Part Golden Retriever and part Poodle, the Goldendoodle is a trending crossbreed with a long list of highly desirable traits. Exceptionally friendly, cuddly, gentle, and affectionate, they are ideal dogs for families. With a variety of sizes, colors, and coat types to choose from, there is a Goldendoodle for even the most finicky person.
What should I name my Goldendoodle? The name should be one that perfectly reflects both your personality and your dog’s. Select a name that your dog will easily recognize. For inspiration, consider some of your favorite things in life. For more ideas, think about your dog’s size and color.
Deciding on the perfect name for your new Goldendoodle can seem daunting to many. I mean, you are naming your next (or possibly first) child. 🙂 But really, it’s a great opportunity to get creative and have some fun.
What you’ll find below should be really helpful for this process. We’re confident you’ll find at least a few names you like and with your creative juices flowing, you’ll likely decide on the winning name for your new Goldendoodle.
Tips For Naming Your Goldendoodle
The potential names for your Goldendoodle are nearly endless and are only limited by your imagination. With time and creativity, you will soon stumble upon the name your puppy was destined to carry.
- Learn Their Personality — Your new little Goldendoodle’s personality can often point you in the right direction. Spend some time getting to know him and his individual temperament. Your pup won’t mind at all if it takes a few days to settle on just the right name.
- Observe Their Temperament — While becoming acquainted with your Goldendoodle, notice how he explores his new environment. Does he curiously investigate every nook and cranny, or is he a bit hesitant? Is he super playful or laid back? The answers to questions like these can spark some great name ideas.
- Avoid Confusing Names — You will want to settle on a name that your pup will easily recognize. For instance, if your child’s name is Kelly, and you name your dog Nelly, he might have a hard time differentiating between the two names.
- Avoid Names Similar to Commands — It is usually best to avoid names that sound similar to words that will be used in training. A dog named Sid might be confused when you try to teach him to sit, or he may sit every time he hears his name called because “Sid” and “sit” sound too much alike.
- How Does the Name Flow? — Names that roll off of the tongue easily and are pleasant to say are good choices. Steer clear of names difficult to pronounce that will leave your tongue in knots. After all, you will be repeating this name thousands of times throughout your dog’s life, so choose one that you can actually say.
- Avoid Overly Common Names — Skip the overused names like Fido and Rover and let your imagination soar! Words from foreign languages can make for fantastic dog names. You could nod to your black Goldendoodle’s Poodle lineage by calling him Schwarz (German for black), for example. Just make sure that you can correctly and easily pronounce the chosen name.
- 2 & 3 Syllable — Most people naturally use a sing-song voice when calling their dog, beginning on a high note and gradually becoming lower. When conveying displeasure, the opposite occurs as the first part of the name is spoken in a low, deep tone and then slightly ascends. One syllable names can be flat sounding and hard to inflect emotion into, while two or three-syllable names are easier to change pitch-wise.
My favorite tip: The ‘Dog Park Test’
If you’re not comfortable or confident enough to yell your dog’s name at the dog park in front of a crowd of people…or down the street, if he gets loose…you should think of something else.
Although funny names like “Pooper” may sound great at first, will you really want to shout this name across a crowded dog park every time you want your dog to come? Try to stay away from embarrassing names so that you will never be hesitant to call your dog to you.
You Can Also Pull Inspiration From…
- Books & Movies — Other ideas for names could come from characters in your favorite book or movie. Naming your Goldendoodle after a president or philosopher could be fun.
- Weather — Weather often inspires great names like Stormy, Thunder, Cloud, Sunny, Rain, Lightning, Twister, Snowball, and so forth. You get the idea.
- Favorite Foods — Your favorite foods and drinks might provide you with some ideas. Names such as Oreo, Cocoa, T-bone, Brownie and Tater Tot have been popular for a while now, so head to your kitchen or local grocery store and get creative.
- Favorite Travel Destinations — Do you have a cherished childhood vacation spot like Nantucket, Disney World, or Myrtle Beach? You could transform these places into names like Tucket, Disney, or Myrtle.
Get the whole family involved!
If the whole family is interested in helping to select a name, give each person two slips of paper on which to write their two favorite names, and drop them in a hat. Let the youngest child reach in and pick the winner.
Have some fun, use your imagination, and take your time. Choosing a name for your Goldendoodle is important and shouldn’t be rushed. To get started on the right track, take a look at the following names for ideas and inspiration.
Standard Goldendoodle Names
Many people opt to name larger dogs with regal or sturdy sounding names that imply power. Names of mythological gods, planets, and stars are often used. Of course there is always a jokester in the bunch who names their 90-pound Goldendoodle Tiny, and that’s fine too.
Here are some examples that work well for Standard Goldendoodles.
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Miniature Goldendoodle Names
Miniature Goldendoodles are obviously much smaller than Standards and may not be able to live up to similar strong-sounding names. They are small enough that they can get away with cute, endearing names and still retain their dignity. Try some of the following on for size.
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Toy Goldendoodle Names
Toy Goldendoodles might be the most fun size to name. “Cutesy” names will definitely work with dogs of this size, but these little dogs are usually tough enough to bear “big” names like Atlas as well. See if any of the following might work for you and your little Goldendoodle.
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Names By Color
Your Goldendoodle’s coat color can provide inspiration as well. Take some time to dwell on the images that come to mind when you think about your dog’s color. For example, does the color white bring to mind fluffy clouds or mounds of whipped cream? Then maybe Fluffy, Cloudy, or Cool Whip would work. See how easy it is? Now, here are some more ideas for the most popular Goldendoodle colors.
How long do Goldendoodles usually live?
A Goldendoodle’s life expectancy is roughly 10 – 15 years though many factors can influence different outcomes. Diet, amount of exercise, exposure to pollutants and chemicals, and hereditary issues can all play a role in determining the life span of a Goldendoodle.
Deciding on a name for your precious Goldendoodle puppy should be a fun experience and an opportunity for bonding. Getting to know him is often the best place to start. Once his little personality begins to emerge, the right name will come to you. Names that reflect his future size or the color of his coat can be a lot of fun, as can naming him after one of your favorite things, like Snickers. Think outside of the box, get creative, and have fun!