Basset Hounds have a long and distinguished history as a breed. Their roots go back to France in the Middle Ages, but the breed also has connections to Great Britain and to 18th and 19th century America. You can easily draw on these historical associations to find a cool name for your Basset Hound. Or, you can find a name that’s popular today. Think of some of the most popular movies in theaters today and the characters that you love. Or think of books with great characters. Can’t you imagine a Basset Hound Names Heathcliff? Or Harry Potter? When choosing a name for your dog, let your imagination inspire you!
These days, many people prefer to treat their dogs like members of the family. With that in mind, the most popular dog names today are actually human names. According to VPI, the pet insurance company, the top 10 dog names in 2010 were:
There’s no Fido, Rex, or Spot on the list. People seem to prefer to give their dogs the same names that they give their children. If you want to find great names for your dog, one of the best places to look is a book for baby names, or a site such as BabyNames.com http://www.babynames.com/Names/Popular/. You can find a comprehensive list of the most popular baby names and which ones are becoming more popular, as well as new names that are gaining in popularity. They also have a listing of the names of celebrity babies and even some suggestions for pet names. In case you’re interested, Jerry Seinfeld named his miniature Dachshund Jose. His two pet cats are named Nutella and Cinnamon. Spices would make great names for your Basset Hound, too!
You could name your Basset Hound something based on his physical characteristics. For instance, what about those long ears? Or his slow, deliberate speed? How about naming him Rabbit? That would be cute and not something that most people would associate with a Basset Hound, unless he was out hunting rabbits. Or, maybe Bunny?
What about something based on his coloring? Maybe your Basset’s coloring forms some interesting design? Or he has a beautiful tan or lemon shade? If he’s a lemon and white Basset you could name him Sherbet or Sorbet for the frozen dessert.
What about the wrinkles? Can you think of something cute based on them? Or, how about that sabre tail that he carries above his back? Call him Sabre.
Often times you can come up with a great name for your dog just by really looking at him and seeing what characteristics stand out about him.
And, with the Basset Hound’s long history, there are many famous people you could name your dog for. Name him for famous breeders of the past, such as the Marquis de Lafayette and call your dog Marquis. Or, name him George Washington and call him George. Name your Basset Hound after the St. Hubert hounds the breed is descended from and call him Hubert. Napoleon III was another famous fancier of the breed so you could obviously call your dog Napoleon. Sherlock would make a great name for a Basset Hound. And, Lt. Columbo famously had a Basset Hound that accompanied him on some of his cases. He called his Basset Hound “Dog.” Perhaps you could call your Basset Hound Columbo.
There are many great names you could give your Basset Hound. Think of human names for your Basset, or names from history, or something based on your dog’s physical characteristics. The important thing is that you choose a name that you and your dog like.