Did you just get a new loyal pal that needs a name? Show the world that you’re a true Disney fan by naming your furry friend after one of the famous Disney dogs! Walt Disney was a huge dog lover and we have sprinkled some fun facts about Walt, his dog, his movies, and more throughout.
Scroll the whole list or look for your favorite Disney movie and find the perfect character to name your pup after!
Side note: The people at Disney have a real love for bloodhounds!
Classic Disney Dogs
Pluto, Mickey’s pal, what a perfect dog to emulate, am I right?! Pluto embodies dog loyalty and friendship. Any true Disney fan would appreciate this classic and iconic character to name their new pal. Pluto really is the ultimate goodest boy.
Fun Fact: Disney’s Pluto got his name because around the same time he debuted in “Chain Gang” in 1930, the then planet, Pluto, was also discovered.
Yes, Goofy is a dog. And Pluto is a dog… Yet, Pluto can’t speak and lives in a dog house, but Goofy walks upright, wears clothes, and communicates with words. Weird, we know. What’s extra weird is that he debuted 2 years after Pluto in 1932.
All oddities aside, Goofy is a great and loyal friend, and being that he’s a part of the original Fab Five, Goofy is a perfect name for a pet. Especially if he/she is, shall we say, less than coordinated.
Max (Maximillion Goof)
Let’s not forget good ol’ Maximillion Goof, the son of Goofy. Hello, all my 90s babies! Can we all agree that A Goofy Movie was the best non-princess movie to come out of Disney during the 90s?
Max is a pretty standard dog name, but having a “full name” to call them when they get in trouble lets them know that you mean business. Plus, at Halloween you can dress them up as Powerline and walk around singing “Stand Out”, and all the people that get it are your new best friends.
Breed: Bloodhound Mutt
Disney Theory – Have you ever wondered about Max Goof’s mom? Disney has never confirmed (nor denied) the conspiracy that his mother is none other than… Clarabelle Cow! Here us out… In the OG black and white cartoons in the 1930s, Clarabelle is seen dating Goofy, but a short time later she is seen in other shorts with Horace Horsecollar! However, in 1980s she was considered the on again off again love interest to Goofy until… Clarabelle Cow made hers and Horace’s relationship official by appearing together in the Disney Parks after not being seen for almost 10 years. Think about it, we meet Max, the son of a single father in 1995. Mind blown.
Dogs from UP
Dug is the purest character to ever come out of Pixar. From the first “Hi there”, to the random “squirrel!” moments, you just can’t help but fall in love. The only thing is that we wished that we could have his dog translator collar to know our dog’s thoughts, though we feel like Dug’s thoughts are pretty universal to other dopey and adorable dogs.
Breed: Golden Retriever
We’re not surprised if you don’t recognize the names of the next dogs from the movie UP. Alpha is the Doberman Pinscher that was the “bad dog” leader for the ex-communicated explorer, Charles F. Muntz. Don’t forget the hilariously high voice due to the malfunctioning translator collar!
Breed: Doberman Pinscher
Both Beta and Gamma are the side kick lackeys for Alpha. Both are not quite as smart as their leader and easily distracted by a ball, squirrel, or their own drool. Honestly, can you even hate these guys?? They’re not bad, they’re just misguided.
Gamma is the equally dopey partner to the lackey, Beta. We love all the drooly bits about this guy and we just want to smoosh his face!
Breed: English Bulldog
Disney Fun Fact: You should know by now that there are no senseless details in a Disney movie, and Pixar movies are just a step above the rest. Charles F. Muntz is the “hero” until Carl sees him for what he really is. A selfish, cruel man on the brink of insanity. Is it a coincidence that the name of the CEO of Universal who took the rights of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit from the Disney brothers in 1927 was Charles Mintz? Hmmm.
It was because of this loss of rights that Walt and Lillian Disney created Mickey Mouse and built the Disney empire. In UP, it is because of the bad guy that Carl realized that his life was better with friends like Russell and Dug.
