Choosing a gender-neutral, unisex dog name for your pet requires careful consideration. Start by coming up with names that are in the middle of being too feminine or too masculine. Simple names with one or two syllables are effective. Examples of such names are Riley, Charlie, and Casey.
Take note of your dog’s disposition. A moniker like Bane can fit them if they tend to be a little wicked. Go for a gender-neutral name like River if you want your dog to be peaceful and friendly. Remember that certain names—like Jack or Rose—tend to be gender-neutral by nature for apparent reasons. A little off subject, but could Jack have fit through that door? This will always trouble us. OK, let’s get back to business.
Examine your dog’s physical characteristics as well. It might be entertaining to choose names based on their size or color. Try saying the name aloud. Check to see if saying it seems natural and flows effortlessly off your tongue by saying it several times. Make sure it doesn’t sound too much like standard instructions like “sit” or “stay.” Finally, include your dog in the selection process. Say the name you’re thinking about and see how they respond. Positive feedback, such as a tail wag, is encouraging.
Gender neutral dog names
- Bowie: Speaking go gender-neutral, why not naming your dog after the one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century?
- Bear: If you have a big boy or girl, this might be the way to go. And if you’re a fan of “The Bear,” then even better. You might even go with “Carry” in this spot.
- Taylor: Taylor Swift or 10-time Pro Bowl NFL legend Lawrence Taylor? Let the people decide.
- Takoda: Sioux for “friend to everyone,” this name is traditionally masculine, but if your friendly dog has never met a stranger, this could be the name for them.
- Jedi: The Jedi Council really appreciated diversity.
- Phoenix: Fan of the late River Phoenix or his brother? Also a fan of the X-Men?
- Kai: This name exists in many cultures, so whatever meaning you wish to apply to it is up to you. But we can all agree that this is a cool name for any dog.
- Khari: Meaning “kingly” or “like a king” and of Swahili origin, The Bump states this name was traditionally masculine, but has seen an uptick in popularity in America for girls as an alternative spelling to “Carrie.”
- Ryder: Just a cool name. What more do you want?
- Kennedy: This last name in America is probably more famous than the name McDonald’s. Every year we realize a new Kennedy exists. Might as well add one more.