There’s nothing more exciting than adopting a dog, whether it’s a puppy from a breeder or an older dog from a shelter. Part of the excitement is choosing a name for your new furbaby.
When it comes to human names, we tend to have specific ideas of what’s acceptable and what isn’t. With dogs, however, pretty much anything goes. You can get super creative and pick a name as unique as you want.
We’re going to take a wild guess and say that you love unique, cool-sounding names. Names that start with the letter X are very rare, with only a few of them being recognizable to most people. Those that are recognizable were popularized by television (such as in the case of Xena: Warrior Princess) or are relics of history (like the name Xerxes).
We normally like to sort names into categories to make them easier to look through. In this case, however, pretty much every name that starts with X is both cool and unique. Therefore, we’ve merely separated our names by gender.
We still have over 100 names for you to look at, so we hope you’ll find the perfect one for your new puppy. Be sure to check out our tips for choosing a name, as well!
Female Dog Names That Start With X
First, we have some lovely names for female dogs that start with the letter X. There are quite a few names to choose from, so we’re sure you’ll find something awesome. Though these names are feminine, they’re so unique that no one would bat an eye if you used them for a male dog. Besides, it’s 2021!
Male Dog Names That Start With X
Next up is our list of X names for male dogs. Once again, don’t be afraid to use one of these names for a female dog.
Tips for Naming Your Dog
While some people fall in love with a name right away, others have a harder time picking the best name for their dog. Here are some tips that might help you make your final decision.
1. Make It Personal
Choosing a name for your dog is always personal, but what we mean by this is to steer clear of names like “dog,” “mutt,” “mongrel,” or the like. To some people, this type of name might seem like a good joke, but it treats your dog as utterly unspecial. Your dog is a living, breathing creature with impulses, desires, a unique personality, and likes and dislikes.
These types of names can also mark a dog as separate from the family. Yes, dogs are a different species than humans are, but they are loyal, companionable, and loving. They deserve to receive back the love, respect, and care they show every day.
2. Consider Names With More Than One Syllable
Dogs are incredibly observant and are always learning, even if we aren’t actively training them (dogs learn by association). They can learn what your tone of voice means and will act accordingly.
Animal behaviorist Patricia McConnell found that dogs are more likely to come to short sounds that rise in pitch. They are less likely to come to long sounds that drop in pitch.
It’s much easier to use these vocal cues with names that have more than one syllable. Think about the sing-song voice you normally use to call a dog. It’s less awkward to call “Xy-la” than “Xi-ill.” If you really love a one-syllable name, then you can make it work, but if you’re on the fence, maybe consider the name with more syllables.
3. Choose a Name That Will Endure
Your dog is going to live for at least a decade, which means you will be calling their name for this long, as well. Think about which names you are considering, and if there are any you could possibly regret in the long run.
A name like Whortleberry might seem cute and funny in the beginning, but will you still enjoy calling your dog Whortleberry after the joke wears off? Technically, it is possible to change your dog’s name (after all, many people have to do this for rescue dogs and strays), but it’s better if you can avoid it.
X Names for One-Of-A-Kind Dogs
Getting a new dog is super exciting, and choosing a name for them is just as fun. Names that start with X are very unique, and they all sound quite cool. These names are one-of-a-kind, just like your dog. If this is your vibe, then X names are definitely for you.
Though it can sometimes be difficult to make a decision, we’re sure you’ll choose the perfect name for your furbaby.