Are you the proud new owner of a dog with orange hair? Or maybe orange is your favorite color, and you’re looking for a 4-legged sidekick to match your interests?
Orange dogs come in all sizes, from Pomeranian to Rhodesian Ridgeback and everything in between! There are even several multi-colored dog breeds with some orange mixed in, like the Cocker Spaniel and Saint Bernard. With so many amazing breeds to pick from, why not add an orange dog to your family? Of course, an orange dog deserves an equally fitting orange name!
We’ve put together a list of more than 300 orange dog names to help you decide what to call your orange dog. You’ll find them broken up into categories, including male and female puppies, so you can easily find the perfect name for your orange pooch. No matter the hue – ginger, fire, or deep rust colored shades – there are literally hundreds of ideas for classic, cute, and creative orange dog names to choose from.
How To Choose The Perfect Orange Dog Name?
Looking at our list of more than 300 names for your orange BFF, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed with so many options! Here are some tips to help you narrow down your choices.
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Breed and Personality
The characteristics of your dog’s breed can inspire their name. Take a Corgi, for example: the pointy ears might give it a “Foxy” resemblance. Or, the orange and white markings might make you think of an Orange Julius cocktail.
If your dog comes from a specific country, you could pick a name based on that – give a Gaelic name to your ginger Irish Setter, or a Japanese name to your Shiba Inu!
All dogs are unique individuals, so you should also consider your dog’s particular personality when choosing a name. Instead of a Japanese dog name, you could go with “Orange Juice” for your Shiba Inu, based on their zesty personality. Or maybe you have a happy-go-lucky Golden Retriever that reminds you of sunshine! There are so many other things about your special puppy that you can use to inspire their name once you get to know your dog.
Your dog is sure to stand out from the pack with its noticeable orange hair. Why not pick a name that’s equally special? Unique dog names are helpful if you plan to take your pup where other dogs will be around. Imagine how many dogs with common names like “Spot” or “Buddy” will come running when you call. With a unique orange inspired name, you can be sure your pup will be the only one coming when you call!
How Does It Sound?
Maybe you want to pick a funny name to fit your pup’s goofy personality, but how are you going to feel about the name when you call your dog from across the park? It could be amusing and ironic to name your giant Saint Bernard “Oompa Loompa” – but, training a puppy can be serious business, and giving commands with such a silly name might be difficult if you can’t stop laughing!
The perfect name should also be easy for your dog to understand. Most dogs respond best to names that are 2-syllables or less. If you find a name on our list of orange dog names that is longer, you can always get creative with a shortened nickname. We’ve even suggested some for you!
Lastly, consider how the name sounds and whether it could be confusing for your puppy. Will your red or orange dog named “Dawn” get confused when you tell her, “down”? Will your Golden Retriever “Kit Kat” think you’re constantly telling him to “sit”? Practice saying your potential orange dog name out loud and think carefully about how it will sound to your pooch.
Female Orange Dog Names
There are many lovely names for female puppies related to the color orange. Some of the names like Freya, Vesta, and Pele are related to fire. Others, such as Clementine, Valencia, and Georgia, refer to a specific type of orange fruit. Depending on the shade of your female puppy, some of these ideas could work for dogs that are a bit more red in color.
|Aurora (name from the Latin word for “dawn”)|
|Flannery (Gaelic name meaning “russet hair”)|
|Mandy (Nickname for “Mandarin”)|
|Soleil (French name meaning “sun”)|
Male Orange Dog Names
There is no shortage of names for your male dog as well! Apollo, Cyrus, Helios, and Surya are all associated with the sun. If your four-legged friend has more of a fiery color or personality, Agni, Ignacio, and Phoenix are fire-based names.
|Flanagan (Irish name that means red)|
|Ignatius (Latin name meaning “fiery”)|
|Keegan (Irish name meaning “son of the fiery one”)|
|Rufus (Latin name for someone with red hair)|
|Tony (after Tony the Tiger, of Frosted Flakes cereal fame)|
Food-Inspired Names for Orange Dogs
Some of the most enjoyable foods are orange! Are you a healthy eater? Pick a fruit or vegetable like Cantaloupe or Carrot the Cocker Spaniel. How about Velveeta the Vizsla for a cheese lover? Is your puppy just the sweetest? Name them after a candy, like Reeses or Starburst!
|Mac & Cheese|
Name Your Orange Dog Like Your Favorite Drink
In addition to orange foods, there are so many other things you can name your dog after if you think of orange drinks. Cocktail lovers may like names of orange juice-based drinks like Mimosa or Orange Julius.
