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    Dog names based on Food By Janice Jones  | Last Updated November 22, 2021

    You don’t have to be a foodie to consider a name for your new puppy based on food.  There is something primal about food.  We all eat to live and many people go beyond the physical needs and attach emotions to the foods they eat.  

    Even the words we use to describe foods have an emotional connotation — Full bodied, earthy, woody, or Exquisite, Heavenly, or Tantalizing

    It might seem weird, unusual, odd, or just plain wrong, but there is a definite trend to naming our dogs after a food.

    Dog Names Based on Food

    People want something beyond Fido, Bella, or Rover. 

    Many small dog owners want some unusual, that will stand out and create character for their dog. 

    Are you one of them?  Here’s our list.  If you have more suggestions, please let us know and we will add them.

    Why These Dog Names Based on Food?

    The names on this list have the following in common.

    These names are short, one, two or three syllables at maximum and have a nice “ring” to them.  Some are very common and may even appear on popular dog names lists.

    If you speak English, all of these names are easy to pronounce.

    They all work well with training commands.  This is important because most dog owners want a well behaved polite dog and will train them to use simple commands such as sit and stay.  If their name very similar to a training command or prompt, then teaching that skill becomes more difficult

    Inspiration for Dog Names Based on Food

    Where does one get their inspiration for dog name based on food?  The most obvious places would be your own kitchen pantry.  Food supermarkets are also another get resource as is restaurants and even cookbooks.  

    Giant List of Dog Names Based on Food

    Sometimes dog names based on food lists tend to resemble the index of a cookbook.  That’s boring, wouldn’t you say?  Let’s take a look at names from a different perspective.

    An isle in a large supermarket looking past two rows of food items.

    I’ve categorized these names into sections found in a typical American supermarket or grocery store.  Let’s go shopping.

    The Produce Aisle

    Looking down on a large produce section of a grocery or supermarket.

    As we arrive at our store, the first thing we see is the produce isle, well, actually is the florist, but dog names based on flowers and nature are the topic of another page.  The isle is brimming with fresh fruits and vegetables, but here are the ones I found make the best dog names.

    Bamboo (Shoots)

    Beans

    Berry

    Blackberry

    Blueberry

    Bok Choy

    Cabbage

    Cherry

    Cranberry

    Endive

    Honeydew

    Huckleberry

    Jalapeno

    Kaffir

    Kale

    Kiwi

    Kumquat

    Leek

    Lychee

    Mushroom

    Nashi (Asian Pear)

    Okra

    Parsnip

    Peaches

    Pepper

    Pumpkin

    Raddish

    Shallot

    Sprout

    Reader Suggestion 
    Dixie from Calabassas (U.S.) suggested Brussel Sprout, Potato and other Green Veggies.

    How about Sprout for Short? Other Green Vegetable ideas include: Collard, Swiss Chard (Chard for short), Iceberg (lettuce)

    Candy and Sweets

    Nine different colorful candy assortment with tongs featured as a candy bar.

    The candy isle shares it’s space with other packaged goods, but look at the long list of possible dog names based on food that the candy section has given us.

    Some of these candy names would make a great choice for a brown or black colored dog.  

    Almond Joy or Joy for short

    Cadbury (Chocolate Candy)

    Dove (Chocolate)

    Fudge (A brown dog’s dream name)

    Godiva (Brand)

    Hershey (Brand)

    Mary Jane (Brand), either Mary or Jane would work

    Peppermint Patty (Use both for your registered name and Patty for the dog’s call name)

    Rollo (Brand)

    Snickers (Brand)

    Smores

    Twix (Brand)

    Chastinny from the United States writes

    Our Dogs are named: Brownie Bite, Sugar Puff, and Soda Pop

    Our Bunnies’ names are: Snicky (Snickers), Peeps, and Karmel

    It is always very clever to keep a name theme running in the family. 

    Select a Candy Name for Your Black Dog

    The quintessential black candy will always be Licorice but you may also want to consider Raisin as in Chocolate Coated Raisins or black Jelly Beans (Jelly Bean or Bean for short.).  Black Cherry candies also appear black so choose the name Cherry.

    More Candy Names for your Colorful Dog

    The remainder of this list could be used with any color dog, with the exception of Marshmallow which might make an excellent name for a white dog. Other possible candy names for a white dog include White Gummy Bears or Gummy for short, vanilla salt water taffy or Taffy for short, or rock candy, Rock for short.

