Black Dog Names: 200 Beautiful Names for Black Dogs

Looking for names for your black dog? Don’t worry, with our guide you will be spoiled fur-choice!

From Labradors to Terriers and Great Danes to Tiny Pomeranians, you’ll find the perfect black dog name to match the shiny black coat of your favorite canine.

No need to feel ruff, give man’s best friend the best moniker possible with our lists of names for your black beauty.

We’ve worked like a dog to come up with a list of over a tow hundred names for you. Keep your lap dog loyal and give them a name you won’t feel embarrassed to shout in a dog park.

You’d be barking mad not to choose one.

Black Dog Names

30 Names for a Black Dog

It is reported that black dog breeds are often passed over at the pound for breeds with lighter coats.

How can this be, when black dogs, with their soulful eyes and dazzlingly glossy coats, are as gorgeous as they are?!

Buck this trend, and make your black dog feel loved by giving them a great name.

Popular names for black dogs often reflect the color of their beautiful fur coats – they’re so stunning that it’s easy to forget how much of that coat most breeds shed.

So, be sure to choose a good name for your canine friend or they’ll have a bone to pick with you: don’t worry, we have the paw-fect solutions!

Our Favorite Name

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Ford

After Henry T Ford, who famously said, “You can have any color car, as long as it’s black

  • 8-Ball
  • Ace – like the ace of spades
  • Alabama
  • Allsorts – licorice allsorts
  • Arizona
  • Beast
  • Carbon
  • Cosmo
  • Daria
  • Fang – after Hagrid’s dog in Harry Potter
  • Ford
  • Graphite
  • Harlow
  • Jagger
  • Jazz
  • Kenji
  • Kit
  • Leopold
  • Magic
  • Nero – ‘black’ in Italian
  • Noir – ‘black’ in French
  • Noor
  • Ramona
  • Reed
  • Rocco
  • Roscoe
  • Spider
  • Storm
  • Thunder
  • Titan

Female Black Dog Names

Female Black Dog Names

There’s no better name for a female black dog than one inspired by your favorite TV and movie characters.

You could get creative and pick a character that’s associated with the color black; for example, Marvel’s Natasha Romanoff and her alter-ego ‘Black Widow’, or even Sandy from Grease – think of the moment when she changes into her shiny black pants and jacket at the end of the movie.

If you’re thinking, “tell me more, tell me more,” look no further – here’s our list of beautiful, unique, creative and witty names to lavish on your beautiful female black dog.

Our Favorite Name

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Audrey

After Audrey Hepburn who wore a famous little black dress in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’

  • Acacia
  • Amelie
  • Audrey
  • Beauty – ‘Black Beauty’ was a book written about a horse, by Anna Sewell
  • Bella
  • Bellatrix
  • Bess
  • Betty – after the song ‘Black Betty’ by Ram Jam
  • Billie
  • Cara
  • Coco
  • Coffee
  • Cotton-toes
  • Dahlia – after the flower
  • Ebony
  • Eve
  • Fleur
  • Hallie
  • Indigo
  • Isla
  • Joan Jett – and her band ‘The Blackhearts’
  • June
  • Kaia
  • Lisbeth
  • Maggie
  • Melanite – like the black precious stone
  • Mia
  • Mira
  • Moonie
  • Morticia
  • Mystery
  • Natasha – Black Widow from Marvel’s The Avengers
  • Nola
  • Olivia
  • Opal – some opals are black
  • Pepper – Black pepper is often sprinkled on pizzas
  • Petra
  • Pippa
  • Primrose
  • Quinn
  • Raven
  • Rizzo
  • Sable
  • Sage
  • Sapphire
  • Secret
  • Suri
  • Talia
  • Tallie
  • Trixie
  • Ursula – from The Little Mermaid
  • Velvet – like the song ‘Black Velvet’ by Alannah Myles
  • Wednesday – inspired by Wednesday Addams’ long black braids
  • Widow
Male Black Dog Names
Black is the most common color variation of a Labrador Retriever.

Male Black Dog Names

Similar to female names, you can get inspiration for male black dog monikers from fictional characters.

From Batman to Jon Snow, your four-legged friend can also be the hero that saves the day!

Or perhaps your dog is going to take the dark side and share a title with a famous villain, such as Bane or Blackbeard.

There are endless possibilities of what to name your black dog, let’s not keep you in the dark any longer…

Our Favorite Name

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Neo

A character in The Matrix who often sports all black attire

  • Alfie
  • Ansel
  • Arthur
  • Asphalt
  • Bane
  • Bear
  • Bentley
  • Blackbeard
  • Bond – the name’s Bond, James Bond
  • Caspar
  • Chet
  • Clifford
  • Cooper
  • Crispin
  • Dangerous
  • Dennis
  • Donnie
  • Duke
  • Dustin
  • Elvis – you ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog…
  • Emilio
  • Felix
  • Ferris
  • Fraser
  • Henley
  • Jon Snow
  • Kirk
  • Lazaro
  • Levi
  • Loki
  • Merlin
  • Mickey – think of the mouse’s black ears…
  • Neo
  • Orson
  • Padfoot – Sirius’s alter-ego as a shaggy black dog in Harry Potter
  • Panther
  • Ramsey
  • Reece
  • Rocky – perfect for your black boxer dog
  • Romeo
  • Rover
  • Salvador
  • Smokey Joe
  • Sparrow
  • Starling
  • Thriller
  • Tucker
  • Valais – after the domestic goat that’s black with white hindquarters
  • Vito
  • Wes
  • Woody
  • Zorro

Funny Black Dog Playing Ball

Funny Black Dog Names

If you’re after a black dog name that will make your sides ache from laughing, we have some funny options for you.

