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175+ Short Dog Names

Published: Last updated: by Jessi Larson

Is your dog on the short side? Then come check out these 175+ short dog names perfect for your smaller-than-average animal.

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Top Short Dog Names

First, let’s explore the top short dog names. These ideas are designed for dogs with smaller statures and reflect their short size.

Are any right for your new four-legged friend? Take a look and see!

  • Shorty
  • Peanut
  • Little
  • Baby
  • Shortstack
  • Smalls
  • Tiny
  • Button
  • Dainty
  • Teensy
  • Nugget
  • Pixie
  • Bean
  • Micro
  • Minnie
  • Stumpy
  • Shrimpy
  • Runt
  • Sprout
  • Puny
  • Scant
  • Half Pint
  • Hobbit
  • Mini
  • Teeny
  • Runty
  • Junior
  • Morsel
  • Elf
  • Squirt
  • Smalley
  • Munchkin
  • Bitty
  • Peewee
  • Pebbles
  • Teensy
  • Bantam
  • Pipsqueak
  • Sprite
  • Teensy Weensy
  • Jellybean
  • Thumbelina
Terrier in the grass

Cute Boy Names for Short Dogs

Tiny dogs are undeniably adorable. Cute canines deserve a cute name, and that’s where the following ideas come in.

These ideas are among the cutest male dog names out there. If you’re bringing home a boy dog, you must check them out.

  • Lucky
  • Alfie
  • Bear
  • Ziggy
  • Rudy
  • Max
  • Barkley
  • Oscar
  • Hank
  • Milo
  • Ernie
  • Spot
  • Percy
  • Bernie
  • Webster
  • Porkchop
  • Scrappy
  • Buddy
  • Mickey
  • Murphy
  • Fido
  • Odie
  • Louie
  • Shiloh
  • Augie
  • Skip
  • Chewie
  • Corky
  • Finn
  • Charlie
  • Spud
  • Rascal
  • Teddy
  • Archie
  • Oliver
  • Chase
  • Scout
  • Pip
  • Henry

Cute Girl Names for Short Dogs

Are you getting a girl dog? Take a look at these cute female names that are a sweet touch for a short dog.

For example, a tiny dog named pumpkin is pretty hard to pass up. Doesn’t that just melt your heart?

  • Pumpkin
  • Rosie
  • Pixie
  • Poppy
  • Willow
  • Izzy
  • Sugar
  • Mimi
  • Penny
  • Sweet Pea
  • Angel
  • Millie
  • Olive
  • Pearl
  • Lola
  • Pippa
  • Cleo
  • Trixie
  • Mabel
  • Dottie
  • Bella
  • Lola
  • Clementine
  • Gizmo
  • Cricket
  • Dory
  • Petunia
  • Cookie
  • Daisy
  • Luna
  • Winnie
  • Happy
  • Gracie
  • Trudy
  • Honey
  • Coco
  • Lucy
  • Hazel
  • Dixie
  • Maisie
  • Babe
Small red dog outside in grass

Funny Short Dog Names

Another fun idea: Pick a funny name that is precisely the opposite of your dog’s diminutive size.

The thought of a super short dog with a name like “Goliath” or “Hercules” is sure to make people laugh out loud.

  • Rambo
  • Marmaduke – the lovable Great Dane cartoon character
  • Clifford as in the Big Red Dog
  • Beethoven – the large St. Bernard
  • Jumbo
  • Bull
  • Goliath
  • Bear
  • Sarge
  • Shamu – as in the huge whale at SeaWorld
  • Rex
  • Kong
  • Moose
  • Rocky
  • Shrek
  • Attila
  • Alaska
  • Storm
  • Hulk
  • Rebel
  • Zeus
  • Tex
  • Rocky
  • Sable
  • Whale – or Whaley
  • Hercules
  • Sumo
  • Tank
  • Everest
  • Wolf
  • Mammoth
  • Brawny
  • Squat
  • Maximus
  • Giant
  • Colossus
  • Whopper
  • Burly
  • Thor

Names in Other Languages

Perhaps a unique approach is to explore small words in other languages. These translations provide cool, creative options for your newfound friend.

  • Corto – short in Spanish
  • Gering – little in German
  • Kidogo – little in Swahili
  • Klein – small in German and Dutch
  • Kort – short in Dutch, Danish, Swedish and other languages
  • Kurz – short in German
  • Lille – small in Danish
  • Liten – small in Norwegian
  • Mali – small in Croatian
  • Me Me – small in Hmong
  • Pequeña/Pequeño – small in Spanish
  • Petit/Petite – small in French
  • Peu – little in French
  • Piccola/Piccolo – small in Italian
  • Pieni – small in Finnish

Final Thoughts: Short Dog Names

Finding the right name for your dog is no easy feat. First, you’ll need to pick a name that perfectly fits your pup and that stands the test of time.

As you look for options, write down any that sound like a good fit. Don’t be choosy. Just take note of a name you like.

Next, go through the list and remove any name that isn’t a perfect fit. If you hesitate, take it off.

And finally, say the name out loud. Does it fit your new four-legged friend? Can you imagine calling it every day?

When you find the perfect name for your pup, you’ll know it!

Top Short Dog Breeds

Dogs come in all different shapes and sizes. It’s hard to imagine that a giant Great Dane and a miniature Chihuahua are the same species, but they are.

Your dog could be a mixed breed that you adopted from a shelter. Or maybe you got them from a breeder and have a better sense of their breed and heritage.

Here’s a look at some of the most popular short dog breeds in existence. (1)

  • Chihuahua – 5-8 inches tall
  • Pomeranian – 6-7 inches tall
  • Yorkshire Terrier – 7-8 inches tall
  • Brussels Griffon – 7-10 inches tall
  • Havanese – 8.5-11.5 inches tall
  • Affenpinscher – 9-11 inches tall
  • Shih Tzu – 9-10.5 inches tall
  • Miniature Pinscher – 10-12 inches tall
  • Pug – 10-13 inches tall
  • Chinese Crested – 11-13 inches tall
  • French Bulldog – 11-13 inches tall
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – 12-13 inches tall
  • Miniature Schnauzer – 12-14 inches tall

References

1. Family Minded (familyminded.com/s/best-small-dog-breeds-ce3add13d4ed4ff0)

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