Clifford. That is absolutely the only name you need to be calling your red or red and white dog. We do, however, know that that might be a little too obvious or not a great choice of name for your small breed.
Dogs with any red on them are really beautiful, not that common (although not rare), and can actually be a number of different shades of red. Whether you have a ginger dog or a pup with really dark red hair, we’ve got the ideal name for them!
Maybe you’ll find their name inspired by a bright red flower, a red planet, red food, or even your favorite TV series! Here’s a list of our favorite red dog names.
How To Choose The Perfect Name For Your Red Dog?
Choosing the right name for your dog is a big responsibility for any pup parent (as well as meeting their exercise needs, feeding them well, and taking them to the vet). But it’s not always easy.
While you’re cooking, suddenly, your dog looks at you. You want to give them a little treat but wonder if they can eat the food you are holding in your hand.
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So what are the most important things to think about when it comes to selecting a name?
Is it the right fit for your pooch? Only you can be the judge of that but it’s important you think the name you choose suits your dog. Think about their breed, personality, and looks. You want to select a name that reflects all of these things as well as their beautiful red hair!
According to the Kennel Club, it’s best not to change an adult dog’s name. Especially one you’ve adopted from a shelter. They do, however, suggest you try out a couple of different names with puppies to see which feels most natural and suits them best.
Do you like it? You are also very important! You will call your pooch’s name many times a day, so it’s a good idea you really like it and can imagine yourself liking it for years to come too!
Is it easy for your dog to understand? Names are more than just a cute word your call your pup. They’re a signal that your dog responds to. Whether it’s to get their attention or for them to eavesdrop when you’re talking about taking them to the park… it’s really important they recognize it.
Usually, shorter (2-syllable) words that end in a vowel are the easiest to understand. But simple, longer ones can also work.
Make it unique. We’re not saying you can’t call your pup one of the most popular dog names. But try not to call them something that might be confusing. For example, ‘Kit’ could sound a lot like ‘sit’. Also, make sure the name is different from other animals and people in the house.
Pronunciation. If you decide to call your pup one of the red dog names inspired by a foreign language, it’s important that it’s easy to pronounce. You might be saying something very different if you don’t double-check!
Cute Red Dog Names
Whether you have a female or male red dog, most of us want their name to be cute. And luckily there are some amazing ones to choose from!
Male Red Dog Names
Many owners of red dogs want a name that’s particularly good for a boy pup. There are some incredible red Egyptian dog breeds and we think any of these would be perfect!
Female Red Dog Names
When many of us think of female red dog names and famous dogs in general, we think of the beautiful Lady from the popular Disney movie. Although she’s an American Cocker Spaniel, these names are perfect for almost any breed!
Funny Red Dog Names
If Spice Girl isn’t quite catchy enough for you, you could always name them Geri.
Dog Names Inspired by Red Food
Many popular foods around the world are red. Ketchup, bolognese, and strawberries… they’re a great source of inspiration for a name for your red-haired pooch. Could you imagine naming your pup after your favorite food?
Dog Names Inspired by Red Drinks
Why are so many great drinks red? Whatever the answer, they make great names for red dogs too. Aperol the Australian Shepherd, Bloody Mary the Basenji (shortened to Mary, of course), or Smoothie the Shiba Inu? They’re so original and we guarantee there won’t be another drink-inspired name in the park!
Animal-inspired Red Dog Names
A lot of red dog breeds look like foxes, so it’s common for many owners to call their beautiful dogs after other animals. We particularly like octopus!
Red Dog Names Inspired by Nature
So much of nature is red. An entire season, flowers, planets, stones, animals… lots of beautiful things in nature can make wonderful pup names. Many are great female and male red dog names for your ginger pooch.
Names For Red Dogs Inspired By Characters From Movies, TV Shows and Books
Of course, Clifford isn’t the only famous character on our screens and books. From Disney princesses to superheroes, there’s a name for every dog!
|Ariel||The Little Mermaid||Female|
|Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible)||The Incredibles||Male|
|Bob the Tomato||VeggieTales||Male|
|Captain Hook||Peter Pan||Male|
|Chirp||Peep and the Big Wide World||Female|
|Clifford||Clifford The Big Red Dog||Male|
|Darth Maul||Star Wars||Male|
|Eric Cartman||South Park||Male|
|Flaky||Happy Tree Friends||Female|
|Iron Man||Iron Man||Male|
|James||James the Red Engine||Male|
|Jessi Glaser||Big Mouth||Female|
|Lana Loud||The Loud House||Female|
|Lynn Loud Jr.||The Loud House||Female|
|Mighty Ray||Hero: 108||Male|
|Mr. Krabs||SpongeBob SquarePants||Male|
|Numbuh 1||Codename: Kids Next Door||Male|
|Phineas Flynn||Phineas and Ferb||Male|
|Pumbaa||The Lion King||Male|
|Sebastian||The Little Mermaid||Male|
|Spiral||Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures||Male|
Music-Inspired Red Dog Names
If you’re not going to call your red dog Clifford, then you must call them Ed Sheeran. You’ll get plenty of giggles on the street!
Names Inspired by Red Videogames Characters
If my nephews are anything to go by, Pokemon is making a big comeback. The cards are back and lots of us are looking for Pokemon-inspired dog names too. But there are actually lots of great videogames names you can call your red furry friend, including the most famous of all – Mario!
|Diddy Kong||Super Mario||Male|
|Shy Guy||Super Mario||Male|
Wine-Inspired Dog Names
What could possibly be better than calling your dog after a good red wine? Not only is it totally unique but most of the words are beautiful too!
Red Dog Names In Other Languages
Looking for words in other languages is a great place to start when deciding on a unique and cute name for your dog. Just make sure you know how to pronounce them too!
|Aka (赤)||“Red” in Japanese|
|Alba||“Dawn” in Italian|
|Formica||“Ant” in Italian|
|Kasei (火星)||“Mars” in Japanese|
|Kazan (火山)||“Volcano” in Japanese|
|Lóng (龙)||“Dragon” in Chinese (Simplified)|
|Marte||“Mars” in Spanish|
|Rauður||“Red” in Icelandic|
|Rosso||“Red” in Italian (for a male)|
|Rouge||“Red” in French|
|Fragola||“Strawberry” in Italian|
|Cerise||“Cherry” in French|
|Ttalgi (딸기)||“Strawberry” in Korean|
|Pimienta||“Pepper” in Spanish|
Red And White Dog Names
Many gorgeous red dogs have some white on them too. They may even be mainly white and just have beautiful red ears like the stunning Papillon breed. The following names are especially for these double-colored dogs.
So, What Should You Call Your Dog?
Red is such a popular coat color amongst dog owners because it’s so unique and beautiful. It’s therefore important you give your dog a name that highlights its wonderful coat. Whether you decide to name them after a wine, your favorite videogame character, or a pasta sauce, make sure it suits your pet, is easy for them to understand and you like it too.
Out of all of these red dog names, which is your favorite? Let us know what you end up calling your new red puppy!