Portugal, one of the oldest countries in Europe, is a beloved travel destination for people worldwide. It’s easy to see why – Portugal is a study in contrasts – from sun-soaked golden beaches lapped by crystal clear azure waters, to rugged mountainscapes, to cultural medieval castles steeped in history, to the vibrant and energetic nightlife. As you can imagine, all this diversity is the muse for a captivating list of Portuguese dog names!
Get ready to dive into a turquoise sea of creativity as we unleash a plethora of options to give your furry friend a name – one that echoes the beauty and vibrant energy of Portugal and let’s them wag their tail with cultural pride at the dog park!
♀️ Female Portuguese Dog Names for your Senhora Bonita
It’s time to celebrate your queen’s femininity with one of these incredible Portuguese dog names. Whether she’s elegant, graceful or has a touch of spunkiness, you’re sure to find a great name on this list. We adore “Eva” and “Luzia”.
|Beatriz (“Bea” for short)|
♂️ Male Portuguese Dog Names for your Rapaz Bonito
Prepare for a tail-wagging adventure as we explore Portuguese names for your male dog that exude strength, charisma and a whole lot of suave! “Rodrigo” or “Diogo” are sure to make your pup the coolest four-legged friend at any canine gathering.
|Duarte (means “guardian of prosperity)|
😁 Funny Portuguese Words that Make Cool Dog Names
The Portuguese language offers a wealth of options to name your faithful companion. Here are some of our favorite Portuguese words that we also think make great dog names. Could there be a better name than “Fofo” for a Portuguese Sheepdog?
|Fofo||refers to something cute, cuddly and fluffy|
|Gostoso||means “tasty” or “delicious”|
|Malandra||refers to a rascal or a bad girl|
|Malandro||refers to a rascal or a bad boy|
|Namorar||“Namo” for short – means to date someone|
🐦 Great Dog Name Ideas Derived from the Portuguese Words for Animals
Unleash the beast within and let your dog’s name roar, hiss or purr with Portuguese animal-inspired charm. Whether your dog howls like a wolf, roars like a lion, or just loves to monkey around, giving them a name that celebrates their inner creature is a fun naming tradition that honors their innate characteristics.
🏝️ Dog Names Inspired by the Geography of Portugal
Get ready to put your pup on the map – from “Lisboa” for a dog with cosmopolitan charm or “Meco” for a sunny and adventurous pup, these Portuguese geographic-inspired names will transport you and your furry friend to the stunning landscapes and vibrant culture of Portugal.
|Belem||Torre de Belem / Belem Tower – world heritage site|
|Madeira||archipelago of 4 islands|
|São Jorge / Jorge||St. George's castle – number 1 tourist attraction in Portugal|
🎨 Unique Dog Names Inspired by Colors in the Portuguese Language
We love the idea of using foreign language words for colors to name your dog especially when they have an unusual coat or eye color. Don’t you think “Preto” is a great name for a Portuguese Water Dog?
🍸 Great Portuguese Dog Names Inspired by Popular Drinks
When the sun sets, Portugal comes alive with the promise of some tail-wagging fun and what better way to get the party started than to name your pup after some of Portugal’s most popular drinks. So grab a glass of Port wine and say “Vivas” (Cheers) to the paw-some names on this list!
|Aguardente||firewater – any alcoholic drink containing 50% alcohol|
|Beirão||a very popular sweet liqueur|
|Bock||Super Bock – Portuguese beer|
|Galão||1 part coffee, 2 parts milk served in a tall transparent glass|
|Ginja / Ginjinha||sour cherry liqueur|
|Mazagran||cold caffeinated beverage|
|Moscatel||wine made from muscat grapes|
|Poncha||Madeira rum, sweetened with honey or sugar and mixed with lemon or orange juice|
|Port||Port wine is consumed all over Portugal|
|Porto||Porto Tonic – like gin and tonic but with white port|
|Vinho Verde||green wine – “Vive” for short|
🥖 Yummy Dog Names Inspired by Portuguese Food
Calling all foodies! Spice up your dog’s name by paying homage to the rich culinary heritage of Portugal. We love the name “Queijo” – quirky and unusual for any cheese-lover!