Why not be punny and put a spin on a famous person’s name, or maybe a play on the name of a fictional character?

You could also choose to be ironic; for example, why not call your little Pomeranian ‘Wolverine’? It will undoubtedly garner a few giggles from people when you shout for your fluffy black bundle and this tiny tiddler rocks up.

  • Arnold Schnauzegger
  • Big Dipper
  • Caligula
  • Chilli
  • Colobus – after the monkey
  • Darth Vader – come to the bark side
  • Devo – Whip it / Whippet
  • Drongo – the name of a black bird found in India
  • Fluffy – the three-headed dog from Harry Potter
  • Gaga – I’ll follow you until you love me, pupa-puparazzi
  • Jack Black
  • King Charles
  • Kylo Ren
  • Licorice
  • Lucifer
  • Penguin
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Soy
  • The Crow
  • Wolverine

Small Funny Black Dog

Small Black Dog Names

You should give your little black ball of energy a name that’s as zany as they are.

Pick a name that won’t become tiresome after all those hours of puppy training; if it’s a name you can call a hundred times praying that they’ll roll over at least once, you know it’s a good one.

Different breeds of dogs live longer than others; as most live for a decade on average, choose a name for your lovely little black dog that you can live with for a long time.

Don’t fret, we doubt you’ll have much trouble finding something you like from our list of small black dog names; many of the names below reference your pup’s short stature.

Take Cougar, for example, the name of a very large black cat in the wild – now, wouldn’t that make a cute name for a tiny black Bichon Frise?

  • Abel
  • Blackberry
  • Buddy
  • Chip
  • Cleo
  • Cougar
  • Goliath
  • Guido
  • Inky
  • Jaguar
  • Knox
  • Mamba
  • Nyx
  • Oscar
  • Pax
  • Pip
  • Scout
  • Teddy
  • Teo
  • Tiny
  • Tulip
  • Ziggy

Best Black Dog Portrait

20 Best Black Dog Names

If the other names in this guide don’t seem quite right for your canine friend, here are our 20 favorite black dog names.

They will hopefully give you a little more inspiration.

Any black beauty would be happy to have one of these paw-some names. Some names are influenced by the night sky and the cosmos, others have links to Greek Gods and film favorites.

  • Apollo
  • Ash
  • Blade
  • Cerberus
  • D’Artagnan
  • Eclipse
  • Elusive
  • Fluke
  • Gonzo
  • Hades – god of the Underworld, from Greek mythology
  • Luna
  • Maelstrom
  • Magnus
  • Midnight
  • Onyx
  • Shadow
  • Snoopy
  • Sooty
  • Toto
  • Venom

Black Labrador Dog

Choosing The Perfect Name For A Black Dog

There are over 200 names in this article for you to give your black dog, how are you ever meant to choose just one?! Here are three tips on how to pick the best name for your black dog.

1. Keep It Short (Ideally One or Two Syllables)

If you give your dog a name as tiresomely long as ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’, then your pet might have trouble learning to respond to it.

Try to keep their name to no more than two syllables; it’ll be easier to train your dog to recognize it.

If you are desperate to name your furry friend something longer than that, at least keep in mind a nickname or a shortened version that they can also try and learn.

2. Keep It Unique

You don’t want to choose the same name as everyone else at the dog park – imagine shouting your Border Collie and ten other dogs come running towards you.

Make sure your dog stands out from the canine crowd and pick something that no other dog within a ten-mile radius has.

3. Keep it Fitting

Choose A Name That Fits Your Pet’s Personality

If your dog loves lying around all day, ‘Sleepy’ would suit them better than ‘Scamp’, for example.

For a tiny Chihuahua who loves to square up to big dogs like huge Mastiffs, a name like ‘Titan’ might be quite nice.


Black dogs are incredibly unique; their glossy, shiny coats are something we could never achieve, even with help from the hairdresser!

We hope you enjoyed this guide to black dog names and that you’ve found the perfect name for your new best friend.

If you didn’t find something you like, you can always explore our Spanish dog names for your perro.

Leave us a comment and tell us which were your favorite names from our list. We also welcome your name suggestions, especially if it’s punny.

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David is the pet lover behind My Pet's Name. He is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America, holds two degrees and has studied Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare. As well as writing, David has helped over 2 million people choose the best name for their pet.

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