360+ Italian Dog Names for your Cane!
Italian is one of the most romantic languages in the world. Italians can be talking about food, coffee, history, or something as mundane as car insurance and it still sounds beautiful. So of course lots of us are looking for Italian dog names to call our pooches.
Whether you simply love pasta, have always dreamt of driving through the Tuscan hills, or are about to adopt a Cane Corso – we have the perfect selection of names for you to choose from. We’ll cover common Italian names, names inspired by Italian culture, and let you know which we think are the best choices for different breeds.
Our Tips For Choosing an Italian Name for Your Dog
When you start to think about calling your pet a foreign name, there are a few things you need to think about. Here are our top tips for Italian dog names!
Can you pronounce it? As an Italian language lover, the last thing you want to do is butcher it. Some words are harder to pronounce than others, so make sure you practice a lot and choose one that’s easy for you!
Syllables. Dogs react well to shorter names with just two syllables. That’s not a rule you have to follow (we certainly haven’t on this list) but it does mean you can get your dog’s attention more quickly when needed.
Vowels. Luckily Italian is full of vowels – so this shouldn’t be an issue. Vowels are clearer for dogs to understand and easier for you too. So, try to choose a name that has strong vowel sounds that they can react to.
Choose a name you like. It’s best to avoid renaming a dog when possible. Pups can get confused and it can stall the training process. So, it’s important you choose an Italian dog name you like from day one. Think about the meaning, whether it suits your pup, and how easily you can pronounce it!
100 Italian Boy Dog Names
We don’t always think about names having a meaning. But that’s not the case in Italian! Many male Italian dog names are not just names but have a whole other meaning. Like did you know Lorenzo means crown?
Read on to find out the rest!
100 Italian Girl Dog Names
There are also some really beautiful Italian girl names for you to call your pooch. Some of them are classics and some may be new to you.
50 Names Inspired by Italian Food and Cuisine
When someone mentions Italy, we might think of beaches, architecture, fashion, and history. But one thing is for sure – everyone thinks of Italian food! What better inspiration for a name for your pup than one of the most popular cuisines in the world?
|Arancino||Oh the delicious deep-fried rice balls from Sicily. And a cute name for your pup too!|
|Biscotto||You might know biscotti but that’s actually the plural. A great name for a Samoyed as they’re one of two breeds that can have a “biscuit” colored coat!|
|Bolognesa||A classic and a favorite|
|Bruschetta||Usually mispronounced by English speakers, these toasts should actually be pronounced “brus-K-etta”|
|Burrata||Possibly the best cheese ever?|
|Cacio||One half of the famous cacio e pepe pasta, meaning “cheese”!|
|Calzone||A folded pizza|
|Cannelloni||A delicious rolled lasagne and a great name for a Cane Corso!|
|Cannolo||Or is this a better name?|
|Carbonara||Never. Add. Cream.|
|Carciofo||One of the most beautiful Italian words meaning “artichoke”!|
|Crostata||A kind of baked pie and a good choice for an Italian dog breed|
|Diavola||Spicy salami pizza!|
|Farfalle||The butterfly-shaped pasta|
|Focaccia||A type of yummy Italian bread|
|Frittata||A kind of Italian omelet and one of the best Italian dog names!|
|Gelato||How cute is this name for any dog breed?|
|Gnocchi||These boiled potato dumpling-type treats are one of the best things to come out of Italy!|
|Lasagna||Lasagne the Labrador. You can’t say it wouldn’t be unique!|
|Mela||How pretty is the Italian word for apple?|
|Minestrone||One of the most delicious soups, it’s also a great dog name|
|Mortadella||Perfect for any sausage-loving dog – so basically all of them|
|Mozzarella||The happiest dog in the world (for all the Friends fans!)|
|Nutella||The best name for any chocolate-colored pooches|
|Pandoro||An Italian sweet bread eaten at Christmas|
|Panettone||Another Italian sweet bread eaten at Christmas|
|Panino||What we should be calling a panini|
|Panna Cotta||Literally meaning “cooked cream”, it’s a type of Italian dessert and a great name for all those cream colored pups!|
|Parmigiana||One of the best dishes ever! Aubergine, cheese, tomato – what isn’t to like!|
|Parmigiano||Or is this the best cheese ever?|
