100 Powerful Names for Energetic Dogs (From Chipper to Zipper)
Barbara Fitzgerald is an AKC Breeder of Merit and author of the column "Conversations with Champions" for the BCSA magazine, Borderlines.
Most healthy puppies display an overabundance of energy, punctuated by long naps and the occasional "zoomies." If you would like to pay tribute to your dog's speed, playfulness, and boundless energy, these meaningful dog names will honor his or her high drive.
Naming ideas are broken down into these categories:
- Names That Mean "Playful" for Both Males and Females
- Names That Mean or Evoke "Speed" for Both Males and Females
- Names for "Hyper" Dogs
- Names for "High-Energy" Dogs
Male Dog Names That Mean "Playful"
Chipper - Happy and upbeat, also the name of the Braves monosyllabic former baseman, Chipper Jones.
Da Do Zippity - A play on Zip-a-Dee- Doo-Dah, Oscar-winning song from Disney's Song of the South.
Fizz - Bubbly, effervescent.
Flip - To react to something with excitement or astonishment. "Flip Wilson flipped out America when he took the stage in drag as Geraldine Jones."
Frisky - Lively, frolicsome, and playful.
Keen - Extremely sensitive and responsive, possessing acute perception and showing a strong desire.
Peppy - Full of drive and fast on the pickup.
Rollick - To frolic or behave in a free, jovial way.
Spirit - To animate, encourage and stir up into action.
Trick - Rogish practical joke or illusion.
Female Dog Names That Mean "Playful"
Blithe - Carefree, heedless, joyful, and merry.
Breezy - Fresh and sprightly.
Bubbles - Bubbly, effervescent, lively, and enthusiastic.
Fancy - Caprice, whim, or illusion.
Folly - Foolishness, madness, or lunacy, the Ziegfeld Follies were elaborately staged productions incorporating hundreds of beautiful, smiling young ladies, endlessly fanning out across the stage.
Frolic - Playful behavior, merriment and fun. To gambol merrily.
Gala - A festive celebration.
Go-go - Full of energy and vitality. A mod 1960s discoteque, The Whisky a Go-Go.
Jolly - Good humored, merry.
Lark - A playful excursion, frolic or adventure.
Merry - Joyous and playful.
Shine - Glow or emit light, the take a fancy to, or a practical joke, such as monkey shines.
Sunny - Cheery and light-hearted.
Male Dog Names That Mean "Fast" or "Speedy"
Apollo - Series of manned space flights that rocketed to the moon.
Aston - Aston Martin sports cars remain James Bond's preferred mode of conveyance.
Bolt - Explosive leap forward or upright; the action of a rifle.
Brisk - Active, quick or lively.
Bullet - Projectile.
Chase - To pursue.
Dart - Sudden swift movement.
Dash - A short fast race; to move in a rush.
DeLorean - Named for auto executive John DeLorean, this sports car came to fame twice. Originally its design, with distinctive gullwing doors and a stainless steel exterior, captured America's fascination. Later the DeLorean was used to take Marty McFly Back to the Future.
Ferrari - High-end Italian race car.
Jiffy - An instant or a flash.
Pronto - Spanish for quickly or immediately.
Ricochet - Of French origin meaning, "Skipping stone on water." Ricochet means bouncing from object to object or place to place.
Rip - To move with great speed or violence.
Rush - To move with great speed, often in a hurried manner.
Scooter - Small light mode of transportation.
Scurry - To rush or move quickly in great haste.
Skip - To move in a light springy manner. To escape secretly in haste.
Smoke - Slang for moving out rapidly. "He smoked the competition."
Snap - A jiffy, instant of flash.
Sonic - Fast as the speed of sound.
Sprint - Short, fast race. To dash.
Surge - Sudden strong increase or to burst forward.
Swift - Fleet, capable of moving at high velocity. Name your dog Swift and you can also pay tribute to Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels.
Testarossa - Unveiled in Paris 1984, Ferrari's Testarossa sports car is Italian for "redhead." A nice name for any of the speedy copper colored breeds.
Turbo - Short for turbocharger, the turbo kicks speed up a notch.
Whiz - Genius or to move with a rush and a sound.
Yeager - In 1947, General Chuck Yeager, then a test pilot, became the first man to officially break the sound barrier.
Zip - Energy, vim, and vigor. Zippity, Zippy, and Zipper are possible variations on the Zip name.
Female Dog Names That Mean "Fast" or "Speedy"
Flit - To hop about quickly.
Flaunt - To parade or display one's self conspicuously.
Flow - To proceed smoothly and continuously.
Flurry - A gust of wind or the move in a hurried fashion.
Flux - To flow, in flow of the tide. The Flux Capacitor made time travel possible in Back to the future.
Fly - To soar or to move at great speed. Fly is a common name for working herding dogs.
