50+ Super Clever Dog Names

Clever dog names are fun, witty options when naming your pup. Get ready for 50+ ideas that will instantly bring a smile to your face!

As you look for ideas, we should note that there’s nothing wrong with giving your dog an ordinary name. Plenty of people choose options like Buddy, Rocky, Bella, Lola, Max and Lucy.

I love that we picked the name Toby for our Labrador Retriever – it does fit him perfectly – but I was surprised to find out that he was one of three dogs named Toby at our doggy daycare. (To differentiate, they call him Big Toby since he’s 115 lbs.) I guess that’s just what happens when you give your dog a popular name.

If you want to give your dog a truly unique name, however, clever dog names are always a good option. They will make people laugh and add a little bit of joy and humor to the world.

Before we begin, however, let’s define clever. I hate the cliche of whipping out a dictionary definition – but that’s what I’m going to do.

According to dictionary.com, clever is defined as “mentally bright; having sharp or quick intelligence; able” and “showing inventiveness or originality; ingenious.”

With this in mind, our list of clever dog names ranges from punny and humorous to inventive and original. Check it out!

Clever Dog Names

Punny, Clever Dog Names For Male Pups

People love funny, entertaining dog names. We can’t take credit for these funny and punny names listed below – someone far cleverer came up with them – but we felt they were too good not to be shared.

Enjoy these super clever name for male pups:

  • Chewbarka
  • Jimmy Chew
  • Bark Wahlberg
  • Droolius Caesar
  • Bark Twain
  • Hairy Paw-ter
  • The Notorious D.O.G.
  • Orville Redenbarker
  • Salvador Dogi
  • Sherlock Bones
  • Woofgang Puck
  • Bark Obama
  • James Earl Bones
  • L.L. Drool J
  • Beowoof
  • William Shakespaw
  • Jabba the Mutt
  • Bark Griswold
  • Bilbo Waggins
  • Bob Scratchit
  • Sir Arthur Canine Doyle
  • Dogstoyevsky
  • Fuzz Alrdrin
  • Jake Gyllenpaw
  • Jude Paw
  • Luke Skybarker
  • Karl Barx
  • Ron Fleasly
  • Bone, James Bone
  • Ryan Fleacrest
  • Taylor Pawtner
  • Hairy Houndini
  • Winston Furchill
  • Muttley Crew
  • Fur-Dinand 
  • Indiana Bones
  • Pablo Escobark
  • Santa Paws
  • Franz Fur-dinand
  • Fyodor Dogstoevsky
  • Kareem Abdul Ja-Bark
  • Ozzy Pawsborne
  • 50 Scent
  • Groucho Barks
  • Paw-casso
  • George Bernard Paw
  • Dumbledog
  • Bill Furry
  • Fleasy E
  • Andy War-Howl
  • Boba Fetch
Clever Dog Names

Punny, Clever Dog Names For Female Pups

Carrying on the theme, here are female dog names that are both punny and clever. Be prepared to laugh!

  • Virginia Woof
  • Mary Puppins
  • Sarah Jessica Barker
  • Billie Holidog
  • Katy Pawry
  • Rosa Barks
  • Tina Spay
  • Queen Elizabark
  • Bone Crawford
  • Winnie the Pooch
  • Britney Ears
  • JK Growling
  • Catherine Zeta-Bones
  • Hairy Underwood
  • January Bones
  • Jennifer Pawrence
  • Katy Hairy
  • Mariah Hairy
  • Phoebe Ruffay
  • Olivia Chewton John
  • Vera Fang
  • Waggie Gyllenhall
  • Tankerbell
  • Jane Pawsten
  • Ma Barker
  • Ellen Degeneruff
  • Woofie Goldberg
  • Lady Dogiva
Clever Dog Names

Other Creative & Clever Dog Names

If the ideas above are just a little too out there for you, don’t worry. There are still other clever dog names that tone it down a bit.

We love these ideas and think they’re classy, cute and yes, clever.

  • Dee-O-Gee – A very clever idea is to phonetically spell out the name of “dog.” Dee-O-Gee. Get it?

Dog in another language

Another option is to say dog in another language. Examples include:

  • Perro (Spanish)
  • Hund (German)
  • Chien (French)
  • Cane (Italian)
  • Pes (Czech)
  • Koira (Finnish)
  • Hundur (Icelandic)
  • Madra (Irish)
  • Canis (Latin)

More Funny Dog Names

Our dog name generator has plenty of funny and clever dog names. Before you end your search, make sure you check these out:

With ideas ranging from silly to clever and everything in between, you’ll get plenty of inspiration – and (hopefully) have a few laughs.

Of course, we have plenty of other name styles in our generator like tough, elegant, cute, sporty and international, and well as names themes that include movies, TV, books, comics, music, history, food and more.

Other Ideas?

If you have ideas for other clever dog names, let us know! We love hearing from our users and use your ideas to keep our website fresh.

If you can think of any clever dog names we should add to the list, sound off in the comments below.

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  1. Angela

    I had a chow chow that loves to chew on everything and I always wanted a chow name Chan so I can up with this name with my last name…Chan chew U Moore!

  2. Jennifer Brekke

    My boss named his new chocolate lab puppy Theodore Labsevelt. Theo has quite the following on Instagram 🙂

  3. Rich Crank

    I named my first canine companion Kafka, to acknowledge one of my three favorite writers. My second came to me already named Bill, via the Lawrence Humane Society. His mother was named Penny and his three surviving sisters were named Nickel, Dime, and Quarter. It took me exactly 24 hours to realize he didn’t get named for a guy at the shelter whose name is William.

  4. Roger

    I used to raise dobermans years ago. My dogs were generally large boned and heavy. One of my boys was named Mozart and he was an excellent dog and while I have used common names before like Diesel, Tank, etc, I’ve always liked to come up with unique names or names with a play on the spelling. My last one I had was named Kreacher. Creature but spelled like preacher with the kr

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