|Pasta||I don’t think that needs a description but what a great name for a Poodle!|
|Pecorino||Or is this the best cheese ever?|
|Pepe||The second half of cacio e pepe meaning “pepper”|
|Pesto||A very cute name for a small doggo|
|Pizza||Only the most famous food to come out of Italy|
|Polpetta||The Italian word for meatballs and one of the best when it comes to cute Italian dog names|
|Pomodoro||Pomodoro the Pomeranian|
|Prosciutto||A type of Italian, dry-cured ham|
|Provolone||Another Italian cheese (maybe not the best one ever)|
|Ragù||It’s not the same as bolognese. Don’t ask us how. But it’s not the same|
|Ravioli||Imagine an adorable Rottweiler called ravioli. It would just melt your heart!|
|Ricotta||A delicious cured cheese and a great name for an Italian dog breed|
|Risotto||As far as Italian dog names inspired by food go, you can’t get much better or cuter than risotto!|
|Spaghetti||How adorable would it be to call your mixed pup spaghetti?|
|Stracciatella||Did you know stracciatella actually has three meanings? Soup, gelato, and cheese – and the only thing they have in common is their name!|
|Tagliatelle||From the Italian word meaning “to cut”, these are thin bits of pasta that go well with bolognese. Or Ragù|
|Tartufo||The perfect name for a Miniature Poodle. These pups were originally bred to search for truffles – so it’s ideal!|
|Tiramisu||Who doesn’t love a tiramisu?|
|Torta||A type of Italian pie that’s usually savory|
|Tortellini||A ring-shaped filled pasta and an amazing name for a pooch!|
Coffee-Related Names for Dogs
Coffee and Italy go hand in hand together. Whether it’s with milk, black, short, or long, there’s a coffee for every occasion in Italia! They also make some really amazing names for your boy and girl dogs!
|Affogato||Affogato actually means “to drown”, which isn’t the nicest name for your water-loving pup. It’s also a coffee with ice cream.|
|Caffè||Literally the Italian word for coffee (you can find more coffee dog names here)|
|Cappuccino||You should only ever drink cappuccino in the morning. Really. Italians won’t like any other time of day|
|Caramelo||A caramel sauce used as a sweetener|
|Corretto||A boozy coffee containing grappa or brandy|
|Crema||Crema di caffè is a type of cold coffee dessert. It’s also a wonderful name for a cream-colored pooch|
|Doppio||A standard double espresso. Great for black dog breeds!|
|Espressino||A little cappuccino served in a shot glass. Ideal for toy breeds|
|Espresso||A great name for a Pug or an Affenpinscher|
|Freddo||Ice coffee. The perfect name for snow-loving doggos|
|Latte||One of the most popular coffees, latte actually just means “milk”|
|Lungo||One espresso shot with more water to make it “long”, definitely a good name for an Italian Greyhound|
|Mochaccino||Hot chocolate and coffee all in one drink|
|Ristretto||A smaller “limited” espresso|
|Schiumato||How great is that word? This is a single espresso with a shot of foamy milk|
Name Your Dog After an Italian City
Italian cities are on many people’s lists of dream destinations to go to. They also make great Italian dog names!
|Milano||The fashion industry’s capital in northern Italy|
|Padova||A beautiful word and a small city west of Venice|
|Torino||The Italian name for Turin, a business city in the north of the country|
|Firenze||Who doesn’t want to go to beautiful Florence?|
|Pompei||A UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to the ancient ruins of Pompei. Another great name for a Pomeranian.|
|Verona||One of the most romantic cities in the world and home to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet|
|Napoli||100% for a Neapolitan Mastiff|
|Bologna||Home to the bolognese|
|Venezia||City in northeastern Italy famous for its canals and a great name for dogs that love water|
|Genova||A port town famous for pesto|
|Parma||Home to parmesan and parma ham. The new number 1 place to visit|
|Bari||The capital of Italy’s Puglia region in the south|
|Crotone||A port city in Calabria in the south of the country|
|Lecce||Pronounce “Lechay”, this is a city in the Apulia region|
|Cagliari||The capital of the island of Sardinia|
|Sassari||How beautiful is that for a name for your dog? It’s also the second largest city in Sardinia|
|Rimini||Another stunning name and a city of the Adriatic coast|
|Trieste||A city on the Italian Slovenian border|
15 Names Inspired by Famous Italian Figures
There are so many famous Italians. Everyone from Roman emperors to artists and fashion designers – there’s something for everyone to choose from!
