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100+ Small Dog Names: Petite Ideas for Cute & Tiny Dogs

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By Nicole Cosgrove


As any small dog owner knows, the biggest personalities come in the tiniest packages. Your pups may be pint-sized, but they’re not likely to disappear into the background anytime soon. So what should you name your fierce, adorable dog? Good news: there are tons of great small dog names—you just have to know where to look.

To help you decide, we’ve put together a list of over 100 great names for small dogs, including funny, cute, and unique ideas. Whether your pup is male or female, white or any other color, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading to find the best small dog names!

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Female Small Dog Names

  • Daisy
  • Dash
  • Apple
  • Poppy
  • Dorothy
  • Belle
  • Franny
  • Jemima
  • Susan
  • Elizabeth
  • Pippin
  • Primrose
  • Dobby
  • Sharon
  • Elsie
  • Gatsby
  • Fiona
  • Anna
  • Athena
  • Cricket
  • Coco
  • Beatrice
  • Jane
  • Betsy
  • Amy
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Male Small Dog Names

  • Oliver
  • Harry
  • James
  • Liam
  • Captain
  • Steve
  • General
  • Abraham
  • Archie
  • Ammo
  • Edward
  • Thomas
  • Brian
  • Timmy
  • Major
  • Joe
  • Gunner
  • Leon
  • Sergeant
  • Sammy
  • James
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Cutest Small Dog Names

If your dog is cute as a button, look no further. We’ve gathered some of the cutest small dog names imaginable:

  • Crumbs
  • King
  • Princess
  • Dumpling
  • Huckleberry
  • Chico
  • Sprinkles
  • Dash
  • Button
  • Queenie
  • Heart
  • Bean
  • Tiny
  • Damsel
  • Blueberry
  • Raspberry
  • Cutie
  • Thimble
  • Smalls
  • Swirl
  • Spots
  • Eggroll
  • Lady
west highland white terrier standing on a rock formation
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White Small Dog Names

Is your little pup white? Honor that silky coat with one of these great names, all of which are perfect for creamy dogs.

  • Vanilla
  • Ice cream
  • Milkshake
  • Icy
  • Yeti
  • Caramel
  • Lily
  • Blanca
  • Misty
  • Nilla
  • Cloudy
  • Eggshell
  • Daisy
  • Meringue
  • Marshmallow
  • Frosting
  • Cream

Read more: 100+ White Dog Names: Top Picks for Crisp & Clean Pups

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Funny Small Dog Names

Your tiny dog is a bucket of laughs, so why not play up the comedic side and give your pup a hilarious name? Many of these names reference your pup’s tiny stature, while others are just plain funny words. Scroll down for the funniest small dog names:

  • Killer
  • Smalls
  • Spaghetti
  • Teeny
  • Giant
  • Nacho
  • Ogre
  • Thor
  • Bruiser
  • Bubba
  • Beast
  • Diva
  • Samson
  • Hercules
  • Biggie
  • Ravioli
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Unique Small Dog Names

Why not choose a name as unique as your puppy? Whether you have a Maltese or a Chihuahua, any dog would love these distinctive names:

  • Cosmo
  • Babette
  • Quark
  • Sputnik
  • Jupiter
  • Artemis
  • Sprout
  • Maverick
  • Athena
  • Atom
  • Gemma
  • Pluto
  • Crumbs

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Finding the Right Name for Your Small Dog

Now that you’ve seen our list of small dog names, it’s time to take your pick. Will you choose something cute, classic, funny, or unique? 

Before you go, we have a couple of dog-naming suggestions. First, you’ll want to make sure the name you choose is easy to say and will work well for training. Try saying (and yelling) the name a few times to see how it feels. Second, you’ll want a name that suits your dog. If your pup is goofy, look for a funny name. More of a princess? Try something a little more regal.

We hope you’ve found the perfect name, but if not, try one of our other lists:

Featured Image Credit: 27707, Pixabay

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