Famous Dog Names: The Who’s Who in Pup Culture

Names By Kelsey Leicht 11 min read August 31, 2021

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Hachikō famous Akita

Celebrity baby names aren’t the only monikers that turn heads. Famous dog names get plenty of attention too, and with good reason. In fact, many doggo icons have fascinating backstories and names.

Check out these famous dogs with us and see what mighty mutt monikers are out there.

Military Dog Lex
Image from Wikipedia.

Famous Dogs from History

While humans take a lot of the credit, the halls of history are howling with equally awesome puppers, including:

  1. Abuwtiyuw: One of the earliest named domesticated dogs on record
  2. Balto: Helped deliver diphtheria antitoxin to stop an outbreak in Nome, Alaska 
  3. Barry: Legendary rescue Saint Bernard in the Alps
  4. Belka & Strelka: First animals to go into orbit and survive
  5. Bobbie: A cross-country traveling dog who found his way back to his owners
  6. Cairo: Belgian malinois that took part in the Osama bin Laden raid
  7. Chips: The most decorated war dog in World War II
  8. Diamond: Sir Isaac Newton’s dog
  9. Hachiko: Akita who waited daily at the train station for his owner after his death
  10. Horand von Grafrath: The foundation dog for German shepherds
  11. Jofi: Sigmund Freud’s four-footed friend
  12. Just Nuisance: The only dog ever enlisted in the Royal Navy 
  13. Laika: The first living animal in space
  14. Lex: A military dog who served in Iraq and received an honorary Purple Heart medal
  15. Lila: A British general’s fox terrier who ran off (later returned unharmed) during the Battle at Germantown 
  16. Nemo: A decorated German shepherd that served during the Vietnam war 
  17. Owney: Unofficial postal office mascot during the 1800s 
  18. Peritas: Alexander the Great’s favorite dog
  19. Phiz: Helen Keller’s dog
  20. Red Dog: A famous kelpie/cattle dog mix that roamed rural Australia
  21. Sergeant Stubby: The only US war dog ever promoted to sergeant
  22. Sinbad: A World War II dog who appeared in war publications 
  23. Snuppy: The first cloned dog 
  24. Susan: Queen Elizabeth II’s original Pembroke Welsh corgi
  25. Trakr: A rescue dog who found the last survivor at the World Trade Center

Famous Record-Breaking Dogs

Every doggo is special, but some extraordinary puppers manage to make the record books with their looks or skills, whether they’re a jumbo-sized doggo or a sport phenom. A few record-smashing sniffers are:

  1. Anastasia: This Jack Russell popped a record-breaking 100 balloons in just 44.49 seconds.
  2. Bluey: This Australian cattle dog is the verified longest-lived dog ever at over 29 years!
  3. Bud Nelson: A pitbull who was the first dog to cross the US by car with his owner.
  4. Feather: This greyhound has the highest jump by a dog on record at 75.5 inches
  5. Jean: This collie was the first dog to have a leading role in a motion picture.
  6. Milly: This Chihuahua is the smallest dog in the world at 4 inches tall! Talk about a perfect name for a pint-sized dog!
  7. Sounders: A dock jumping extraordinaire, this whippet holds the record for the farthest dock jump at 36 feet 2 inches.
  8. Tigger: This bloodhound was the owner of the longest dog ears ever (13.75 for the right, 13.5 inches for the left)
  9. Zeus: This Great Dane holds the Guinness World Record for the tallest dog ever at 44 inches, making this the perfect big dog name!
  10. Zorba: A record-holder for the heaviest dog ever, he was an Old English mastiff.
UGA dog Uga
Image courtesy of The University of Georgia Alumni Association.

Famous Dog Mascots

With their exuberance for life and irresistible personality, it’s no surprise that many institutions chose a dog for their mascot. Some of the most famous tail-wagging mascots are:

  1. Bernie: Siena College
  2. Bully: Mississippi State University
  3. Butler Blue: Butler University
  4. Chesty: US Marine Corps
  5. Gumbo: New Orleans Saints
  6. Handsome Dan: Yale University 
  7. Jack the Bulldog: Georgetown University
  8. Jonathan: University of Connecticut
  9. Moondog: Cleveland Cavaliers
  10. Reveille: Texas A&M University
  11. Roongo: Bloomsburg University
  12. Scotty: Carnegie Mellon University
  13. Smokey: University of Tennessee
  14. Uga: University of Georgia
  15. Zeke the Wonder Dog: Michigan State University 
Lassie Book
Image courtesy of WXPR.org.

