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119+ Small Dog Names [+Meanings]

Selecting a name for your small canine companion is one of the most important decisions you'll make as a pet parent and should be found within the first week or so. Your puppy deserves a great name, fitting for their small size and joyful character.

We have scoured through hundreds of unique names and came up with a list of 119 of the cutest small dog names for your new bundle of joy. 

If you're looking for an awesome name for your small male or female puppy or dog we don't think you can go wrong with any of the monikers we have listed below. 

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Top 10 Small Dog Names

Here's this year's top 10 small dog names, their origin and meaning.

1.

Frankie ~ is a short version of Frank and makes for an affectionate name for a small dog. In Latin it means "Frenchman or free man".

2.

Bingo ~ we love the name Bingo for a small male dog.

3.

Pepe ~ nickname of the Spanish name José, meaning "father of Jesus Christ".

4.

Toto~ the lovable small terrier from "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz".

5.

Sydney~ from Charles Dickens's "A Tale of Two Cities" - a cute male or female dog name.

6.

Aria~ a perfect choice for your small female dog. It is of Hebrew, Italian origin meaning "air; song or melody"

7.

Lula - we totally adore the name Lula! Fitting for your small female pooch.

8.

Kyra~ what's more fitting than Kyra as a name for your female puppy - it's of Persian origin meaning "throne".

9.

Susie~ a cute and adorable name for a fluffy white dog meaning "lily".

10.

Gracie~ another one of our favorites for your small bundle of joy.

Below, you'll find 109+ more cute and adorable name ideas for small girl or boy dogs.

Male small dog names

  • Aladdin
  • Alibi
  • Atos
  • Bento
  • Bolt
  • Boris
  • Bruiser
  • Buddie
  • Butch
  • Button
  • Cairo
  • Calvin
  • Cooper
  • Duke
  • Dumbo
  • Flynn
  • Geralt
  • Gigi
  • Guru
  • Gus
  • Hunter
  • Jack
  • Jagger
  • Jethro
  • Kasper
  • Kiwi
  • Leo
  • Lucas
  • Moussack
  • Murphy
  • Pepper
  • Rhett
  • Roscoe
  • Smurf
  • Strudel
  • Teddy

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Female big dog names

  • Ashley
  • Asia
  • Bella
  • Charline
  • Cherry
  • Ciri
  • Cleo
  • Daisy​​​​
  • Elle
  • Emily
  • Esther
  • Fifi
  • Fringilla
  • Grace
  • Ivy
  • Junebugs
  • Kera
  • Lucy
  • Luna
  • Maddy
  • Maisy
  • Matilda
  • Minnie
  • Olive
  • Olympia
  • Poppy
  • Ruby
  • Shelby
  • Simba
  • Sofie
  • Talia
  • Thea
  • Thumbelina
  • Tiffany
  • Tissaia
  • Triss
  • Venus
  • Willow
  • Yennefer

Cartoon-inspired small dog names

There’s no better inspiration than your (or your child's) favorite Disney's characters to look for the perfect moniker for your small pooch. 

We're sure you will adore these Disney names for small dogs. We'll kick off the list with the top 13 mystical Disney boy names for your small canine companion.

