Top 500 Small Dog Names: Adorable, Cute & Tiny Ideas

Small Dog Names

Do you have a tiny pooch dog that needs one of the best Small Dog Names to match their huge personality?

Small breeds tend to have an abundance of energy, stamina and hunger, whilst also being able to fit snugly inside your purse – so you get the best of both worlds.

Different breeds of small dogs tend to offer a variety of different quirks and traits; however, they are all loveable, lively and always up for a cuddle.

Here is a list of the best small dog names out there, including male, female, unique, funny and quirky pint-sized ideas…

Best Small Dog Names

Best Small Dog Names

While you may think that big dogs are the only ‘working dogs’ out there, some small breeds have also had their fair share of work throughout history:

  • Dachshunds were used to hunt and dig for badgers in Germany
  • West Highland Terriers would hunt foxes in Scotland
  • Bichon Frise were trained to perform tricks in a circus

You will never have a dull moment if you own a small dog, and you will be surprised at how much energy can be packed into such a small frame.

This list includes the best small dog names out there, so let’s get started…

Rascal – the perfect idea for a tiny pooch that never seems to follow the rules! Rascal is a brilliant name for a small dog that is cheeky, mischievous, and just generally chaotic at the best of times!

  • Aero
  • Chip
  • Boots
  • Basil
  • Astro
  • Goose
  • Apple
  • Fido
  • Nemo
  • Chaos
  • Hobbit
  • Rusty
  • Diamond
  • Clover
  • Kiki
  • Sandy
  • Blue
  • Ghost
  • Captain
  • Pumba
  • Marley
  • Magneto
  • Bonsai
  • Spike
  • Geeky
  • Cosmo
  • Radley
  • Wolfie
  • Buffy
  • Honey
  • Louie
  • Butch
  • Murphy
  • Caramel
  • Cowboy
  • Sweetpea
  • Echo
  • Olaf
  • Peony
  • Pandora

Cute Names For Small Dog

Cute Names

It has long been debated whether smaller canines are cuter than larger ones, and whether big dogs are more loveable than small pooches.

While we believe that all dogs are made equally adorable, cuddly and loveable as each other, if you want your small dog to have a fighting chance in this age-old debate, you need to give them the cutest name for small dogs possible!

Each of the ideas in the list below will be impossible to resist, as it’s hard to see a tiny Pomeranian named ‘Bambi’ and not die from a cuteness overload.

Whilst all these monikers would be brilliant for big breeds, they are especially perfect for small, pint-sized dogs.

Marshmallow – perfect for a tiny, white and fluffy dog that resembles a marshmallow!

  • Scamp
  • Buddy
  • Ace
  • Bingo
  • Dobby
  • Bambi
  • Lucky
  • Cola
  • Teddy
  • Bramble
  • Fudge
  • Cookie
  • Brownie
  • Goldie
  • Flash
  • Kit
  • Bagel
  • Dolce
  • Ember
  • Banjo
  • Finch
  • Barbie
  • Dusty
  • Patches
  • Cinder
  • Nala
  • Jellybean
  • Bubba
  • Chewie
  • Toto
  • Spotty
  • Sugar
  • Birdie
  • Gromit
  • Daffodil
  • Yoda
  • Ash
  • Grumpy
  • Pippin
  • Buttons

Unique Small Dog Names

Unique Small Dog Names

There are over 50 small breeds recognized by kennel clubs, and thousands of tiny dogs belonging to each breed.

Trying to pick an uncommon and interesting name can be quite difficult because of the sheer number of miniature dogs that are out there.

Not to worry, we have you covered with this list of unique ideas; From Japan to Scotland, we have monikers from a huge variety of different cultures, and even better, all these names mean ‘small’ or ‘little’!

We have ‘small flowers’ and ‘little beauties’, as well as ‘tiny but fierce’ and ‘little warrior’… a great way to name your dog
= is to give them a moniker that matches their personality.

Kohana – a beautiful girl’s name of Japanese origin that means ‘little flower’; perfect for a small dog that is as beautiful, delicate and graceful as a ‘little flower’

  • Adeen
  • Miki
  • Whitley
  • Bourne
  • Carlin
  • Coralie
  • Belita
  • Adva
  • Sterling
  • Egan
  • Vaughn
  • Baya
  • Damita
  • Mamuka
  • Luminita
  • Boris
  • Brenna
  • Conan
  • Sayuri
  • Yves
  • Frauke
  • Madden
  • Eerin
  • Ahana
  • Halette
  • Arno
  • Briar
  • Carina
  • Rosine
  • Zita
  • Armida
  • Bjark
  • Gulisa
  • Colman
  • Dalena
  • Charmian
  • Hurik
  • Nizar
  • Kanara
  • Ayita
  • Crofton
  • Ursula

Funny Small Dog Names

Funny Small Dog Names

Arguably, small dogs can be some of the funniest pups we’ve ever come across, they have so much energy and spirit compacted into a tiny frame.

