500 Funny and Sweet Nicknames People Call Their Dogs

Written by Crystal
Published: February 22, 2024
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Did you know that dogs can understand over 100 words? Researchers estimate they can learn as many as 165 words, and one of the words they grasp best is their name! In this article, we’ll dive into the heartwarming, amusing, and inventive nicknames that people bestow upon their canine friends. From “Wigglebutt” to “Sir,” the world of dog nicknames is always growing. Follow along and see if there are any new nicknames you’d like to honor your puppers with.

Silly Food-Inspired Nicknames For Dogs

Dog stealing food from fridge.

From “Cream Puff” to “Pancake”, there are a ton of fun food-inspired dog nicknames.

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What better way to honor your canine friend, than by giving them a fun foodie nickname? Dog nicknames like “Apple Jack”, “Latte”, and “Chickpea” are sure to make an impression on friends. But more importantly, they’re fun to say! Sometimes food-inspired names like “Coffee Bean” will arise naturally, while others require a bit of creativity. Use our list below for inspiration.

  • Cream Puff (For a fluffy dog)
  • Chickpea
  • Apple Jack
  • Pumpkin
  • Latte
  • Nugget
  • Chicken Wing
  • Churro
  • Gelato
  • Cap’n Crunch
  • Froot Loops
  • Honey Head
  • Pixy Stick
  • Salami
  • Cinnamon Bun Boy (or Girl)
  • Cinnabun
  • Tempura
  • Pretzel (For a dog who curls up in hilarious positions)
  • Ziti
  • Pancake
  • Zero Bar
  • My Creme Brulee
  • Schnitzel
  • Chiffon
  • Nutmeg
  • Freshy
  • Sugar Smacks
  • Cap
  • Pierogi
  • Rice Krispies
  • Kellogg Creature
  • Oreo
  • Black Bean ( For an all black dog)
  • Cocoa
  • Cheezester
  • Matcha
  • Chiffon Charmer
  • Spritzer
  • Buttercup
  • Lollipop
  • Passionfruit Pals
  • Cream and Sugar (For a dog duo)
  • Cherry Cheerleader (Great for an upbeat pup)
  • Eclair
  • Katsu
  • Paloma
  • My Honey

More Silly Food-Inspired Nicknames For Dogs

The white puppy Dogo Argentino sitting in grass.

A small white pup could earn the nickname “Frosted Mini-Wheats”.

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  • Savvy (from Savory)
  • Noodle
  • Baby Bubblegum
  • Truffle
  • StudMuffin
  • Shrimp
  • Sours (from Sour)
  • Frosted Mini-Wheats
  • Margarita
  • Reese’s Puffs
  • Milky Way
  • Mrs. Munchy
  • Falafel
  • Chicken
  • Burrito (Said slowly like “Burrrrrito!”)
  • Little Left Overs
  • Daiquiri
  • Honey Bun
  • Torte
  • Bit-O-Honey
  • Salty
  • Snack Barz
  • Baby Dumpling
  • Cheetho
  • Gingerbread Man
  • Butterball
  • Croissant
  • Americo
  • Waffle Crisp
  • Gumbo (Great for a jumbo-sized dog)
  • Marshy Mallow
  • Peewee Kiwi
  • Yums
  • Clark Bar
  • Hot Sauce
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Mounds
  • Butterscotch Candy
  • Pepper
  • Coffee
  • Rotini
  • Macaron
  • Cutie Pie
  • Juice
  • Juicy
  • Oh Henry!
  • Crunch (from Crunchy)
  • Sour Punch Straw
  • Biscuit
  • Marshmallow
  • Fig Frenzy
  • Pudding Paws
  • Chive
  • Sorbet Sprinkle
  • Bibimbap
  • Sweets
  • Noodlebug
  • Bisquick
  • Pudding
  • Curry
  • Chex
  • Cinnamon
  • Plum Pals
  • Meatball
  • Sugar
  • Apple Pie
  • Peachy Paws
  • Dolce
  • Franken Berry

Best Nicknames for Older Dogs

Happy dog waiting to be fed

Honor an older dog with an endearing nickname like Grand-Dog or Mee-Maw.

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The average lifespan for a dog is right around 11 to 13 years old. However, that age range can change quite a bit from one breed to the next. If you have an older dog in your family, consider nicknaming them something endearing like “Granddad” or “Grams”.

