Choosing Pet Names

How to pick the perfect pet name for your new pet

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Rufus, Pickles or Max?

Choosing pet names is a lot of fun, but it can also be a challenge. The most important thing to remember is to pick a pet name that you like, and that also suits your pet. With this in mind, we’ve put together a few pet naming tips to help inspire you and help keep you on the right track:

1) Choose a pet name you can imagine saying dozens of times each day.

2) Keep it simple. Two-syllable pet names are easiest to call out and for your pet to understand. If you really want a long name like Sergeant Pepper Paws, make sure it can be shortened to something like “Serge” or “Pepper” for every day use.

3) Avoid pet names that sound like commands. This tip is more relevant to dogs and pets that will actually listen to you!

4) Don’t choose a pet name that you will be embarrassed to call out in public. I named one of my first childhood pets, a calico cat, “Chocolate Fart Bum”. Her name was immediately changed to “Chocky” when my mother took her for her first visit to the vet!

5) Let you imagination run wild. Pet names can be witty, famous, regal, related to your hobbies…whatever appeals to you.

6) Let your pet’s appearance inspire you. When you first get a new pet, it may take you a while to get to know its true personality, and as it grows, its behavior may change. Your pet’s appearance, on the other hand, is much more likely to stay constant.

7) Use your pet’s breed for inspiration. For example, choose a French name for your Poodle, an Asian name for your Siamese cat or a Scottish name for your Terrier.

8) Be respectful – don’t pick names that will demean your pet.

If you use these pet naming guidelines, chances are you won’t go wrong. And if you do…don’t worry, you won’t be the first person in history to change their pet’s name. I should know!

Ready to ‘go fetch’ pet names?