Whether you’re bringing home a Japanese dog breed or have a cultural interest in Japan, choosing a Japanese name for your dog can celebrate your appreciation of Japan. Choosing a Japanese dog name with meaning behind it will only further your celebration of the country. Finding a place to start when it comes to choosing a Japanese name for your dog can be overwhelming, though, especially if you aren’t a Japanese speaker. Here are dozens of Japanese name options for your dog with their meanings included to help you choose!
Female Japanese Dog Names with Meanings
Male Japanese Dog Names with Meanings
Japanese Food Names for Dogs
Japanese Pop Culture Names
This list of Japanese pet names is certainly not all-inclusive, but there’s a wide variety of name ideas here for just about any taste. If you want to name your dog after food, pop culture, or personality descriptions, there are great Japanese name options for your dog (whether or not it’s an Akita). It’s important to keep in mind that the meanings of words in Japanese may vary based on the kanji script used and not the pronunciation of the word, so some of these words have multiple meanings that may not be listed since they aren’t pertinent to naming a dog. You could name your dog Naruto because you want your dog named, “when it comes to”, but you’re more likely to use the name because you like the anime show, the food, or the water-related meaning. Whether you have a Japanese dog breed or not, this is a great list of interesting names!
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