Anime Dog Names: 300+ Cartoon-Inspired Canine Names!



Kate Brunotts


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If you’re a big fan of anime, why not name your cute canine after one of your favorite characters?

Anime refers to a style of Japanese animation, and it’s one that appeals to people of all ages. With so many different characters and storylines within the genre, you’ll have no trouble finding a name that suits your dog’s unique personality. 

Below, we’ll share some of our favorite anime dog names for your pooch. We’ll also go over some of the most common Japanese dog breeds that are bound to steal your heart. 

Female Anime Dog Names

female animated dog names

Are you an anime fan searching for a name that fits your sweet puppy’s personality? Check out these dog names from anime that are especially fitting for female four-footers. 

  • Artemis (Sailor Moon)
  • Asami (The Legend of Korra)
  • Asuna (Sword Art Online)
  • Ayumu (Azumanga Daioh)
  • Azula (Avatar the Last Airbender)
  • Catherine (Catherine)
  • Chi-Chi (Dragon Ball)
  • Chihiro (Spirited Away)
  • Diva (Blood+)
  • Enome (Futoku no Guild)
  • Eri (My Hero Academia)
  • Erza (Fairy Tail)
  • Fujimoto (Ghibli)
  • Hayase (Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san)
  • Hinata (Naruto)
  • Historia (Attack on Titan)
  • Io (Acchi Kocchi)
  • Isaki (Nagi no Asukara)
  • Izumi (Bullied-Revenge Hypnosis)
  • Kaname (Full Metal Panic!)
  • Katsumi (Baki the Grappler)
  • Katara (Avatar the Last Airbender)
  • Keiko (YuYu Hakusho)
  • Kiko (Darker than Black: The Black Contractor)
  • Kira (Death Note)
  • Kirara (Super HxEros)
  • Koito (Musaigen no Phantom World)
  • Korra (The Legend of Korra)
  • Lu (Elsword)
  • Luna (Sailor Moon)
  • Mana (Yu-Gi-Oh!)
  • Mercury (Gate: Jieitai Kano Chi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri)
  • Miki (Gakkou Gurashi!)
  • Mikasa (Attack on Titan)
  • Misa (Death Note)
  • Misty (Pokemon)
  • Nami (One Piece)
  • Nao (Inu Neko Jump!)
  • Nezuko (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
  • Nina (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion)
  • Nui (Kill La Kill)
  • Okita (Imperial Capital Holy Grail)
  • Rik (Di Gi Charat)
  • Rin (Fate/stay night)
  • Riza (Fullmetal Alchemist)
  • Saber (Fate/Stay Night)
  • Sakura (Naruto)
  • Sayuri (Another)
  • Sinon (Sword Art Online)
  • Sora (No Game No Life)
  • Suki (Avatar the Last Airbender)
  • Suzu (Nagasarete Airantou)
  • Toph (Avatar the Last Airbender)
  • Tsuyu (My Hero Academia)
  • Wakana (Okusama ga Seitokaichou)
  • Yubaba (Spirited Away)
  • Yuho (Wanna Be the Strongest in the World)
  • Yuuki (Sword Art Online)

Need more ideas for your little lady? Check out some of the best names for female dogs!

Male Anime Dog Names

male anime dog names

Looking for an amazing anime name for your boy best buddy? There are plenty of male characters in anime to spark inspiration. Here is a list of boy anime dog names to consider:

  • Aizen (Bleach)
  • Appa (Avatar the Last Airbender)
  • Alphonse (Fullmetal Alchemist)
  • Alucard (Hellsing)
  • Bolin (The Legend of Korra)
  • Bonta (Full Metal Panic!)
  • Bulma (Dragon Ball)
  • King Bumi (Avatar the Last Airbender)
  • Chuck (Pokemon)
  • Edward (Fullmetal Alchemist)
  • Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist)
  • Eugeo (Sword Art Online)
  • Goku (Dragon Ball)
  • Haku (Spirited Away)
  • Hawks (My Hero Academia)
  • Hisoka (Hunter x Hunter)
  • Iro (Avatar the Last Airbender)
  • Izuku (My Hero Academia)
  • Jobim (Cowboy Bebop)
  • Jou (Re-Main)
  • Kaede (Shuffle!)
  • Kai (Yu Yu Hakusho)
  • Kazuma (YuYu Hakusho)
  • Katsuki (My Hero Academia)
  • Killua (Hunter x Hunter)
  • Kirito (Sword Art Online)
  • Kusuo (The Disastrous Life f Saiki K))
  • Lancer (Fate/stay night)
  • Levi (Attack on Titan)
  • Lucario (Pokemon)
  • Mako (The Legend of Korra)
  • Megumi (Jujutsu Kaisen)
  • Michio (Yu-Gi-Oh!)
  • Naruto (Naturo)
  • Oboro (My Hero Academia)
  • Piccolo (Dragon Ball)
  • Rem (Re:Zero)
  • Riku (Re-Main)
  • Satoru (Jujutsu Kaisen)
  • Shachi (Gintama)
  • Sokka (Avatar the Last Airbender)
  • Smoker (One Piece)
  • Taromaru (Gakkou Gurashi!)
  • Tenzin (The Legend of Korra)
  • Tetsuro (No Guns Life)
  • Tetsuya (Kuroko no Basuke)
  • Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro)
  • Umi (Magic Knight Rayearth)
  • Wan (Please Take My Brother Away)
  • Yatora (Blue Period)
  • Yunyun (KonoSuba)
  • Yusuke (YuYu Hakusho)
  • Zepile (Hunter x Hunter)
  • Zuko (Avatar the Last Airbender)

Need more name ideas? We’ve put together more than 1,000 names for boy dogs.

Unisex Anime Dog Names

akita inus

Want a name that works for a male or female barker? Try out a gender-neutral pick! Browse these unisex anime dog names and see which matches your mutt’s personality.

  • Abra (Pokemon)
  • Akari (Jujutsu Kaisen)
  • Arashi (Sword Art Online)
  • Asada (Sword Art Online)
  • Conny (Attack on Titan)
  • Daki (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
  • Dende (Dragon Ball)
  • Doctor J (Mobile Suit Gundam Wing)
  • Doma (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
  • Franky (One Piece)
  • Genesis (Sword Art Online)
  • Hashira (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
  • Heero (Mobile Suit Gundam Wing)
  • Hitch (Attack on Titan)
  • Jiraiya (Naruto)
  • Kagaya (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
  • Kakashi (Naruto)
  • Kanzo (Death Note)
  • Keiji (Attack on Titan)
  • Kinji (Jujutsu Kaisen)
  • Konno (Sword Art Online)
  • Kratz (Mobile Suit Gundam Wing)
  • Launch (Dragon Ball)
  • Madara (Naruto)
  • Maki (Jujutsu Kaisen)
  • Mei Mei (Jujutsu Kaisen)
  • Mew (Pokemon)
  • Miso (Sword Art Online)
  • Nappa (Dragon Ball)
  • Nifa (Attack on Titan)
  • Nishida (Sword Art Online)
  • Nori (Sword Art Online)
  • Ogi (Jujutsu Kaisen)
  • Panda (Jujutsu Kaisen)
  • Quinze (Mobile Suit Gundam Wing)
  • Raditz (Dragon Ball)
  • Ranta (Jujutsu Kaisen)
  • Renly (Sword Art Online)
  • Sachi (Sword Art Online)
  • Sanji (One Piece)
  • Sasori (Naturo)
  • Schmitt (Sword Art Online)
  • Semis (Mobile Suit Gundam Wing)
  • Shoko (Jujutsu Kaisen)
  • Sidoh (Death Note)
  • Soris (Mobile Suit Gundam Wing)
  • Squirtle (Pokemon)
  • Tecchi (Sword Art Online)
  • Teru (Death Note)
  • Tokie (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
  • Varis (Attack on Titan)
  • Vicious (Cowboy Beebop)
  • Waltz (Attack on Titan)
  • Wen (Cowboy Beebop)
  • Yuji (Jujutsu Kaisen)
  • Zetsu (Naruto)

Got two dogs? Check out our favorite duo dog names!

Famous Anime Dog Names 

famous anime characters dog names

There are plenty of beloved anime dog characters. These dogs in anime make excellent namesakes for furry friends.