Jet - To move or travel rapidly, especially if jet-propelled.
Lash - To dash or fling violently.
Lilt - A buoyant motion.
Lotus - The lotus flower figures prominently in Japanese art, and Lotus is one of the most famous race car manufacturers.
Porsche - The Porsche 956/962 dominated the LeMans as well as the American and Japanese tracks for over a decade.
Scramble - To move hastily or in a hurry.
Shelby - The Shelby Cobra, initially manufactured in 1962 using the A/C Ace shell, the 1964 version featured a v8, 7-liter engine that achieved zero to sixty in four seconds. The prototype of the American muscle car, its performance and sleek design are still impressive by today's standards.
Sweep - To handily beat all competition, to clear an area, to drive in a steady force. Sweep is a common herding dog name.
Tilt - To rush at or charge. Also, Janis Joplin's band, Full Tilt Boogie.
Vitesse - French pronounced VEE-tessa. Means speed. Also the name of a top Dutch soccer team.
Whisk - To pass or go forward lightly and rapidly.
Whirl - To move or go forth rapidly.
Zephyr - Powerful sweeping wind.
Zipper - One who zips around at lightening speed.
Zoom - To increase or rise suddenly.
Names for Hyper Dogs
Ballistic - To become irrational. Ballistics is the study of projectiles and bombs.
Bane - Death, destruction, and ruin.
Bang - Energy drink.
Banzai - Japanese battle cry.
Bedlam - A state of uproar and wild confusion.
Calamity - A disaster or great misfortune. Calamity Jane was a renowned scout and a performer in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.
Chaos - The void before the birth of the universe, Titan god, total disorganization and confusion.
Clash - Noise, collision, artful Punk band of the 1970s.
Crash - To drive with force or violence, collision, gain admittance to an event uninvited.
Cyclone - Violent tropical storm, circular in nature.
Daze - State of bemusement, to overwhelm or dazzle.
Havoc - Devastation or ruinous damage.
Hooligan - Ruffian or hoodlum. British soccer fans.
Inferno - A place that resembles hell.
Jolt - A high surge of electricity.
Mayhem - A state of uproar and wild confusion. Devastation or ruinous damage.
Melee - Confusion, turmoil, involving hand-to-hand combat.
Rascal - Mischievous person or animal.
Raze - High power energy drink.
Red Bull - Energy drink powerful enough that it got Anna Nicole Smith off of her lounge chair for 20 minutes at a time.
Riot - Violent or wild disorder, confusion. A bright display of color.
Rout - To gain total victory over your opponent.
Ruffian - Tough, lawless, and brutal.
Sharknado - Series of films featuring tornados swirling with live great white sharks in their midst.
Spaz - Spastic.
Smasher - Smashing, English slang for fabulous.
Static - Difficulty or trouble.
Storm - To deliver a violent attack or assault. Barrage.
Strife - Discord, quarrel, clash.
Tsunami - Massive tidal wave.
Trouble - To disturb the mental calm or to worry another.
Trounce - To defeat decisively.
Typhoon - Pacific hurricane.
Vandal - One who deliberately mars something of beauty or value.
Wreck - The ruin or destruction of anything. Member of the Wrecking Crew, a loose band of top notch studio musicians in LA in the 1970s.
Names for "High-Energy" Dogs
Amp - Voltage and an energy drink.
Boost - Extra power given to a rocket on lift off.
Booster - The first stage of a rocket or missile.
Brio - From Italian and ancient Celtic, brio means energy, determination, power, and force.
Burn - Combustion in rockets.
Bustle - Hustle and Bustle is frenzied activity and excitement.
Crave - To desire urgently.
Elan - A combination of style and vigor. The high drive Elon Musk is the creator of Paypal, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX among a large variety of projects and business ventures.
Diesel - Fuel.
Hoopla - Bustling activity or excitement, ballyhoo, hullabaloo.
Hopper - One that jumps from activity to activity. Famous American painter, Edward Hopper, most notable painting, Nighthawks.
Juice - The power of a wave. Electrical current.
Kick - To drive or force, as in "she kicked it into high gear." Also, nickname of favorite J.F.K. sister, Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy.
Motor - Engine (noun) or to move about (verb).
Moxie - Verve, vigor or courage. The origins of the term are from an American soft drink, trademarked as "Moxie."
Piston - Reciprocating engine device.
Pow Pow - Dominican expression for subjugating naughty young children in the throws of a temper tantrum. Name your mischievous rascal Pow Pow, and you can call her Pow for short.
Punch - Power, zest and forcefulness.
Rokkit - A play on rocket and rock it.
Sparkle - To be brilliant, lively and vivacious or to effervesce.
Stoked - Surfer slang, excited or euphoric.