Lady and the Tramp Dogs
Who can forget the Disney Romeo and Juliet story, but with dogs? Lady is Jim Dear’s and Darling’s beloved pup. She is class and grace, and exudes kindness.
Breed: American Cocker Spaniel
That boy is a tramp… What a name. He’s a happy, scruffy mutt who is too smart for his own good and knows how to work us humans to do what he wants. Anyone know a dog like that?
It’s okay if you don’t remember the next few pups from the classic film Lady and the Tramp. Toughy is one of the sad pound puppy pals that helped Lady to understand where she was and what was going on. Toughy was kind and explained to Lady about the poor pup going down the hall into the room at the end of the hall.
Only Disney can make a dog look like a trashy lady. We blame it on the blue eyeshadow. That and her raspy voice and hair always shielding her eyes. Peg also sings the song to Lady about the Tramp, insinuating that she has a history with him herself. Awkward! To make it even more tense is that Peg is a mixed breed of Spaniel, an eerily similar, but less “pure bred” to Lady. The boy sure has a type!
Breed: Tibetan Spaniel Mix
Bull is the cagemate when Lady is caught by the dog catcher. He is super easy-going and friendly guy that just wants to go with the flow. It’s a shame that the animators seemed to have lost their creative juices naming this adorable bulldog, but we love him just the same.
Boris is slightly out of place in the pound being that he is a Borzoi which was formerly known as a Russian Wolfhound. Boris is a hopeless romantic who regals tails (get it?!) of love to Lady.
Is your pup an escape artist? Always digging? And just happens to be a cute little weiner dog? Daschie is seen in the pound vigorously digging a hole to help all of the dogs escape from the pound. He’s a pup of few words, and is narrowly focused on escape.
Poor Pedro! He’s known family. He’s not a loner. He still talks about his sister, Rosita Chiquita Juanita Chihuahua. Yeah, he’s a bit of a Mexican stereotype that probably wouldn’t work in a movie today, but we still love him!
Hands down one of my favorite dogs in Lady and the Tramp is Jock, the adorable Scottish Terrier, complete with Scottish accent. He gives Lady the best advice and a loyal friend. And I just love his wee little sweaters!
Breed: Scottish Terrier
Oh Trusty. He’s just a good ol’ slow southern boy. (If you don’t say that with a thick Georgian accent, you’re doing it wrong.) This hound dog has seen some things as an old retired police dog that had supposedly lost his sense of smell. Or did he…?
Disney Fun Fact: Did you know that the plot of Lady and the Tramp was inspired by true events in Walt Disney’s life? Walt Disney famously gifted his wife a chow that they named “Sunnee” by placing the puppy in a hat box on Christmas Eve. Sound familiar?
All the Dogs in Fox and the Hound
“My name’s Copper. I’m a hound dog!” Oh, I just love little puppy copper! He is adventurous, curious, and all ears so he even trips over them. He shows his loyalty to others but also maintains his moral compass doing what’s right.
Chief is a classic hunting dog. He is loyal and devout to his master and will do anything to please him, even being happy with an outdoor dog house. But boy, when he gets hurt he has a full man-cold style fit!
Breed: Irish Wolfhound
Disney Fun Fact: The voice actor who played “Chief” is Pat Buttram who has voiced many characters in Disney movies. He famously voiced the Sheriff of Nottingham in Disney’s Robin Hood that came out 8 years earlier, which makes the dog’s name “Chief” a pretty funny detail.
The Dogs of 101 Dalmatians
You can’t do an article about Disney dogs without bringing up a whole movie about dogs. Tons and tons of dogs. Naturally, all of the dogs don’t have names because that would be ridiculous. But, it is interesting to note that each version of 101 Dalmatians that Disney has released (the original, the series, and the live action) there are new dog names.
Perdita is the queen bee. She is graceful and poised, and a perfect lady. Frankly, she’s a little stuck up and her better half helps to loosen her up to learn how to have a little fun.