Famous Dogs from Literature

Dogs are a staple in writing, whether they’re appearing as a hungry beast in Harry Potter or serving as a faithful companion out in the country. There are tons of great literary dog names to choose from! Notable canine characters in literature include:

  1. Argos: Odyssey by Homer
  2. Capitoline Wolf: Mythical she-wolf who nursed Romulus and Remus
  3. Carl: Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day
  4. Charkie: Curious George by H.A. and Margret Rey
  5. Charley: Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck
  6. Clifford: Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
  7. Cujo: Cujo by Stephen King
  8. Endal: Endal by Allen Parton
  9. Fang: Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
  10. Kipper: Kipper the Dog by Mick Inkpen
  11. Lassie: Lassie Come-Home by Eric Knight
  12. Little Ann: Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  13. Max: How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  14. McKinley: The Good Dog by Edward Irving Wortis
  15. Old Dan: Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  16. Old Yeller: Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
  17. Pilot: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  18. Shiloh: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds
  19. Spot: Where’s Spot by Eric Hill
  20. Toto: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, cairn terrier
  21. Winn-Dixie: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Lady from Lady and the Tramp
Image courtesy of Fandom.com.

Famous Dogs from Movies

The big screen has been home to many four-legged stars over the years, from Disney doggos to comedy canines. Some Hollywood hound dogs are: 

  1. Baxter: Anchorman
  2. Beefy: Little Nicky
  3. Beethoven: Beethoven
  4. Benji: Benji series
  5. Bolt: Bolt
  6. BruiserLegally Blond
  7. Bruno: Cinderella 
  8. Buck: The Call of the Wild
  9. Buddy: Air Bud
  10. Chance: Homeward Bound
  11. Charlie Barkin: All Dogs Go to Heaven
  12. Copper: Fox And the Hound
  13. Daisy: John Wick
  14. Dante: Coco
  15. Dodger: Oliver & Company
  16. Dug: Up
  17. Einstein: Back to the Future
  18. Fly: Babe
  19. Frank the Pug: Men in Black
  20. Harvey: E.T.
  21. Hercules: The Sandlot
  22. Hooch: Turner & Hooch
  23. Jackal: Dude, Where’s My Car?
  24. Jock: Lady and the Tramp
  25. Kyle: Despicable Me
  26. Lady: Lady and the Tramp
  27. Little Brother: Mulan
  28. Lucky: Dr. Dolittle
  29. Luiz: Rio
  30. Marley: Marley & Me
  31. Mel: The Secret Life of Pets
  32. Milo: The Mask
  33. Moses: Meet the Fockers
  34. Mozart: Beethoven
  35. Nana: Peter Pan
  36. Percy: Pocahontas
  37. Perdita 101 Dalmatians
  38. Petey: The Little Rascals
  39. Pongo 101 Dalmatians
  40. Puffy: There’s Something About Mary
  41. Samantha: I Am Legend
  42. Sandy: Annie
  43. Scud: Toy Story
  44. Shadow: Homeward Bound
  45. Skip: My Dog Skip
  46. Slinky: Toy Story
  47. Sparky: Frankenweenie
  48. Tchaikovsky: Beethoven
  49. The Tramp: Lady and the Tramp
  50. Zero: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Famous Dogs from TV

Primetime has its share of famous fur faces, and these four-legged friends are often scene stealers. Top television pooches are:

  1. Allen: The King of Queens
  2. Arnold: Entourage
  3. Backup: Veronica Mars
  4. Brandon: Punky Brewster
  5. Buck: Married… With Children
  6. Bullet: The Roy Rogers Show
  7. Buster: The Wonder Years
  8. Champion: Parks and Recreation
  9. Chester: The Nanny
  10. Cinnamon: The Big Bang Theory
  11. Comet: Full House
  12. Djinn Djinn: I Dream of Jeannie
  13. Eddie: Frasier
  14. Happy: 7th Heaven
  15. Rin Tin Tin: The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin
  16. Stan: Dog with a Blog
  17. Stella: Modern Family
  18. Tiger: The Brady Bunch
  19. Vincent: Lost
  20. Wishbone: Wishbone.

