75 Old Dog Names

From Rover to Bonnie, there are plenty of nostalgic names to choose from

Head shot of a Rough Coated Collie against a blurred floral background

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Are you a history buff or a lover of all things vintage? Do you get overcome by waves of nostalgia for the years gone by? If you do, maybe you'll be looking for a traditional name for your dog.

Many of these names were popular in the last few centuries, and some are just classic dog names that have never completely gone out of fashion.

We've outlined 75 old dog names below for you to peruse for inspiration.

Top Old Dog Names (Unisex)

  • Charlie
  • Ginger
  • Lucky
  • Max
  • Mopsie
  • Patch
  • Pepper
  • Pip
  • Red
  • Rusty
  • Scruffy
  • Shadow
  • Shandy
  • Socks
  • Sweep

Tips for Naming Your Dog

Bringing home a new dog is an exciting but often stressful time. There are lots of different things to consider from training to shopping for supplies, to settling your dog.

Trying to come up with a name the whole family agrees on as well can sometimes lead to disagreement and more stress.

Don't worry if you can't all agree on a name from the moment your new dog arrives. If it takes a few days or even a week for everyone to agree on something, that's much better than making a rash decision only to change the name a few weeks down the line.

Doing this can confuse a dog during that crucial settling in period, and it can even set training back if you suddenly go from calling them Spot to Rover!

When you do all agree on something, it's best to stick with something that is short, simple, and without too many syllables.

If you do have a longer preferred name, ideally it should at least be able to be easily abbreviated. The last thing you want is to be having to shouting a complicated, long name every time you're calling your dog back at the park.

A name that's easy to pronounce and won't be confused with something else is also beneficial. If your dog walker is accidentally saying your dog's name wrong, they might not be impressed when they aren't getting any response.

If you want to go for something humorous, watch out for the fine line that tips things into the offensive - even if it's accidental.

The most important thing, though, is just to select a name that gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling when you say it. After all, hopefully, it's going to be something you will be using for many years to come.

Old Dog Names Inspired By Old Books, TV and Movies

We've gathered together some dog names from popular historical culture. Maybe you could name your dog after an old classic book, movie, cartoon or comic doggy character.

  • Argos (the dog in Homer's Odyssey)
  • Belle (the Great Pyrenees from Cécile Aubry's Belle and Sébastien)
  • Buck (the Saint Bernard cross from Jack London's Call of the Wild)
  • Bullseye (the Bull Terrier from Charles Dickens Oliver Twist)
  • Droopy (the wrinkly faced cartoon dog)
  • Gnasher (Dennis the Menace's dog in the long-running comic series)
  • Huckleberry (the blue Hound cartoon character)
  • Jip (from the Dr Doolittle books by Hugh Lofting)
  • Lady (from the Disney movie Lady and the Tramp)
  • Lassie (this Rough Coated Collie is arguably one of the most iconic dog characters from TV and movies)
  • Mutley (the dog in the Wacky Races cartoon series)
  • Nana (in J.M Barrie's Peter Pan)
  • Perdita (from Dodie Smith's 101 Dalmatians)
  • Pongo (also from the same book as Perdita)
  • Scooby (the iconic Great Dane from the cartoons and movies of the same name: Scooby-Doo)
  • Scrappy (Scooby-doo's nephew)
  • Snowy (Wire Fox Terrier in Hergé's The Adventures of Tintin)
  • Spike (the Bulldog in the Tom and Jerry cartoons)
  • Toto (in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum)
  • Tramp (from the Disney movie Lady and the Tramp)

Further Male Old Dog Names

  • Benji
  • Buck
  • Buddy
  • Buster
  • Bruiser
  • Butch
  • Chance
  • Dash
  • Duke
  • Fido
  • Jack
  • King
  • Major
  • Ranger
  • Rex
  • Rover
  • Scamp
  • Shep
  • Skip
  • Spot

Further Female Old Dog Names

  • Beauty
  • Bessie
  • Bonnie
  • Brandy
  • Buttons
  • Daisy
  • Dolly
  • Duchess
  • Flossie
  • Gertrude
  • Goldie
  • Jess
  • Nellie
  • Princess
  • Roxie
  • Sadie
  • Sandy
  • Sasha
  • Star
  • Tillie

Other Dog Name Ideas

If none of the names above has caught your attention, why not check out these other lists of dog name ideas.