  • Papa
  • Duke
  • Grand-pop
  • Babu
  • Papi
  • Gran
  • Queenie
  • Pee-Paw
  • Grampy
  • Grams
  • Granddad
  • Skipper
  • Panther Papa
  • Big Daddy
  • Deedee
  • Foxie
  • Nina
  • Meemaw
  • Grammy
  • Bunny Pop
  • Papa Bear
  • Poppy
  • PopPop
  • Momo
  • Mima
  • Didi
  • Buck
  • Bubbe
  • Bunnykins
  • Kangaroo Nana
  • Bunny Boo
  • Grand-Royal
  • Popo
  • Papa Smurf
  • Lionheart
  • Big Paw
  • Grampy Jack
  • Penguin Pops
  • Fluffy Fox
  • Grammie
  • Paw-Paw
  • Poppi
  • Tootsie
  • Grand-Pappy
  • Grandy
  • Nan
  • Moms
  • Grampy Joe
  • Whiskers
  • Bubba
  • Fuzzy Paws
  • Grady
  • Pop
  • Chief
  • Nana
  • Gramps
  • Bema
  • Abuela
  • Popo
  • Bompa
  • Coach
  • Gigi
  • Boppa
  • Mee-Paw
  • Grampa
  • Granny
  • Grando
  • Mawmaw
  • Gammie
  • Champ
  • Pippy
  • Gogo
  • Nonno
  • Wise One
  • Granda
  • Kitty
  • Nene
  • Captain
  • Cheetah Granny
  • Ace
  • Bunny
  • Popster
  • Grandmama
  • King
  • GDog
  • Granna
  • Cuddlebug
  • Grand-pop
  • Geepa
  • Polar Pops
  • Popz
  • Granpappy
  • Grampsie
  • Minnie
  • Gram
  • Rocky
  • Grand-dude
  • Grannykins
  • OG
  • Panda Papa
  • Buzzy
  • Koala Kins
  • Bumpy
  • Pepaw
  • Otter Pop
  • Abuelo
  • Gaga
  • Nanners
  • Mimi
  • Bearclaw
  • Pap
  • Pepe
  • Tiger Nana
  • Pappy
  • Grandma
  • Papster
  • Cookie
  • G and P
  • Bear Hugger
  • Granddaddy
  • Buddy
  • Grandma Goose
  • Grand Papi
  • GiGi
  • Boss
  • Grandee

Willy-Wonka Themed Dog Nicknames

Golden Retriever puppy sitting near adult golden retriever dogs. Senior and puppy. 8 week old puppy. three dogs.

When you have more than one dog, consider nicknaming them your little “Ooompa-Loompas”.

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Have you seen the new Willy Wonka movie? Or are you a big fan of the original? When looking for a fun dog nickname, consider adorable titles like “Snozzberry”, “Oompa-Loompa” or “Golden Ticket”! Or if you’re pup’s always hungry they might deserve a nickname like “Augustus Gloop”.

  • Candyman
  • Whimsy
  • Oompa-Loompa
  • Snozzberry
  • Wonkalicious
  • Gloop
  • Wonkavision
  • Nutty
  • Munchkin
  • Augustus
  • Bonbon
  • Gloop Gloop
  • Violet
  • Fizzy
  • Dreamer
  • Imagination
  • Snoopers
  • Loompy
  • Truffle
  • Gobsmack
  • Lickable
  • Chocolate River
  • Fudge
  • Gobstopper
  • Sugarsnap
  • Choco
  • Wonka
  • Coco
  • Wonkette
  • Sweetums
  • Slugworth
  • Lollipop
  • Cheer
  • Sugardrop
  • Wonkavator
  • Everlasting
  • Oompa
  • Loompa
  • Doopity -Do
  • Confection
  • Wonka Bar
  • Sweetheart

Delicious and Memorable Nicknames for Dogs

Funny Labrador puppy lying with a toy for dogs isolated on white background

Consider calling a light-colored dog “Frosted Flakes” or “Marshmamllow”.

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Food-inspired nicknames are so popular, they require another section! Below you’ll find classic dog nicknames like “Fun Dip”, Pringle” and “Dr. Pepper”. Try saying the names out loud to see which ones strike a chord.

  • Mr. Munchies
  • Carrot Top
  • Baby Big Belly
  • Spicy Boy or Girl
  • Onion Breath
  • Pea Brain
  • Apple of my eye
  • Fun Dip
  • Cinnamon Bun
  • Pringle
  • Cheddar
  • Pepper
  • Dr. Pepper
  • Mrs. Pepsi
  • Orange Peel
  • Zester
  • Applie
  • Taco
  • Honey Butter Biscuit
  • Honey-Honey
  • Pistachio
  • Nutty
  • Chewy
  • NutRageous
  • Cannoli Cream
  • Crostata
  • Alfredo
  • Sashimi
  • Clove
  • Bellini
  • Mung
  • Zeppole
  • Dollop
  • Mimosa
  • Donut
  • Cookie Crisp
  • Sage
  • King of the Kitchen
  • Angus
  • Strawberry Swirl
  • Dijon
  • Ravioli
  • Shandy
  • Tater Tot
  • Pop Tart
  • Baby Cake
  • Pumpkin Roll
  • My Chai
  • Pecan
  • Silky
  • Dim Sum
  • Mr. Enchilada
  • Lemon Tartlet
  • Bao
  • Baby Ruth
  • Pretzel
  • Mocha
  • Crisper
  • SoufflĂ© Sweetie
  • A Spicy Meat-a-ball-ay
  • Pizza Pie
  • Cheesecake
  • Tartar
  • Bean
  • Kiwi Kisses
  • Naan
  • Zest
  • Praline
  • Coconut
  • Mousse Munchkin
  • Cherry Pie
  • Baklava Buddy
  • Brie
  • Miso
  • Tenders
  • Charleston Chew
  • Spaghetti
  • Frosted Flakes (Great for an all-white dog)
  • Honey Pie
  • Popcorn Pals
  • Tiramisu
  • Pumpkin Butt
  • Crunchie
  • Cookie
  • Gyoza
  • Honeydew Darling
  • Fig
  • Bitz (from Bitter)
  • Paninikit kat
  • Pops
  • Kiwi
  • Tofu
  • Hot Cakes
  • Walnut
  • Crumble
  • Rolo
  • Heath
  • PayDay
  • Golden Grahams
  • Kit Kat
  • Rendang
  • Doughnut
  • Twix
  • Chalupa

