Kids both young and old tend to have a soft spot for cartoons—most of us have memories of movies and television that defined our generation.
Cartoon canines are some of the most lovable characters around—from timeless characters like Scooby-Doo and Underdog to present-day pooches like Brian Griffin, animated hounds across the ages are both beloved and unforgettable.
That means that they’re also the perfect namesake for your new pooch—from near and dear nostalgia to modern fandoms, cartoon dogs are a sweet source for naming your dog!
- Astro : A handsome gray Great Dane that is the family pet of The Jetsons.
- Balto : The brave sled dog who led his team on a run across Alaska to get essential antitoxin to Nome in order to combat an outbreak of diphtheria. The titular character of the animated film Balto.
- Blue : The title character of the children’s show Blue’s Clues—she is typically missing and her strategically placed pawprints lead the human characters to her location by the end of the episode.
- Bolt : The white German shepherd who stares in his own TV show and goes on an adventure to save his owner the movie with his name, Bolt.
- Brain : Penny’s pet dog on the show Inspector Gadget.
- Brian Griffin : The human-like white dog from the animated sitcom Family Guy. Much to the dismay of fans, his death was included in season 12—followed by his welcome revival just a few episodes later.
- Clifford : The iconic big red dog who features prominently not only in books, but in the PBS series as well.
- Copper : The sweet-natured hunting dog who stars in Fox and the Hound.
- Courage : The title character in the Cartoon Network series Courage the Cowardly Dog—this small pink pooch constantly finds himself in the middle of troublesome situations with his elderly owners.
- Droopy : As his name implies, Droopy is known for his iconic droopy eyes and face—he’s been a staple of MGM cartoons since the 1940s.
- Goddard : Jimmy Neutron’s mechanical dog.
- Goofy : The iconic Disney character with a laugh heard round the world—this lovable pooch is a part of the close-knit gang that includes Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.
- Gromit : The canine half of the iconic duo of Wallace and Gromit—the quintessentially British characters have been the stars of multiple films and shorts, picking up a handful of Oscars over the past few decades.
- Huckleberry Hound : A good-hearted blue pooch, who had his own show in the late 1950s through the early 1960s. He is known for his strong Southern accent and he difficulty holding down a steady job.
- Krypo : Superman’s pet dog.
- Lady : A dainty Cocker Spaniel who is the star of the Disney classic Lady and the Tramp.
- Martha : The main character of the PBS series Martha Speaks—she’s a mutt and a former stray with the ability to speak.
- Max : The lovable dog from How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Doctor Seuss. He’s a much bigger fan of Christmas than his owner, and is the stand-in reindeer during his raid of Whoville.
- Mr. Peabody : A brilliantly-minded white pooch who has appeared alongside his human friend Sherman since the 1950s.
- Mr. Peanut Butter : The anthropomorphic Labrador Retriever who is Diane’s boyfriend and BoJack Horseman’s rival in Bojack Horseman.
- Muttley : Dick Dasterdly’s pooch in Wacky Races, famous for his wheezing chuckle as he places his paw over his mouth.
- Nana : The St. Bernard that belongs to the Darling family in Peter Pan.
- Odie : A slightly clueless but nonetheless lovable pooch who is the best friend of the iconic orange feline Garfield.
- Pal : The canine best friend of the title character in the PBS show Arthur.
- Perdita : The mother of the pups in 101 Dalmations.
- Pluto : The best friend of one of the world’s most iconic characters, Mickey Mouse.
- Pongo : The father of ninety-nine pups in 101 Dalmations.
- Porkchop : The pooch from the Nickelodeon show Doug. While he can’t speak, he has many human traits and he’s extremely good friends with the show’s title character.
- Scooby Doo : The famed Great Dane who is known for solving mysteries with his friends Shaggy, Daphne, Velma, and Fred. He loves eating and is particularly fond of Scooby Snacks.
- Scrappy Doo : The smaller-statured nephew of Scooby Doo, Scrappy is a sassy young Great Dane.
- Snoopy : Perhaps television’s most famed pooch, the black and white beagle of the Peanuts gang has featured prominently alongside his owner Charlie Brown in a number of television specials.
- Spike : The loyal pooch of the Pickles family in the television show The Rugrats.
- Spunky : From the Nickelodeon show Rocko’s Modern Life, he is a bully-breed dog with poor hygiene.
- Tramp : The latter half of the duo of Lady and the Tramp, he is a mutt who falls in love with the well-bred Lady.
- Underdog : The iconic canine superhero—undercover he is known as “Shoeshine,” but he is most commonly seen as a super dog flying through the air saving helpless people and animals.
Did we miss any epic cartoon dog names? Share any names we missed in the comments!
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