800 Black Dog Names (Ideas for Both Males and Females)

Choosing the perfect name for your new dog is not an easy task. A name, after all, is going to last for the entire duration of your dog’s life, so you want to make sure it’s a good one.

Black dog names can be a little different than other dog names because you can even opt for a name that aptly conveys your dog’s color.

Color isn’t the only factor you need to consider when choosing the perfect name for your dog though. The name you choose should match your dog’s personality. Giving a fierce, big dog with a lot of muscle a name like “Fluffy” probably isn’t the best idea.

To make the decision easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of black dog names based on different themes so that it’s easier for you to find the perfect name. Lets dive in!

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Popular Black Dog Names

Regardless of whether it’s a Great Dane, black lab, or any other dog breed, black dogs have a regal quality to them. Their smooth, shiny coat often helps in making their other features more prominent and their beauty is often unparalleled.

There are many black dog names that are extremely popular today. If you want to give your dog a name that’s already in common use, consider choosing a name from the list below.      

  • Ash
  • Bartholomew (Bart)
  • Bruno
  • Voodoo
  • Carbon
  • Artemis (moon goddess)
  • Brenna / Brena
  • Liquorice
  • Asher
  • Boomer
  • Ashton
  • Black Pearl
  • Hershey
  • Kieran
  • Ashley
  • Amaya (night rain - Japanese)
  • Angus
  • Anise
  • Bran
  • Charcoal
  • Bear
  • Velvet
  • Arya
  • Athena
  • Astra
  • Batman
  • Black Keys
  • Cocoa
  • Bamboo
  • Bean
  • Black Beauty (a great name for a show dog)
  • Blackberry
  • Adrian
  • Blackjack
  • Blake
  • Black Widow
  • Blackout
  • Eclipse
  • Keira
  • Calla
  • Flint
  • Celeste
  • Galaxy
  • Indigo
  • Chase
  • Cola
  • Kodiak
  • Colby
  • Cole or Coal
  • Corbin
  • Cosmos
  • Shady Lady
  • Ebony
  • Guinness
  • Jetta
  • Graphite
  • Inky
  • Jet
  • Kuro (black - Japanese)
  • Kylo (from Star Wars)
  • Leila / Layla (night)
  • Legend
  • Panda
  • Luna (moon - Spanish)
  • Lyra
  • Orion
  • Magic
  • Oreo
  • Midnight
  • Pepper
  • Maverick
  • Nocturne
  • Morticia
  • Nebula
  • Panther
  • Raven
  • Nightshade
  • Salem
  • Noir
  • Shady
  • Persephone
  • Onyx
  • Shadow
  • Twilight
  • Slate
  • Olive
  • Pearl (black pearl)
  • Poppy
  • Soot
  • Turtle (a kind of black bean)
  • Rainy
  • Sable
  • Thunder
  • Wednesday (from the Addams family)
  • Tynan
  • Smokey
  • Stormy
  • Vega
  • Wilder
  • Vesper

Black Female Dog Names

Black female dog names may be inspired by warrior women of the past, the color of their fur coat, Goddesses, precious stones, and a lot more. You want to make sure your special girl can carry a name that matches her personality and does justice to her appearance and nature.

Here are some popular names to inspire you.      

  • Graphite
  • Dahlia
  • Avnilla
  • Barthy
  • Alice
  • Dakota
  • Darcy
  • Burlinda
  • Opal
  • Avril
  • Pepsi
  • Darlene
  • Deadshot
  • Denali
  • Dakota
  • Diabolique
  • Delaney
  • Duna
  • Elvira
  • Alexelia
  • Dahlia
  • Breana
  • Annabel Lee
  • Evie
  • Dashiell
  • Donnie
  • Deva (moon Goddess in Hindu tradition)
  • Ghost Rider
  • Harley Quinn
  • Hecate
  • Eve
  • Huntress
  • Kedavra
  • Espresso
  • Kali
  • Nova
  • Emery
  • Pitch
  • Minuit
  • Nerissa
  • Mystica
  • Nimbus
  • Nisha (night - Sanskrit)
  • Queen of Spades
  • Nyx
  • Nevermore
  • Odile
  • Opal
  • Ophelia
  • Poe
  • Selena
  • Stella
  • Talladega
  • Von Rothbart
  • Puddle
  • Tiffany
  • Selkie (the seal woman from Gaelic legend)
  • Skye
  • Sully
  • Starling (black bird)
  • Velvet
  • Annie
  • Basil
  • Bessy
  • Blot
  • Boots
  • Brownie
  • Chi Chi
  • Coco
  • Daisy
  • Ellie
  • Elsa
  • Evie
  • Freda
  • Gina
  • Godiva
  • Greta
  • Halo
  • Harriet
  • Honey
  • Ink
  • Iris
  • Kit
  • Lady
  • Lexi
  • Lily
  • Lolita
  • Lolly
  • Penny
  • Petal
  • Petunia
  • Riley
  • Sugar
  • Tilly
  • Trixie
  • Viola
  • Xena
  • Zara
  • Tiana
  • Vilma