    BonBon

    Caramel

    Butterscotch

    Candy

    Cotton Candy

    Gumball

    Jujubee

    Marshmallow

    Pez

    Pixie (Sticks)

    Skittle

    Taffy

    Tic-Tac

    Toffee

    Twizzlers

    Fresh Meat and Seafood

    Fresh seafood and fish packed in ice

    Moving on to the Meat and Seafood section, we spotted a few great foods that wouldn’t mind you using their names.  Think Shrimp for a tiny dog, Lobster for a red colored dog or Oyster for a white or gray dog.

    Anchovy

    Giblet

    Ham Bone

    T-bone

    Lamb chop

    Meatball

    Hotdog

    Prawn

    Riblet

    Shrimp

    Lobster

    Packaged and Canned Goods

    A man is entering an aisle in the grocery store.

    Here’s where the bulk of groceries can be found especially if you are not shopping fresh.  It is a catch all grouping, but many of these foods make excellent dog names.

    Currant

    Cheerio

    Chex

    Graham cracker (Graham for short)

    Gravy

    Grits

    Chickpea

    Macaroni or Mac for short

    Nacho

    Nilla

    Noodle

    Nutella

    Oreo

    Pancake (flour)

    Penne

    Rotini

    Sugar

    Ziti

    Snack Section Gives Rise to Many Clever Dog Names Based on Food

    So, this is the snack section.  Don’t expect anything healthy here but many items make great dog names based on food.

    Cheese Puff

    Cheeto

    Chip

    Cracker

    Dorito

    Frito

    Melba (Toast)

    Popcorn

    Pretzel

    Pringle

    Ruffles (type of potato chip)

    The Bakery

    A variety of different types of loaves of bread and rolls.

    As we head over to the bakery, the aroma of fresh baked bread fills our lungs.  This is the comfort food area and so there are plenty of great dog names to be found.

    Bagel

    Baguette

    Brownie

    Biscuit

    Cannoli

    Cookie

    Cream Puff

    Crêpe

    Cheesecake

    Cobbler

    Crumbs

    Crumpet

    Cupcake

    Donut

    Éclair

    Honey Cake

    Muffin

    Pita

    Scone

    Shortcake

    Torte

    Twinkie

    Herbs, Spices and Condiments

    The condiment isle of the local store is likely to house dry herbs, spices, condiments and an assortment of other foodstuffs.  Some of these names may be a bit long for a dog but can be shorted for a clever nickname.

    Anise

    Basil

    Chipotle (Maybe Chip for short?)

    Chutney

    Cinnamon

    Clove

    Curry

    Dandelion (Dandi for short)

    Dijon

    Dill

    Garlic

    Ginger

    Honey

    Ketchup

    Mustard

    Nettle

    Nutmeg

    Pennyroyal (Penny for Short)

    Pepper (Black)

    Pesto

    Pickles

    Poppy (seed)

    Poupon (type of Mustard)

    Relish

    Sage

    Vanilla

    Nuts as Dog Names Based on Food

    A variety of different types of nuts and peanuts.

    There are far more types of nuts worldwide that what I have listed here.  The ones chosen are short and easily roll off the tongue.  There will be a section at the end of the page if you want to add more names to this page.

    Almond

    Cashew

    Chestnut

    Hazelnut

    Peanut

    Coffees and Teas

    Coffees and Teas make very popular dog names such as Mocha, Jasmine, and Chai.  You don’t need to enjoy these beverages, but those that do often find they make the best dog names based on food.

    Cappuccino

    Cocoa (Ok, so it isn’t exactly coffee)

    Coffee

    Chai

    Dandelion

    Espresso

    Frappe

    Jasmine

    Kona

    Latti

    Mocha

    The Deli

    World wide, there are so many different types of cheeses and the selections in delis around the world vary widely.  Here’s a few we found in our local deli that would make great dog names based on food.

    Brie

    Cheddar

    Cheese ball

    Colby

    Feta

    Gouda

    Jack

    The deli in this virtual supermarket also carries ready made foods that require little or no prep or cooking.  Let’s head over and what what types of Chinese, Korean or Mexican foods they’re serving today.

    Just for the record, anyone reading this who has never been to the U.S.  don’t expect to see this type of list in any grocery store or supermarket.

    Barley Soup Barley for Short

    Burrito

    Caesar Salad Caesar for short served with Crouton(s)

    Chop Suey

    Chow Mein

    Dumpling

    Eggroll

    Goulash

    Hoagie

    Hummus

    Gumbo

    Gyro

    Kabob

    Kimchi

    Moo Goo (Gai Pan)

    Nugget

    Oscar

    Pizza

    Ratatouille

    Reuben

    Sausage

    Sushi

    Scampi

    Taco

    Wonton

    Dessert, anyone?  This local deli is also serving a few desserts for those with a sweet tooth.

