Disney fandom has a surprising ability to impact every area of a fan’s life. Maybe it’s the sheer number of characters out there or maybe it’s how omnipresent that they seem to be, but there’s just something about the characters made by the company that really tends to lodge itself in the brains of fans.
Given the popularity of all of these characters, it does make sense that many Disney fans also choose to name their dogs after their favorite Disney icons. Some of them look at Disney dogs for inspiration, of course, but everything from princesses and princesses to robots can work in a pinch.
If you’re a Disney fan who is wondering what you should name your dog, you’ll definitely find what you’re looking for here.
The Disney Dogs
If you’re looking for a great dog name, why not start with an actual Disney dog? Dogs have played big roles in a number of different Disney features, so it makes sense to look to these animals for a bit of naming inspiration.
For many, the best place to start with Disney dogs is all the way back to the beginning. Fans of the classics might want to look at The Fox and the Hound here, choosing to name their new pooches after either the Irish Wolfhound Chief or after the Basset Hound Copper. There’s always, of course, both Lady and Tramp to choose from if you’re a fan of the eponymous film, each of which can be a great choice depending on your dog’s gender and personality. You can also go with Nana, the big babysitter from Peter Pan.
Of course, one can never forget about all of the Dalmatians from 101 Dalmatians, including not only parents Pongo and Perdita, but the pups who include Lucky, Whizzer, and dozens of others. Patch, Rolly, and the gang all make for great dog names even if your dog isn’t a Dalmatian.
If you want to move a little farther into Disney’s filmography, you’ve got to look at Oliver and Company. This film put dogs in the spotlight and gave Disney fans a whole host of dog names that were, to be fair, largely lifted from Dickens. Dodger and Tito are both great names for male dogs of virtually any breed, while Francis is really fitting for a dramatic bigger dog.
You can also go a little more modern with your dog names if you like. Percy was the fussy pug from Pocahontas, and the name definitely fits many real pugs. On the other end of the spectrum is the heroic Bolt, who provides a much more positive example for most dogs.
For some, though, it’s all about the Pixar dogs. Dug is definitely the big winner here, as any good fan of Up can attest. Slink (or Slinky) is another great choice – especially if you have a longer dog of your own. Scud and Buster from Toy Story round things out here, lending their names to some fantastic pups.
If you’re really looking for Disney dogs, why not go with the best known? Both Goofy and Pluto are dogs, after all, and their names are great fits for many different types of breeds – particularly for dogs with floppy ears. Sure, one is Mickey’s friend and the other is Mickey’s pet, but that’s not really something you have to worry about when choosing a name for your own dog.
Disney-Pixar Character Dog Names
Some of the most successful Disney films in recent years were made by Pixar Studios. Now a part of Disney proper, the studio has given fans a whole host of new characters with whom to fall in love. If you’re a fan of these classics, you might want to consider a few of the following names.
If you’re a fan of Toy Story, it’s hard not to think about naming your dog after the central characters of Woody and Buzz. Rex can also be a fantastic name whether your dog is tough or timid, while even Hamm can be fun. If you’re more of a Monsters Inc person, though, you can go with names like Sully or Boo – though Mike Wazowski might be pushing things a little too far.
If you’re more of a fan of finding Nemo, though, you can find some great names in that film. Marlin and Nemo are great dog names, but Dory can be very fitting for dogs who tend to forget where they have placed their toys. If you’re looking at staying in the animal kingdom of names, Remy can also be a fantastic name for a dog even if he or she doesn’t share much else in common with the protagonist of Ratatouille. On the other end of the size spectrum is Arlo, a great name that comes from Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur.
Dog Names from Classic Disney Characters
Sometimes it makes sense to go a little more old-school with your Disney names. Though Goofy and Pluto both have their places as classic dog names, many of their animated friends can find their way onto the list as well. Great names for boy dogs include Mickey, Donald, Huey, Dewey, and Louie as well as Pete. Girl names, of course, include both Minnie and Daisy as well as Clarabelle.
Dog Names from Disney Heroes and Heroines
Many viewers would rather choose their dogs’ names from the lists of Disney’s most famous princesses and heroes. These are the characters that have captured the imaginations of many, after all, so they do make a fair bit of sense as dog names.
So, what names work if you’re looking at the Official Disney Princesses? Everything starts with Snow White, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), and Cinderella, of course, but these are far from the only big-name Princesses from which you can choose. Belle, Jasmine, and Ariel are much more popular for those who grew up in the 80s and 90s, while Anna, Elsa, and Moana might be better fitting for those who have more modern tastes.
There are also a handful of female characters who are nearly as popular, but who don’t have royal status. Hunchback of Notre Dame’s Esmerelda fits in here, as does Alice in Wonderland’s Alice. Jane from Tarzan is another great choice, as is Megara from Hercules. Lilo from Lilo and Stitch is another great name, while Judy Hopps is a good choice for a dog who loves to jump around.