Famous Dog Actors

Famous dog actors are always in high demand, and like their human counterparts, this talent has some interesting names amongst them, such as:

  1. Beasley: Turner & Hooch
  2. Brownie the Wonder Dog: Brownie’s Little Venus
  3. Chris: Beethoven
  4. Darla: The Silence of the Lambs
  5. Diesel: Togo
  6. Dynamite the Dog: The Four-Footed Ranger
  7. Flame: My Dog Shep
  8. Gidget: Taco Bell commercials
  9. Higgins: Benji
  10. Jed: White Fang
  11. Koko: Red Dog
  12. Madison: Lost
  13. Moonie: Legally Blonde
  14. Moose: Frasier
  15. Pal: Lassie
  16. Skippy: The Thin Man
  17. Soccer: Wishbone
  18. Strongheart: Brawn of the North
  19. Terry: The Wizard of Oz 
  20. Uggie: The Artist

Famous Dogs from Brands & Advertisements

A cute pup sells, as seen in many advertisements. Some sell so much that they become synonymous with the brand itself, like these famous fur friends:

  1. Bingo: Cracker Jack
  2. Bullseye: Target
  3. Duke: Bush Baked Beans
  4. Lady Greyhound: Greyhound buses
  5. McGruff: National Crime Prevention Council
  6. Sensation: Westminster Kennel Club
  7. Spuds MacKenzie: Bud Light
  8. Walkie Talkie: Bazooka bubble gum

Famous Dogs of Celebrities

We often see celebrities out and about with their pups. Some even come on set with them and strut their stuff as the pampered pooches of the stars. Red-carpet ready canines include:

  1. Asia: Lady Gaga’s French bulldog
  2. Atticus: Jake Gyllenhaal’s German shepherd
  3. Chunk: Chelsea Handler’s mixed breed
  4. Daisy: Jessica Simpson’s poodle mix
  5. Dodger: Chris Evans’ mixed breed
  6. Finn: Amanda Seyfried’s Australian shepherd
  7. Gary: Carrie Fisher’s French bulldog
  8. Genghis Khan: Martha Stewart’s chow
  9. Hobbs: The Rock’s French bulldog
  10. Lola: Hilary Duff’s Chihuahua
  11. Mr. Famous: Audrey Hepburn’s Yorkshire terrier
  12. Martha: Paul McCartney’s sheepdog
  13. Meatball: Adam Sandler’s bulldog
  14. Mighty: Orlando Bloom’s toy poodle
  15. Mimi LaRue: Tori Spelling’s pug
  16. Nash: Reese Witherspoon’s German shepherd
  17. Neville: Marc Jacobs’ bull terrier
  18. Norman: Jennifer Aniston’s mixed breed
  19. Sage: Jim Morrison’s shepherd mix
  20. Spike: Joan Rivers’s Yorkshire terrier
  21. Sui: Steve Irwin’s Staffordshire terrier
  22. Tessa: Tom Holland’s Staffordshire terrier
  23. Thurman Murman: Rachel Bilson’s mixed breed
  24. Tinkerbell: Paris Hilton’s Chihuahua
  25. Toulouse: Ariana’s Grande’s mixed breed
President Hoover's dog
Image courtesy of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum.

Famous Dogs of Presidents and Other Leaders

The floors of the White House and beyond have experienced the pitter-patter of plenty of doggos’ feet over the years. From the funny to the tough, these four-footed companions to world leaders have some tail-wagging names, including:

