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145+ Dog Names that Start with P for Your Perfect Pup

Kristin Hitchcock

By Kristin Hitchcock

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There are thousands of potential dog names for you to choose from. Often, the biggest difficulty in naming your dog is selecting only one name. If you’ve narrowed it down to only names that start with “P,” you’ve effectively eliminated most of those options (which can make your choice a bit easier). However, there are still many dog names that start with P.

We’ve included some of our favorite names below. Some of these are classic, while others are very unique. Hopefully, these names should provide you with the inspiration and options you need to name your dog.


Male Dog Names that Start with P

If you want a traditionally male name, then this is the list you should look at. These names are on the more masculine side of things, so most people will use them for their boy dogs. Of course, this doesn’t mean that some of them won’t be suitable for female dogs, too.

  • Phoenix
  • Porter
  • Pablo
  • Pippin
  • Prince
  • Peanut
  • Pumba
  • Parker
  • Pogo
  • Percy
  • Petey
  • Patton
  • Puck
  • Princeton
  • Pixel
  • Paddox
  • Punch
  • Pacer
  • Puckett
  • Paco
  • Presley
  • Paddy
  • Pegasus
  • Pancho
  • Pippins
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Female Dog Names that Start with P

This list is similar to the one above—only it features feminine names. Most of these names are either very girly or traditionally used for females. However, some are a bit more unisex, like “peanut.” If you want a more feminine name, these should be suitable.

  • Piper
  • Princess
  • Peanut
  • Penelope
  • Pippa
  • Pearl
  • Paisley
  • Patsy
  • Polly
  • Poppy
  • Puma
  • Phoebe
  • Pandora
  • Pixie
  • Peaches
  • Persephone
  • Pudding
  • Pansy
  • Presley
  • Priscilla
  • Panda
  • Penny
  • Portia
  • Pebbles
  • Primrose

Unisex Dog Names that Start with P

Unisex names are those that aren’t particularly masculine or feminine. Some of these names were traditionally used for one gender and then switched, becoming popular for the other gender, instead. However, some aren’t traditional names and don’t sound particularly gendered at all.

  • Parker
  • Peanut
  • Pippin
  • Pepper
  • Pasha
  • Payton
  • Phoenix
  • Presley
  • Pebble
  • Puck
  • Paris
  • Pilot
  • Puma
  • Page
  • Pippa
  • Puck
  • Paloma
  • Peyton
  • Prairie
  • Persimmon
  • Pat
  • Porsche
  • Polaris
  • Poet
  • Picasso
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Unique Dog Names that Start with P

Many of the names above are more traditional. If you want to break outside of the name box, then this list of unique dog names is for you. We’ve included a variety of names that aren’t traditionally considered “dog names.”

  • Pizarro
  • Pandora
  • Ptolemy
  • Prism
  • Pinnacle
  • Paladin
  • Plume
  • Paradox
  • Panache
  • Puckster
  • Perseus
  • Pecan
  • Pistachio
  • Paragon
  • Posh
  • Picasso
  • Pantheon
  • Papillon
  • Pizazz
  • Prisma
  • Pulsar
  • Puckett
  • Polka
  • Pyrrhus

Nature-Inspired Dog Names that Start with P

Nature is a great place to find unique dog names that aren’t too flashy. Some of these names may even be quite traditional, like Poppy, though others are absolutely unique and rare. If you love nature or have a dog who does, try some of these names:

  • Pebble
  • Pine
  • Poppy
  • Peony
  • Palmetto
  • Puma
  • Posy
  • Petal
  • Polar
  • Plum
  • Puddle
  • Pebbles
  • Peregrine
  • Parrot
  • Patagonia
  • Palomino
  • Panther
  • Prairie
  • Pearl
  • Palm
  • Poinsettia
  • Pandanus
  • Primrose
  • Polaris
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Food-Inspired Dog Names

You may be surprised by the number of foods that also make great dog names! Many of these names are very cute and unique, too. They work well for smaller dogs that need an adorable name to match.

  • Pancake
  • Peanut
  • Popcorn
  • Pumpkin
  • Pickles
  • Pretzel
  • Pudding
  • Pistachio
  • Peaches
  • Parmesan
  • Pepper
  • Poppyseed
  • Pita
  • Praline
  • Pesto
  • Paprika
  • Pecan
  • Pastrami
  • Peppermint
  • Popsicle
  • Pumpernickel
  • Plum
  • Pringle
  • Polenta
  • Pappardelle


How to Name Your Dog

Naming a dog may seem like an easy task, but it is often easier said than done. There are tons of names out there, and you have to select only one for your pooch. That can be challenging, especially if you’re naming your dog alongside other members of your family. Settling on one name yourself can be challenging. Trying to get everyone to agree can be even more difficult.

The best dog’s name is one that isn’t similar to any commands (to avoid confusion) and one that you like.

The easiest way to choose a dog name is to find a larger list, like the ones we have below. Then, make a list of your favorites as you work down the page. At the end, narrow the list down to only your very favorites. Hopefully, by this point, you’ll only have five or fewer names.

Next, try each name out for a day or so. Dogs take more than a single day to learn their name, so this won’t confuse them. Sometimes a name may sound great on paper but not in the real world. It’s important to try a name out before settling on it for your pooch.

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With around 150 different options, we hope that one of the names above works well for your canine. Whether you’re looking for something traditional or something absolutely unique, these names should provide you with plenty of inspiration and ideas.

Don’t feel rushed to name your dog right away. Dogs take a few days to weeks to learn their name, so there is no reason to rush it.

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