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Originally hailing from the Shetland Islands in the United Kingdom, Shetland Sheepdogs (usually called Shelties), were once used as herders of sheep, ponies, and even poultry. Bred to be smaller than their Collie cousins, these pups have a thick double coat to keep them cozy in harsh climates, and an ingrained sense of loyalty to their loved ones.

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), Shelties are incredibly obedient, intelligent, and eager to please. They also make wonderful family pets because they are affectionate and sensitive to their “people”, but cautious of strangers—making them great watchdogs, despite their diminutive size. We’ve rounded up the most popular Sheltie names of the year from our enormous Rover.com database of dog names nationwide. Yes, these are real names given by Sheltie owners, ranked in order of popularity. Did your dog’s name make the list?

Looking for a dog name for your new puppy or adopted family member? Have fun, use your imagination, and be sure to check out other ideas from our wide selection of dog name lists.

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  1. Bella
  2. Max
  3. Daisy
  4. Sadie
  5. Buddy
  6. Lucy
  7. Tucker
  8. Penny
  9. Molly
  10. Charlie
  11. Bentley
  12. Piper
  13. Luna
  14. Maggie
  15. Bailey
  16. Beau
  17. Lexi
  18. Roxy
  19. Sophie
  20. Cooper
  21. Jake
  22. Ollie
  23. Riley
  24. Jackson
  25. Toby
  26. Abby
  27. Stella
  28. Winston
  29. Bailey
  30. Milo
  31. Leo
  32. Sammy
  33. Jasper
  34. Lady
  35. Ginger
  36. Zoe
  37. Gracie
  38. Charlie
  39. Bonnie
  40. Nala
  41. Honey
  42. Ellie
  43. Ruby
  44. Coco
  45. Lily
  46. Nash
  47. Brady
  48. Maverick
  49. Copper
  50. Baxter
  51. Kobe
  52. Sam
  53. Bear
  54. Ace
  55. Harley
  56. Teddy
  57. Tj
  58. Gus
  59. Willow
  60. Allie
  61. Skye
  62. Misty
  63. Lola
  64. Ivy
  65. Athena
  66. Callie
  67. Sassy
  68. Pippa
  69. Layla
  70. Sissy
  71. Rosie
  72. Chloe
  73. Ella
  74. Jax
  75. Boomer
  76. Dakota
  77. Wally
  78. Shadow
  79. Otis
  80. Oliver
  81. Koda
  82. Oakley
  83. Cody
  84. Apollo
  85. Chase
  86. Walter
  87. Rudy
  88. Reggie
  89. Parker
  90. Phoebe
  91. Kaya
  92. Dakota
  93. Winnie
  94. Cassie
  95. Nessie
  96. Rajah
  97. Mindy
  98. Holly
  99. Beacon
  100. Shelby
  101. Minnie
  102. Gigi
  103. Panda
  104. Cecilia
  105. Lacey
  106. Oakley
  107. Bubbles
  108. Pearl
  109. Blu
  110. Angel
  111. Iris
  112. Snickers
  113. Summer
  114. Foxy
  115. Samantha
  116. Lillie
  117. Mya
  118. Leia
  119. Harley
  120. Nova
  121. Isla
  122. Kiwi
  123. Ebony
  124. Bear

Top 10 Female Sheltie Names

Names with an asterisk (*) are not in the top 10 for all dogs nationwide

  1. Bella
  2. Daisy
  3. Sadie
  4. Lucy
  5. Penny*
  6. Molly
  7. Piper*
  8. Luna
  9. Maggie
  10. Bailey

Top 10 Male Sheltie Names

Names with an asterisk (*) are not in the top 10 for all dogs nationwide

  1. Max
  2. Buddy
  3. Tucker
  4. Charlie
  5. Bentley*
  6. Beau*
  7. Cooper
  8. Jake*
  9. Ollie*
  10. Riley*

Via Pixabay/congerdesign

It seems that this breed’s undeniable good looks have had an impact on the names that are chosen for them by their families. As you peruse the list, you’ll see that there are a plethora of names that reference their distinctive coats and other physical attributes, including Ginger, Honey, Copper, and Coco. You’ll also find an assortment of retro names that perhaps represent the Shelties’ “classic beauty”, like Sophie, Stella, Winston, Oliver, and Ruby—which all seem like appropriate names for this classy, timeless breed.

We also see an influx of adorable animal names as well, probably because this breed is so soft, fluffy and cuddly looking. Some of our favorite ones include Teddy, Panda, Foxy, and Bear.

Sheltie Name Advice

If you’re having trouble deciding, keep in mind that great Sheltie names can come from many different sources of inspiration, such as your favorite cocktail, literary characters, celebrities, your heritage, or even historical figures. For example, your puppy might sport a tasty cocktail name like Martini or a literary character-themed moniker like Holden.

Another consideration when choosing your Sheltie’s name? Dog training. This is of particular importance for puppies. When you’re teaching your new dog to respond to commands like sit, stay, or come, you’ll want to be sure their name isn’t a source of confusion. In other words, avoid puppy names that sound like a common dog training cue, such as “Bit,” which could easily be misheard as “sit.”

Of course, what matters most is that the dog name you choose rolls off your tongue. The best Sheltie names will make you happy. We’re fans of the “backdoor test” for dog name selection. It’s pretty much what it sounds like: stand at the back door and call out your new dog‘s potential name. Saying “Rosie, it’s time for dinner!” or “Bentley, leave it!” helps take the name out of your imagination and into reality.

Via Pixabay/brunkehh

All Dog Names, All the Time

As dog lovers through and through here at Rover, we find dog names absolutely fascinating, and we love searching our data on the topic to discover hot trends, quirky choices, and unique twists on classics. Over the years, we’ve compiled plenty of names for you to peruse—and we keep our lists updated with new data each year.

To start, check out our list of the most popular names of 2020, and then jump over to unique dog names to see the contrast. But that’s only the beginning. We’ve got articles covering top creative choices, love-inspired dog names, Mexican dog names, and popular names for nerdy dogs, brown dogs, French Bulldogs, and many more.

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