  1. Barney: President George W. Bush’s Scottish terrier
  2. Bergère: President Thomas Jefferson’s shepherd
  3. Bessie: President Calvin Coolidge’s collie
  4. Big Ben: President Herbert Hoover’s fox terrier
  5. Blackberry: President Calvin Coolidge’s chow
  6. Blackjack: President Theodore Roosevelt’s Manchester terrier
  7. Blanco: President Lyndon B. Johnson’s white collie
  8. Blaze: President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s bullmastiff
  9. Bo: President Barack Obama’s Portuguese water dog
  10. Boston Beans: President Calvin Coolidge’s Boston terrier
  11. Bród: Irish President Michael D. Higgins’ Bernese mountain dog
  12. Bruce: President Woodrow Wilson’s bull terrier
  13. Buddy: President Bill Clinton’s Labrador retriever
  14. Calamity Jane: President Calvin Coolidge’s Shetland sheepdog
  15. Caruso: President William Taft’s mixed breed
  16. Checkers: President Richard Nixon’s cocker spaniel
  17. Clipper: President John F. Kennedy’s German shepherd 
  18. Cornwallis: President George Washington’s greyhound
  19. Dash: President William Henry Harrison’s collie mix
  20. Davie: President Woodrow Wilson’s Airedale terrier 
  21. Dilyn: UK Prime Minister’s Jack Russell mix
  22. Dot: President Rutherford B. Hayes’ cocker spaniel
  23. Eaglehurst Gillette: President Herbert Hoover’s setter
  24. Edgar: President Lyndon B. Johnson’s beagle
  25. Faithful: President Ulysses S. Grant’s Newfoundland
  26. Fala: President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Scottish terrier
  27. Feller: President Harry Truman’s cocker spaniel
  28. Fido: President Abraham Lincoln’s mixed breed
  29. Freckles: President Lyndon B. Johnson’s beagle
  30. Gaullie: President John F. Kennedy’s poodle
  31. Glen: President Herbert Hoover’s Scotch collie
  32. Grim: President Rutherford B. Hayes’ greyhound
  33. Grits: President Jimmy Carter’s border collie mix
  34. Grizzle: President Thomas Jefferson’s shepherd
  35. Hector: President Rutherford B. Hayes’ Newfoundland
  36. Heidi: President Dwight Eisenhower’s Weimaraner 
  37. Him: President Lyndon B. Johnson’s beagle
  38. Her: President Lyndon B. Johnson’s beagle
  39. Jet: President Rutherford B. Hayes’ mixed breed
  40. Jip: President Abraham Lincoln’s mixed breed
  41. Juno: President John Adams’ mixed breed
  42. Kenzie: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Portuguese water dog
  43. King Cole: President Calvin Coolidge’s Belgian sheepdog
  44. King Timahoe: President Richard Nixon’s Irish setter
  45. King Tut: President Herbert Hoover’s Belgian shepherd
  46. Laddie Boy: President Warren Harding’s Airedale terrier
  47. Lara: President James Buchanan’s Newfoundland
  48. Le Beau: President James Tyler’s Italian greyhound
  49. Lennu: Finnish President Sauli Niinisto’s Boston terrier
  50. Lewis Brown: President Jimmy Carter’s Afghan hound
  51. Liberty: President Gerald Ford’s golden retriever
  52. Lucky: President Ronald Reagan’s Bouvier de Flandres
  53. Major: President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s German shepherd
  54. Manchu: President Theodore Roosevelt’s Pekingese
  55. Meggie: President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Scottish terrier
  56. Mike: President Harry Truman’s Irish setter
  57. Millie: President George H. W. Bush’s English springer spaniel
  58. Miss Beazley: President George W. Bush’s Scottish terrier
  59. Misty: President Gerald Ford’s golden retriever
  60. Moe: President John F. Kennedy’s Doberman pinscher
  61. Old Boy: President Warren G. Harding’s bulldog
  62. Otis: President Rutherford B. Hayes’ miniature schnauzer
  63. Pasha: President Richard Nixon’s terrier mix
  64. Patrick: President Herbert Hoover’s Irish wolfhound
  65. Paul Pry: President Calvin Coolidge’s Airedale terrier
  66. Peggy: President Ronald Reagan’s Irish setter
  67. Pete: President Theodore Roosevelt’s bull terrier
  68. Peter Pan: President Calvin Coolidge’s wirehaired fox terrier
  69. President: President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Great Dane
  70. Prudence Prim: President Calvin Coolidge’s white collie
  71. Punch: President James Buchanan’s terrier
  72. Pushinka: President John F. Kennedy’s mixed breed
  73. Ranger: President George H. W.’s English springer spaniel
  74. Rex: President Ronald Reagan’s Cavalier King Charles spaniel
  75. Rob Roy: President Calvin Coolidge’s white collie
  76. Rollo: President Theodore Roosevelt’s Saint Bernard
  77. Ruby Rouch: President Calvin Coolidge’s collie
  78. Sailor Boy: President Theodore Roosevelt’s Chesapeake Bay retriever
  79. Satan: President John Adams’ mixed breed
  80. Scentwell: President George Washington’s foxhound
  81. Sebastian: President James Monroe’s Siberian husky
  82. Shannon: President John F. Kennedy’s cocker spaniel
  83. Skip: President Theodore Roosevelt’s mixed breed
  84. Spot Fetcher: President George W. Bush’s English springer spaniel
  85. Sunny: President Barack Obama’s Portuguese water dog
  86. Sweetlips: President George Washington’s foxhound
  87. Taca: President Ronald Reagan’s Siberian husky
  88. Taster: President George Washington’s black and tan coonhound
  89. Tiny Tim: President Calvin Coolidge’s chow
  90. Tipler: President George Washington’s black and tan coonhound
  91. Tipsy: President George Washington’s black and tan coonhound
  92. Veto: President James A. Garfield’s mixed breed
  93. Vicky: President Richard Nixon’s poodle
  94. Victory: President Ronald Reagan’s golden retriever
  95. Vulcan: President George Washington’s foxhound
  96. Weegie: President Herbert Hoover’s Norwegian elkhound
  97. Winks: President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s setter
  98. Wolf: President John F. Kennedy’s mixed breed
  99. Yuki: President Lyndon B. Johnson’s mixed breed
  100. Yukonan: President Herbert Hoover’s Canadian Inuit dog
Picture of Pluto

