Cute Puppy Names
More than 100 Names for your Cute Puppy

The cute puppy names list has more than 100 names for the cutest canine companions. Includes cute dog names, one syllable dog names and more. Just remember, cute is in the eye of the beholder!

Take a look at the Shiba Inu dog in the picture to your right. How can you deny he is a very cute puppy?

The name Riki suits him well as he is a Japanese breed oozing with self confidence. Riki means “Strength” or “Power.”

Do you have a cute Pug? How about naming him Moose. Pugs are not particularly large dogs, but the name just seems to fit (for me). Visit our Pug dog names page for more ideas.

For those who prefer one syllable dog names, there are plenty on the cute puppy names list like Babe, Bear, Boots and Brook, and those are only the “B” variety. Duff, Gus, Link, Moose and Rags are just a few of the other one syllable names on this list.

If you choose to go with a popular name, visit our most popular dog names for a wide variety of options. To really narrow your choices, have a look at the top 100 dog names list for the most popular names in use today.

My Favorite Cute Puppy names

Three of my favorite cute puppy names are Maggie, Duff and Tucker. We actually had a Cockapoo named Maggie, and she difinitely fit in the cute category.

Cute Puppy NamesThe name Barkley is also a very cute dog name, although I have never thought of Charles Barkley as being cute. If you don’t recognized Sir Charles’ name, you either don’t follow professional basketball or you are much younger than I am.

Just in case you don’t know, I have a thing for one syllable dog names and there are quite a few on the cute puppy names list. Just remember not to use a one syllable name that rhymes with a training command as it can be confusing for your dog.

That’s why many people warn against one syllable names. For me, Hunting dog names are a great use of one syllable names as they make it easier to issue voice commands.

Below is a list of more than 100 of my favorite cute puppy names, including many of the reasons why they are on this list. Have a sniff around and see if you can find something perfect for your cute puppy.

If you don’t find a name you like, visit our Dog Names by Breed page or one syllable dog names list to see more options. For even more names, search our list of more than 4,000 puppy names.