Chihuahuas are an incredibly funny breed, they are not afraid to bark at dogs ten times their size, and sometimes you could mistake their temper and audacity as that of a lion!

Yet, these ferocious dogs weigh around 2kg, and are small enough to carry around in a purse.

A dog with such a funny personality deserves a funny name to highlight their sheer comedic genius, and you will find a list of hilarious ideas here…

Jabba – inspired by the Star Wars character, Jabba the Hut, who is probably a hundred times the size of a small dog so makes an ironic and funny name for a small dog!

  • Titan
  • Dorito
  • Tic Tac
  • Noodle
  • Bubbles
  • Taco
  • Biscuit
  • Giant
  • Emperor
  • Pebble
  • Sparky
  • Godzilla
  • Bullet
  • Attitude
  • Nacho
  • Pipsqueak
  • Nero
  • Nugget
  • Beans
  • Pancake
  • Oreo
  • Donut
  • Meatball
  • Bones
  • Rocky
  • Diva
  • Pickles
  • Tank
  • Moose
  • Troublemaker
  • Munchkin
  • Nerd
  • Hagrid
  • Pee Wee
  • Bandit

Male Small Dog Names


Whether your small male dog embraces their stature, or believes themselves to be five times bigger, we have a name that will suit them down to the ground.

No matter if your dog would prefer a small, but manly title, or if they want a title that sets them apart as the cutest dog in the dog park, we have every moniker a dog would ever need!

Many of these small dog names are inspired from celebrities and figures in pop culture, so it doesn’t matter if your pup is more like Thor Odinson than Ozzy Osbourne or Freddie Mercury, there is the perfect idea in this list for every four-legged furball you come across.

Bruno – a very simple moniker, that would be perfect for any dog out there. The name Bruno is derived from the word ‘brown’ in German.

Names For Small Male Dogs
Milo OzzyFinley
Archie CeasarMatthias
Casper HunterFergus
Joey SonnyBarber
Harvey ReggieCooper

Female Small Dog Names


No matter whether your small female puppy identifies with a Disney princess or a tough female warrior, we have the perfect title for them.

There are a number of ideas in this list that would suit a beautiful and graceful, but also pampered and spoiled, small female dog, such as Belle, Anna, Elsa, Ariel and Jasmine.

However, if your female dog embodies the Shakespeare quote “though she be but little, she is fierce”, then we also have a number of names inspired by strong, brave and fearless female heroines, such as Lara Croft, Hermione Granger and Katniss Everdeen.

Bella – another simple idea, this word means ‘beautiful’ in Italian, so would be great for a female pup that makes heads turn as she runs through the dog park!

Names For Small Female Dogs

Choosing A Small Dog Name

Choosing A Puppy Name

No matter how small your puppy is, choosing the perfect title for them will always be a big decision, and can often be quite daunting at times.

However, we have a few tips that might help you pick the best name for any small dog:

1. Cute, funny, simple or traditional?
There are many different ways that you could go about naming your pet dog, and this will influence how you and anyone else sees them.

2. Your chosen title has to last a lifetime
The average lifespan of a small breed is 15 years, that’s a lot of years that you will have to live with the name you have chose.

3. Match your small dog’s name to their personality
This is our favorite tip, because it works every time!


Despite their tiny frames, small dogs usually make a huge impression, and can always leave you with a big smile on your face!

Whether they are as ferocious as a lion, or as timid as a mouse, we will still love them all the same.

We hope you enjoyed this list of small dog names!

From Disney princesses to Greek mythological figures, there is no shortage of inspiration when it comes to ideas.

If you had a favorite from this list, then be sure to let us know in the comments.

Also, if you have a teensy tiny dog yourself, we’d love to know what their name is!

About John Woods 299 Articles
John Woods is the founder of All Things Dogs, member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, graduate in Animal Behavior & Welfare and recognized author by the Dog Writers Association of America.


  1. We are in the process of adopting a little female dog, and we have chosen “Rosie” for her name. We are fans of the Lord of the Rings books and movies. A dog we had for years we called “Sam” (named for Samwise in LOTR), so we decided it would be appropriate to have a “Rosie.” (She’s the love of Sam’s life in the LOTR stories.)

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