Famous Dogs from Comics and Cartoons

Comics and cartoons offer a treasure trove of amazing mutt monikers, from nerdy finds to food-themed names for pudgy dogs. Some highlights are:

  1. Ace the Bat-Hound: Batman
  2. Akamaru: Naruto
  3. Astro: The Jetsons
  4. Blue: Blue’s Clues
  5. Brain: Inspector Gadget
  6. Brian: Family Guy
  7. Bulletdog: Bulletman
  8. Cosmo: Guardians of the Galaxy
  9. Courage: Courage the Cowardly Dog
  10. Deputy Dawg: Deputy Dawg
  11. Dogbert: Dogbert
  12. Droopy: Various cartoons
  13. Electra: Cathy
  14. Goddard: Jimmy Neutron
  15. Goliath: Davey and Goliath
  16. Goofy: Disney
  17. Gromit: Wallace & Gromit
  18. Huckleberry Hound: The Huckleberry Hound
  19. Jake the Dog: Adventure Time
  20. Krypto: DC Comics
  21. Magenta: Blue’s Clues
  22. Marmaduke: Marmaduke 
  23. Mr. Peabody: Various cartoons
  24. Muttley: Dick Dastardly
  25. Odie: Garfield
  26. Pluto: Disney 
  27. Porkchop: Doug 
  28. Pupcake: Strawberry Shortcake
  29. Ren: The Ren & Stimpy Show
  30. Santa’s Little Helper: The Simpsons
  31. Scooby-Doo: Scooby-Doo
  32. Scrappy-Doo: Scooby-Doo
  33. Snoopy: Peanuts
  34. Spike: Tom & Jerry
  35. Spunky: Rocko’s Modern Life

Famous Dogs from the Internet

The internet is an endless source of cute canines across the world, from laid-back Australian pups to hiking hounds in Canada with nature names. Some of the most popular dogs online are:

  1. Boo: An adorable Pomeranian
  2. Darren & Phillip: The BlueBoys Staffordshire terriers
  3. Digby & Aloysius Van Winkle: Brussels Griffons doubling as top-notch doggo models
  4. Doge: Shiba Inu meme star
  5. Elwood: Chinese crested mix and winner of World’s Ugliest Dog
  6. Lentil: French bulldog with a cleft palate
  7. Mishka: Siberian husky known for “talking”
  8. Rosie Pig: Snorting Chihuahua and Vine star
  9. Sam: Chinese crested dog is a three-time winner of World’s Ugliest Dog
  10. Tuna: Chihuahua/dachshund mix meme star 


Looking for other great dog name ideas? Make sure to check out our guides on the best regal dog names as well as our favorite cartoon dog name ideas!

Who’s your favorite famous dog? Is your pupper named after one? Let us know in the comments!

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Kelsey Leicht

Kelsey is a lover of words and woofs. She worked hands-on with dogs for several years at a boarding kennel as a shift runner and office manager before venturing into the world of writing. She lives in New Jersey with her crew of crazy canines.


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