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Considered one of the world’s oldest breeds, the Chow Chow has a long and fascinating history. They’ve served as hunters and guardians, companions to royalty, and even sporting dogs in ancient China. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), their image has even been spotted in a bas-relief dating back to the Han Dynasty (150-200 BC).

These days Chows are popular in many modern homes—though training and socializing them is essential, as they’re often wary of strangers, and stubborn if they aren’ taught proper behavior early on. But Chows are generally loyal and loving, and they’re also known to be fastidiously clean (for a dog). We’ve rounded up the most popular Chow Chow names of the year from our enormous Rover.com database of dog names nationwide. Yes, these are real names given by Chow 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. Bear
  2. Bella
  3. Stella
  4. Luna
  5. Nala
  6. Charlie
  7. Max
  8. Roxy
  9. Koda
  10. Lucy
  11. Daisy
  12. Bailey
  13. Cooper
  14. Chewy
  15. Zoe
  16. Milo
  17. Rocky
  18. Teddy
  19. Lola
  20. Kona
  21. Winston
  22. Rex
  23. Toby
  24. Shep
  25. Simba
  26. Leo
  27. Oliver
  28. Bear
  29. Honey
  30. Lexi
  31. Koda
  32. Chloe
  33. Duke
  34. Blu
  35. Maddie
  36. Harley
  37. Millie
  38. Lily
  39. Ellie
  40. Sadie
  41. Jack
  42. Loki
  43. Shadow
  44. Roscoe
  45. Thor
  46. Hazel
  47. Ginger
  48. Buster
  49. Rusty
  50. Ruger
  51. Gunnar
  52. Archer
  53. Rudy
  54. Buddy
  55. Jasper
  56. Luke
  57. River
  58. Jackson
  59. Baxter
  60. Brutus
  61. Hunter
  62. River
  63. Shadow
  64. Arya
  65. Layla
  66. Abby
  67. Penny
  68. Maggie
  69. Athena
  70. Sasha
  71. Rosie
  72. Willow
  73. Maple
  74. Riley
  75. Ruby
  76. Oso
  77. Levi
  78. Bentley
  79. Bodhi
  80. Ranger
  81. Ziggy
  82. Riley
  83. Heidi
  84. Bonnie
  85. Josie
  86. Holly
  87. Piper
  88. Gracie
  89. Cleo
  90. Maya
  91. Hannah
  92. Coco
  93. Cookie
  94. Aspen
  95. Roo
  96. Cocoa
  97. Khaleesi
  98. Blu
  99. Brownie
  100. Molly
  101. Koda Bear
  102. Zelda
  103. Marley
  104. Pepper
  105. Mia
  106. Mocha
  107. Floyd
  108. George
  109. King
  110. Ace
  111. Bandit
  112. Henry
  113. Denver
  114. Tank
  115. Jax
  116. Yogi
  117. Fred
  118. Walter
  119. Ghost
  120. Oakley
  121. Rufus
  122. Griz
  123. Remi
  124. Beaux
  125. Franklin
  126. Finn
  127. Colton

Top 10 Female Chow Chow Names

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

  1. Bella
  2. Stella
  3. Luna
  4. Nala*
  5. Roxy*
  6. Lucy
  7. Daisy
  8. Bailey
  9. Zoe*
  10. Lola

Top 10 Male Chow Chow Names

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

  1. Bear
  2. Charlie
  3. Max
  4. Koda*
  5. Cooper
  6. Chewy*
  7. Milo
  8. Rocky
  9. Teddy*
  10. Winston*

Via Pixabay/Jochen_Schaft

It seems that the unique, fluffy appearance of this breed clearly has 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 good looks, including Simba, Bear, Teddy, Chewy, and Oso. Names that associate them with big (fluffy) forest animals seem to be the most popular.

We also see a big influx of color-inspired names, probably because this breed has such a beautifully-hued coat. The most prominent ones include Ginger, Rusty, Brownie, Maple, Cocoa, and Mocha.

Chow Chow Name Advice

If you’re having trouble deciding, keep in mind that great Chow Chow names can come from many different sources of inspiration, such as your favorite cocktail, movies, celebrities, your favorite vacation destination, or even dog breed history. For example, your puppy might sport a special drink’s name like Fizz or a vacation-themed moniker like Maui.

Another consideration when choosing your Chow Chow 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 Chow Chow 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 “Shadow, leave it!” helps take the name out of your imagination and into reality.

Via Pixabay/Konevi

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 French choicesnerdy dog namesfunny dog names, popular names that mean love, and names for tough dogswhite dogsAustralian shepherdsBoxers, and many more.

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