Tesla - Nikola Tesla invented the modern alternating current we use to deliver electricity today. Elon Musk paid tribute to Tesla with his line of high end automobiles.
Verve - Enthusiasm, vivaciousness and vigor.
Whoop Ass - Typically packaged in a can, this substance is intended to prevent the recipient from proceeding in an action repugnant to the conferrer of the can. Once opened, the recipient should expect total devastation.
Zeal - Fervor, ardor, enthusiasm.
Zing - Vitality, enthusiasm, zest.
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© 2018 Barbara Fitzgerald
Can You Rename A Dog?
They do say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but anyone who has a dog knows that it’s just a silly saying. (If they said you can’t teach a lazy dog new tricks, they might have been onto something. )
Dogs learn their pet names quickly, especially when they are positively reinforced to do so. Even dogs rescued from shelters tend to catch up with their new pet name reasonably fast.
So, don’t stress over choosing the wrong name for your dog. For example, your Princess Cordelia grows up to be a little monster, feel free to change their name into Gremlin. She’ll get used to the new title in no time!
Old Fashioned Dog Names
You can’t go wrong with these timeless classics, especially if your pooch brings out your nostalgic side. Rex, Spot, Fido or King have been popular boy dog names for decades and with good reason. In case you’re looking for vintage female dog names, Lady, Daisy, Bella or Missy are great picks for any good girl!
More old fashioned dog names: Felix, Archie, Buddy, Lincoln, Milo, Otis, Parker, Quincy and Tucker for males, and Sue, Roxy, Ruby, Gladys, Hazel, Fanny, Dot, Cleo, Cora, or Bonnie for females.
Girly Dog Names
If your dog acts and looks like a lady, it’s only natural to have the urge to give her a cute, feminine name. Consider female dog names like Angel, Baby, Rosie or Princess for your pretty pooch. Just make sure to get her a pink dog name tag to go with her image!
More girly dog names: Sugar, Lulu, Jasmine, Pebbles, Mimi, Allie, Gracie, Dakota, Sophie, Lucy
Cute Boy Dog Names
You don’t have to choose only tough dog names in fear of hurting your pooch’s masculinity. Some of the great male dog names your puppy would be proud to have include gems like Buddy, Sammy, Oreo or Peanut. Who said boy names can’t be adorable?
More cute boy dog names: Beau, Lucky, Moose, Romeo, Benji, Gizmo, Leo, Jax, Simba, Elvis
Big Dog Names
Personally, I love when I see a Newfoundlander or Saint Bernard with funny puppy names like Tiny, Hobbit or Mini. It makes those big doofuses look even more adorable than they are! But, if you like strong dog names that go perfectly with gentle giants, consider naming them Khan, Hodor, Atlas or Bear. For those large ladies, pick girl dog names that will suit their size, like Athena, Duchess or Valkyrie.
More big dog names: Lord, King, Butch, Hulk, Major, Thor, Ctzar, Beowulf, Balu, or Smokey for males and Sheba, Duchess, Xena, Harley, Voodoo, Alaska, Gypsy, Nera, Tessa or Shiva for females.
Personality-Based Dog Names
When it comes to cute dog names inspired by different canine personalities, the sky is the limit. If your pooch has a distinct persona, what better way to honor it by giving them a matching name? Dog names like Gryff (short for Gryffindor), Spark, or Buzz, are great choices for energetic, friendly dogs. Looking for dog names for girls that are incredibly smart? Try Sophie, Genie or Prudence.
More personality-based dog names: Goofy, Whiz, Cuddles, Fighter, Barkley, Meanie, Smiley, Shadow, Wonder, or Napster.
Patriotic Puppy Names
Love your country and want to share your patriotism with your furball? There’s no need to buy dog collars with a flag print if the name says it all!
Southern and proud? Choose one of the charming western dog names like Boomer, Missy, Pistol or Croc. Want to honor your Éireannach heritage? Irish dog names as Fergus, Aengus, Murphy, Patty or Molly are perfect choices.
Each country and culture have rich history that could serve as inspiration for naming your dog. Explore your roots and you might find perfect puppy names!
More patriotic dog names: Hero, Yankee, Dandy, Patriot, Kennedy, Franklin, Eisenhower, Jefferson, Monroe, or Revere for males, and America, Justice, Victory, Glory, Liberty, Betsy, Martha, Eleanor, or Reagan for females.
Dog Names Inspired By Looks
Sometimes you’ll get an idea for a puppy name just by looking at your furry friend. Let their gorgeous looks be the inspiration for their new name! For example, popular white dog names include Snowflake, Coco, Misty, or Alaska for girls, and male dog names such as Albus, Shiro or Snow. For those lovely pups with silky, dark coats, pick one of the more interesting names for black dogs, such as Nero or Noir, Onyx or Nox.