On the other hand, there are plenty of non-alcoholic drink ideas that get more creative than plain old orange juice: Hi-C, Fanta, and Tang are all terrific ideas for an orange-haired pooch!
Funny Orange Dog Names
Dogs bring so much joy to our lives. Why not give them a name that puts a smile on your face every time you call them! Check out these funny ideas for orange dogs; some may work for male or female puppies!
|Daffy (Nickname for Daffodil or Daffy Duck)|
|Dunkin (like the orange Dunkin’ Donuts logo)|
|Gatorade (“Gator” for short)|
Nature-Inspired Names For an Orange Dog
Orange is such a beautiful color, it can be found all over nature. From flowers to exotic woods to volcanoes, we have the perfect name here for your nature-loving hound. If you love the outdoors too, you will love these names for orange dogs!
Space-inspired Orange Dog Names
If your interests lie outside of the terrestrial earth, here are some orange names for dogs found in space! Have you ever met a dog named after a constellation?
|Betelgeuse||Star in Orion constellation which looks orange to the naked eye|
|Cygnus X-1||A blackhole in the constellation Cygnus, depicted in illustrations by an orange disc|
|Epsilon Aurigae||Star system with bright orange star|
|Helium||Element which emits orangey hue when ionized|
|Helix Nebula||Location in Aquarius constellation, which appears orange|
|Io||Moon of Jupiter known for volcanic activity|
|Jupiter||Planet with reddish-orange appearance|
|Mars||Planet with orangey-red hue|
|Pollux||Orange star in Gemini constellation|
|Rayleigh||From “Rayleigh scattering” – the phenomenon that creates orange hue during sunset|
|Titan||Largest moon of Saturn|
Orange Dog Names Inspired By Movies, TV Shows, and Books Characters
Obviously there are many famous dogs from movies and TV – Clifford the Big Red Dog being the most iconic. But there are countless other characters that are fitting names for orange dogs.
A famous muppet like “Fozzie Bear” would be a perfect name for a mop-top Cockapoo. How about Goku the Golden Retriever, or Sher Khan the Shiba Inu? There are so many fantastic orange dog names inspired by movies, TV shows, and books!
|Aang||The Last Airbender|
|Ahsoka Tano||Star Wars|
|Alf||TV character from “ALF”|
|Animal||The Muppet Show|
|Atom Ant||Superhero ant from “Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel” cartoon|
|Beaker||The Muppet Show|
|Bip Bipadotta||The Muppet Show|
|Bitzer||Cartoon dog from “Shuan the Sheep”|
|Blinky||Three-eyed fish from the Simpsons|
|Candace Flynn||Character from Phineas & Ferb|
|Chucky||Child's Play film|
|Dinky Dog||Classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon, “Dinky Dog”|
|Dizzy||Bob the Builder cartoon|
|Fozzie Bear||The Muppet Show|
|Fred Flintstone||The Flintstones|
|Garfield||Cartoon and comic cat|
|Goku||Dragon Ball Z|
|Hardy Har Har||Character from the cartoon “Lippy the Lion and Hardy Har Har”|
|Heathcliff||Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats|
|Hong Kong Phooey||Main cartoon character from “Hong Kong Phooey”|
|Jake the Dog||Adventure Time|
|Kasumi||Character in Japanese anime “Pokémon”|
|King Louie||The Jungle Book|
|Kipper||Popular children's book character|
|Lady||Lady & The Tramp|
|Ladybird||Dog from “King of the Hill” cartoon|
|Little Dog||2 Stupid Dogs|
|Lorax||Dr. Seuss' “The Lorax”|
|Luke Skywalker||Character from Star Wars who wears an orange flight suit|
|McGruff the Crime Dog||1990s Pop-culture character|
|Mermaid Man||Spongebob Squarepants|
|Michaelangelo||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|
|Mr. Tickle||Character from Mr. Men book series|
|Mumbly||Cartoon dog who wears an orange coat, from “The Mumbly Cartoon Show”|
|Nemo||Fish from Finding Nemo|
|Oompa Loompa||Charlie and the Chocolate Factory|
|Penrod “Penry” Pooch||Hong Kong Phooey's alias|
|Ruff Ruffman||Cartoon dog from “The Ruff Ruffman Show”|
|Santa's Little Helper||Bart Simpson's dog in The Simpsons”|
|Scootaloo||My Little Pony|
|Scooter||The Muppet Show|
|Shannon||OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes|
|Sher Khan||The Jungle Book|
|The Thing||Marvel series|
|Tigger||Winnie The Pooh|
|Velma Dinkley||Scooby Doo|
|Winnie||Winnie The Pooh|
|Zoe||Orange muppet from “Sesame Street”|
Names Inspired by Orange Animals
Another unique name choice for your orange dog could be to name it after a different type of animal. Most of these names work for both male and female puppies!
