Hot Dog! The Best Food Names for Your Dog

Hot Dog! The Best Food Names for Your Dog

Deciding what to name your new dog or puppy can be a difficult task – all the responsibility of giving your dog a name that sticks with them for life is not easy to deal with. However, there are many ways to find inspiration for your dog’s name, one of which is food.

Whether you are a fine-dining foodie or a simple connoisseur of snacks, you may want to look to the aisles of your favorite grocery store in order to find the perfect name for your pooch. To help you get started, we’ve collected a list of the best dog food names and categorized them by type for easy browsing.

How to Select the Best Dog Name

When choosing a dog name, you may want to keep in mind that whatever you select shouldn’t be too hard to pronounce, or too embarrassing. Remember, this name will be with you and your dog throughout their entire lives and through all types of vet and grooming appointments – don’t select a name that anyone would cringe to say out loud when calling your dog (including you!).

You may also want to consider choosing a name that speaks to your dog’s personality or alludes to the color of their coat. But keep in mind not to overthink choosing your dog’s name; select whichever name speaks to you as something that just suits your dog, no justifications required.

Sweet and Dessert Food Names for Your Dog

Take inspiration from the bakery aisle and your favorite desserts in order to name your new furry friend.

  • Oreo: Great for lovers of Oreos or anyone who is a fan of cookies and cream.
  • Chocolate: Perfect for a chocolate lab or other brown dog.
  • Chip
  • Cookie: If you want to declare your love for this comforting dessert with the help of your dog.
  • Cupcake
  • Fudge: Perfect for brown or darker colored dogs.
  • Brownie
  • Creampuff: A great choice if you have a particularly fluffy white dog.
  • Cannoli
  • Pudding: This name can also be shortened to “Pud” if you’re a fan of cute nicknames.
  • Caramel
  • Alaska: After the popular meringue-based dessert.
  • Custard
  • Brûlée: A great choice if you have a cream-colored dog or one with a rusty coloring on top of their coat.
  • Donut
  • Gelato
  • Almond
  • Macaron
  • Sundae
  • Frosting
  • Truffles
  • Madeleine: An homage to the popular French dessert.
  • Pancake
  • Waffles
  • Muffin
  • Mochi: A popular Japanese dessert, and a good choice if you have a Japanese dog breed.
  • Butterscotch
  • Cream: Great for lighter colored dogs.
  • Jelly
  • Marshmallow

Savory Food Names for Your Dog

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All of your favorite savory foods, from pasta to cheeses, are fair game to name your dog after.

  • Alfredo: This popular Italian dish also makes for a perfect dog name.
  • Pork Chop
  • Cashew
  • Peanut: This name works for a darker colored dog, and Peanut can be a shortened version of the name Peanut Butter.
  • Beans
  • Meatball
  • Chicken Nugget: If you’re a fan of chicken nuggets, you may just want to name your dog after them as a tribute. This name can also be shorted to “Nugget” if you want a cute nickname.
  • Tofu
  • Miso
  • Dumpling
  • Biscuit: If you have two dogs, you may want to call one Biscuit and the other Gravy.
  • Wonton
  • Pizza
  • Sushi: You could also name your dog Sushi Roll and shorten it to Sushi as a nickname.
  • Ramen
  • Tater Tot: A variation of the name Potato, you could also call your dog “Tater” or “Tot” as a nickname.
  • Spaghetti
  • Chalupa
  • Hotdog
  • Shrimp: Both large and small dogs can be called this, depending on the impression you want to give.
  • Sausage
  • Salami
  • French Fry: This can be a great name for a French Bulldog.
  • Burrito
  • Kimchi
  • Caesar: After Caesar salad and the Roman general of the same name.
  • Baguette
  • Brie: After the creamy cheese of the same name. A great choice for a lighter colored or white dog.
  • Cheddar
  • Lentil: Lentils come in all shapes and colors, so this name is great for any type of dog breed.

Fruit and Vegetable Names for Your Dog

Walk down the produce aisle with us and consider these popular fruit and vegetable names as a name for your dog.

