125 Female Dog Names

Discover the top names for girl dogs.

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Whether you just brought home a new girl puppy or recently adopted a female adult dog, it's time to embark upon a fun adventure by choosing her new name. Selecting your new dog’s name is always a big deal. After all, you and everyone in your pup's life will be calling her by that for many years to come. With so many names to choose from, how do you begin to narrow them down? It's always good to start at the beginning with the most popular female dog names.

The list of names is nearly infinite, but we’ve compiled 125 excellent female dog names to get you started. 

Dog names often reflect similar trends as seen with human baby names, and like baby names, dog names ebb and flow in popularity. According to the American Kennel Club, the following are the 10 most popular names for girl dogs in the last year. You'll notice that all of the names on the top 10 list for female dogs happen to be human names.

Top Female Dog Names

  • Emma
  • Lucy
  • Sadie
  • Millie
  • Coco
  • Maggie
  • Molly
  • Lilly
  • Daisy
  • Bailey

Tips for Choosing Female Dog Names

When thinking of names for your new girl puppy or dog, remember that the sky is the limit. You might want to choose a classic dog name or perhaps a human name you love. The name you choose doesn’t even need to be a “name” in the traditional sense—almost any word can become a name. When choosing a name for your dog, the only real requirement is that you like it.

That said, there are some generally agreed-upon guidelines when it comes to naming dogs. First, the name should be easy for you to say. Names with one or two syllables, like Scout or Bella, roll off the tongue better than longer names like Valentina or Penelope. It’s also best to stay away from names that sound like other words you want your dog to know, such as “no.” Naming your dog Jo or Flo could make it hard for her to clearly understand if you are calling her name or if you are asking her to stop doing something. If you have multiple pets in the house, it’s always best to choose names that sound very different so your dogs can easily know which pet you’re calling. For instance, try to avoid naming two dogs Millie and Jilly, or Allie and Callie.

Remember, these are only guidelines. If you have your heart set on two dogs with rhyming names, or a long name with many syllables, go for it. At the end of the day, your new dog's name is entirely up to you.

Sweet Female Dog Names

What could be sweeter than snuggly, affectionate girly-girl pooch? These human names for baby girls are just the ticket if you’re looking for an ultra-feminine girl dog name. Large or small, fluffy or sleek, these names are perfect for pampered pups destined to be decked out in sparkly rhinestone collars and soft pink sweaters. Here are some of the sweetest, most feminine name ideas for girl dogs:

  • Abby
  • Allie
  • Angel
  • Annie
  • Baby
  • Bella/Belle
  • Bonnie
  • Cali/Callie
  • Chloe
  • Cleo
  • Dixie
  • Ella
  • Ellie
  • Gigi
  • Grace/Gracie
  • Hannah
  • Hazel
  • Izzy
  • Jasmine
  • Josie
  • Katie
  • Lacey
  • Lady
  • Layla
  • Lexi/Lexie
  • Lola
  • Lulu
  • Luna
  • Macy
  • Maddie
  • Maya
  • Mia
  • Mimi
  • Minnie
  • Missy
  • Misty
  • Penny
  • Phoebe
  • Princess
  • Rosie
  • Roxie
  • Roxy
  • Ruby
  • Sally
  • Sasha
  • Sassy
  • Shelby
  • Sierra
  • Sophie
  • Stella
  • Trixie
  • Willow
  • Winnie
  • Zoe/Zoey

Female Dog Names Based on Foods

Some female dog names sound good enough to eat! Naming your new female pup after a favorite food or sweet snack is always a great choice, especially if you're a foodie. You might even find inspiration from your dog's coat color when choosing a food-based name (think Brandy, Cocoa or Honey). Here are some of the best food-themed names for girl dogs: 

  • Brandy
  • Candy
  • Cinnamon
  • Cocoa
  • Cookie
  • Ginger
  • Honey
  • Marshmallow
  • Mocha
  • Muffin
  • Nutmeg
  • Olive
  • Peaches
  • Peanut
  • Pepper
  • Pumpkin
  • Sugar

Gender-Neutral Female Dog Names

You don’t have to pick a girly or sweet-sounding name for your new dog just because she happens to be a female. Opening yourself up to dog name ideas that are not sex-specific brings many more name choices to the table. Considering the following dog name ideas that are neither distinctly male nor distinctly female, but still work well for girl dogs:

  • Casey
  • Charlie
  • Dakota
  • Harley
  • Heidi
  • Holly
  • Lucky
  • Madison
  • Marley
  • Max
  • Nikki
  • Pebbles
  • Riley
  • Sam
  • Sandy
  • Scout
  • Shadow
  • Sydney

Female Dog Names Based on Color

Every dog is a beautiful and unique creature, in part because they come in a rainbow of colors and patterns. Your new dog’s coat color can serve as wonderful inspiration for her name. Consider these ideas:

  • Amber
  • Blue
  • Coral
  • Fawn
  • Goldie
  • Lavender
  • Pearl
  • Scarlett
  • Sunny
  • Tawny
  • Violet

Unusual Female Dog Names

Some names are incredibly popular to use for dogs. You’re very likely to meet many girl dogs named Coco, Lucky, Lucy, Sadie and Molly. But what if you like something a little different?

  • Athena
  • April
  • Carrie
  • Claire
  • Dawn
  • Jane
  • Jill
  • Joy
  • Judy
  • Kona
  • Lana
  • Nala
  • Piper
  • Rita
  • Sara

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