|Axolotl (“Axl” could be a nickname)|
|Conure (Type of parrot)|
|Garibaldi (Type of fish)|
|Salamander (“Sal” for short)|
|Tabby (Type of cat)|
Music-Inspired Names for Orange Dogs
Are you a music fan? These names are some of the most individual on our list of orange dog names.
|(Orange) Moon (Song by Eryka Badhu)|
|Agent Orange (Song by Depeche Mode)|
|Evolution (Orange) (Song by Earth, Wind, & Fire)|
|Gilbert Becaud (Artist famous for the song, “L’Orange”)|
|Johnny Cash (Artist of the song, “Orange Blossom Special”)|
|Mahna Mahna (Song performed by orange muppets)|
|Nat King Cole (Artist of the song, “Orange Colored Sky”)|
Orange Dog Names Inspired by Video Games Characters
Video game enthusiasts know there are many orange Pokémon that make great names for dogs. We’ve found a few more from classic video games that could be the perfect name for a video game loving dog owner.
|Crash Bandicoot||Crash Bandicoot||Male|
|Knuckles the Echidna||Sonic the Hedgehog||Male|
|Q*bert||Q*bert arcade game||Male|
|Ratchet||Ratchet & Clank||Unisex|
|Tails||Sonic the Hedgehog||Male|
|Tracer||Overwatch; alias for the character Lena Oxton”||Female|
Orange Dog Names in Other Languages
To really set your dog apart from the pack, consider choosing one of these orange dog names from another language! If it isn’t in your native tongue, just be sure you have the spelling and pronunciation correct.
|Anbar (عنبر)||“Amber” in Arabic|
|Aki (秋)||“Born in the autumn” in Japanese|
|Alani||Hawaiian name meaning “orange”|
|Alev||“Blaze” or “flame” in Turkish|
|Azahar||Name of Arabic origin meaning “orange blossom”|
|Batata||“Sweet potato” in Spanish|
|Calabaza||“Pumpkin” in Spanish; “Calabacita” is a cute variation|
|Camote||“Sweet potato” in Spanish|
|Cúrcuma||“Turmeric” in Spanish|
|Jarritos||Brand of Mexican orange soda|
|Júzi (名)||“Orange” in simplified Chinese|
|Kabak||“Pumpkin” in Turkish|
|Kabocha (かぼちゃ)||“Pumpkin” or “squash” in Japanese|
|Laranja||“Orange” in Portuguese|
|Mel||“Honey” in Portuguese|
|Miel||“Honey” in Spanish, French|
|Naranja||“Orange” in Spanish|
|Orenji (オレンジ)||“Orange” in Japanese|
|Pompoen||“Pumpkin” in Dutch|
|Pumpa||“Pumpkin” in Swedish|
|Quesita||A brand of Mexican cheetos|
|Queso||“Cheese” in Spanish|
|Rav||“Amber” in Danish and Norwegian|
|Róka||“Fox” in Hungarian|
|Sol||“Sun” in Spanish|
|Tora (虎)||“Tiger” in Japanese|
|Volcan||“Volcano” in Spanish|
|Zorro||“Fox” in Spanish|
|Zucca||“Pumpkin” in Italian|
Caring for a canine companion is a big responsibility. From what brand of dog food to buy, to choosing the best veterinarian, you make a lot of important choices for your pooch! Of course, one of the most meaningful decisions you’ll make is to pick out the perfect name for your newest family member.
We hope you’ve gained some inspiration for orange dog names. If you are the owner of an orange dog, which name did you choose?