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How to choose a name for your Chihuahua

Chihuahuas are the world’s smallest breed of dog, and one of the most popular too. They’re named after the Mexican state where they were discovered, which explains why Spanish names are so popular for this breed…and why a Chihuahua is the Taco Bell mascot!

As you look for names for your new Chihuahua, the most important thing to remember is to choose a name that you like and that also suits your dog.  To help you do this, here are four suggestions, specifically suited to Chihuahuas, you may want to take:

1) You can look for a name that refers to your dog’s most obvious physical attribute - its size.  In this instance, names like Atom, Gadget, Peanut, Tic Tac and Tinkerbell might fit the bill.

2) You can look for a name that refers to your dog’s Spanish heritage. Bonita (pretty), Chiquita (small girl), Carlos and Geraldo are all examples of Spanish names.

3) You can look for a name that has a touch of humor of hyperbole. For example, imagine a little Chihuahua called Moose, Hercules or Bruiser!  These names are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face.

4) Since little dogs are famous for their big personalities and bold attitudes, you can look for a name that refers to this trait.  Diva, Princess, Jock and Napoleon are all examples of names with attitude!

Of course, if none of these suggestions work for you and your Chihuahua, there are countless other options.  Here are some more suggestions to help guide you:

1) Use your hobbies for inspiration.  If you’re a golfer, how about the name Putter?  Love to read? Choose the name of your favorite author!

2) Think of famous people – presidents, royalty, movie stars, scientists, inventors…the list goes on.  If there’s someone you admire or whose name you like, you may want to name your Chihuahua after them. 

3) Look at your Chihuahua’s other physical attributes, such as its color and markings.  How about Q-Tip for a white Chihuahua or Oreo for a black and white one?

4) Choose names from other languages.  If you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, choose a Native American Chihuahua name like Yoki (rain) or a Japanese Chihuahua name like Kabuki (Japanese dance-drama).

5) Consult pet naming books and websites.  You’ll find hundreds, if not thousands, of pet names to choose from.

As I mentioned, there are countless options when it comes to choosing a name for your Chihuahua.  Use your imagination to help make the process both fun and creative.  Remember: you’re naming your dog, not your first-born (though in my family, there is some debate that the dog is preferred over the first-born)! 

The only names you should avoid are ones that sound like commands and names that are demeaning to your Chihuahua.  Also, one or two-syllable names are usually considered preferable, as they are easiest to pronounce and easiest for your dog to understand.  Of course, don’t let this limit you!  You can choose any name you like, just remember that you will be calling it out dozens of times each day, so a shorter form or nickname may be more convenient for daily use.

FinallyFree Web Content, don’t forget to enlist the help of your Chihuahua!  Call out some of the names on your short-list and wait to see his or her reaction.  This may help seal the deal on the perfect Chihuahua name.  Good luck!

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Maria Birch is a writer, television producer and a contributor to, a website with hundreds of the very best pet names for pets of all kinds.

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