Black Dog Names – The Ultimate List (77 Fantastic Ideas!)

black dog names puppyIf you’re getting a dark-colored dog, you must consider black dog names!

Black dogs are beautiful creatures, with their shiny, luscious coats and soulful eyes that are even more pronounced against their dark fur.

These names don’t have to be literal. They can range from dark-colored foods to “black” in other languages to animals of the same color and more. The more subtle and sophisticated, the better, in our opinion.

As always, we welcome feedback and ideas for other black dog names. If you have suggestions, chime in below!

The Ultimate List of Black Dog Names

black-dog-names-2Nature & Elements

  • Ash
  • Carbon
  • Coal
  • Cinder
  • Dusty
  • Ebony
  • Ember
  • Graphite
  • Onyx
  • Opal
  • Shadow
  • Shady
  • Smoky
  • Stormy
  • Tarmac
  • Thunder
  • Twilight


  • Bean
  • Blackberry
  • Coco
  • Coffee
  • Cola
  • Espresso
  • Hershey
  • Licorice
  • Oreo
  • Pepper
  • Pepsi
  • Raisin

Other Black Animals

  • Bear
  • Falcon
  • Jackal
  • Jaguar
  • Leopard
  • Panda
  • Panther
  • Penguin
  • Puma
  • Raven
  • Spider
  • Stallion

black-dog-names-3Black in Other Languages

  • Kuro (Japanese)
  • Preto (Portuguese)
  • Zwart (Dutch)
  • Noir (French)
  • Schwarz (German)
  • Nero (Italian)


  • Cosmo
  • Galaxy
  • Eclipse
  • Moon
  • Vortex


  • Bandit
  • Batman
  • Bullet
  • Knight
  • Ninja
  • Vadar
  • Warlock
  • Zorro

Spooky, magic & more

  • Elvira
  • Goth
  • Midnight
  • Mystery
  • Magic
  • Merlin
  • Phantom
  • Rorschach

black-dog-names-4Other ideas

  • Black Jack
  • Domino
  • Inky
  • Spade
  • Suede
  • Velvet
  • Jet
  • Diesel

Hopefully this list of black dog names will provide you with the perfect moniker for your pup, and if not, at least some solid inspiration. You can find more name ideas using our dog name generator.

A few recommendations we make when naming any pup:

  • When you have a few options narrowed down, say them out loud. Are you comfortable calling the name in public?
  • Make sure everyone in your household agrees on the name (since you’ll each have to say it a lot!)
  • Trust your gut. Does the name match your dog’s personality? We were all set to name our dog Mac (yes, we’re Apple nerds). However, the more time we spent with our potential new puppy, the more it became obvious that Mac sounded too harsh for his mellow, gentle spirit. Our gut told us he was a Toby.

Last but certainly not least, we want to commend you for picking a black dog. For some odd reason, many shelters report that they have a harder time finding homes for black dogs, possibly because their features are tougher to see in photographs. (Read more on this issue.) So not only do you have a wonderful, beautiful dog, you’re also supporting an important cause in the pet world.

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