100+ Best Black Dog Names

    The Ultimate List of Black Dog Names

    Need a few great black dog names for that new love in your life?

    You’re here because you’ve recently adopted or are thinking about getting a black dog and need the perfect name to reflect that lovely shiny coat.

    There are many ways to choose a name for a small dog, but finding a name that reflects the colour of his/her hair is a popular choice.

    We have compiled a list of possible names for your black dog.

    We’ve included names of black objects found in nature, either in the form of animals, plants or minerals, and others that are man-made.

    Any animals that have black fur, fins or feathers, were fair game and added to the list.

    You’ll also find names borrowed for languages other than English.  You’ll find names from books, folklore, and the movies.  Some names only suggest the colour of black.

    My favourites come from edible (or drinkable) sources, but those are few and far between because people just don’t eat many black things.

    Some of the names may be appropriate for a girl and others for a boy, and some would be fine for either.

    We’ll let you be the judge of that.  Does your dog have black and white hair?  Check out our black and white dog names for some more suggestions.


    Cesky Terrier
    Cocker Spaniel
    French Bulldog
    German Spitz
    Scottish Terrier
    Shih Tzu

    Black Hybrid Breeds

    Maltese and Shih Tzu Hybrid

    Bichon Frise and Cocker Spaniel Mix

    Got Some Great Ideas for Black Dog Names?

    Black Dog Names A to Z

    • Ace
    • Agate
    • Angus
    • Ash
    • Ashes
    • Asphalt
    • Aye Aye
    • Bandit
    • Batman
    • Beans
    • Bear
    • Beetle
    • Blackbean
    • Blackjack (Jack for short)
    • Blackberry
    • Blackbird
    • (Black)Beauty
    • Black Mamba
    • Black Pearl
    • Black Rose
    • Blackie
    • Bonfire
    • Bullet
    • Carbon
    • Charcoal or Coal (Cole) for short
    • Checkers
    • Cinder
    • Clubs
    • Coffee
    • Cola
    • Cosmo
    • Currant
    • Dark Star
    • Demon
    • Dice
    • Domino
    • Dot
    • Dusty
    • Ebony
    • Eclipse
    • Eightball
    • Elvira
    • Ember
    • Espresso
    • Galaxy
    • Gothic
    • Graphite
    • Gypsy
    • Hershey
    • Hitchcock
    • Indigo
    • Inkblot
    • Inkwell
    • Inky
    • Jackal
    • Jaguar
    • Knight
    • Kuro (Japanese – black)
    • Lava
    • Leopard
    • Licorice
    • Magic
    • Magpie
    • Mamba
    • Manson
    • Merlin
    • Midnight
    • Mystery
    • Noir
    • Nimbus
    • Ninja
    • Obsidian
    • Oboe
    • Onyx
    • Opal
    • Oreo
    • Ozzie
    • Panda Bear
    • Panther
    • Penguin
    • Pepper
    • Pepsi
    • Phantom
    • Preto (Portuguese for black)
    • Puma
    • Raven
    • Raisin
    • Rocket
    • Rorschach
    • Shadow
    • Shady
    • Silhouette
    • Silky
    • Smoky
    • Spade
    • Spot
    • Stallion
    • Stella Luna
    • Stormy
    • Tarmac
    • Tattoo
    • Thunder
    • Twilight
    • Vadar
    • Velcro
    • Velvet
    • Voodoo
    • Vortex
    • Zorro

    More Dog Name Ideas

    Ideas from Our Readers:
    Ivy from Tennessee, USA Offered these ideas:

    • Ruger
    • Hatchie
    • Skunk (Good for a Black & White Dog)
    • Winchester
    • Timber
    • Cracker jack
    • Storm

    Jadyn from Valparaiso, Indiana USA suggested the following great names for your black dog:

      • Poppy
      • Pepper
      • Penny
      • Jana
      • Jaja
      • Joni
      • Jojo
      • Barney
      • KoKo for Cocoa
      • Shadeaux – Sounds like “Shadow” but with a French twist
      • PJ for a peanut butter and jelly dog (brown and red)
      • Cole is short for Charcoal or coal
      • Sabian – For Sabian Holmes, a famous black man
      • Elvin – Famous black drummer Elvin Jones
      • Clarke – Famous black drummer Kenny Clarke
      • Prince
      • Winston
      • Brandon
      • Buddy
      • Baxter

    Quick Rules for Choosing a Name

    • When you choose a name, say it aloud to be sure you feel comfortable with the name.  You’ll need to repeat this name at the veterinary hospital, doggie daycare, and puppy kindergarten classes.  You might need to call your dog from a distance so choose a name you feel very comfortable with for the life of your small dog.
    • Choose a name that has a unique beginning sound.  If you have more than one pet and each name sounds alike, dogs will not be able to recognize their own.  It might be appealing to name your dogs, Alexander and Alexandra, but the dogs may not think it so cute.
    • If you plan to teach obedience commands to your dog (and you should) remember that preceding each command, you will want to say your dog’s name.  If the dog’s name is too long, consider a shorter alternative or version of the same name. You could use the name “Rose” short for Black Rose or “Beans” short for Blackbeans.

    Have a suggestion for a black dog name.  Take a moment and add it to our ever-growing list.  Use the form below our list of black dog names to submit your ideas.

    We will evaluate any name for appropriateness on this site and add accordingly.  You are also welcome to add photos and a short story about your favourite black dog.

    Have a great name or story to tell about your Black Dog?  We’d love to hear it.  Use the form below to tell the world about your favourite black dog.

    Your Black Dog

    There are many small breed dogs that are black. Do you have or have had a small black dog. We’d like to hear about your dog? What is your dog’s name? What breed? What are some special characteristics about him or her that makes them unique? Does he do tricks? Do you have a great story about a black dog Please share it. Don’t forget to upload some photos.


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