  • Akamaru (Naruto)
  • Apo (Uchuu Kyoudai)
  • Armageddon (Hayate the Combat Butler
  • Black Hayate (Full Metal Alchemist)
  • Blue (Wolf’s Rain)
  • Cinnamoroll (Hello Kitty)
  • Ein (Cowboy Beebop)
  • Espresso (Hello Kitty)
  • Eevee (Pokemon)
  • Entei (Pokemon)
  • Growlithe (Pokemon)
  • Guts (Kill la Kill)
  • Heen (Howl’s Moving Castle)
  • Holy (One Piece)
  • Iggy (Boston terrier from Stardust Crusaders)
  • Koromaru (Megami Tensei)
  • Kazuhito Harumi (Hasami Wa Tsukaiyou)
  • Maru (Gakkou Gurashi!)
  • Pakkun (Naruto)
  • Pedro Martinez (Kimi ni Todoke)
  • Pluto (Kuroshitsuji)
  • Pochacco (Hello Kitty)
  • Pompompurin (Hello Kitty)
  • Potato (Air)
  • Ruth (Ancient Magus Bride)
  • Shiro (Hoozuki no Reitetsu)
  • Tadakichi-san (Azumanga Daioh)
  • Tetsuya (Kuroko no Basuke
  • Wanta (Elfen Lied)
  • Zeke (Highschool of the Dead)

Check out some other famous dog names!

Favorite Anime Characters That Would Make Great Dog Names

anime names for dogs

Whether they’re heroes or villains, some cartoon characters just stand out. Here are some favorite anime characters that would also make great names for dogs. 

  • Akame (Akame Ga Kill!)
  • Armin (Attack on Titan)
  • Artemis (Sailor Moon)
  • Artoria (Fate/Stay Night)
  • Ash (Pokemon)
  • Boh (Spirited Away)
  • Chibiusa (Sailor Moon)
  • Corkus (Berserk)
  • Dabi (My Hero Academia)
  • Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist)
  • Excalibur (Soul Eater)
  • Exodia (Yu-Gi-Oh!)
  • Foxy (One Piece)
  • Frieza (Dragon Ball)
  • Gaara (Naruto)
  • Galko (Oshiete! Galko-chan)
  • Genos (One-Punch Man)
  • Giru (Dragon Ball)
  • Gohan (Dragon Ball)
  • Goku (Dragon Ball)
  • Hisoka (Hunter x Hunter)
  • Holo (Spice & Wolf)
  • Iris (Pokemon)
  • Itachi (Naruto)
  • Jet Black (Cowboy Bebop)
  • Kaonashi (Spirited Away)
  • Killer B (Naruto Shippūden)
  • Killua (Hunter x Hunter)
  • Leorio (Hunter x Hunter)
  • Mello (Death Note)
  • Merlin (Kenja no Mago)
  • Mikasa (Attack on Titan)
  • Mokona (xxxHOLic)
  • Momo (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
  • Luffy (One Piece)
  • Nagato (Naruto)
  • O-Tama (One Piece)
  • Pikachu (Pokemon)
  • Ponyo (Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea)
  • Rei Ayanami (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
  • Roronoa Zoro (One Piece)
  • Ryuk (Death Note)
  • Sai (Naruto Shippuden)
  • Sailor Moon (Sailor Moon)
  • Sasuke (Naruto)
  • Saitama (One-Punch Man)
  • Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
  • Shanks (One Piece)
  • Sora (Yosuga no Sora)
  • Tanjiro Kamado (Demon Slayer)
  • Tenten (Naruto)
  • Trebol (One Piece)
  • Trunks (Dragon Ball)
  • Tomoe (Kamisama Kiss)
  • Usagi (Sailor Moon)
  • Vegeta (Dragon Ball)
  • Winry (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
  • Yagami (Death Note)
  • Yamcha (Dragon Ball)
  • Yota (Naruto Shippūden)
  • Yugi Mutou (Yu-Gi-Oh!)
One Piece Fans, Rejoice!

Love One Piece and stories of pirate sailing the seven seas? Be sure to check out our article on pirate dog names too!

Location-Inspired Anime Dog Names

Shetland Sheepdog lying near lake

Anime is full of real-life and fictional places that make great names for doggos. They aren’t as obvious as some character names, and let your pooch pupperize the name with his or her personality. Here are our favorite location-inspired anime dog names.

  • Alfheim (Sword Art Online)
  • Asakusa (Demon Slayer)
  • Fiore (Fairy Tail)
  • Heart (Black Clover)
  • Itomori (Your Name)
  • Kamui (Naruto)
  • Koenji (Weathering With You)
  • Magnolia (Fairy Tail)
  • Paradis (Attack on Titan)
  • Romdeau (Ergo Proxy)
  • Shibuya (Tokyo’s Revenge)
  • Sidonia (The Knights of Sidonia)
  • Skypiea (One Piece)
  • Zaofu (The Legend of Korra)

Other Animated Dog Names

dog names from cartoons
Image from Flickr.

