There's no doubt that Japanese dog names can be the cutest and most unique option for naming your canine buddy. Whether you love anime, have a Japanese dog breed, or just love all things Japanese, we have a great list of 153 of the most popular, and unique Japanese dog names that you will love, along with what they mean. Let's get started!
Top 10 Japanese Dog Names
We're going to start off with the current top 10 popular Japanese dog names that you can name your furry friend, along with their meanings in English.
- 1Koko ~ here
- 2Momo ~ peach
- 3Maron ~ chestnut
- 4Sora ~ sky
- 5Chokoreto ~ chocolate
- 6Hana ~ flower
- 7Reo ~ leo
- 8Moka ~ mocha
- 9Moko ~ fluffy
- 10Maru ~ circle/purity
Male Japanese dog names
Our next list of Japanese dog names looks at the top 30 male names that you can choose for your pet.
Female Japanese dog names
If you are looking for a female Japanese dog name, we have a list of 30 here that are cute and cool.
Dog names inspired by Japanese cuisine
Yes, some people have named their pets after their favorite Japanese food! Japanese has some beautiful words though that make great names for either male or female dogs.
Dog names inspired by Anime characters
What about naming you dog after your favorite Anime character? Anime has become very popular over the last decade and many people have chosen names of their favorite anime characters for their pets.
Dog names inspired by Japanese cities and regions
Japan has no end of beautiful cities and regions that also have beautiful names to use for your dog or puppy, regardless of their gender. Here is some inspiration:
Japanese names for puppies
These are good names for puppies, as well as small dogs. Here are some examples of both female and male Japanese dog names for puppies :
Japanese dog names inspired by nature
Even nature lovers can find a great Japanese for their dogs! Here are a few:
How to teach your puppy his name
So, you've got your name picked out for your furry friend.
How do you get your puppy to understand and learn his name?
You want your dog to recognize their name when you call them as part of their training. It can be a safeguard should your dog get off its lead or run further than you can see them, as most curious dogs will do.
For those who have adopted a dog and have changed the name (or don't know what the previous name was), this can take a bit of time. But, you can get them to recognize their name with a bit of work.
One way to do this is by using Positive Reinforcement Training, which is how most dogs are taught basic skills. The sessions you do need to be fun for you both, and your aim is getting your dog to understand that their name means something good.
What you do is say your dog's name, and then say “yes” while giving them a treat.
Wait for a few seconds and then do it again. You should do this for 5 minutes a few times a day.
You'll start to notice that your puppy or dog starts to make that link between the sound of their name and treats. You can then move on to the next step, which is to call their name when they aren't focused on you. While they are distracted call their name. When your dog looks at you, say “yes” and then give them a treat.
When you first begin this part, you might want to have your dog on a leash. If they don't look at you when you call their name, gently tug on the leash until they do look at you and then say “yes” and give them a treat. Do this exercise in different environments and as often through the day as you can.
Some common mistakes....
There are some situations where you shouldn't use your dog's name, such as for correction purposes, punishment, or shouting angrily at them. It will start to make them associated their name with negative things and undo all of your positive training. If your dog associates his name with being yelled at for something, he will start to not respond to you when you call him. Your dog needs to want to stop and give you his attention and that won't happen with a negative association.
Another bad habit is using your dog's name as a command, such as when calling them to come over to you. Their name is purely to get their attention. If you want them to come to you, call their name, pause, and then say come. Otherwise, it gets confusing for them.
Using their name too casually for anything other than getting their attention is also a bad habit. Doing this can cause them to treat their name as a background noise that they then ignore.
And lastly, try not to give your dog nicknames.
They may learn to respond to these but it can get confusing to them and be less effective over time.
I hope you have found some inspiration for your dog's name and wish you good luck with your name recognition training!
Of all the Japanese dog breeds, only six of these are recognized as being true native Japanese breeds: Shiba Inu, Shikoku, Kishu, Kai Ken, Hokkaido, and Akita. However, regardless of breed, all these make great name choices for your female or male furry family member.