Black Male Dog Names

A great black dog deserves to flaunt an equally great name. Is your black male dog big, tough, and strong, making a person keep their distance from you out of fear? Or is he the more playful kind of dog who will get along with almost anyone who crosses his path? Whatever the case may be, his name should remain true to his character.

Pick any of these names for your black male dog.

  • Darcy
  • Darth
  • Domino
  • Axel
  • Spade
  • Fang
  • Racer
  • Dusty
  • Bock (dark German malt beer) 
  • Duncan
  • Nash (star in Sagittarius)
  • Oso (bear in Spanish)
  • Orpheus
  • Arrow
  • Scout
  • Vinnie
  • Gunnar
  • Brandy (dark liquor)
  • Slater
  • Storm
  • Raider
  • Chip
  • Sharpie
  • Bullet
  • Sullivan
  • Razor
  • Tarmac
  • Knight
  • Yukon
  • Bosco (chocolate syrup)
  • Shade
  • Leilo
  • Inkblot
  • King of Spades
  • Kuno
  • Mamba
  • Bruno
  • Calla
  • Chase
  • Julian
  • Shawn
  • Jedi
  • Winston
  • Knobby
  • Cecil
  • Fancy
  • Spade
  • Spot
  • Jamesy
  • Kellen
  • Adam
  • Andy
  • Lightning
  • Buddy
  • Buttons
  • Charlie
  • Cooper
  • Bandit
  • Crow
  • Disney
  • Doodle
  • Dusk
  • Felix
  • Ford
  • Fox
  • Franklin
  • George
  • Hale
  • Jacob
  • Jimmy
  • Jinx
  • Liam
  • Luke
  • Diesel
  • Matches
  • Merlin
  • Micky
  • Miner
  • Moon
  • Patrick
  • Pluto
  • Rex
  • Robbie
  • Breaker
  • Ninja
  • Riddick
  • Buzz
  • Rocky
  • Tank
  • Rocket
  • Ryan
  • Sammy
  • Flash
  • Sneaky
  • Tundra
  • Damien
  • Chopper
  • Speckle
  • Sweeper
  • Zenith

Good Names For Black Dogs

If the black dog names on the popular list haven’t caught your attention, don’t worry. We have plenty more in store for you.

Here’s a list of some really good black dog names you’ll be happy to call out loud at the dog park. 

  • Brooklyn
  • Beast
  • Floyd
  • Cece
  • Pepe
  • Kent
  • Zeus
  • Brambo
  • Sonny
  • Ajax
  • Archie
  • Christine
  • Beluga
  • Duchess
  • Bronx
  • Thor
  • Rosalee
  • Dre
  • Milo
  • Bandit
  • Willie
  • Nala
  • Chico
  • Pedita
  • Gizmo
  • Agate
  • Nicki
  • Teddy
  • Blackie
  • Frazier
  • Cherney
  • Aiden
  • Kasha
  • Chezzie
  • Riddick
  • Willow
  • Blackfoot
  • Usher
  • Pongo
  • Cardi
  • Dozer
  • Josie
  • Lexi
  • Biscuit
  • Grayson
  • Denzel
  • Shamu
  • King
  • Bootblack
  • Tarry

Cute Names For Black Dogs

Is your dark colored dog a total goofball? Are you certain that a majestic name would be the total opposite of their personality type? Would a cute name be more suited for your little goofball?