|Augusto||There are many famous Augustos, perhaps the most famous is Augusto Novelli the Italian writer|
|Dante||The Father of the Italian language. For some reason, this seems like a great name for a guard dog|
|Fermi||Enrico Fermi built the world’s first nuclear reactor|
|Galileo||Thunderbolt and lightning – very, very frightening!|
|Garibaldi||An Italian general who helped create the Kingdom of Italy|
|Giulio Cesare||Julius Caesar and the name of a famous opera|
|Leonardo||Da Vinci, the famous Renaissance painter|
|Machiavelli||Italian philosopher, author, and historian and such a great name for an intelligent dog!|
|Marco Polo||The adventurer who traveled from Europe to Asia (also a great option if you have two pups to name)!|
|Michelangelo||Sculptor, painter, and poet. One of his most famous works is the sculpture of David|
|Raffaello||Renaissance painter and architect|
|Verdi||An Italian composer best known for his beautiful operas. Maybe a good choice for a Vizsla mix?|
|Vespucci||Amerigo Vespucci was an explorer and the person who America is named after!|
|Vivaldi||An Italian composer|
|Volta||The inventor of the electric battery – he’s a pretty big deal in physics!|
Ancient Roman Names for Your Dog
Italian history is fascinating, especially the Romans. The iconic figures also have some great names for us to call out furry friends!
|Albus||Of course Dumbledore is actually “bright’ (you can find more magical Harry Potter dog names here)|
|Apollo||The male Greek and Roman God of music, the sun, medicine, and archery. A great name for a big good boy!|
|Augustus||Considered to be the first Roman Emperor (Julius Caesar's adopted son)|
|Ceres||Pronounced “Cheresa”, she is the God of fertility, agriculture, earth, and motherhood. She’s normally a mature woman so a good choice for an older pup|
|Cicero||He was a high-ranking lawyer, consul, and writer during the Roman Republic|
|Domitia||She was a Roman Empress married to Domitian (really). This beautiful Italian dog day is still very popular today|
|Hadrian||Emperor Hadrian was known for his love of art and for strengthening the Empire. He’s also responsible for building the Roman wall through my tiny village in the North of England!|
|Juno||An Ancient Roman Goddess – the perfect name for an elegant yet strong pooch|
|Jupiter||Not just the bright star in the sky, Jupiter was the chief God of Ancient Rome|
|Mars||Mars the Mastiff and the God of war|
|Minerva||Have you got an intelligent female pup? Then as the Goddess of wisdom, Minerva, could be a great name!|
|Octavia||Feminine of Octavius, she was married to Mark Antony. His decision to divorce her led to civil war|
|Saturn||The god of time, wealth, and sewing or seed|
|Titus||The emperor who completed the Colosseum!|
|Trajan||First Emperor born outside of Rome (in today’s Seville), one of the greatest conquerors and best emperors|
|Vesta||A Goddess and the protector of the Roman people. She's also the Goddess of bakers!|
Animal Names in Italian
We know, it might be a little weird to call your dog another animal (especially if there are any Italians around), but some of the words are so beautiful and make great doggy names!
Heads Up: when it’s not explained, the (m) next to the word means it’s a masculine word, (f) means feminine, and both means… both. Just in case grammar is important to you when naming your pup!
