The wonderful world of Disney has given us some of the most unforgettable characters across the years, from the iconic Mickey Mouse to the larger-than-life Genie to the empowered and enlightening Queen Elsa.
It’s no wonder, either, that Disney characters provide the perfect inspiration for pooch-naming. From anthropomorphic animals—including a host of classic canines—to characters that are held dear to many generations, Disney characters have been leaving their mark on our hearts and minds since the early 20th century.
From Snow White to Moana, you’re sure to find a character that suits the quirks and foibles of your beloved pooch!
These are canines featured in classic as well as modern Disney films!
- Bolt – The namesake of the dashing German Shepherd in the 2008 movie. John Travolta provided the voice of the fiercely loyal pooch.
- Chief – The elderly Irish Wolfhound from the 1981 film The Fox and the Hound. He mentors young Copper on the ways of hunting dogs.
- Copper – The young Basset Hound from The Fox and the Hound. The heartwarming story of loyalty and companionship centers around this adorable pooch’s unlikely friendship with a fox named Tod—the very animal he is supposed be hunting.
- Dodger – The streetwise Jack Russell from the 1988 movie Oliver and Company, which is a modern retelling of Oliver Twist featuring animals as the heroes. The character is voiced in the film by Billy Joel.
- Dug – The comedic pooch from the landmark Pixar film Up. He is known for expressing his thoughts through a special high-tech translating collar, and easily distracted b- SQUIRREL!
- Francis – A melodramatic bulldog from Oliver and Company. He has an affinity for the stage, and loves a good Shakespearean drama.
- Georgette – The wealthy and slightly spoiled poodle of Oliver and Company. She is known for being voiced by Bette Midler in the film.
- Goofy – The iconic “goof” known for his buck teeth, his long ears, and his boisterous laugh. Audiences first saw Goofy in 1932, and he has been a beloved staple of the Disney catalog ever since.
- Lady – The female half of the title characters in the 1955 film Lady and the Tramp. She is a well-bred Cocker Spaniel whose story centers around her unlikely affection for a scrappy mutt, Tramp.
- Lucky, Patch, Rolly – Just a few of the puppies that comprise the 101 Dalmatians.
- Nana – The large dog that belongs to the Darling family in Peter Pan. She is extremely protective of the children, and tries her best to protect them from the title character’s visit.
- Percy – A sassy and spoiled Pug from Pocahontas, the pet of the villain General Ratcliffe.
- Perdita – Another one of the 101 Dalmatians, and one of the central characters in the film. She is a loyal and protective mother, and she risks her comfortable live to save her puppies.
- Pluto – Mickey Mouse’s pet dog and another of Disney’s classic and iconic characters. He has been making appearances alongside Mickey and friends since 1930.
- Pongo – Another central figure in 101 Dalmatians, he’s Perdita’s canine husband. He is a handsome Dalmatian with two black ears.
- Slink – As his name implies, he’s a dog-shaped toy slinky in the Toy Story series. He was voiced by Jim Varney before the actor’s untimely death.
- Tito – A comedic Chihuahua from Oliver and Company. He is scrappy and quick-witted, and has a crush on Georgette the poodle.
- Tramp – The gray Schnauzer-mix that makes up the latter half of the titular characters in Lady and the Tramp.
Dog Names from Disney Pixar Characters
These dog names come straight from Disney / Pixar Characters.
- Arlo – The adorable main character in The Good Dinosaur.
- Bing Bong – A pink elephant-like creature who is Riley’s imaginary friend in Inside Out.
- Boo – The young girl that features prominently in Monsters Inc.
- Buzz Lightyear – The space-themed action figure in the Toy Story films.
- Dory – The forgetful but kind-hearted blue fish who became famous in Finding Nemo, and later got her own sequel in Finding Dory.
- Hamm – The pig in the Toy Story series.
- Joy – A central character in Inside Out, whose personality is reflected by her name.
- Lightning McQueen – The main character in Cars.
- Marlin – The devoted father of Nemo, and the main character in Finding Nemo.
- Merida – Pixar’s only official princess, the protagonist in the film Brave.
- Mike Wazowski – A one eyed green monster from Monsters Inc.
- Nemo – The title character of Finding Nemo, a young clownfish who is captured by divers.
- Remy – The central character in Ratatouille, a mouse who, despite the odds, loves cooking.
- Sully – A big blue and purple fluffy monster, the main character in Monsters, Inc.
- WALL-E – A robot who is tasked with cleaning up the post-apocalyptic Earth.
- Woody – A toy cowboy and one of the central characters in A Toy Story. (Like this? Make sure to also check out our full list of cowboy dog names!)
Classic Disney Characters
These dog names come from old-school classic characters – enjoy!
Dog Names From Disney Heroes and Heroines
- Aladdin – The streetwise yet poor title character of the 1992 film who falls in love with Princess Jasmine.
- Alice – The iconic title character of Alice in Wonderland.
- Anna – One of the sisters in Frozen, voiced by Kristen Bell.
- Ariel – The protagonist of The Little Mermaid, who initially gives up her voice in order to walk on the land.
- Aurora – The Disney princess with the fewest lines among all of the films, better known as Sleeping Beauty.
