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Here is a selection of Sheltie names to help inspire you when you're naming your beautiful new Sheltie puppy! Names are important, as you'll be hollering this at the dog park for years to come - and a funny-sounding name could score you a few looks!
Consider a name that's easy for your Sheltie to recognize. For instance, it's easier for them to pick out hard/sharp letters like 'K' and 'T' than it is soft letters like 'F' and 'N'. You can also make it easier on your dog by giving them a name with only one or two syllables (forget Rumplestiltskin unless you're going to shorten it!)
Name that Sheltie!
If you're a fan of Sheltie Planet, you'll know that we have two Shetland Sheepdogs, Howard (right) and Piper.
When we were choosing a name for Howard, it soon became clear that Peter and I had different tastes! Peter wanted a grand, discerning name (like Donald, Frank or Douglas) while I wanted a softer, cutesier name (like Leo, Charlie or Blake).
After some pretty hilarious discussions on Sheltie names we settled on Howard, primarily because of Howard Moon of the TV show, The Mighty Boosh. And so our adorable, fluffy, innocent, playful and wee little dog was officially named Mr Howard Woofington Moon!
Piper was already named when we adopted him at nine months old. I don’t think we would have chosen this name ourselves but it's pretty cute and now we love it because that’s his name! Naturally, he also adopted his brother's surname, so it's Piper Woofington Moon.
There's no real rule book on what make good Sheltie names, so I'm just going to throw lots of ideas out there and hope you'll be inspired!
I've found ideas for Sheltie puppy names in their looks (after all, a name should suit its owner). And since the most common coat color is Sable (tan/gold/mahogany and white) you might like to consider names like Sandy, Bear, Honey and Foxy.
Piper is a foxy fellow
If you have a Tri Color Sheltie, names like Jet, Blackie, Raven or Shadow seem pretty fitting, since the primary color is black. Lastly on the coat color front, Blue Merle's can be named after your favorite wizard - such as Gandalf or Merlin. Those sound like pretty cool dog names if you ask me!
You can also have human-sounding Sheltie puppy names, which will make your Shetland Sheepdog sound like a proper little character! Consider Arthur, Andris, Benji, Barney, Donnie, Eddie, Freddie, George, Horatio, Louis, Mack, Ollie, Oscar, Stewie, Stevie, Victor or Willie!
Of course, I've softened these Sheltie names because I prefer them that way. But you can turn them into their formal counterparts for a whole different sound (eg, Eddie to Edward, or Ollie to Oliver). Just know that you should stick with one variation of the name so you don't confuse your dog. This the the main reason why Howard is Howard - and not Howie!
If you are looking for cute female Sheltie puppy names, how about Annie, Amy, Cassie, Daisy, Flo, Goldie, Heidi, Henri, Lucy, Minnie, Maggie, Nelly, Ruby, Rose, Sammy, Sadie, Tammy, Vicky or Willow!
If you want Sheltie puppy names that have a special meaning, why not look to your favorite characters from books, movies and legends? Some character names that would work well as Sheltie names are: Leia (Star Wars), Bessie (The Faraway Tree), Ludo (The Labyrinth), Nibbler (Futurama), Athena (Greek Goddess of Wisdom), Simba, Timone or Pumbaa (The Lion King), Stitch (Lilo and Stitch), Neo, Morpheus or Trinity (The Matrix), Marty or Doc (Back To The Future).
Finally, if you want a good old traditional name for your Shetland Sheepdog, I've saved this space especially for you. Some cutesy as well as cool dog names I found are: Astro, Buttercup, Bilko, Bamba, Dexter, Digger, Gonzo, Einstein, Kermit, Loco, Peanut, Pickle, Rio, Sunny, Taz, Tigger, Xena, Zara, or Zuce!
You can find more ideas for cool Sheltie names in The Best Pet Name Book Ever. It has more than 3,000 ideas for naming dogs (and, for that matter, cats, goldfish, hamsters and pets of any imaginable kind!) This edition has been updated to include dog names from recent movies and TV shows as well as sports celebrities and other public figures.
This bonanza of Sheltie puppy names is categorized to reflect your pet's appearance and personality, based on famous literary characters, terms of endearment, historical figures, names of places and more. The humorous illustrations add to the pet-naming fun. I'm sure you'll find it useful coming up with your own pet Sheltie names!
Becky Turner is the creator of Sheltie Planet. She lives in New Zealand with her partner, Peter, and their son, Fox. Becky is 100% owned by Howard and Piper Woofington Moon, the Shelties who inspired this site. Visit them on Facebook or The Sheltie Planet Forums.