Beyond Blackey & Smokey – 10 Great Ideas for Naming Black Dogs

How can you look the dog in the eyes ever again? Every time
you call his name, he wallows in shame. You’ve banished him
to the lowest level of dog name hell – you’ve named your Lab

Any four-year-old can explain that a dog’s name should
reflect something about him – the way he looks, the way he
acts, what he likes to eat something. So most
four-year-olds will take the next most obvious step – naming
a black dog Blackey… or Smokey… or something equally

The thought that so many grown adults were not able to
muster more creativity could undermine our society’s basic
faith in democracy. So let’s hope that the over-abundance
of such uninspiring monikers is the work of children –
parents’ having left the honor of naming the family pet to
junior or sissy. While common, this type of delegation is
rarely a good idea. Remember: Dogs can last half a
generation; your little tyke will be mighty embarrassed in
college to own up to a dog named Blackey.

So to help inspire you – or your little one – here are some
more unique names – and naming ideas – that might help you
side-step the pit of pet name remorse:

1. Dirty Stuff: Grunge, Pitch, Soot (or Sooty),

2. Darkness: Dusky, Midnight, Shade (or Shady),

3. Black / Dark Clothing: Patch, Sable, Suede,
Tux (or Tuxedo), Velvet

4. Black Food: Gumbo, Goulash, Meatball,
Meatloaf, Molasses, Mushroom, Plum, Rib-eye,
Roux (Avoid Pepper)

5. Coffee Derivatives: Chicory, Latte, Mocha

6. Dark Beers: Guinness, Porter, Stout, Xingu

7. Small Black Dogs: (Also cute for very large
dogs.) Scrap, Smudge, Smidgeon, Speck,
Splotch, Wisp

8. Black as Evil: (These can be particularly
cute for very large or very small dogs.)
Cujo, Darth, Jezebel, Katrina, Lilith,
Mordor, Reaper, Smut, Snitch, Sorrow, Vader,
Vice, Wicked

9. Traditional or Famous Black First Names:
(Most appropriate for African-American
families.) Tanika, Aisha, Oprah, Bionce,
Latifa, Snoop

10. African Geography: Congo, Morocco, Rwanda,


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