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100 Cool Names for Rat Terriers: Ideas for Energetic Dogs

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By Nicole Cosgrove

Names for Rat Terriers

Whether you’ve adopted an adult Rat Terrier or brought home a puppy, there are some things you should know about this breed. Rat Terriers were originally bred to hunt rats, and they have a lot of energy. They’re also intelligent and trainable, but they can be stubborn.

You have everything you need for your new friend: food, a soft bed, and toys, but what about a name? Naming your new pet is an exciting part of welcoming them into your home. If you’re stuck on what to name your Rat Terrier, here are 100 name suggestions to help you decide:

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What to Consider When Choosing a Name

When naming your new Rat Terrier, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Here are some tips on how to name your new Rat Terrier:
  • You want to make sure you choose a name that fits your new dog’s personality. Consider their small size and big persona. A name that is too long or difficult to pronounce may not be the best fit for a little dog with a lot of spunk.
  • Second, think about what kinds of names you like. If you’re looking for something traditional, or if you want something more unique.
  • Lastly, don’t be afraid to have some fun with it! This is your chance to get creative and come up with a name that reflects your Rat Terrier’s personality perfectly.

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Names for Feisty Rat Terriers

Rat Terrier
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Here are some classic names that would suit a small but charismatic wonder of a pup. Most would work either for male or female dogs.

  • Apollo
  • Boss
  • Buzz
  • Cleo
  • Gizmo
  • Jack
  • Juno
  • Lucky
  • Luna
  • Myrtle
  • Nitro
  • Oliver
  • Oscar
  • Pax
  • Pepper
  • Pip
  • Rocks
  • Shadow
  • Smoky
  • Socks
  • Sparks
  • Tank
  • Teddy
  • Tiny
  • Toothpicks

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Rat Terrier Names Taken from Fiction and Pop-Culture

Rat Terrier
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Maybe you want a name that reminds you of a fictional character, or your pup perfectly fits the persona of a character you love. Or maybe you want a time-worn and classic name that will stand out.

If you’re looking for a name that will make you smile every time you say it, then a Rat Terrier named after a fictional character is the way to go. Some of our favorites include:

  • Ajax
  • Angus
  • Aragon
  • Bianca
  • Bigwig
  • Bran
  • Carlos
  • Clover
  • Fiver
  • Gertrude
  • Ghost
  • Julius
  • Kanga
  • Lady
  • Laurel
  • Lavinia
  • MacDuff
  • Mortimer
  • Nymeria
  • Oberon
  • Ophelia
  • Ratcliffe
  • Robin
  • Roo
  • Rummer
  • Sampson
  • Sansa
  • Scout
  • Suess
  • Summer
  • Tigger
  • Titus
  • Toto
  • Troy
  • Winnie

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Food Names for Rat Terriers

Rat Terrier dog
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Sometimes, naming your dog after one of your favorite foods is ideal! You want your dog to feel the same love as you have with, say, meatballs. Whether you want to choose something sweet or savory, this list can give you some ideas.

  • Apple
  • Basil
  • Bean
  • Berry
  • Blackberry
  • Butternut
  • Cheese
  • Coconut
  • Cookie
  • Cupcake
  • Ginger
  • Jellybean
  • Juice
  • Macaroni
  • Maple
  • Meatball
  • Noodle
  • Nutmeg
  • Pancake
  • Peanut
  • Pumpkin
  • Skittles
  • Snacks
  • Snickers
  • Sugar
  • Sweet Pea
  • Taco
  • Turnip
  • Vino
  • Waffles

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Cutesy Names for Rat Terriers

rat terrier
Image by: Clay Kraze, Pexels

Your Rat Terrier might be a bit feisty, but they are simply too cute to say “NO” to. In that case, you might want to consider some cute names to match your dog’s adorable expressions.

  • Bailey
  • Bluebell
  • CeCe
  • Coco
  • Lucy
  • Pip
  • Queenie
  • Snuggles
  • Socks
  • Squirt

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Final Thoughts

When it comes to naming your Rat Terrier, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, consider what name best suits your dog’s personality. Secondly, choose a name that is easy for you to say and for your dog to understand. Lastly, have fun with it! Ultimately, the name you choose should be something that you and your dog will both love.

Happy naming! We know that you will pick the perfect one for your dog!

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