Updated 07/31/2023 – Deciding on a name for your new puppy can be both exciting and frustrating all at the same time. You probably want a name that fits your pup, but one that is also unique. We felt the same way when we were looking for a name for our puppy. This is why we decided to gather all the French dog names we could find into one post.
Thus, making it easier for future new puppy owners to find the perfect French dog name for their dogs.
Join us to discover over 450 French dog names. Plus, we have put together a list of the 50 Best French Dog Names (IOHO).
Why choose a French dog name?
French names tend to be unique in the canine world therefore you will not have three dogs with the same name at the park. Plus, many popular dog breeds may have originated in France. By giving them a French Dog Name, you are honoring their heritage.
Even if you don’t have a breed or mix breed from France, French names add a sense of sophistication and mystery to any breed.
Interesting Fact About Dog Names in France
In France, dogs are named based on the year.
That’s right. For almost a century, the French registry for dogs has followed a naming system that makes it easy to determine the age of a dog by its registered name. Starting back in 1926, the organization decided that all dogs born the same year would have a name starting with the same letter. The letter Z was originally skipped because it was too hard to find names. Then over the years, the letters K, Q, W, X, and Y were also eliminated for the same reason. The alphabet starts over every 20 years.
It’s important to note that this naming convention is only required if you want to register your puppy with the Central Canine Society in France.
How to choose a French Dog Name
When choosing one of the many French dog names on our list, make sure the name is clear and easy to say. It is best to keep the name to no more than two syllables. If you prefer a longer name, keep it as their official name but give your dog a short-related nickname. When you need them to respond quickly you want a short name to call them by.
Practice saying the name to make sure you are comfortable with it. It’s important to ensure that the name does not resemble another command you will use with your dog.
Also remember that you will be saying this name over and over again when they are young so make sure you really like it.