200 Dog Names Inspired By Colors

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Dog Names by Color

Take a good look around you: Colorful is in.

From vibrant fashion trends to hairstyles in all shades of the rainbow, there are infinite ways to show off the unicorn that you are on the inside to the entire world. And chances are, if you are a unicorn, so is your dog! Choosing dog names inspired by color is a fun way to give your dog a playful name while honoring your favorite color, and elements of your canine companion's unique personality. Whether you're going with a literal name that matches the color of your dog's coat, or getting a bit creative by looking at animals, gems, or other elements in nature for color inspiration, a colorful dog name is filled with possibilities.


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Embrace the magic with these 200 dog names inspired by color and based on all the hues of the rainbow.

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Who doesn't have a favorite color? Or at least a color they're partial to? Using colors as a starting point for naming your pet is a fun and potentially creative way to showcase your likes, along with your dog's personality or other personal traits. The ROYGBIV color spectrum is a good place to start, but don't let yourself be limited by literal colors! Colors can be associated with times of the day, places in the world, and even state of mind, so take a look at this list of dog names by color and see if something stands out to you.


  • Alabaster
  • Amaranth
  • Amber
  • Amethyst
  • Aqua
  • Aquamarine
  • Ashe
  • Baby
  • Beige

Blanche — Blanche means "pale," and could be the perfect name for a light-haired dog, or an ironic name for a dog with a dark coat.

  • Blush
  • Brick
  • Bruno
  • Burgundy
  • Carmine
  • Carnation
  • Carolina
  • Cedar
  • Cerise
  • Cerulean
  • Chartreuse
  • Clay
  • Coral
  • Cornflower


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  • Cotton
  • Chiffon
  • Cobalt
  • Crystal
  • Currant
  • Cyan
  • Cyber
  • Daffodil


Daisy — Not exactly its own color, but we bet everyone who read this had some imagery or feeling come to mind when they thought of a daisy flower, like spring freshness, or sunshine.

  • Denim
  • Dusty
  • Ecru
  • Emerald
  • Electric
  • Fern
  • Ferrari
  • Fire
  • Flax
  • Flint
  • Fog
  • Forest
  • Fuscia


Garnet — Garnet is the birthstone for the month of January, and could make a creative color-inspired name for a winter pup, or any pup who embodies the color red.

  • Glow
  • Harbor
  • Hazel
  • Hue
  • Hunter
  • Indigo
  • Ink
  • Iris
  • Jade
  • Jasper
  • Jewel
  • Juniper


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  • Kelly
  • Lace
  • Laguna


Lapis — The name lapis is from the Latin word for "stone." We are most familiar with its usage in the stone called lapis lazuli, which is a stone with a deep blue color.

  • Laurel
  • Lava
  • Lilac

Magenta — Unfortunately, magenta dogs don't exist (yet!) but either way, this color would make such a fun name for any dog whose known for making a statement.

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  • Mahogany
  • Marigold
  • Mauve
  • Maya
  • Mellow
  • Mink
  • Moss
  • Neon
  • Ocean
  • Orchid
  • Pastel
  • Pebble
  • Periwinkle


Pewter—Pewter is a metal alloy that's mostly silver in color due to the tin found in it, and could be a creative name for a grey dog, like a great Dane or an Australian cattle dog.

  • Pine
  • Pink
  • Pinkie
  • Rainbow
  • Rose
  • Royal
  • Ruby
  • Russet
  • Sapphire
  • Scarlet
  • Seaweed
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  • Sepia
  • Shamrock
  • Sienna
  • Silver
  • Space
  • Sparkle
  • Sterling
  • Tanner



Tawny: Tawny describes a light-brown or slightly reddish color, and could make a great name for a light-brown or dark-blonde girl.

  • Teal
  • Thistle
  • Thunder
  • Turquoise
  • Tuscany
  • Ultra
  • Umber
  • Violet
  • Yale

Colorful dog names inspired by food

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Aside from our dogs, is there anything better than food? Food-inspired names are super common in the canine and feline world, and you can use your sweet or savory tooth to come up with a colorful dog name with a little bit of creative thinking. Food colors, like Apricot or Chocolate, can be obvious nods to your dog's physical appearance, or the food's sensation, like Bubblegum or Mint, could say a lot about your pup's personality!

  • Apple
  • Apricot

Aubergine: Aubergine is another name for "eggplant," which is deep purple in color.

  • Basil
  • Berry
  • Brownie
  • Bubblegum
  • Candy
  • Caramel
  • Cherry
  • Chocolate
  • Clementine
  • Cocoa
  • Coffee
  • Chili
  • Cider
  • Cinnamon
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  • Crepe
  • Dijon
  • Eggnog
  • Eggplant
  • Espresso
  • Hazelnut
  • Hibiscus
  • Hickory
  • Honey
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lemonade

Lime: Limes are bright green, which isn't a natural color on dogs, but it could represent a pooch's small stature or big bite of a personality!

  • Marmalade
  • Merlot
  • Mint
  • Mocha
  • Mulberry
  • Mustard
  • Peach
  • Peanut
  • Pear


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  • Pecan
  • Pickle
  • Pineapple
  • Pistachio
  • Plum
  • Pumpkin
  • Raspberry

Saffron: Saffron is an expensive spice that's red in color, perfect for red-haired canines of either gender.

  • Sage
  • Sangria
  • Spice
  • Strawberry
  • Syrup
  • Taffy
  • Tangerine
  • Walnut
  • Yam

Color names for dogs inspired by animals

Full disclosure — we were about to label this header "dog names by color inspired by nature," but after looking, we realized there's not a single color that isn't inspired by the natural world! So we took a page out of the nature book and just rounded up a list of names inspired by animals. These names are such good fits for pets because what they symbolize can say so much about a dog's personality. Take a look at these color names for dogs inspired by animals and see if the right fit for your pooch is in here.

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  • Bumblebee
  • Canary
  • Dove
  • Fawn
  • Flamingo
  • Raven
  • Robin
  • Tiger

Dog coloration names

Many people like to choose a name that represents their dog's coloration. For example, light-coated dogs are sometimes called Honey or Blondie, while darker-haired pups are made for names like Shadow or Raven. This list contains names of colors you might call your dog's coat, along with a few others that simply resemble common coat colors and patterns. Even looking at other aspects of your dog's physical traits, like their eye color, can help you find a great name.


  • Auburn
  • Blondie
  • Blue

Bronze: A great option for a light-brown or gold-ish-haired dog, or a pup with some reddish flecks to their coat.

  • Charcoal
  • Crimson
  • Ebony
  • Ginger
  • Gold
  • Goldie
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  • Gray
  • Ivory
  • Jet
  • Midnight
  • Onyx
  • Pearl
  • Penny
  • Red
  • Rusty
  • Sable
  • Shadow

Sky: We've yet to see a sky-blue dog, but Sky is a name often given to dogs with bright blue eyes, like a husky.

  • Slate
  • Smoke
  • Sunny

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