Check out the Best Spanish Dog Names for your Pup

If you or your dog has Spanish or Latin American heritage, what better way to celebrate than by giving your pup a Spanish name?

In fact, many Spanish names are so fabulous! You could even pick one for your pup if you’re just a big fan of Mexican food!

Lying portrait of Pyrenean Mountain dog
Great Pyrenees dog

Want to know what other Spanish dog names there are? Stick around with us and find out.

What are good Spanish names for dogs?

Choosing the best Spanish name for your fido is all about finding something that you like and fits his personality.

It would help if you also keep these quick tips in mind. First, don’t name your dog something that sounds similar to a command because this could confuse them.

For instance, Rio can sound an awful lot like “no” if you aren’t speaking nice and clear.

Also, keep in mind that you’ll be using this name out in public, so choose something that doesn’t feel silly when you say it.

Researching to help in choosing the right Spanish name is essential. If you don’t speak Spanish, make sure you confirm that the name means what you think it means.

You don’t want to pick a name because you like the sound, only to find out that you don’t like the meaning.

Once you pick a name, teach your dog by waiting until they are looking away from you and then saying their name in an upbeat, happy voice. When they look at you or come to you, reward them with a pat or a treat.

Who is the most famous dog with a Spanish Name?

If you don’t know where to start in the dog name search, consider looking at some of the more famous Spanish figures out there. These include:

  1. Pablo (Picasso)
  2. (Salvador) Dali
  3. Enrique (Inglesias)
  4. (Francisco) Goya
  5. Shakira
  6. Ricky (Martin)
  7. Paz (Vega)
  8. Antonio (Banderas)
  9. Carlos (Santana)

If you love sports, Spanish football stars have some fantastic names to pick from:

  1. Xavi
  2. Raul
  3. Cristiano Ronaldo
  4. Luis Suarez
  5. David Silva
  6. Pepe Reina
  7. Michel
  8. Diego Costa
  9. Koke

You could also get some inspiration from famous dogs on Instagram that have Spanish names. These dogs all have tons of followers and seem to live pretty exciting lives!

  • Maya, the Samoyed
  • Capo, the Australian Shepherd
  • Manny, the French Bulldog
  • Chia, the Chihuahua
  • Pepe, the Australian Shepherd

Want to know more about these famous pooches? Here’s Maya the Samoyed looking adorable in her YouTube video during the holiday season:

Best Spanish Dog Names

Want to get inspiration from the top choices for canines? These names are all wildly popular, so you know they must be good. Check out our top picks for Spanish dog names:

  1. Bella
  2. Luna
  3. Lola
  4. Maria
  5. Manuel
  6. Ana
  7. Benito
  8. Frida
  9. Jose
  10. Marta
  11. Rosa
  12. Juan
  13. Isabel
  14. Rafael
  15. Anna
  16. Sergio
  17. Charo
  18. Amigo
  19. Jorge
  20. Alonzo
  21. Amor
  22. Armando
  23. Beatriz

Spanish Dog Names Inspired by their Temperament or Appearance

You could also choose a name based on your dog’s physical qualities. For instance, a foxy looking Papillon might be called Zorro, which is Spanish for fox. Or maybe Toro, which is Spanish for bull, for a Bulldog?

Many dog breeds are just begging for an animal-inspired name.

You could also pick a name based on your fido’s personality. A sweet dog could be called Dulce, while a dog with a fierce personality might be called Fuego for fire.

Here are more Spanish names for your dog and their meanings:

  1. Blanco or Blanca (“white”)
  2. Lobo (“wolf”)
  3. Lindo or Linda (“cute”)
  4. Marron (“brown”)
  5. Rojo (“red”)
  6. Amarillos (“yellow”)
  7. Leon (“lion”)
  8. Oso (“bear”)
  9. Bonita (“pretty”)
  10. Chiquita or Chica (“little girl”)
Spanish Water dog lying on the pavers
Spanish Water dog

Culturally Inspired Spanish Dog Names

Spanish culture is rich with interesting places, films, music, and other traditions. If you’re a fan of art or a particular Spanish book, pick a name you like from that. You might consider: 

  1. Sangria (that famous wine-based drink)
  2. Rioja (a red Spanish wine)
  3. Carnation (that’s the national flower of Spain)
  4. Quixote (after the book Don Quixote)
  5. Pedro Paramo (after the famous book)
  6. Clementina (a famous Spanish opera)
  7. Carmen Miranda (a famous Spanish singer)
  8. Alhambra (a famous fortress)
  9. Guillermo (del Toro)
  10. Fiesta (party!)

Dog Names Inspired by Spanish Cities

Some of the cities in Spain or Spanish-speaking countries have monickers that are just perfect for your new pooch. Some of these include: 

  1. Valencia
  2. Palma 
  3. Madrid
  4. Barcelona
  5. Murcia
  6. Gijon
  7. Vigo
  8. Merida
  9. Morelia
  10. Mendoza
  11. Salta
  12. Paloma

Food-Inspired Spanish Dog Names

Who doesn’t love Spanish food? Judging from the number of dogs named Taco out there, lots of people are getting inspiration from the tasty treats you can find in Spanish-influenced cuisine.

