5 Top Tips for Picking the Perfect Name for Your Pet

11th December 2017

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Getting a pet is an amazing experience, and that moment when you finally get to bring them home will give you a feeling like no other. However, now you face the rather tricky task of picking the perfect name. From your favourite celebrity to perhaps a family tradition, there’s an endless list to choose from.

Here at Asda Money, we want to make life a little easier. So, we’ve created a pet name generator to give you a few ideas. Simply select the animal, its gender and what type of name you’d like, and it’ll offer you a range of names to choose from!

Pet Name Generator Pet Name Generator

1. What type of animal is it?

2. Is it male or female?

3. Select a type or name

Your chosen pet name is


If you still haven’t found the perfect name, here are five of our top tips to help you decide!

Seek Inspiration

If you’re not sure about a name for your new pet, there are many different ways you can get inspiration, one of them being our pet name generator above. As well as the generator, there are other ways you can get inspiration, such as baby naming books, or your cat’s or dog’s heritage. For example, if you have a French breed such as a poodle, you might want to consider a French name, such as ‘Babette’ or ‘Coco’.

Another great source for inspiration are pop-culture icons. You might want to name your dog after your favourite soap star, or your new cat after a popular singer. So, if you’re a fan of ‘Take That’ for example, ‘Gary’ or ‘Robbie’ could be up there on your list of pet names.

The Two Syllable Rule

When thinking of a name for your pet, it’s advised to avoid long and complicated names, as it can take a couple of weeks for them to learn it. To make it easier for them to understand their own name, it has to be short and simple to recognise. However, the name can’t be too short, as animal names with one syllable don’t work as well.

Studies have shown that animals respond better to names with two syllables, like ‘Daisy’ or ‘Oscar’, because of the tone of voice humans use when pronouncing these names. The two tones of the word express more emotion in the voice, making it much easier for dogs and cats to understand. Names with just one syllable, such as ‘Rex’ can sound aggressive and halting, making it harder for pets to understand and respond to.

Avoid Command-Like Names

You want to be as clear as possible when communicating with your pet, and if their name sounds like a popular command, your pet, particularly dogs, may get confused. For example, if you call a pup ‘Joe’, it could cause confusion for sounding similar to ‘no’.

Dogs have to learn a range of commands when they’re young, and this can be hard enough, so calling them a name that sounds similar will confuse them even more.

The Waiting Game

When a couple are expecting a baby, they tend to pick a name beforehand, only to change their mind when the baby arrives. This is usually because they don’t think that their new-born child suits the name they originally picked. Well, the same can go for pets too!

A name says a lot about a pet, and there are many things you need to consider before choosing a name, meaning it can sometimes take a little longer than expected. Firstly, a name has to suit your pet’s appearance. For example, you wouldn’t generally call a ginger cat ‘Snowflake’ or a golden Labrador ‘Chocolate’. You also have to think about your pet’s personality and traits. Once you’ve had your pet a few days, their personality and traits will start shining through, which can also help you to pick a suitable name.

Prevent Embarrassment

When thinking of a name for your pet, you’ve got to remember that you’re going to have to call its name in public, even more so if you’ve got a dog. This means that you shouldn’t name your pet anything that you’d be embarrassed to say out loud. As much as you might like to call your pet ‘Princess’ or ‘Baby Bam Bam’, would you really feel comfortable shouting that out in the street?

As well as considering a name for your new furry friend, there are many things to prepare for when getting a new pet, such as ensuring you’ve got suitable pet insurance to keep them covered. Here at Asda Money we have a range of pet insurance cover types available. Find out more about Asda Money Pet Insurance provided by Legal & General here.

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