While these dogs aren’t from Japanese anime, they’re definitely animated! Check out these awesome picks, including animated Disney dog names

  • Augie (The Quick Draw McGraw Show)
  • Astro (The Jetsons)
  • Bandit (Jonny Quest)
  • Blue (Blue’s Clues)
  • Bolt (Bolt)
  • Brian (Family Guy)
  • Chase (PAW Patrol)
  • Chief (The Fox and the Hound)
  • Clifford (Clifford the Big Red Dog)
  • Cooper (Trolls and Trolls World Tour)
  • Copper (The Fox and the Hound)
  • Courage (Courage the Cowardly Dog)
  • Deputy Dawg (Deputy Dawg)
  • Dino (The Flintstones)
  • Dodger (Oliver and Company)
  • Everest (PAW Patrol)
  • Fifi (Tiny Toon Adventures)
  • Finn (Adventure Time)
  • Francis (Oliver and Company)
  • Fronky (Ozzy)
  • Gidget (The Secret Life of Pets)
  • Goddard (Jimmy Neutron)
  • Gondo (Isle of Dogs)
  • Goofy (Disney)
  • Gromit (Wallace and Gromit)
  • Huckleberry Hound (The Huckleberry Hound Show)
  • Jake (Adventure Time)
  • Jock (Lady and the Tramp)
  • Krypto (Krypto the Superdog)
  • Lady (Lady and the Tramp)
  • Marmaduke (Marmaduke)
  • Max (The Secret Life of Pets)
  • Mr. Peabody (Mr. Peabody & Sherman)
  • Muttley (Wacky Races)
  • Nana (Peter Pan)
  • Odie (Garfield)
  • Percy (Pocahontas)
  • Perdita (One Hundred and One Dalmatians)
  • Polly Purebred (Underdog)
  • Pongo (One Hundred and One Dalmatians)
  • Poochie (The Itchy & Scratchy Show
  • Pudgy (Betty Boop)
  • Rubble (PAW Patrol)
  • Sam Sheepdog (Looney Tunes)
  • Scamp (Lady and the Tramp)
  • Scooby-Doo (Scooby-Doo)
  • Slink (Toy Story)
  • Snoopy (Peanuts)
  • Snuffles (The Quick Draw McGraw Show)
  • Spike (Tom and Jerry)
  • Spots (Isle of Dogs)
  • Tito (Oliver and Company)
  • Tracker (PAW Patrol)
  • Trusty (Lady and the Tramp)
  • Tyke (Tom and Jerry)
  • Underdog (Underdog)
  • Zuma (PAW Patrol)

Japanese Dog Breeds: Dogs from the Birthplace of Anime

Here are some of the most common Japanese dog breeds, which would make the most sense for Japan-inspired dog names!

These diverse dogs have something to offer to every family.

Dogs Who’ve Earned Special Status

Typically, dog breed names are only capitalized when they include a proper noun. And because “inu” and “ken” simply mean “dog” in Japanese, they normally wouldn’t be capitalized.

However, several of these breeds are interesting exceptions, as both parts of these breed names are capitalized.

This occurs because Japan recognizes them as national monuments!

Shiba Inu

Shiba inus are Japanese

The Shiba Inu is an alert, active companion that will keep you on your toes. These medium-sized dogs are super smart and fiercely independent. Shiba Inu dogs pair well with experienced owners as they are free-spirited and sometimes aloof around strangers and other dogs. One thing is for sure, these loyal, dignified dogs are bound to steal your heart. 

Check out some adorable Shiba Inu mixes!

Kai Ken

Kai ken dog breed
Image from Wikipedia.

The Kai Ken is a medium-sized hunting dog that is known for his active and independent nature. While these pups are incredibly loyal, they prefer to exercise and stay busy throughout the day rather than curl up in your lap. These athletic dogs usually bond closely with a single person and do well with experienced, assertive training. 


Hokkaidos are a Japanese breed

If you’re looking for a bold best buddy, the Hokkaido might be a great breed for you. These intelligent dogs are eager to please their families though they may be somewhat wary of strangers. Hokkaido dogs are pretty affectionate towards their families and make alert, devoted canine companions. 

