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250+ Red Dog Names For Your Fiery Pooch

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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.

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.

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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!

Autumn
Berry
Blush
Currant
Ember
Freckles
Phoenix
Poppy
Razzy
Rusty
Twizzler

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!

Blaze
Brick
Copper
Ed
George
Harry
Weasley
Ziggy

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!

Lady
Lucy
Penny
Rosalie
Rosie
Ruby
Scarlett
Valentine

Funny Red Dog Names

If Spice Girl isn’t quite catchy enough for you, you could always name them Geri.

Deadpool
Dragon
Dynamite
Fireball
Jam
Spice Girl
Spicy

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?

Apple
Bean
Beef
Beet
Bolognese
Carmine
Cherry
Cranberry
Cupcake
Fig
Goji
Grape
Ham
Ketchup
Lentil
Lychee
Meat
Meatball
Mulberry
Onion
Paprika
Pepper
Pepperoni
Plum
Pomegranate
Potato
Radish
Rambutan
Raspberry
Rhubarb
Sausage
Sriracha
Strawberry
Tomato
Watermelon

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!

Aperol
Big Red
Bloody Mary
Coke
Cosmopolitan
Dr. Pepper
Margarita
Martini
Milkshake
Negroni
Red Bull
Smoothie
Tea
Wine

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!

Ant
Beetle
Crab
Crawfish
Deer
Flamingos
Fox
Frog
Horse
Kangaroo
Ladybug
Lobster
Lory
Newt
Octopus
Red Panda
Salmon
Seahorse
Shrimp
Snake
Squid
Squirrel
Starfish
Tiger

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.

Canyon
Dawn
Begonia
Bottlebrush
Clay
Fire
Flower
Garnet
Gem
Higanbana
Lava
Maple
Mars
Mushroom
Nasturtiums
Obsidian
Poinsettia
Redwood
Rose
Saffron
Sumac
Sun
Sunrise
Sunset
Tulip
Volcano

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!

NameMovie/TV Show/BookGender
AngerInside OutMale
ArielThe Little MermaidFemale
BlossomPowerPuff GirlsFemale
Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible)The IncrediblesMale
Bob the TomatoVeggieTalesMale
Captain HookPeter PanMale
ChirpPeep and the Big Wide WorldFemale
CliffordClifford The Big Red DogMale
Darth MaulStar WarsMale
DashThe IncrediblesMale
ElastigirlThe IncrediblesFemale
ElmoSesame StreetMale
Eric CartmanSouth ParkMale
FlakyHappy Tree FriendsFemale
GinnyHarry PotterFemale
IagoAladdinMale
Iron ManIron ManMale
Jack-JackThe IncrediblesMale
JafarAladdinMale
JamesJames the Red EngineMale
Jessi GlaserBig MouthFemale
JessieToy StoryFemale
Lana LoudThe Loud HouseFemale
LarrySpongeBob SquarePantsMale
Lightning McQueenCarsMale
Lynn Loud Jr.The Loud HouseFemale
MargaretRegular ShowFemale
Mighty RayHero: 108Male
Mr. KrabsSpongeBob SquarePantsMale
Numbuh 1Codename: Kids Next DoorMale
Phineas FlynnPhineas and FerbMale
PoTeletubbiesFemale
PumbaaThe Lion KingMale
RalphWreck-It RalphMale
RonHarry PotterMale
SebastianThe Little MermaidMale
Spider-ManSpider-ManMale
SpiralPac-Man and the Ghostly AdventuresMale
StewieFamily GuyMale
VioletThe IncrediblesFemale
WordGirlWordGirlFemale
ZoidbergFuturamaMale

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!

Action Bronson
Cello
Ed Sheeran
El-P
Flute
Guitar
Julio Bashmore
Piano

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! 

NameVideogameGender
BlazikenPokémonUnisex
CameruptPokémonUnisex
CharizardPokémonUnisex
CharmanderPokémonUnisex
CharmeleonPokémonUnisex
CorphishPokémonUnisex
DarmanitanPokémonUnisex
DeoxysPokémonUnisex
Diddy KongSuper MarioMale
Doctor EggmanSonicMale
FlaeronPokémonUnisex
GroudonPokémonUnisex
Ho-OhPokémonUnisex
KinglerPokémonUnisex
KirbyKirbyUnisex
KnucklesSonicMale
KrabbyPokémonUnisex
LatiasPokémonUnisex
LedybaPokémonUnisex
MagbyPokémonUnisex
MagcargoPokémonUnisex
MagikarpPokémonUnisex
MagmarPokémonUnisex
MarioSuper MarioMale
MaxwellScribblenautsMale
OctilleryPokémonUnisex
PansearPokémonUnisex
ParasPokémonUnisex
Porygon2PokémonUnisex
RedPokémonMale
Shy GuySuper MarioMale
SlugmaPokémonUnisex
SolrockPokémonUnisex
TatsugiriPokémonUnisex
TorchicPokémonUnisex
VoltorbPokémonUnisex
WurmplePokémonUnisex

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!

Beaujolais
Bordeaux
Hermitage
Lambrusco
Malbec
Merlot
Nebbiolo
Pinot
Sangiovese
Syrah
Tempranillo
Zinfandel

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!

NameMeaning
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.

Candy cane
Goldfish
Koi
Red Velvet
Santa Claus

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!

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