  1. Jamon
  2. Tortilla
  3. Churro
  4. Fideua
  5. Gazpacho
  6. Patat
  7. Migas
  8. Leche
  9. Paella
  10. Croqueta
  11. Arroz
  12. Picante
  13. Pimienta
  14. Fabada
  15. Margarita
Spanish Pointer dog portrait
Spanish Pointer dog – Image source

Hispanic Dog Names

Many people confuse Spanish with Spanish-speaking. But Hispanic is a term that refers to a person who speaks the language and has Latin American roots, and it also refers to Spanish-speaking regions and countries.

For instance, Brazil is in South America, but they speak Portuguese there, not Spanish, so they aren’t considered Hispanic.

So if you’re looking for actual Hispanic dog names, any of the ones on this list will do.

Puerto Rican Dog Names

Puerto Rico is a Spanish-speaking commonwealth that is part of the United States. So if you’re looking for a dog name that’s popular in Puerto Rico or that reflects its heritage, consider:

  1. Braulio
  2. Berto
  3. Eva
  4. Mia
  5. Alma
  6. Ponce
  7. Culebra
  8. Benicio (Del Toro)
  9. Joaquin (Phoenix)
  10. Tostone
  11. Pernil
  12. Mofongo
  13. Lin-Manuel (Miranda)

Dog Names Inspired by Colors in the Spanish Language

There are lots of beautiful hues out there, and many of them sound even better in Spanish. Want to name your dog after a color? Consider one of these:

  1. Cafe (brown)
  2. Marron (brown)
  3. Blanco (white)
  4. Azul (blue)
  5. Rosado (pink)
  6. Amarillo (yellow)
  7. Naranjo (orange)
  8. Gris (grey)
  9. Claro (light)
  10. Oscuro (dark)
  11. Rojo (red)
  12. Neva (white snow)

Cool Spanish Dog Names

For something a little more unique yet cool, how about:

  1. Acacia
  2. Bernabe
  3. Brigida
  4. Querida
  5. Carina
  6. Esmeralda
  7. Esteban
  8. Dahlia
  9. Dario
  10. Drina
  11. Jacinta
  12. Loco
  13. Luz
  14. Risa
  15. Sancha or Sancho
  16. Broder
  17. Ese
  18. Vato
  19. Flor
  20. Gonzalo
  21. Pancho
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Springer Spaniel dog – Image source

Fun and Funny Spanish Names for Dogs

Have a good sense of humor? Then a funny Spanish name might be just the thing:

  1. Gordita or Gordito (little fatty)
  2. Pollito (little chicken)
  3. Chato (pug nose)
  4. Tramposo (trickster)
  5. Princesa (princess)
  6. Principe (prince)
  7. Burro (donkey)
  8. Calaca (skeleton or skinny)
  9. Caracol (slow)
  10. Chaparro (short)
  11. Enano (dwarf)
  12. Payaso (clown)
  13. Lupe (wolf)
  14. Bebe (baby)

Best Male, Female, and Gender-Neutral Spanish Dog Names

While you can always choose any name you want, whether your dog is male or female, you might want to go with a name that specifies your dog’s gender. Or maybe you want something gender-neutral.

Here are some excellent options.

Top Spanish Female Dog Names

These are some excellent names for girl dogs, whether you have a big old Great Dane or a tiny little Chihuahua:

  1. Mila
  2. Ramona
  3. Isadora
  4. Pilar
  5. Valentina
  6. Rosario
  7. Matilda
  8. Inez
  9. Esperanza
  10. Teresa
  11. Carmela
  12. Catalina
  13. Gitana
  14. Damita
  15. Consuela
  16. Brisa
  17. Corazon
  18. Eldora

Top Spanish Male Dog Names

Have a boy pupper? Or just prefer male names? Here are some good options:

  1. Donato
  2. Paco
  3. Lorenzo
  4. Chico
  5. Diego
  6. Alejandro
  7. Cortez
  8. Emilio
  9. Hernan
  10. Inigo 
  11. Paulo
  12. Quito
  13. Consuelo
  14. Cielo
  15. Bernardo
  16. Leonardo
  17. Ramon

Gender-Neutral Spanish Names for dogs

These names work for a boy or a girl:

  1. Amadis
  2. Ceri
  3. Dani
  4. Desi
  5. Devi
  6. Lani
  7. Linden
  8. Rai
  9. Sol

What Spanish Name should I give my dog?

Spanish Pointer dog lying on the grass
Spanish Pointer puppy – Image source

With so many great names out there inspired by Spanish culture or of Spanish origin, there’s no doubt you’ll pick the perfect name for your pupperino. Your biggest challenge will be narrowing down all the options.

To help with the task, choose something that you love, whether its food, making jokes, or a pretty sounding name. Then, look through the options and choose one that seems to fit your dog best. Good luck!

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