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The Silky Terrier originated in Australia when breeders crossed their native Australian terriers with Yorkshire terriers that they imported in the late 1800’s. An actual breed standard wasn’t really established until 1926, but these pint-sized pups quickly became popular with terrier-adoring crowd.

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), this breed is quick and energetic, so they’re best for a family that can keep up with those high spirits. Between their charming personalities and truly lovely locks, these pups make a wonderful addition to any family. We’ve rounded up the most popular Silky terrier names of the year from our enormous Rover.com database of dog names nationwide. Yes, these are real names given by Silky 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.

  1. Bella
  2. Max
  3. Lucy
  4. Zoe
  5. Bentley
  6. Minnie
  7. Maggie
  8. Lily
  9. Buddy
  10. Charlie
  11. Gizmo
  12. Chloe
  13. Bailey
  14. Molly
  15. Ollie
  16. Romeo
  17. Mimi
  18. Coco
  19. Roxy
  20. Monte
  21. Buster
  22. Tucker
  23. Winston
  24. Milo
  25. Benny
  26. Bailey
  27. Riley
  28. Jake
  29. Coco
  30. Zeus
  31. Zelda
  32. Gracie
  33. Dora
  34. Lilah
  35. Ginny
  36. Simone
  37. Mia
  38. Daisy
  39. Lola
  40. Belle
  41. Penny
  42. Madison
  43. Cleo
  44. Dolly
  45. Maddy
  46. Charlee
  47. PJ
  48. Jax
  49. Scout
  50. Samson
  51. Mickey
  52. Edison
  53. Kody
  54. Princeton
  55. Bandit
  56. Jerry
  57. Stanley
  58. Rocket
  59. Toby
  60. Jack
  61. Captain
  62. Oliver
  63. Calvin
  64. Artie
  65. Archer
  66. Cosmo
  67. Danny
  68. Royal
  69. Woody
  70. Scooter
  71. Chewy
  72. Benson
  73. Gus
  74. Rascal
  75. Pedro
  76. Paisley
  77. Lizzie
  78. Jenna
  79. Sofia
  80. Saidie
  81. Emma
  82. Indiana
  83. Poppy
  84. Fergie
  85. Yoti
  86. Chicks
  87. Bitsy
  88. Princess
  89. Piper
  90. Faith
  91. Maui
  92. Cali
  93. Betty
  94. Devonn Nelson
  95. Gigi
  96. Oscar
  97. Sophia
  98. Wiggles
  99. Addie Mae
  100. Ruby
  101. Cabbie
  102. Dixie
  103. Fe-Fe
  104. Fizz
  105. Miley
  106. Mollie
  107. Frankie
  108. Fern
  109. Roxxy
  110. Snowball
  111. Corrie
  112. Brakayla
  113. Cupcake
  114. Paris
  115. The Tweed
  116. Fancy
  117. Shilo
  118. Vita
  119. Trixie
  120. Jasmine
  121. Jolie
  122. Adi
  123. Billie
  124. Barbie

Top 10 Female Silky Terrier Names

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

  1. Bella
  2. Lucy
  3. Zoe*
  4. Minnie*
  5. Maggie
  6. Lily*
  7. Chloe*
  8. Bailey
  9. Molly
  10. Mimi*

Top 10 Male Silky Terrier Names

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

  1. Max
  2. Bentley*
  3. Buddy
  4. Charlie
  5. Gizmo*
  6. Ollie*
  7. Romeo*
  8. Monte*
  9. Buster*
  10. Tucker

Via Unsplash/Jorge Gardner

It seems that the high-spirited, independent ways of this breed have had an impact on the names that are chosen for them by their families. As you can see, there are a plethora of names that touch upon their lively ways, including Coco, Zelda, Fergie, and Mia. Dolly and Miley are also popular names—perhaps a nod to two unique and creative ladies? Whatever the reason, these names speak to the breed’s fun streak and seem wholly appropriate.

We also see an influx of silly and speed-inspired names, probably because this breed has such an active and boisterous lifestyle. The most popular ones include Rocket, Archer, Cosmo, Rascal, and Wiggles.

Silky Terrier Name Advice

If you’re having trouble deciding, keep in mind that great Silky terrier names can come from many different sources of inspiration, such as your favorite animals, songs, celebrities, your favorite novel, or even dog breed history. For example, your puppy might sport a cute animal name like Bunny or a literature-themed moniker like Oliver.

Another consideration when choosing your Silky Terrier 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 Silky terrier 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 “Cleo, it’s time for dinner!” or “Benny, leave it!” helps take the name out of your imagination and into reality.

Via Unsplash/Madeline

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 2019, and then jump over to unique dog names to see the contrast. But that’s only the beginning. We’ve got articles covering top Mexican dog namespuppy namescute dog names, and popular names for regal dogscool dogs, Border Collies, Chihuahuas, and many more.

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