Kishu Ken

The Kishu ken is a Japanese breed

Kishu Ken dogs tend to bond closely with a single person, though they do well in family settings and generally like to be around their humans whenever possible. These intelligent dogs are eager to please and love participating in complex training or agility sessions. With a heart of gold and caring personality, you’re sure to fall for these docile dogs. 

Shikoku Ken

Shikoku ken dog breed is Japanese

This bold, ancient breed was originally bred to hunt wild boar. These intelligent dogs need firm, consistent training to match their free-willing spirits. However, don’t let these courageous canines fool you. Shikoku dogs can be incredibly affectionate and loving towards their families. These energetic dogs need lots of regular exercise to keep their tails wagging. 

Japanese Spitz

Japanese spitz dog breed

These comedic, compact dogs love keeping their families company. The Japanese spitz is a companion dog that tends to get along well with other furry family members and kids. These playful pups are happy to let you know whenever a squirrel crosses the front yard due to their highly alert nature. You’ll love bonding with these beautiful, bodacious buddies. 

Tosa Inu

Tosa inu dog breed

These large vigilant dogs bond closely with their families and make excellent watch dogs. The courageous canines need an experienced owner who can guide their free-thinking personalities. These dogs are also naturally protective, so they’ll need to be socialized early on with other dogs and strangers. The Tosa inu is amazingly loyal and devoted to his family. He’s perfectly suited for dog names that mean “protector!”


Akitas are a Japanese breed

These adorable double-coated dogs are incredibly devoted to their families. While these pups may be wary of strangers, they are known to show off their sometimes goofy personalities with loved ones. These brave buddies need an experienced owner who understands their independent mindset. 

Anime Dog Names FAQ

Are you still struggling to find the perfect anime name for your furry friend? Here are some commonly asked questions and answers surrounding anime dog names.

What is a good anime name for dog?

You’re sure to come across the perfect anime name for your furry friend. Consider naming your pooch after a anime dog like Pluto in Kuroshitsuji, or after a favorite anime character like Gohan in Dragon Ball.

What is Kakashi dog’s name?

Kakashi’s dog is Pakkun, an adorable pug and ninja in Naruto. The name itself means “ninja,” too!

What is the dog’s name in Naruto?

Kiba Inuzuka’s dog in the anime Naruto series is named Akamaru, who is one of the many dogs in anime! Awesome name, right? You could call your pupper Aki or Maru for short!

What is a good Japanese name for a dog?

There are plenty of great Japanese dog names. Consider beautiful selections from the Japanese language like Aki, meaning bright, or Miya, meaning “love.” Other cool choices include Sakura, Yuki, and Hiroto.

What is the name of the golden retriever in anime?

Ouran High School Host Club is an anime with two golden retriever characters: Antoinette and Hachibei. Both fur kiddos are famously affectionate and energetic in the anime and manga versions.

What dog did samurai have?

Samurai kept Akita as a trusted friend and working dog. This large-breed barker is a powerful, confident canine in need of an equally strong owner, ready to take on extensive training and socialization to ensure he puts his best paw forward in life.


Naming your dog after your favorite character or anime series is a great way to showcase your dog’s distinct personality. Did we miss any amazing anime pet names?

Let us know your favorite anime dog names in the comments below! 

Oh and if you’re looking for more epic dog name ideas, make sure to also check out our collection of hipster dog names, Star Wars-themed dog names, and video game dog names!

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Kate is a dog-loving content specialist with over a decade of canine-care experience. She is currently a professional dog walker and pet sitter, with previous experience working at the Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital in Manhattan. When not spending time with four-footers, she can usually be found crafting top-notch dog-care articles that pet parents can trust. Kate loves dogs of all shapes and sizes, but Bernese Mountain Dogs hold a special place in her heart.

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  1. Jaty Ranasinghe Avatar
    Jaty Ranasinghe

    Can you please make a new seperate article of “Pokemon Dog Names:Gotta Catch ‘Em All” and don’t fogot to put Pokemon types which are resemble dogs.

  2. Reiko Avatar

    You fogot to add names from my favourite anime:Kirby:Right Back at Ya!(Japanese known as Hoshi no Kaabii).
    Fumu,Bun,Tiff(English version),Tuff(English version),Escargon,Dedede,Tokkori,Sword,Blade,Kirby

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Great suggestions, Reiko!