What about the boys, though? There are, after all, many Disney princes and heroes that can lend their names to male dogs. Aladdin can be a very popular choice if you have a scrappy male dog, while Baymax might be a better choice if your dog is big and friendly. Hercules can be a fantastic name for a dog who tends to be very big and brave, while Mowgli might be a better fit for a dog who is just as fearless but who is also a bit smaller.
If your dog is a bit tougher, why not choose one of the lions from The Lion King like Mufasa or Simba? If you’re looking for something a little more playful, though, names like Peter or Pan or even Pinocchio can be great names for dogs who have a lot of personalities. Quasimodo isn’t a particularly nice name to give a dog, but it can fit one who has a lot of inner beauty, while Stitch could be a perfect name for a dog who is always willing to get into trouble.
Honestly, there are enough heroic Disney characters out there that it shouldn’t be too hard to find a name. Whether they happen to be the stars of the show or they’re just supporting characters is immaterial – you can definitely find a name in one of Disney’s many films to support your little hero or heroine.
Dog Names from Disney Villains
Not everyone is looking for a heroic name for their dogs. There are many who just know that villains have all the fun and they’re definitely looking to assign a villainous name to their pets. Finding the right one is easy when you have all the information in front of you.
Male villains are fairly straightforward in the Disney world. Hook from Peter Pan is a great name, while Hunchback’s Frollo is a little more unique. If you’re going for something really niche, though, why not go for names like Balthazar from the Aristocats or even the Heffalump from Winnie the Pooh? More mainstream is names like Gaston from Beauty and the Beast or Hans from Frozen, while names like Aladdin’s Jafar or even Ratcliffe from Pocahontas work well. You can even go for names from less well-known movies like Ratigan from The Great Mouse Detective to really help make your dog stand out.
If you’re naming a female dog after a villain, you’ll definitely get to choose from among some fun names. Cruella is a weird name for a dog to be sure, but it works. So too does Bellwether from Zootopia or even Mim from The Sword in the Stone. You can also choose real classics like Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty or Ursula from The Little Mermaid if you’re looking for a way to really make your dog’s evil side stand out.
Dog Names from Supporting Disney Characters
Finally, we have those characters who might not have their own movies but who are beloved in their own rights. These characters have plenty of merchandise, but what they don’t have is big enough parts to carry a film on their own. This does not, however, mean that they can’t be stars in their own homes!
So, let’s start with those fantastic animal companions that make Disney movies so fun. If you’re a fan of Aladdin, you can choose to go with either Abu, Rajah, or Iago. If you prefer The Jungle Book, you’re in luck – you’ve got great characters like Bagheera, Kaa, Baloo, and even Louie. The Little Mermaid lends dog owners great names like Flounder, Scuttle, and Sebastian, while Winnie the Pooh has Eeyore, Tigger, Roo, and the rest.
If you’re looking to go a bit less animalistic, there are also some really fun characters at which you can look. All seven Dwarves (and especially Dopey) make great dog names, as do Beauty and the Beast characters like Chip, Mrs. Potts, Cogsworth, and Lumiere. Genie can be a very fun name, as can Mushu, Rafiki, or even Jiminy (Cricket, of course). Even names like Olaf, Sven, and Smee can be great names for certain types of dogs.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is a good Disney name for a dog?
As you might expect, there are many good Disney names for dogs. The best way to figure out which kind of name works the best for your dog is definitely to sit down and think about your dog’s personality. Is she a little princess? If so, you might want to pick from among the many Disney Princesses in order to find a name. Is your dog silly? It might make sense to look for a name that comes from one of the funnier characters, then. The goal should always be to find a name for your dog that doesn’t just express your love for Disney, but that really fits your dog as well.
2. What is Cinderella’s dog’s name?
Yes, Cinderella has a dog. While plenty of other animals get more screen time simply because they have more interesting parts to play in the movie, Cinderella’s loyal dog does feature in the Disney film. If you’re not careful, you’ll probably miss the fact that this dumb but loyal pooch is named Bruno – another one of those great names for a dog that can show that you’re not only a Disney fan, but that you’re the kind of fan who really pays attention to the films he or she watches.
3. 101 Dalmatians Dog Names
There are actually fewer names here than you might imagine. If you’re just watching the Disney movies, you’re only going to get a total of eight names. You’ll get parents Pongo and Perdita, of course, but we only hear the names of six of Perdita’s fifteen pups. Those dogs are Lucky, Patch, Rolly, Penny, Freckles, and Pepper. If you go a little deeper and watch the cartoons, the live-action films, or even read some of the tie-in books, you’ll find that the names of her litter are Cadpig, Thunder, Purdy, Dipstick, Wizzer, Jewel, Spotty, and Two-Tone.