Pongo is Perdie’s better half who is a converted bachelor. He recognized that he and his pet were lonely and their lives needed a feminine touch. He also proved to be immensely brave but gentle with his pups in their time of need.
The Colonel was the dog in charge at the barn where the puppies were being stored. Funny enough, it was really the cat who actually did everything, but the old dog was given credit. He would be happy just being left to sleep. I get it, Colonel.
Breed: Old English Sheepdog
There are no small roles, only small actors, right? Danny is the Great Dane that the Pongos met in the park who initiated the Midnight Bark. Got a pupper who has a bark that can rattle the windows? Now you’ve got the perfect name!
Breed: Great Dane
The Puppies – 101 Dalmatians (1961)
The Puppies – 101 Dalmatians (1996)
- Little Dipper
The Puppies – 101 Dalmatians (Animated Series)
Disney Fun Fact: In the original novel that inspired 101 Dalmatians, only 4 of the puppies were named. They were named Lucky, Patch, Roly-Poly, and Cadpig.
Toy Story Dogs
He may be a toy, but he’s a dog…sort of! Whatever, he counts! He has adorable ears and a tail that wags. He’s a dog.
Look out, Slinky! Buster, a real Dachshund is coming for your spot. It’s not until now that we ever noticed that Slinky never interacts with Buster. We bet there’s a little animosity there.
There is a major requirement if you ever name a furry friend after Buster – You have to teach him the “Reach for the sky!” command! Yes, it is required. And please share a video with us when you do!
Scud is Sid’s dog. Don’t blame poor Scud for Sid’s crimes! When you watch Scud, whenever he is doing naughty things with Sid, his tail wagging, showing that he is happy that he is pleasing his master. See? He’s a good boy. Maybe a pupper who likes to destroy things but doesn’t realize it’s wrong is now your new Scud.
Breed: Bull Terrier
Oliver and Company
This street smart pup helps out little Oliver navigate the big world, and he does it in his own way. Do you love Billy Joel and want your dog’s name to be inspired by him? Why not use the movie that is basically a shrine to Billy Joel and his music.
Breed: Jack Russell Terrier
A snooty name for a snooty poodle. Is there such a thing as a non-snooty poodle? We’re not sure, but this unconventional name will make a splash if you bring home a poodle. She has her nose in the air and an aura of pretentiousness, but she has a good heart and changes her style.
Have you ever met a little dog that doesn’t know he’s little, or when he’s playing out of his league? That’s Tito. He’s a rough and scrappy little Chihuahua that lusts over the uppity Poodle. “I don’t have time for long goodbyes, but here’s something to remember me by, baby.” [As Tito tries to kiss Georgette and she proceeds to push him out of the window.]
Violent. Ruthless. Bloodthirsty. That describes DeSoto and Roscoe, the villains of Olilver and Company. You may notice just a hint of Italian-American accent. Mafia? There is no mafia… DeSoto is the pooch wearing the blue collar.
The other member of this vicious duo is Roscoe. He is depicted as the mean mobster wearing a red collar.
As the only female member of this canine gang, we know that she is street smart, clever, and is a girl who can handle herself and look cute doing it! We love how she shows her motherly instincts towards little Oliver. This name would be perfect for a dog that actually loves cats!
Disney Fun Fact: Did you know that Oliver and Company is the only movie where Billy Joel has played a character other than himself?
Napoleon is part of a duo of hound dogs that live in an abandoned windmill living his best life. Both he and Lafayette love to chase anything with wheels. Look out, mailman! Napoleon is the brains of the duo, but his instincts are all canine.
Lafayette is the dopey side of the duo. He is more brawn and brings a little comedy into their simple lives. He often is annoying his best friend, Napoleon, but he does his best.
If you have a pair of hound dogs, you should name them after this adorable duo! Can we just say that if we happened upon these fellas, we would totally take them home, spoil them, and smoosh their faces with love!