  • Pumpkin: An homage to the favorite fall gourd, but it could also be a subtle declaration of your love for pumpkin pie or pumpkin spice.
  • Peaches
  • Strawberry
  • Pepper: This name could take after bell peppers, spicy peppers, or the spice pepper.
  • Coconut
  • Pickles
  • Chive
  • Sprout: After the healthy vegetable Brussels sprouts. You could also call your dog Sprouts.
  • Tomato
  • Zucchini
  • Radish: Great for a dog with a zesty personality, or one who is on the smaller side.
  • Banana
  • Fig: You could also call your dog “Figgy” as a nickname.
  • Mango
  • Kiwi
  • Lemon: If you have two dogs, you might consider calling one Lemon and the other
  • Artichoke
  • Onion
  • Persimmon: A popular East Asian fruit that is technically a berry.
  • Mushroom

Beverage Names for Your Dog

If you’re a fan of Pumpkin Spice Lattes or enjoy many types of brewed coffee, you may want to consider taking inspiration from your love of beverages to name your dog.

  • Peppermint: After the ever-popular winter favorite peppermint mocha.
  • Mocha
  • Latte
  • Frappuccino: A great choice if you are a fan of any of these blended coffee and ice creations.
  • Cappuccino
  • Bailey: After Bailey’s popular Irish Cream liquor.
  • Coffee
  • Kahlua
  • Brandy: This makes for a great dog name and a subtle tribute to the liquor.
  • Chai
  • Espresso
  • Prosecco: A good choice for dogs with a bubbly personality.
  • Martini
  • Macchiato
  • Pepsi: Any variation of cola or soda could also be used as a name for your dog.

Spice and Seasoning Names for Dogs

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Whether your dog has a spicy personality or you feel passionately about the role of salt and pepper in your foods, spice and seasoning names are great choices to name your dog after.

  • Salt
  • Basil
  • Cinnamon: A great choice for a dog with a red or brown coat.
  • Pesto
  • Nutmeg
  • Ginger
  • Dijon: You could also call your dog Mustard or Poupon.
  • Dill
  • Vanilla: A great choice if you are a fan of the flavor. You could also call your dog Vanilla Bean and shorten it to Vanilla as a nickname.
  • Sage
  • Relish
  • Anise: A licorice-tasting spice commonly used in traditional Chinese cooking.
  • Curry
  • Garlic
  • Dandelion: Perfect if you like the flower or appreciate dandelion’s use in many recipes.

Restaurant and Fast Food Names for Dogs

Maybe you’re a fan of McDonald’s or have a soft spot in your heart for Taco Bell. Either way, these restaurant and fast food names may be just the thing to name your dog after.

  • Taco: Perfect for fans of fast food tacos or Taco Bell.
  • Hamburger: A great name if you are a fan of hamburgers from any restaurant chain. You could also use Cheeseburger.
  • Chili: A good choice if you love the restaurant chain Chili’s or you are a fan of chili peppers (either the food or the red hot band).
  • Wendy: Dave Thomas named Wendy’s after his daughter, and now you can name your dog after the restaurant!
  • Mickey: After McDonald’s. You could also choose the name Ronald as an homage to McDonald’s clown mascot.
  • Colonel: A dignified name for any dog and a great choice if you’re also a fan of Kentucky Fried Chicken.
  • Starbuck: A great choice if you love Starbucks coffee and want to make your dedication to the brand known.
  • Domino: Perfect for showing your love for pizza in a more subtle way.
  • Olive: If you’re a fan of Italian food, this name is a great way to show your love for Olive Garden.
  • Cheesecake: A sweet dessert and a tribute to the many varieties of cheesecake available at The Cheesecake Factory.

The Perfect Name for Your Pup

Naming your dog can prove to be anything but a simple task. As an owner, you want to make sure that the name is something you and your dog can live with for the length of your dog’s life; you should consider choosing a food item that speak to your dog’s personality and looks. Do this to narrow down the options, and you will have discovered the perfect name for your pup in no time.