|Açorda||bread soaked in broth|
|Alheira||traditional portuguese sausage|
|Bifanas||traditional pork sandwiches|
|Bolo Rei||traditional christmas cake|
|Francesinha||“little frenchie” – stacked meats, melted cheese and a fried egg on thick bread in a tomato and beer sauce|
|Lapas||edible aquatic snails|
|Pastel de Nata||iconic dessert – “Nata” for short|
|Petiscos||Portuguese tapas – small snacks to share while you have beer or wine|
📜 Awesome Dog Name Ideas that Honor Portugal’s Historical Figures and Famous People
These famous names will not only give your pup a touch of added grandeur, but will make them the star of every neighborhood walk! We love the name “Vasco” for a pooch with a daring and adventurous spirit, or how about “Amalia” for a dog with a melodious howl?
|Amalia||Amalia Rodrigues – singer and actress|
|Antonio||Antonio Guterres – secretary general of the united nations|
|Daniela||Daniela Ruah – actress|
|Dias||Bartolomeu Dias – explorer|
|Ferdinand||Ferdinand Magellan – explorer|
|Henriques||Afonso Henriques – first king of Portugal|
|Luis||Luis de Camoes – poet|
|Marquis||The Marquis of Pombal – greatest politician and statesman|
|Morgado||Diogo Morgado – actor|
|Sara||Sara Sampaio – model|
|Siza||Alvaro Siza – architect|
|Vasco||Vasco de Gama – explorer|
📺 Portuguese Dog Names Based on Beloved Characters from Movies, TV Shows and Books
Get ready to give your doggo some serious star power by naming them after iconic Portuguese characters from the world of movies, TV shows and books. Lights, camera, treats!
|Angelica||The Strange Case of Angelica||Female|
|Baltasar||Baltasar and Blimunda||Male|
|Bruno||The Aleixo Show||Male|
|Isaac||The Strange Case of Angelica||Male|
|Kali||Kali the Little Vampire||Female|
⚡ Mystical Dog Names Inspired by Portuguese Mythology
Embrace some enigmatic mystery by giving your dog a name inspired by the entrancing world of Portuguese mythology. We love “Reo” for a pooch with a thunderous bark! And isn’t “Duberdico” the most perfect name ever for a Portuguese Water Dog?
|Atégina||ruler of the underworld|
|Boto Cor-de-rosa||“Boto” for short, river dolphin that changes skin color from gray to pink|
|Broxa||a shape-shifting entity|
|Coco||ghost-like monster similar to the boogeyman|
|Curupira||has its feet turned backwards to create footprints that deceive hunters|
|Duberdico||god of lakes, oceans, fountains|
|Duende||similar to a goblin – mischievous creature|
|Luisón||transforms, during full moons, into a creature half dog and half man|
|Moura||beautiful and seductive supernatural being|
|Navia||goddess of water|
|Neto||god of war|
|Reo||god of sky and thunder|
|Saci Pererê||black boy who has only one leg, with a red cap and a pipe in his mouth|
🏖️ Portuguese Dog Names Inspired by Beautiful Nature
These nature-inspired names not only celebrate the beauty of the natural world but also make your furry friend a living embodiment of the spectacular landscapes of Portugal.
“Vento” is a great name for a pup that runs like the wind and we also love “Chuva” for those mischievous pups that like to splash around in the rain.
⚽ Sporty Names for your Portuguese Pup
Score the winning goal by choosing one of these incredible dog names for your sporty pup! Portugal has no shortage of famous sports stars to choose from when looking for naming inspiration – Our top pick is “Pepe” for a dog who loves playing fetch. Game On!
|Aurelie||Aurelie Mariani – water polo|
|Costa||Rui Costa – football|
|Figo||Luis Figo – football|
|Janete||Janete Sousa – water polo|
|Marisa||Marisa Barros – marathon runner|
|Naide||Naide Gomez – heptathlete and lomg jumper|
|Raul||Raul Meireles – football|
|Rita||Rita Pereira – water polo|
|Ronaldo||Cristiano Ronaldo – football|
We hope this article has inspired you to embrace the rich culture and traditions of Portugal and given you some great ideas for naming your Portuguese dog.
Let us know your favorite name in the comments.
I’m Shelley, a content creator and copywriter from Wicklow in the Irish countryside. I am a big animal lover, so writing about dogs is a dream come true! I’m the crazy lady who will stop you in the street while you’re out walking your dog to give it cuddles. I adore all dogs, but I would have to say the big slobbery ones are my favorite.