More dog names inspired by looks: Grey, Fluffy, Shaggy, Woolie, Sleek, Ebony, Jet, Charcoal, Freckles, or Spotty.
Unique Dog Names
Although names that are one in a kind can end up being bad dog names in the end, it doesn’t mean you have to choose an unoriginal name for your pooch. Try to come up with an interesting variation of the name you already like, or pick something unexpected. Some unique dog names include Pepsi, Stag, Plum, Zephyr or Eleven. Just hurry before someone snatches the name before you do!
More unique dog names: Popcorn, Eclipse, Bitcoin, Fiddlesticks, Vagabond, Jamboree, Blizzard, Tequila, Highway, or Avo (short for Avocado, of course).
Scientific Dog Names
No, I don’t mean naming your dog after a scientist, although I wouldn’t mind having a shaggy pooch called Einstein. I mean using science to name your dog! Behavioral experts have come to the conclusion that short, one syllable dog names make dog training a lot easier, as dogs respond well to shorter sounds. When it comes to the science of dog names, avoiding names that sound similar to commands you’re teaching your dog is a must. Considering all that scientific data, names like Fen, Dash, Eve or Fleur are a perfect fit!
More scientific dog names: Ben, Ash, Lou, Sam, Zeb, Moe, Max, Ned, Poe, or Ray for males, or Joy, Gia, Sky, Zoe, Di, May, Quinn, Gem, Flo, or Elle for females.
Nerdy Dog Names
I couldn’t mention science without adding sci-fi, and for geeky pet parents, fantasy books and TV shows are a gold mine for puppy names. Some of my personal favorites include Hobbit, Hagrid, Yoda, Peeta and Shadow as dog name ideas for boys, and Leia, Arya, Ripley or Buffy for girls. Let your imagination roam free when you’re wondering how to name a dog that warms your geeky heart!
More nerdy dog names: Beetlejuice, Moony, Padfoot, Legolas, Chewy, Errol, Anakin, Dumbledore, Drogon (Viserion and Rhaegal too!), or Draco for males, and Arwen, Zelda, Katniss, Hermione, Data, Buttercup, Mononoke, Luna, Weasley, or Lydia for females.
Choosing a name for your dog should be a fun and interesting process. It’s not about stressing over bad or good dog names and worrying that your pooch will have a boring name. Trust me, whichever name you choose for your dog, it will be the most memorable one to you.
Should I Choose a Chinese Name for My Dog?
You might be familiar with popular Chinese dog breeds like the Shar pei, Pekinese, Shih Tzu and the Chinese Crested. These breeds are pampered pooches not only in China but around the world. Well, you might even have one thus, you’re looking around for a Chinese name for your pooch. Chinese is a language family. It has several varieties, but the most used is Mandarin and Cantonese.
Chinese languages are ancient languages. Inscriptions were found dating back to 1200 BC. Variations of the languages have developed, but there is a Standard Chinese language that is mostly based on the two widely-used varieties.
More so, the Chinese language is very complicated. There are different combinations, and each syllable may mean differently based on the tone and pitch used. Although a bit challenging, learning Chinese words can be a very worthwhile experience.
Choosing a Chinese dog name brings you the beauty of the Chinese and Oriental heritage. You will appreciate Chinese characters more upon learning from their literature, culture and history. Likewise, knowing more about Chinese dog breeds will showcase the vital roles that they have played throughout the dynasties.
Check out these names that we’ve collected and categorized for you. We have compiled name that you can use for both male and female pooch, and we also have suggestions if you have some small or large dog breeds to name.
Chinese Names for Male Dogs
Most Chinese characters used to name dogs can be used for both males and females. But we have selected these terms, alongside their meanings, that we think would make great monikers for your doggie.
Our top big dog names for 2019 include:
Why Choose a Big Dog Name
Want large dog names for a large breed, or to use one ironically for your teacup dog?
Dogs like Great Danes, Mastiffs, and even beloved Labradors can become big dogs! So what better than a big dog name?
With over 350 ideas to choose from you’ll find the perfect name for your new puppy here. Whether you need big dog names boys will love, or one’s girls will!
Congratulations…you are adding a new dog to your family!
One of the best things about getting a new dog or puppy is finding a good name.
Picking the right name
Making the right choice is important, because you are going to need to use your dog’s name every day.
Go for ideas you’d be proud to call across the dog park.
And stick to a work that’s easy to pronounce, without too many syllables.
Sometimes they’re funny, sometimes they’re faux scary.
But there are ideas to suit every size, shape and temperament of dog.
It Should Reflect You Too!
Whatever big dog name you choose, remember that the best ones reflect your personality as well as your dog’s!
Here are some unique large dog names for both male and female dogs. These will provide all the inspiration you need!
Let’s start with some big dog names boy puppy owners will love.