gigi
Paisley
Koda
Cleo
Penelope
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Bonnie
Missy
Frankie
Sugar
Xena
Aspen
Shelby
Fiona
Dolly
Georgia
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Peanut
Shadow
Delilah
Grace
Skye
Rose
Pearl
Juno
Jasmine
Trixie
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Most Unique Female Dog Names

Least common female names from Rover’s dog name database, given to at least 25 dogs.

Kloe
Kola
Ray
Nutella
Wiggles
Rye
Boston
Nakita
Tucker
Shandy
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Sakari
Juliette
Butterscotch
Bess
Rousey
Mimosa
Elli
Twilight
Margie
Shenzi
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Tough Female Dog Names

If you want a dog name with a little more, well, backbone, these tough choices should do the trick. And if you want a name that also works for boy dogs, look no further than the gender-neutral picks here. Harley, Ronan, Shadow—they all work just as well as female puppy names, we’d say.

Artemis
Athena
Alex
Lara
Sasha
Oakley
Harley
Indi / Indy
Shadow
Myka
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Juno
Dakota
Colby
Finley / Finn
Korra
Red
Astra
Akira
Cinder
Bowie
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Koa
Jinx
Onyx
Zola
Stormy / Storm
Xena
Scout
Kali
Zelda
Sage
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Place and Nature Names for Dogs

If you love Paris, why not name your dog for the City of Lights? Plenty of pet parents agree. Place names for dogs are on the rise, along with plant, landscape, and gemstone names, all pulled from the natural world. These ten names made the top 100 female dog names this year.

Paris
Madison
Chelsea
Jade
Opal
Ruby
Willow
Dakota
Nova
Sydney
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Why Do So Many Girl Dog Names End in “Y” or “Ie”?

We’re seeing that many popular dog names are two syllables and end with a singsong “eee” sound, whether the name is spelled with a “y,” an “ie,” an “eigh,” or an “ee,” or any variation thereof.

In fact, a whopping seven out of ten from the most popular girl dog names in our data end with this sound! It’s easy to understand why. Names like Sunny or Katie are easy to call out and they come with a built-in warmth and friendliness we associate with our dogs.

The most popular of these names include Lucy, Daisy, Sadie, Molly, Bailey, Maggie and Sophie. Other great dog names ending in -y or similar include:

Lucy
Daisy
Sadie
Bailey
Molly
Maggie
Penny
Zoey
Lily
Sophie
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Rosie
Ellie
Ruby
Roxy
Gracie
Millie
Harley
Abby
Winnie
Riley
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Choosing the Right Feminine Dog Name

Are you still uncertain about which dog name to choose? You’re not alone. Some dog owners just know their pet is a Bailey or Lucy as soon as they make eye contact, but many other pet parents need time to try out various options.

If you’re having trouble deciding, keep in mind that a name can come from many different sources of inspiration, such as your favorite foods, books, celebrities, your heritage, or even dog breed history. For example, a French bulldog puppy might sport a French-inspired name like Chloe, while a Latin dog breed like the Chihuahua might be perfect for a name like Coco.

Another consideration when choosing your dog’s name? Dog training. This is of particular importance for puppies. When you’re teaching your new dog to respond to commands like sit, stay, or come, you’ll want to be sure their name isn’t a source of confusion. In other words, avoid puppy names that sound like a common dog training cue, such as “Bit,” which could easily be misheard as “sit.”

Many dog experts recommend choosing a name with at least two syllables and a sing-song or vowel sound at the end.

Of course, what matters most is that the dog name you choose rolls off your tongue with ease. You’ll want to select a name that you feel comfortable repeating because you’ll be saying it…a lot. Your dog’s name should make you happy!

We’re fans of the “backdoor test” for dog name selection. It’s pretty much what it sounds like: stand at the back door and call out your new dog‘s potential name. Saying “Rose, it’s time for dinner!” or “Sally, leave it!” helps take the name out of your imagination and into reality.

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