Inspirational Black and White Dog Names

Black and white dog names
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From a Border Collie to a Boston Terrier, black and white dogs are an interesting bunch. However, naming your Alaskan Malamute, to name another breed, can be tricky, because names like Blackie or Whitie simply don’t hold water.

Names inspired by the dog’s bicolor fur coat

There is a myriad of names for white dogs and black dogs respectively, but black-and-white options are fairly limited. Still, names like Coco, Nova, Pepper, Lucky, and Cookie are more than suitable for a black and white canine.

Furthermore, Oreo (after the famous creme-filled sandwich cookie) is a sweet name, Panda is a clear reference to the cute, bicolor bear from China, and Snoopy is for everyone who followed the adventures of this cartoon beagle during the latter half of the 20th century.

Other names that are related both to black and white include Greta, Sushi, Minnie, Pixel, Cupcake, Chanel, Marble, Monochrome, Jasper, Magic, Motley, Patch(es), Zig-Zag, Checkers, Dot/Dotty, Freckles, Stripes, etc.

As you might have noticed from the last couple of names, the design pattern of the fur can also be inspirational. Similar, less common names include Pinstripe, Chevron, Houndstooth, Chess, Gingham, Harlequin, Grayscale/Greyhound, etc.

Names like Coco, Nova, Pepper, Lucky, and Cookie are more than suitable for a black and white canine.

Black and white dog names based on gender

Whether you own a boy or a girl, the animal’s gender could serve as inspiration for naming it. For instance, great names for boys are the aforementioned Snoopy, Domino (pizza, anyone?), Bandit, Ace, Sylvester (after the famous tuxedo cat from the Looney Tunes), Elvis, Roscoe, etc.

Then there is Milo, Chester (Chester the Terrier and Chester the Out-of-Work Dog were cartoon characters), Max, Flyer, Pepe (after another Warner Bros. character), Charlie, Harley, and Felix (although you’d be naming the dog after a famous cartoon cat from the silent film era).

Names for female dogs are just as imaginative: Coco, Bellatrix, Millie, Sky, Eve, Dottie (a great name for a Dalmatian), Cece, Star, Luna, Stella (great for owners with Italian roots), Merle, Clarity/Clare, Diamond, Zara (are you a shopaholic?), Quinn, Peppa, Maggie, etc.

Black and white dog names only true gourmets would choose

We have already suggested you name your dog Oreo but we have to admit that the name is a bit tacky, especially since there are many more food-related dog names. Take Sushi for example, or Chocolate Chip: the ideal name for a small, yet feisty dog breed.

Then we have Almond Joy, Macaron (like the French president but different), Swirl, Donut (a great name for a cop dog), Milkshake, Sundae, Frosting (suitable names for Alaskans or ice-cream lovers), Beans (for a tiny black-and-white mutt), Truffles, Sprinkles, etc.

Sushi or Chocolate Chip: the ideal name for a small, yet feisty dog breed.

Pokémon-inspired dog names

Video games and TV series have become an integral part of our lives; so much that some folks name their dogs after their favorite animated characters.

Take just the Pokémon franchise and the name suggestions you get from it: Absol, Pancham, Zekrion, Blitzle, Shelgon, Duskull, and Reshiram.

Take just the Pokémon franchise and the name suggestions you get from it: Absol, Pancham, Zekrion, Blitzle, Shelgon, Duskull, and Reshiram.

Disney-inspired black and white dog names

Walt Disney Production Company has been around since 1923, which means they have created numerous canine characters you can borrow names from. Start brainstorming with Mickey and Minnie; then move onto Goofy, Cruella, Perdita, and Pongo.

Pete, Mickey Mouse’s archenemy, is a great name for a large dog, while Horace (Horsecollar) would well suit a slim pup. Then there is Jack, Figaro, Ursula (a good name for a big girl), Maleficent (for a naughty mutt), Clarabelle, Meeko, Flower, etc.

Other animal species as inspiration for black and white dog names

Apart from Canis Lupus, there are many more animals that naturally display the colors black and white. We’ve already suggested naming a cute pup Panda but a larger specimen can be named Orca (the Killer Whale).

Penguin is another obvious choice and so is Zebra for a girl. You can also go with Lemur, Skunky, Bear, Magpie, Raccoon, Puffin, and Bunny (again, a girly name). Cricket and Badger suit small dogs, while Bessie is perfect for a plump Boston Terrier.

We’ve already suggested naming a cute pup Panda but a larger specimen can be named Orca (the Killer Whale).

Pop culture as inspirations for black and white dog names

Black and white dogs are undeniably popular, which is a good thing. This means the pool of possible names is ever larger. We’ll start with Bo, Barack Obama’s Portuguese Water Dog (unfortunately, he passed away in May 2021).

Then we have Fly, a Border Collie from the 1995 motion picture Babe. Jonah Hill is a big guy but he decided to adopt Carmela, a tiny French bulldog (he recently adopted a 3-year-old Pit Bull Terrier named Fig).

Paul Walker had a dog named Boon but he also starred in Eight Below (2006), a movie with loads of potential black and white dog names: Maya, Shadow, Old Jack, Dewey, Shorty, Truman, Max, and Buck.

People who grew up during the 90s remember Droopy, Master Detective. This basset hound fought crime in the most lenient way possible but it gave us name suggestions such as Drippy and Dripple.

Finally, we have Nana from Snow Dogs (2002) and Loki the Wolfdog (a mix of a malamute and a husky,) who is an Instagram star with nearly 2 million followers.

Eight Below (2006) is a movie with loads of potential black and white dog names: Maya, Shadow, Old Jack, Dewey, Shorty, Truman, Max, and Buck.

Bonus category: Cool black and white dog names

Having seen what are the most popular fictional and real names for black and white dogs, let’s see which names are plainly put, cool (no categories involved). One such name is Lucky, after the famous comic book gunslinger Lucky Luck (he had a dog called Rantanplan).

Dice is a badass name for a dog that likes to take risks, Mittens is intended for a snuggly pup, and Koda/Coda is best-suited for an Alaskan Husky. A canine with smooth moves and elegant posture deserves a name like Tuxedo, while Boots is a great name for a dog whose paws are of a different color.

Once you move past names such as Spotty or Grey, you realize the possibilities for naming your black-and-white mutt are endless.

We have categorized hundreds of names into 8 groups, so it’s easier for you to choose, depending whether you love common names, such as Snoopy or you’re a Disney fan who sees a Mickey in his newly adopted black and white pup.

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