You’ve adopted a girl Goldendoodle, and now the hard work really begins. You’ll need to think about things like toilet training and how to discourage your pup from chewing up everything in the house. However, the very first thing you should try to do is come up with some suitable Goldendoodle girl names for your new pet. Having one that they respond to will make everything else that much easier.
Picking the perfect moniker can be a tricky business and not because the options are limited. In fact, with a seemingly endless variety of people choices, not to mention other words that could make suitable pet names, you could all too easily get bogged down with the task.
That’s where we come in. Here we will chat through some of the practical considerations for dog names and provide a little inspiration. Hopefully, this will point you in the right direction with coming up with a name for your Goldendoodle that you, they, and the rest of the family will love.
Key Considerations for Choosing a Name
So, what’s the secret to choosing a truly excellent name for your pup?
Creativity certainly is vital – especially if you are looking for something utterly unique that you won’t hear a hundred times or more over at the dog park. And, while there aren’t exactly any hard and fast rules for pet names, there are a few things to think about. The questions below will help steer you in the right direction.
Does it Match Their Appearance and/or Personality?
Both the way your Doodle looks and their character can provide key cues that guide you nicely towards the best name for them. Goldendoodles can come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors, although (as the name suggests) many of them are varying hues of Golden. There are a million or more pet names out there that can be applied to this color pups, large pups, small pups, and everything else.
As for their personality, you’ll be able to start to get an understanding of who your pup is from day one (although you shouldn’t worry if this takes a little longer). Are they the leader of the pack? The love bug? Are they all fussy and princess-like, or do they love nothing more than getting as mucky as possible? All these are represented in the pet name spectrum too.
What Does It Say About You or Them?
Beyond character, you might think about coming up with a name based on your pooch’s likes or preferences. Are they are a big fan of a particular game or activity, for instance – chasing balls, chewing all your furniture, barking down the house…? Or do they have a funny tick or specific trait or behavior? For example, do they sleep in a special way or have an interesting way of moving. All these are good inspirations.
Likewise, the name you pick could be used to showcase you or your family’s specific interests. There are a lot of great hobby-based names (Arya, Birdie, Yogi, Java, Alpine). Some people also like to name their pet after a favorite actor, sportsperson, singer, or literary character – especially if they closely resemble said person or character.
Is It Likely to Be Confusing for Your Pup?
Popular names are usually pretty great (that’s why they’re popular after all) but aim to go for something outside the top ten lists. Otherwise, you could find yourself in a crowd of people at the park calling out the same name or with a whole bunch of canine traffic when you call out to your pup. The same is true at home. Matchy-matchy names can be super cute but may cause issues when you’re trying to attract one pet’s attention over the other’s
Another key thing to avoid is opting for names that sound too much like other commands. As we touched on above, a name is a crucial training tool, and, as such, you don’t want your doodette getting them all mixed up with other essential words. For instance, ‘Shay’ sounds an awful lot like ‘stay’ and ‘Flo’ could be mistaken for ‘no.’
Is It Practical As Well As Pretty?
The great thing about girl dog names is that so many of them are down-right adorable making it easy to match one up with the downright adorableness of your Goldendoodle. However, there are a few ways you can go astray, e.g., assigning them a name that you love, but that might be a little complicated for your pal to learn.
Believe it or not, experts have conducted research into how dogs respond to certain sounds. What they have found is that canines actually hear certain words a little differently from us. Harder sounds such as ‘T,’ ‘K,’ and ‘D’ are more likely to capture a dog’s attention, while vowels at the end of names are great for conveying meaning.
Also, the optimum length for a pet’s name is two syllables. Anything longer than this, and they might have a difficult time recognizing it. So while it may be super tempting to dub your Doodle something along the lines of Princess Arabella Barkworthy the Second, you might want to come up with an easier nickname to use on a day-to-day basis.
Popular Girl Goldendoodle Names
Hopefully, at this point, you’ve got some ideas to work with. If not, don’t despair! Below we have listed some of our most favorite girl Goldie names. Maybe one of them will work for you…
Based on Color
There really are some excellent color-based names out there, whether your pal is golden, white, black, or (unexpectedly) pinkish. We really love:
A word of caution: sometimes Doodles fade in color as they get older. Something to keep in mind when deciding.
Based on Size
Other owners take cues from their pet’s size when naming them. Either to convey their actual size or used for comedic effect to represent the exact opposite (e.g., calling their pint-sized pup ‘Titan’).
Ideas for your smaller Goldendoodle include:
Finding girls’ names for bigger dogs is weirdly hard, but it can be done. So, for your larger Goldendoodle, you could go for:
Based on Personality
Generally speaking, Goldendoodles are super bright, super energetic dogs. They live, learn and love hard. Female Goldendoodles might be said to be a little more aloof and a bit more reactive than their male counterparts. However, each dog has their own distinct personality – it’s what makes them, them.
A few excellent independent dog names are:
And for the super snuggler in your life:
Human Names and Canine Names
Increasingly people are opting to assign human names to their fur babies. This is likely due to the growing importance pets are being given within families. So, the age-old debate about giving pets people vs. non-people names still rages.
Obviously, it comes down to a matter of personal taste. If you’re looking for a more traditional pet name, you might like:
For something a little more peoply, the following are popular choices:
Finally, names previously considered old-fashioned are making a major come-back, especially for pets. This might provide a happy medium between the dog name/people name thing.
Grandma names that suit Goldies to a tee are:
For a complete list of Doodle puppy name ideas, check out our directory.
Frequently Asked Questions: Naming Your Goldendoodle
What is a cute name for a puppy?
The question should be, what is not a cute name for a puppy? And the answer is – absolutely nothing. Puppies make everything look cute; there is no denying that. Just keep in mind that your puppy won’t be a puppy all that long… so you want to ensure you opt for a name that will stand the test of time.
How long will it take my Goldendoodle to learn her name?
There is no easy answer to this question as each dog learns at their own pace. It shouldn’t take all that long, though, for your girl to start recognizing her name (as long as you follow the guidelines listed above, of course). The best way is to use it to capture her attention and then provide lots of treats when she responds.
Which are the most popular female dog names?
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the top girl dog names are Luna, Bella, Daisy, Lucy, Bailey, Nala, Ellie, Sadie, Ruby, Maggie. They also point out that pop culture plays a heavy role in pet naming, with movies being a top choice. For instance, when the movie “Frozen” came out, there was a staggering 900% rise in dogs named Elsa, Anna, etc.
Picking the perfect name for your pooch can be fun…. or it can be a little bit of a headache. Sometimes the name just pops into your head, and other times it takes a little (or a lot) of research to come up with the best one. Knowing that you have to put up with whatever you choose for a decade or more can make it seem a bit overwhelming, but as long as you love it, then your new puppy is bound to love it too.