    Brûlée

    Custard

    Flan

    Mousse

    Sorbet

    Strudel

    More Dog Names Based on Food

    Some of the following would fall in more than one group so to reduce confusion, I’ve listed them here.  For example, find fresh coconut in produce, flaked packaged coconut in packaged goods, coconut milk and coconut water in drink isles.

    Caviar

    Churro

    Coconut

    Couscous

    Date

    Flapjack

    Fritter

    Guava

    Lentil

    Meringue

    Tater Tot

    Tofu

    Waffle


    Great Dog Names Based on Food Restaurants and Fast Food

    A picture of golden arches in front of the night sky.

    Sometimes people find their dog taking a liking to a particular fast food restaurant while out and about socializing their puppy. 

    There are many restaurant names that would make perfect puppy names.  Other times, it’s the owner who loves the restaurant and will bring back leftovers to their favorite pooch.

    Arby (Arby’s fast food restaurant chain)

    Bistro

    BJ (BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse Chain)

    Baskin (as in Baskin Robbins Ice Cream)

    Bonefish (Bonefish Seafood Restaurant Chain

    Chili (Chili’s Restaurant Chain)

    Chang (P.F. Chang Chinese Restaurant Chain)

    Cheesecake (Cheesecake Factory Restaurant Chain)

    Chipotle (Mexican Grill)

    CiCi (Pizza)

    Colonel (Kentucky Fried Chicken)

    Denny (Restaurant)

    Domino (Pizza)

    Longhorn (Longhorn Steakhouse)

    Olive (Olive Garden Italian Restaurant Chain)

    Panda (Panda Express Chinese Fast Food)

    Papa (Papa John’s Pizza)

    Popeye (Popeye’s Chicken Restaurant Chain)

    Quiznos (Subs)

    Red Robin (Hamburger Restaurant Chain)

    Ruby (Ruby Tuesday’s Restaurant Chain)

    Starbuck (coffee)

    Taco (Taco Bell fast food Mexican)

    Wendy (Wendy’s Hamburger fast food)

    Why Choose Dog Names Based on Food?

    At some point in your life, you’ve no doubt met a dog named Coco, Hershey or Mocha. 

    They were probably brown dogs that fit the name entirely.  But what about the dog name Chai? 

    Can you form a mental image of a dog with this name?  Maybe not.

    It is easy to see how people choose a food name based on the color of their dog’s hair. 

    Even the texture of the fur can suggest an appropriate name.  Consider a white, fluffy dog. 

    What could be cuter than marshmallow, cream puff or Meringue?  So why chose a food name for your dog?

    The owner craves or
    loves a particular food.  Are you a
    chocolate lover or perhaps your favorite type of cheese is Brie?

    The dog finds the
    food irresistible.  Does that new puppy
    love Cheerios, Crackers or Bacon?

    Children name the puppy.  Often, children are
    given the responsibility for naming the new dog.  Expect a name such as licorice or skittle in
    this situation.  

    If the whole family has
    a voice in the decision, they may decide to go with the food or drink the
    entire family enjoys.  One family I know
    chose the name Chai because that was the whole family’s favorite tea.

    The owner’s emotions about
    a food spill out onto the dog.  What
    types of food make you happy?  What blissful
    childhood memories were associated with food?  

    Often bringing home a new puppy brings back all those joyful feelings.  Perhaps you remember your grandma’s home made
    biscuits, cookies, or pastries and decide your new puppy should be named Biscuit.

    If the dog comes home
    around a major holiday, the choice of names might be influenced by a food
    associated with it.  Consider Jellybean
    for an Easter puppy, Pumpkin for a fall holiday, or Cinnamon for Valentine’s
    Day.

    The dog’s appearance
    in some way reminds the owner of the type of food. Consider Snickers for a
    brown dog, Oreo for a black and white dog, Blueberry if the dog has blue
    coloration and Custard for a light colored dog.

    A person’s mood or state
    of mind influences the decision to choose a dog name based on food

    My state of mind influenced a litter of puppy names…

    After a long night of labor, my female Shih Tzu finally gave birth to six puppies, all brown and black.  As usual, I wanted to give each a name so I could keep them straight in my mind.

    It was now 5:30 in the morning and I hadn’t slept much since midnight.  I was exhausted.  Can you guess what names I gave to the puppies?

    They were Mocha, Latte, Pepsi, Coffee, Coco, and Cappuccino.

    Their appearance probably had something to do with it, but my state of mind had the greatest influence on the name choices.

    No matter what choice you make, be sure the name is something that is easy to say and can be paired with commands when training begins. 

    Have a Great Dog Name Based on Food

    I’d love to hear from you.  Please use the form below to tell me what ideas you have and I will place them on this page for future visitors to enjoy.

    If you want to see your name ideas on more than one page, please indicate on the form where your names should appear.

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