Breed: Basset Hound
Bolt is a small but mighty canine pal who thinks that he is a superhero! He just wants to save the day and earn himself treats and belly rubs. Who doesn’t? If your dog thinks he is saving you from the daily Amazon man, and runs in front of you while you’re going down the stairs thinking that they are “helping you”, you may have a “Bolt”.
Breed: Swiss White Shepherd Dog
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
“Going down, sir.” He didn’t play a huge role, but Droopy Dog had some very memorable lines in the hilarious, but very un-Disney-like movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Despite utter chaos surrounding him, Droopy Dog had no cares and just deadpanned those lines. Plus, those sad eyes!
Breed: Basset Hound
Princess Movies Dogs
Have you really thought about the roles dogs play in Disney Princess movies? There are a lot of dogs that are underappreciated, and at times save the day and get no credit! Time to give the goodest boys and girls their time in the spotlight.
“Bruno! Get Bruno!” That’s right, Cinderella! Bruno was the sleepy hound dog that saved the day! When Cinderella was locked in the tower and Lucifer was holding the mouse with the key, Bruno flew up those stairs at lightning speed and let that mean old cat have it! You know he had been waiting his entire life for that moment.
The Little Mermaid
Okay, this name has already made an appearance on this list, but it is a very different personality! Max was Prince Eric’s best friend who didn’t even leave his side during a traumatic fire. Max is also the reason that Prince Eric and Ariel are together! He brought them together not once, but twice! First, Max found her on her shaky new legs on the beach, then he helped to stop the wedding with the awful Vanessa (Ursula). Good boy.
Breed: Old English Sheepdog
Percy is pretentious, pompous, and pampered. And we just love him! Who doesn’t love spoiling their doggos? Okay, Ratcliff is a bad guy. A bad, bad guy. But there has to be some redeeming qualities to a man who buys a dog treat carousel for his pooch. Just saying.
Listen, we need the Darling’s dog trainer’s phone number. We want our dog to be a nursemaid who tends to the children’s tonics and cleans up their toys. It’s no wonder that Mrs. Darling was able to get ready and look so fabulous, she had Nana trained to put the children to bed. We need that.
Breed: Newfoundland Dog
Little Brother is unlike most Disney dogs. He has no humanoid qualities and is pretty dumb. He is a happy little fellow who has no sense, but just lives for the moment. Sometimes, the best dogs are the dumb ones.
Disney Fun Fact: We spent our childhood so confused by this character. Why in the world was he named “Little Brother”? As Mulan is running through her home yelling, “Little Brother”, we were expecting a kid! Turns out that in the book, Ballad of Mulan written in 400 AD, Mulan actually had a little brother. We can sleep easy knowing that there is a purpose behind that weird name.
Beauty and the Beast
What? There was no dog in Beauty and the Beast! There sure was, and he had a name that was never uttered in the 1991 film. Sultan was the name of the happy barking footrest. We see him transform into his furrier self once the curse is lifted, but there was no real question what creature he really was. Funny that the selfish Prince would name his dog with a title higher than his own, however…
You monster. You can’t for one-second think of naming a dog Old Yeller. Nope. That is a fate worse than death. Disney was truly cruel to make this movie all those years ago. You know that it was traumatic because most of the current population hasn’t seen it because it was released in 1957, but everyone knows that ending to this day.
Personal Experience: I don’t think I ever truly stopped crying. After watching it at 10 years old and crying my eyes out, I remember looking over at the adult I was with and yelling, “ Why did you make me watch this! Why do you own this? Who actually pays for this!” Core memory.
Breed: Yellow Mastador
I am a mother of three that has refused to grow up. Adulting is for the birds, so I go to Disney World every chance I get for that magical escape from reality. I believe that Haunted Mansion is the best ride in all of the Disney Parks, and I am fervently in team Happily Ever After for fireworks spectaculars, (sorry, not sorry, Enchanted). Finally, I hope I never grow tired of skipping down Main Street, USA, and my dream come true would be “friends with” the Fairy Godmother in my old age.
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