Registered Dog Names
"Registered names explained
Ever wondered what gives with those incredibly weird Registered Dog names, why you need them and why they need to be so strange?
Believe it or not there is logic behind naming a registered dog.
Why does a dog need a registered name?
You only need to register your dog if you want to include it in the breed registry - a must if you intend breeding pedigreed dogs, or competing in dog shows.
What naming rules apply to a registered dog?
Although the Kennel Clubs do not set specific naming requirements, there are certain conventions that breeders tend to follow.
The breeder's kennel prefix normally forms the first part of the registered name. So, for example, if your kennel is called Hilltop Breeding Kennels, the first part of the dog's registered name would be a variation of that, maybe Hilltop K, or just Hilltop or HBK.
The rest of the name is limited only by the breeder's imagination.
Some breeder's like to use a variation on the parent's names. For instance, if the dam's name is Sunshine, and the sire's name is King, and pup could be called "Sun King".
Incorporating the Kennel prefix would give you "Hilltop K's Sun King", and a generational suffix could give you "Hilltop K's Sun King IV".
Other breeder's like to use themes, so you'll find dogs named for movie stars, TV characters, favorite foods, cars and so on.
Often the naming a whole litter will follow a particular theme. So you could have a movie star litter that includes Bogie, Bacall, Hepburn, Tracey etc, or an automobile themed litter including, Chevy, Bentley, Audi and Beamer.
Originality is important because the American Kennel Club, and most other registering authorities, do not allow duplicate names.
Breeder's get around this by using variations in spelling or coming up with truly outrageous, often humorous, names - a recent winner of the Westminster Show was a Beagle named "K-Run's Park Me In First"!
How do I communicate with my dog using such and unwieldy name?
Now, obviously, no one is going to stand in the yard (or the show ring for that matter) and call for "K-Run's Park Me In First". So all registered or show dogs also have a "call name".
The call name could come from the registered or it could be something entirely different - the champion Beagle mentioned above goes by the call name "Uno".
Scroll down for a list of some wonderfully inventive registered dog names.
You can also visit our Show Dog Names page for a list of Westminster Best of Show Winners.
Some fun ideas for Registered Dog names, divided by catergories popular with breeders.
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