Look no further than this list of cute black dog names we just can’t seem to get enough of.    

  • Whiskers
  • Wiggles
  • Moonbeam
  • Moonstruck
  • Nero
  • Shaunee
  • Fuzzy
  • Ace
  • Elliot
  • Angus
  • Baby
  • Clover
  • Anisette
  • Ollie
  • Black Bean
  • Caviar
  • Anna Lee
  • Chicory
  • Jeeves
  • Acer
  • Waffle
  • Mixer
  • Nhi
  • Achilles
  • Shandy
  • Sadie
  • Trudy
  • Grace
  • Sonya
  • Spice
  • Huey Lewis
  • Snickers
  • Ziggy
  • Roscoe
  • Duke
  • Monday
  • Chance
  • Romeo
  • Lucky
  • Sting
  • Tegan
  • Kory
  • Jannette
  • Zipper
  • Moose
  • Simba
  • Sammie
  • Georgina
  • Cash
  • Mickey
Cute Black Puppy

Female Black Puppy Names

A majestic name for a female black dog may not be the right choice for a black puppy. You don’t want your pup’s name to be longer than its tiny size. That’s going to be painful to call out each time you want to call her. At the same time, it should be something that you won’t have to change when she gets bigger.

Here’s a list of female black puppy names for you to pick from. 

  • Za Za
  • Cuppy
  • Lola
  • Becca
  • Bubble
  • Yasmin
  • Adara
  • Dottie
  • Nikka
  • Roxy
  • Asia
  • Peanut
  • Lyka
  • Bianca
  • Zola
  • Adelyn
  • Angel
  • Marley
  • Mimi
  • Mynxy
  • Minnie
  • Amara
  • Ivy
  • Dede
  • Izzy
  • Candy
  • Astra
  • Bibi
  • Ginny
  • Chica
  • Peaches
  • Faye
  • Inka
  • Jemma
  • Ruby
  • Cara
  • Phoebe
  • Jackie
  • Blossom
  • Chrissy
  • Zoey
  • Jane
  • Betsy
  • Foxy
  • Cookie
  • Elvira
  • Buttercup
  • Bunny
  • Coral
  • Dolly

Male Black Puppy Names

If you want to see a happy puppy at home, let the name resonate the same. Choose from among this list of names for black male pups. 

  • Foo
  • Tater
  • Leo
  • Bowie
  • Topper
  • Johnnie
  • CJ
  • Rider
  • Nash
  • Banjo
  • Luigi
  • Hoover
  • Beau
  • Dice
  • Piper
  • Milo
  • Ringo
  • Nico
  • Goose
  • Levi
  • Spencer
  • Arnie
  • Socks
  • Drew
  • Finn
  • Rexy
  • Toto
  • Reed
  • Ozzy
  • Ziggy
  • Ike
  • Rudy
  • Nacho
  • AJ
  • Skip
  • Joey
  • Omega
  • Truman
  • Tyrone
  • Reggie
  • Bubba
  • Paco
  • Stuart
  • Wylie
  • Baker
  • Marty
  • Hartie
  • DJ
  • Rocco
  • Todo
  • Otis
  • Nipsey
  • Saul
  • Crew
  • Ares
  • Pepsi
  • Tobin
  • Skoda
  • Odin
  • Paxton
  • Sylvan
  • Cody
  • Zazu
  • Frankie
  • Percy
  • Rascal
  • Milo
  • Fuji
  • Ezra
  • Totter
  • Sebby
  • Roto
  • Mojo
  • Chewy
  • Aspen
  • McCoy
  • Seuss
  • Scoobie
  • Alfie
  • Morty
  • Toddy
  • Grizzly
  • Otto
  • Ripley
  • Quince
  • Mercer
  • Doc
  • Brownie
  • Timber
  • Billie
  • Remy 
  • Atlas
  • Normy
  • Zoro
  • Pongo
  • Barry
  • Nugget
  • Buster
  • Apollo
  • Paxton

Funny Black Dog Names

Why do names always have to be serious? Why not have some fun with it? While there are many funny black dog names to inspire you, you need to make sure these names aren’t meant in a mocking tone. There’s a fine line between funny and just downright degrading. Funny black dog names can be inspired by pop culture and even some interesting wordplay.