Cute Food Nicknames for Dogs

Cute puppy sleeping in funny position in sofa.

Have fun nicknaming your dog a little “Papaya Puppy”.

©Petra Richli/iStock via Getty Images

  • Papaya Puppy
  • Pickle Puppers
  • Scone
  • Yummy
  • Baguette
  • Smoke (from Smoky)
  • Bay
  • Honey Bunches of Oats
  • Olive
  • Truffle Tinker
  • Richie (from Rich)
  • Blueberry (Blue for short)
  • Tira
  • Custard
  • Spam
  • Skor
  • Cookie Cuddlepuff
  • 3 Musketeers (Perfect for 3 dogs)
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch
  • Sharp Chedda
  • Sorbet
  • Dragonfruit Dream
  • Sugar Pie
  • Mac
  • Pickles
  • Popcorn
  • Kimchi
  • S’more
  • Mochi
  • Corn Pops
  • Samosa
  • Frito
  • Chili
  • Donut Hole
  • Snickerdoodle
  • Coffee Cake
  • Linguine
  • Gobbler
  • Cannoli Cuddler
  • Pork Chop
  • Fruitcake
  • Baby Butter Ball
  • Yummy Tummy
  • Hazelnut
  • Whatchamacallit
  • Plantain
  • Lucky Charms
  • Muffin Head or Muffin Butt
  • Nutsy
  • Struffoli
  • Basil
  • Zingy
  • Sweet Tooth
  • Peaches
  • Pad Thai
  • Brownie
  • Biscotti
  • Cappuccino
  • Honeydew
  • Butterfinger
  • Salty Dog
  • Rosemary
  • Maple (For a sweet dog)
  • Gingersnap
  • Cheeseburger
  • Sundae
  • Raisin Bran
  • Fast Break
  • Trix
  • Kix
  • Mr. Goodbar
  • Butterz
  • Fizzy
  • Watermelon Head
  • Porky
  • Cocoa Puffs
  • Spice (from Spicy)
  • SoufflĂ©
  • Hot Tamale
  • Fishy
  • Pomegranate Pal
  • Little Mac
  • Cheesecake Cutie
  • Chip
  • Cheerios
  • Satay
  • Captain Crunch
  • Cheerio
  • Caramel Cuddles
  • Snickers
  • Sausage
  • Sweet Pea
  • Pho
  • Banana Bread Head
  • Potato
  • Cabbage Roll
  • Zappo
  • Chester Cheetho
  • Candy
  • Kernel
  • Dill Pickle
  • My Little Pound Cake
  • Almond
  • Toblerone
  • Buttermilk
  • Sugar Snap Pea
  • Caramel
  • Cocoa Pebbles
  • Avocado Amigo
  • Tuna
  • S’more Snuggles
  • French Fry
  • BonBon
  • Hashbrown or Hashybrown
  • Tarte Tatin
  • Wonton
  • Turkey Boy (or Girl)
  • Cotton Candy Cutie
  • Ramen
  • Cannoli
  • Raspberry Ripple
  • Peanut
  • Pistachio
  • Cupcake Cuddlebug
  • Jazzy Jasmine
  • Carmie
  • Sangria
  • Spaetzle
  • Torrone
  • Sweetie
  • Fusilli
  • Big Mac
  • Cream (from Creamy)
  • Rigatoni
  • Toffee
  • Sprinkles
  • Barley
  • Fettuccine
  • Calzone
  • Queen of the Kitchen
  • Tart
  • Empanada
  • Zany Zester
  • Shreddies
  • Honey Nut Cheerios
  • Ham
  • String Bean
  • Choco
  • Cherry Bomb
  • Custard Cuteness
  • Shortbread
  • Zagnut
  • Little Jellybean
  • Sushi
  • Honeycomb
  • Hotdog
  • Coconut Cuddles
  • Count Chocula
  • Jiffy
  • Cupcake
  • Pecan Paws
  • Pineapple Pouncer
  • Taz (from Tasty)
  • Chunky
  • Almond Joy
  • Skittles
  • Waffles
  • Boo Berry
  • Tang (from Tangy)
  • Tartlet
  • Zinga

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Crystal is a dedicated writer at A-Z Animals, focusing on topics related to mammals, insects, and travel. With over a decade of experience in the world of research and writing, she also fulfills the role of a skilled video and audio engineer. Residing in sunny Florida, alligators are Crystal's favorite animal.

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