  • Arlo: the protagonist in the movie "The Good Dinosaur" and derives from the Celtic word Aherlow, meaning “between two highlands. 
  • Chip: a chipmunk cartoon character from Disney's Chip and Dale. Chip is also used as a pet name for Charles.   
  • Donald: the popular character from Donald Duck. It's a Scottish name that translates to "proud chief" - a commanding name for regal small dog.
  • Felix: boy character from "Wreck-It Ralph", the name is sure to sound great for your little boy dog.
  • Gus: of the two mice who serve as Cinderella's sidekicks. Gus is the short form of Augustus, a Latin name which translates to "great, magnificent" - fitting for a strong small dog.
  • Marlin:  is the lovable father of Nemo in "Finding Nemo". Marlin, is a Welsh name and means "sea fortress"
  • Olaf: the animated snowman in "Frozen" and what a cute name for your buddy. Derives from Norse mythology and means "ancestor's relic" 
  • Percival: is one of our favorite Disney-inspired names. Percival is a fictional character from The Rescuers Down Under. The name is of French origin meaning "one who pierces the valley".
  • Rex: the cute dinosaur from "Toy Story".  The name is of Latin origin meaning "king" and is a great choice for a regal breed.
  • Nash: Ramsey's little brother in "The Good Dinosaur". Nash is an English surname meaning "by the ash tree" and is quite a trendy name choice for a dog. 
  • Wilbur: Orville's brother from the classic 1990 film "The Rescuers from Down Under".  The name is of German origin meaning "resolute, brilliant".  
  • Winston: a superhero fan from "The Incredibles 2".  The name is of English origin meaning "wine's town".  We think it's a perfect name for traditional pet parents of today.

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Here are our favorite Disney-inspired female dog names with a 100% cuteness factor suitable for small girl dogs.

  • Abigail: Amelia's sister in "Aristocrats". Shorten it to Abby which makes for a very adorable name suitable for a small dog.
  • Amelia: another female Disney character from "Aristocrats", also translates to "work"
  • Ariel: the protagonist in "A Little Mermaid". This cute dog name translates to "lion of God".
  • Belle: the perfect female Disney name for your furry little princess
  • Celia: a stylish name for your small dog. Celia was the snake-haired monster character from "Monsters, Inc".
  • Cleo: The name Cleo is delicate, energetic and sleek - perfect for a Doxie pup. Cleo is Pinocchio's fish from Disney's "Pinocchio". 
  • Daisy:  Donald Duck's girlfriend. This dog moniker has a distinctly romantic vibe and perfect for a small female dog.
  • Dory:  The cute regal blue fish from "Nemo". This is a powerful name for an adventurous pup like a Havanese and means "gift of God".
  • Giselle: the leading lady in Disney's "Enchanted", great moniker for the graceful Maltese breed.
  • Kiara: Simba and Nala's daughter from the classic "The Lion King".  In Irish in translates to "dark" - an adorable name for a black small dog such as the Scottish Terrier or a Boston Terrier.
  • Minnie: Think outside the box by naming your small girl dog after the classic Minnie Mouse who still rules the hearts of many children.
  • Tiana: princess character from "The Princess and the Frog", rhymes with Tiara. This beautiful name literally translates to "princess" and is the perfect moniker for a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel or other royal breed.
  • Willow: She was Pocahontas' grandmother. Her character was wise and discerning - so a very apt name for a clever small dog with a huge personality like the Chihuahua. 

Car brand names inspired monikers for small breeds

Do you want to give your petite pooch a cool name that is fitting for an adventurous small dog? If you're looking for fun names for your tiny pooch, these small car names will surely inspire you. Have a look.

  • Yaris: a cool name for a speedy small dog. The Toyota Yaris is one of Europe's safest small cars. 
  • Forte: the Kia Forte is known as the K3 in South Korea, it translates to "strong" and is a fitting name for a strong small dog such as a Terrier or a Miniature Schnauzer.
  • Ioniq: the Hyundai Ioniq is an eco-friendly, efficient and hi-tech car.  We think it makes for a truly quirky yet cool dog name
  • Sonic: Chevrolet Sonic' small car name is cute and fun and translates to "of sound or the speed at which sound travels in air". 
  • Bolt: another well known Chevy car and a classic choice for small pet dog.
  • Beetle: the Beetle from German car manufacture Volkswagen , in parts of the English-speaking world, known as the "Bug", is probably the best-selling car of all time. We think it's the perfect choice for a small pooch.
  • Cruze: another highly rated Chevy that oozes style, another favorite moniker of ours for naming your small canine companion. 
  • Jetta: Volkswagen's Jetta, the perfect small family car and a great idea for a small girl dog name.

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