|Balena||The word for “whale” (f) – and a great choice for any big doggos|
|Cane||Pronounced “Canay” (not like sugar cane), it’s the obvious choice for your male pooch!|
|Cavallo||The masculine word for “horse”|
|Coniglio||How great is that word? It’s the masculine word for “rabbit”|
|Delfino||We think this is perfect for any bouncy pup! It means “dolphin” (m)|
|Farfalla||The inspiration for the pasta shapes. It means “butterfly” (f) and is one of the prettiest words in Italian! Also the perfect name for a Papillon|
|Formica||Means “ant” (m)|
|Gallina||The female word for chicken. Can you imagine calling your beautiful pooch chicken in any language?|
|Giraffa||You can probably guess that one (f)|
|Gorilla||And that one (m)|
|Gufo||Gufo the Great Dane! It means “owl” (m)|
|Leone||Meaning “lion” (m), it’s perfect for any dog that looks like a lion!|
|Maiale||Means “pig” (m)|
|Mosca||A great word and dog name, but it does mean “fly’ (f)|
|Oca||Means “goose” (f)|
|Orso||Lots of dogs look like bears, so there’s no better name! (m)|
|Panda||“Panda” (m) is a common name for dogs, especially black and white ones!|
|Pesce||Pronounced more “peshay”, this word means “fish” (m)|
|Pipistrello||New favorite Italian word! Meaning “bat” (m), it’s perfect for any toy breeds|
|Porcospino||Another favorite meaning “hedgehog” (m)|
|Pulcino||Means “chick” (m)|
|Ragno||How can this be the word for “spider” (m)?|
|Rana||Meaning “frog” (m), we like Rana the Russell Terrier|
|Serpente||Means “snake” (m)|
|Squalo||Even the word for “shark” (m) is pretty in Italian|
|Tacchino||And the word for “turkey” (m)|
|Tartaruga||Do you have a slow-paced breed like the English Bulldog? Calling them “turtle” (f) could be perfect!|
|Topo||Topo the Rat Terrier! (OK, topo means “mouse” (m), but close enough!)|
|Uccello||Not the easiest word to say, but the word for “bird” (m) in Italian is definitely beautiful!|
|Volpe||The ideal name for a “Fox” (m) Terrier?|
|Zanzara||“Mosquito” (f) is a wonderful name for any pooch!|
Beautiful Italian Words
As if we haven’t given you enough beautiful Italian words already. Here are a couple more!
|Alba||“Dawn” (f) is a stunning name for a sweet dog|
|Allegria||How much allegria does your pooch bring to your life? Since it means “cheerfulness” (f), we hope a lot!|
|Arancio||Perfect for an “orange” (m) or orange and black dog!|
|Azzuro||Means “light blue” (m)|
|Bianco/a||Sometimes an obvious name works well. A wonderful name for a “white” (m/f) dog!|
|Crepusculo||If you’ve got two doggos to name, why not call them Alba and Crepusculo (dusk m)?|
|Cucciolo||Meaning “puppy” (m), this is an amazing name for your new puppy!|
|Euforia||Sure you can guess that one (f)|
|Furbo/a||Have you got a particularly “clever” or “sneaky” dog (m/f)? Then this would work well for them!|
|Giallo/a||Means “yellow” (m/f) in Italian|
|Idillo||For your idyl (f) furry friend|
|Luna||Means “moon” (f)|
|Magari||Means “maybe”. It also means “margaritas” – so you can decide!|
|Notte||“Night” (f), a good choice for a black Newfoundland|
|Nuvola||Meaning “cloud” (f) this could definitely be the name for any fluffy white pup|
|Rosso/a||The Italian word for “red” (m/f)|
|Sole||Means “sun” (m)|
|Verde||True, there aren’t many “green” (m+f) dogs around, but it’s a pretty name nonetheless|
What Are Some Famous Italian Dog Breeds?
Italy, unlike some countries like Iceland, has many native dog breeds. A couple of the most popular are:
- Bergamasco Sheepdog
- Bolognese (not the sauce)
- Bracco Italiano
- Cane Corso
- Italian Greyhound
- Lagotto Romagnolo
- Neapolitan Mastiff
Is Italy Dog-Friendly?
According to Statista, 25% of households in Italy had at least one dog in 2021. So, I think we can say that Italy is dog-friendly. Pups are allowed in many cafes, restaurants, tourist attractions, and public spaces but, of course, double-check before heading out anywhere with your pooch.
Like many countries, there are a couple of banned dog breeds in Italy. These include the Tosa Inu, Pitbull, and the Brazilian Mastiff. Also, Venice doesn’t allow Rottweilers or Doberman Pinschers.
So, more than 350 Italian dog names for your cane. Let us know if you choose one for your pup and what breed they are!
I’m Charlotte, a content and copywriter from the North of England and currently living in Berlin. Animals have always been a huge part of my life, so writing about dogs is a total pleasure! I love all kinds of dogs and their cheeky personalities, but I’d have to say Weimaraners are my favourite!