Here are some options for you to choose from.    

  • Bark Twain
  • Jimmy Chew
  • Bark Griswold
  • Yoda
  • Droolius Caesar
  • Mary Puppins
  • Bark Obama
  • Miss Furbulous
  • Chewbarka
  • Bark Ruffalo
  • Franz Furdinand
  • Sherlock Bones
  • Billie Eileash
  • Yin
  • Sir Barks a Lot
  • Ozzy Pawsborne
  • Clint Eastwoof
  • PeeWee
  • Colin Howl
  • Yang
  • Santa Paws
  • Dwight D. EisenHowler
  • Pumba
  • Sarah Jessica Barker
  • Hairy Paw-ter
  • Prince of Barkness
  • Jurassic Bark
  • Woofgang Puck
  • Gollum
  • Kim Kardachshund
  • Squeaker
  • Doc McDoggins
  • Post Mabone
  • Woofgang Puck
  • Chomper
  • Deputy Dawg
  • Dobby
  • Salvador Dogi
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Captain Sniffer
  • Professor Wagglesworth
  • Elmo
  • Orville Redenbarker
  • Putt Putt
  • Winnie the Poodle
  • Sergeant Barkowitz
  • Khaleesi
  • Zero Bark Thirty
  • Fyodor Dogstoevsky
  • Mister Fluffers
Black Lab Dog Names

Black Lab Dog Names

Labrador retrievers are some of the most affectionate, friendliest, and most popular breeds in existence today, with several dog breeding programs in place to offer families with labs. Golden, ginger, white, and black are some common colors among Labrador retrievers.

If you’ve just brought home a black lab, here’s a list of names for you to choose from.  

  • Howl
  • Vixen
  • Bonnie
  • Mocha
  • Velour
  • Chev
  • Shawn
  • Latte
  • Porter
  • Slater
  • Pingu
  • Vamp
  • Galaxy
  • Coffee
  • Bullet
  • Chocolava
  • Puma
  • Treacle
  • Dolan
  • Venom 
  • Cosmos
  • Raisin
  • Cocopuff
  • Hadrian
  • Tux
  • Drax
  • Stout (a dark beer variety)
  • Colley (dark hair)
  • Fascianne
  • Kieran
  • Talon
  • Pavarotti
  • Mamba
  • Oboe
  • Dougal
  • Meilani
  • Anino
  • Vortex
  • Cadbury
  • Tula 
  • Gerhana
  • Bronte
  • Gnasher
  • Nuray
  • Bowser
  • Sirius
  • Terr
  • Duane
  • Ziba
  • Pinchas

Small Black Dog Names

Don’t have a big dog at home? Looking for a name more suited for smaller breeds of black dogs?

Here’s a list of black dog names that are perfect for smaller dog breeds. 

  • Charcoal
  • Diamond Duff
  • Elvira
  • Fascianne
  • Fiat
  • Cocopuffs
  • Woody
  • Brad
  • Missy
  • Miner
  • Trent
  • Jewel
  • Silas
  • Zayn
  • Stewie
  • Cindy
  • Princess
  • Bonnie Boo
  • Jazz
  • Tripp
  • Rusty
  • Shiloh
  • Patsy
  • Cordial
  • Cosmos
  • Pete
  • Fifi
  • Boss
  • Checkers
  • TJ
  • Chess
  • Barcode
  • Maude
  • Butler
  • Logan
  • Cesare
  • Scooter
  • Peggy
  • Taz
  • Akira
  • Tiller
  • Chester
  • Silas
  • Tux
  • Pongo
  • Jojo
  • Groucho
  • Theo
  • Prince
  • Mara

Cool Names For Black Dogs

Give your black dog a cool, trendy name with any of these options.