- Bambi – The title character of the 1942 film, an adorable baby deer who grows up to become Prince of the Forest.
- Baymax – An oversized robot who is the star of Big Hero 6; despite his lack of human emotion, he possesses a strong desire to please the mourning Hiro.
- Belle – One of Disney’s most iconic princesses, the protagonist of Beauty and the Beast.
- Cinderella – The star of Disney’s answer to the classic rags-to-riches story, released in 1950.
- Elsa – Another main character in Frozen, best known for Idina Menzel’s voice acting and the powerhouse song “Let It Go.”
- Esmerelda – One of the main characters in The Hunchback of Notre Dame; she is a dancer and a part of a minority culture in Paris, and therefore ridiculed by the powers that be.
- Hercules – The star of the film of the same name, which marries Disney animation with Greek mythology.
- Jane – The principal female character of Tarzan; by the end of the film, she and the title character have fallen in love and she remains in Africa rather than returning to her home in England.
- Jasmine – The princess in Aladdin, who sings iconic songs such as “A Whole New World.”
- Judy Hopps – The protagonist in Zootopia, who moves from her small town to the big city to fulfill her childhood dream of becoming a cop.
- Lilo – The former of the title characters in Lilo & Stitch; she is a quirky young girl living in Hawaii with her older sister.
- Moana – The central character in the latest Disney Animated Classic, she embarks upon an epic journey across the ocean of the course of the film.
- Mowgli – The young boy who stars in The Jungle Book, living among the wildlife of the Indian forests.
- Mufasa – The father of Simba in The Lion King; his tragic death is one of the most heartbreaking moments in Disney’s films.
- Mulan – A young Chinese girl who dresses as a man to avoid her father being drafted into the army.
- Nick Wilde – The second of two protagonists in Zootopia, a sly fox who befriends Judy Hopps.
- Peter Pan – The iconic flying lost boy who fetches the Darling children from London and brings them to Neverland.
- Pinocchio – A wooden puppet who comes to life and is known for his ever-growing nose as he tells lies.
- Quasimodo – The given name of The Hunchback of Notre Dame; he is outwardly deformed and shunned because of it, but he is a genuinely kind human being.
- Simba – The central character of The Lion King; as a cub he is blamed for his father’s death, but he returns as an adult to reclaim the Pride Lands.
- Snow White – Disney’s first princess, who falls into a deathly sleep after eating a poisoned apple but is revived by a kiss from the Prince.
- Stitch – The blue alien-like creature, also known as Experiment 626, from Lilo & Stitch.
- Tarzan – The title character of the 1999 film, whose parents are killed by a leopard when he is a baby; a kind gorilla named Kala raises him.
- Tiana – The first African-American Disney P\rincess, and the star of the 2009 film The Princess and the Frog.
- Pooch / Winnie the Pooh – One of Disney’s most recognizable characters, a small yellow stuffed bear frequently seen wearing an undersized red shirt; he is kind-hearted and has a strong affinity for honey.
- Ralph – The title character of both the 2012 Wreck-it-Ralph film as well as the video game within the film; he is large and brawny and vilified in the game, though he is genuinely a kind person.
Disney Villain Dog Names
- Captain Hook (Peter Pan)
- “Frollo / Claude Frollo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
- Cruella De Ville (101 Dalmatians)
- “Bellwether” / Dawn Bellwether (Zootopia)
- “Balthazar” / Edgar Balthazar (The Aristocats)
- Gaston (Beauty and the Beast)
- Hans (Frozen)
- Heffalump (Winnie the Pooh)
- Jafar (Aladdin)
- Kaa (The Jungle Book)
- Madam Mim (The Sword in the Stone)
- Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty)
- Ratcliffe (Pocahontas)
- Ratigan (The Great Mouse Detective)
- Scar (The Lion King)
- Stromboli (Pinocchio)
- Ursula (The Little Mermaid)
- Woozle (Winnie the Pooh)
Dog Names From Iconic Disney Supporting Characters
- Abu (Aladdin)
- Bagheera (The Jungle Book)
- Chip (Beauty and the Beast)
- Christopher Robin (Winnie the Pooh)
- Cogsworth (Beauty and the Beast)
- Dopey (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
- Eeyore (Winnie the Pooh)
- Flit (Pocahontas)
- Flounder (The Little Mermaid)
- Genie (Aladdin)
- Grandmother Willow (Pocahontas)
- Jiminy Cricket (Pinnochio)
- Kala (The Jungle Book)
- Lumiere (Beauty and the Beast)
- Mad Hatter (Alice in Wonderland)
- Mama Odie (The Princess and the Frog)
- Maurice (Beauty and the Beast)
- Mr. Big (Zootopia)
- Mrs. Potts (Beauty and the Beast)
- Mushu (Mulan)
- Nala (The Lion King)
- Olaf (Frozen)
- Piglet (Winnie the Pooh)
- Rafiki (The Lion King)
- Rajah (Aladdin)
- Scuttle (The Little Mermaid)
- Sebastian (The Little Mermaid)
- Smee (Peter Pan)
- Thumper (Bambi)
- Tiger Lilly (Peter Pan)
- Tigger (Winnie the Pooh)
- Tinker Bell (Peter Pan)
- Wendy (Peter Pan)
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