AgateA semi-precious gemstone that is made up with bands of colors
AmberWith a fur yellowish in color; urine-like, to be exact
AmigoSpanish for “friend”
AtomGreat name for small dog breeds.
BabeA term for endearment, like with your girlfriend or boyfriend. Just make sure that you do not confuse the two.
BanditA robber or thief, mostly of food
BarkleyAs in “Sir Charles” or Charles Barkely, the NBA basketball great.
BarleyWith coarse fur, just like the cereal
BayleeOne of my dogs is named Bailey, which is the most common spelling. I put this name on the cute puppy names list because I like the unique spelling.
BearA big and hairy predator
BebeA variant of “baby”, if you want to get a little fancier
BellaThis is on the top 100 dog names list and has been for many years. Also a great name for fans of the Twilight movies and books.
Big BoyJust like what its name says: big boy; a perfect contrasting name for their size
BingoThe name of the farmer’s dog from a popular children’s song. B-I-N-G-O!
BiscuitYou could also go with Bikki, which could also be on the cute puppy names list.
BistoA popular gravy brand made in Britain
BlackieGreat name for a Black Labrador Retriever. Visit our Black Lab Dog Names list for more ideas.
BlondieFemale with blonde hair
BonesA dog with a great love gnawing on bones
BoogieA dance that requires fast and repetitive movements
BootsSounds like a cat name, but I think it works for dogs, too!
BountyAn abundance of something, whatever that is
BrookSomeone who tolerates or allow
BrownieWith soft and brown fur (and obviously not edible fur), like this yummy dessert
ButtonSmall and cute; like “cute as a button”
ButtonsCould be a variant for “Button”, just to shake things up
BuzzA low and continuous humming sound, mostly made by a bee or mosquito
CalypsoMeans “to hide or conceal”; also a nymph in Greek mythology
CandyA sweet food that makes for a cute dog name
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CherryA small, red, and sweet fruit that also makes for a cure dog name
ChiquitaGirl’s name of Spanish origin that means “little gift”
ChumAnother word for “friend”; a great alternative to the more common dog name “Buddy”
CocoDo you have a Chocolate Labrador Retriever like me? This makes a great name. Find more like it on the Chocolate Lab Names list.
CookieSmall and sweet cake, mostly round and flat
CrackerSimilar to a cookie but it is mostly salty and crispy
DallasA city in the northeatern part of USA
DazzlerSomeone who dazzles and gets attention all the time
DiamondVery hard and expensive precious stone; revered by women
DinkyGreat name for small dog breeds.
DuffThis is one my favorite cute puppy names. Duffy “Duff” Senf was my barber as a kid and he played a mean clarinet.
FiddlesThe act of fiddling something
FinneganThe dog puppet from the Mr. Dressup television show
FlowerThat dainty blossom growing from flowering plants
FluffyFull of fluff that your hands sink into their thick fur
FrostieI picked this for white colored dogs like an American Eskimo dog.
FudgeSoft and sweet
GusA masculine name that can be short for “Augustine”, “Augustus”, “Gustav”, and other names that you can think of that contains these three-letter name
HazelReddish-brown or greenish-brown color; can refer to their eyes or fur
HigginsWhen I thought of this name, I pictured a Bloodhound. It’s a great name for any breed, but it seems sophisticated to me.
HoboHomeless or tramp (although this would not be applicable to your dog, unless it really does not have a home)
IzzyA common nickname for “Israel”, “Isaac”, or “Elizabeth”
JackpotLarge price acquired in a game; can refer to your dog
JoplinAs in Janis Joplin, the famous female rocker from the 1960s.
KibblesSomething ground or chopped (refer to this on your dog’s size and not on the actual grounding or chopping)
LinkLove this name.
Little OneFitting name for their small size
LottieMeans “little and womanly”
LutherA German priest, monk, and professor
MaddieMeans “maiden” or “young, unmarried woman”
MaggieThis was the name of our precious black Cockapoo. She died in a tragic accident, but she was the cutest puppy!
MarleyName of the cute Yellow Labrador Retriever in the 2005 book and the 2008 movie Marley and Me.
MintyAn adjective that describes the flavor of the mint
MishaMeans “who resembles God” in Hebrew
MooseAmong cute dog names, this can be used for small dog breeds or large dog breeds.
MuffinA quick bread that is made in small portions
MunchkinRefers to a child; can also those round little desserts made by a popular donut company
NeroRoman emperor who was famous for his cruelty
NibblesTo eat with small, quick bites or in small morsels
NipperThe dog model for a painting that is titled “His Master’s Voice”. This image has become the basis for the dog and gramophone logo that is now used by a number of audio recording and brand
OliverRefers to the olive tree which stands for beauty, dignity, and fruitfulness
OreoWhat’s not cute about Oreo cookies?
OrleyCan be a nickname for Corley, Morley, Sorley, etc
OrsonA male name of Latin origin; means “bear”
Ozzy…and Harriet, if you have two dogs.
PeachesA name for endearment; also the name of the baby mammoth in “Ice Age”
Pebbles…and Bam Bam.
Pee WeeGood Chihuahua name. Check our Chihuahua names list for more ideas.
PixyA variant of “pixie”, a small, humanlike, and mischevous supernatural being with pointed ears and pointed hat
PoppyA plant with showy flowers
Powder PuffA soft pad for applying powder to the skin, especially the face
QuennieVariant for “Queenie”, meaning small queen
RagsI really like this name for a longer haired dog. Maybe a Lhasa Apso or a Pekingese dog.
RascalCheeky and mischevous little dog
RibbonsLong and narrow strip of fabric used for binding or tying
RikiJapanese name meaining Strength or Power.
RileyMeans “courageous”; of Irish origin
RingoMeans “ring”; also the name of the drummer of the legendary band the Beatles
Sawyer“Means “”wood worker””; most familiar as the name of Mark Twain’s boy hero, Tom Sawyer”
ScampPopular among cute dog names.
ScruffyShabby and untidy, referring to their fur
ShaggyHaving long, thick, unkempt hair or fur
SnowballPerfect name for a dog with fluffy snow-white fur, just like a snowball
SoxFor the big Boston Red Sox fan
SquirtSlang for a small person or thing
SugarA sweet name for a sweet puppy.
TaffyChewy candy that is similar to toffee
TannerMeans “leather maker”
TeddyDoes your dog remind you of a cuddly litte teddy bear?
TinkerAs in Tinker Toys.
TinySmall, petite, minute, all the other synonyms that you can think of
TuckerThis is not in honor of the ill-fated Tucker automobile. I just love the sound of this name and it is one of my favorite cute puppy names.
TwinkleSparkles or gleams, like a star
WhiskersA common name for cats but is also just as fitting for dogs. They also have whiskers, you know.
XenaGreek for “guest” or “stranger”
ZestGreat enthusiasm and energy
ZoeyIn Greek this name means “Life.” If your puppy is a spunky one, this is a great name.

Can’t find the name you like on the Cute Puppy names list? Don’t give up. Visit our Dog Names by Breed list or one syllable dog names list to do some more searching. If you have a great name, tell us about it!

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