  • Cinder
  • Rorschach
  • Silhouette
  • Smudge
  • Lo
  • Joy
  • Cooyungo
  • Kiki
  • Cronin
  • Libbie
  • Dagan
  • Delano
  • Kira
  • Paul
  • Zander
  • Juno
  • Kit Kat
  • Lily
  • Kora
  • Lizzy
  • Ernie
  • Leslie
  • Koa
  • Corbin
  • Raccoon
  • Lettie
  • Kewpie
  • Nigel
  • Kiwi
  • Jubilee
  • Puffins
  • Mary
  • Elmo
  • Stick
  • Juniper
  • Mango
  • Sir
  • Lana
  • Journey
  • Tony
  • Caleb
  • McKayla
  • Kamila
  • Locket
  • J.J.
  • Eightball
  • Ember
  • Love
  • Maple
  • Maeve

Unique Black Dog Names

Not a fan of going by the majority? Looking for a name that will set your dog apart from the rest? There are plenty of unique black dog names you can choose from, with many of them being translations of the word ‘black’ from other languages.

Here’s a list for you. 

  • Asphalt (liquid form of petroleum that’s dark-colored)
  • Duncan (a black fighter)
  • Enigma
  • Colbie (meaning black like coal)
  • Rajani (night in Sanskrit)
  • Zwart (meaning black in Dutch)
  • Kuro (this is the Japanese word for charcoal)
  • Daegan Kai (dark-haired - Irish)
  • Chu Dhub (meaning black dog - Gaelic)
  • Qora (black in Uzbek)
  • Baki (black in Hausa)
  • Drakkar Noir (men’s cologne)
  • Itim (black in Filipino)
  • Sort (black in Danish)
  • Sheba (African Queen)
  • Fia (meaning dark in Irish Gaelic)
  • Schwartz (black in German)
  • Kieran Mael (dark - Irish)
  • Duvessa (dark beauty – Irish)
  • Preto (black in Portuguese)
  • Kuro (black in Japanese)
  • Lugosi
  • Czarny (black in Polish)
  • Hitam (black in Indonesian)
  • Madow (black in Somali)
  • Juodas (black in Lithuanian)
  • Beetle
  • Pugsley (A family member from the Addams family)
  • Happy go Lucky
  • Xap (black in Mongolian)
  • Musta (meaning black in Finnish)
  • Lilith (in Hebrew, this means a woman of the night)
  • Mamba
  • Mainty (meaning black in Malagasy)
  • Talladega 
  • Delano (time of the night)
  • Padfoot (this refers to a goblin or a spectral creature)
  • Du (black in Welsh)
  • Cha Cha
  • Vlad (short for Vladimir)
  • Barcode
  • Qara (black in Azerbaijani)
  • Siyah (black in Turkish)
  • Musqua (meaning little bear)
  • Batman
  • Adrian (black in Latin)
  • Silhouette
  • T’Challa (Black Panther)
  • Rorschach
  • Achilles (Greek warrior from Homer’s Iliad and the Trojan War)
Hungry Black Dog

Dog Name Inspiration

You can draw inspiration for your dog’s name from literally any aspect of the world around you so long as you pay attention to it. Whether it’s the name of precious stones, colors, your favorite celebrity, mythology, or a dear relative, there’s so much in the world that can inspire you.

We live in an information-packed world, so be open to drawing inspiration from even the most mundane life experiences. It may just become the name of your next furry friend!   

Help Choosing The Right Name

There are several aspects to keep in mind when choosing the perfect name for your black dog. Here are some tips to help make this process easier for you.

  • Stick to two syllables – it’s short and sweet and can be picked up by your dog more easily when compared to longer names.
  • Use names that have hard consonants and long vowels (Bailey, Lucy). Remember, dogs hear very differently from us and this will make it easier for them to listen and respond.
  • Pick a name that doesn’t sound too much like a command. Dogs understand mainly based on sounds, not actual words, so similar sounding words may confuse them. For example, naming your dog ‘Po’ may confuse them when you’re trying to tell them ‘No’.
  • Don’t name your dog something derogatory to get a laugh out of it. Not only is this mean, but it will also lead to unpleasantness.
  • Pick a name that you’ll be comfortable calling out aloud at the dog park.
  • Always follow up a call out of their name with some positive reinforcement when you’re getting them used to the name. This will help create a positive association between them and their name. 

Conclusion

With so many options to choose from, you don’t just have to stick to generic names like ‘Blackie’ for your black dog. Make sure the name you pick strongly matches their nature as it will be their identity and reinforce them till they’re used to it.

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