50 Red Dog Names

By Julie •  Updated: 05/02/21 •  9 min read
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Have you just adopted a red dog? Then you’ll know that your dog is one of a kind! There aren’t many dogs that are colored red. There are some red dog breeds but even a mixed breed dog can end up in this beautiful, bright shade!

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If you’re looking for a name that is just right for a red dog, then you’ve come to the right place! We’ve made a list of 50 dog names for your inspiration!

Before we get started with the red dog names, let’s take a look at dog breeds that are red.

Red Dog Breeds

Many dog breeds include the color red; however, there’s not a single breed of red dog. This color can be found across many breeds including:

What Makes a Dog’s Fur Red?

This is really interesting! All dog breeds or mixed breeds have two pigments that create the color of their fur. These pigments are pheomelanin (red) and eumelanin (black). Dogs who have red hair have more pheomelanin than other dogs; however, the fur color is really determined by the dog’s genetics and how the pheomelanin and eumelanin are arranged in the genes.

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For example, genes determine how color is in the fur, and then how that color is distributed across the dog’s body. This is why you find dogs with varying shades of red and red on specific areas of the body and more.

How to Choose a Name for Your Red Dog

Choosing the right name can be difficult, even with so many sources for inspiration! So, what should you consider when choosing your fur baby’s name? For one thing, be sure to choose a name that you like. This is because you’ll be saying this name several times a day and dogs are sensitive to how you say their name. If you feel anything negative, your canine companion will pick up on this.

You may want to hold off on a name for a day or two, as this gives you a chance to observe your dog’s personality and characteristics. When you do choose a name, use it for a couple of days and see how your canine friend reacts to it. If it seems like a great choice, then stick with the name!

Another point to consider is that dogs respond better to names that are short. The best is a name that has two syllables. And avoid using names that sound like training cues. For instance, avoid using names that sound like “sit, fetch, no, heel, come.” The reason is that a dog may mistake the cue for their name or vice versa.

Finally, avoid using names that are embarrassing or that are somehow not socially correct (such as racial slurs, etc.). Choose a name you won’t be embarrassed to use at the dog park, at the vet’s and more. And avoid choosing a name that’s currently popular with other pet parents. This is because the name can be confusing to dogs when you’re out and about. Your fur baby may run off, and when you call him, 10 other dogs will show up!

OK—now we’re ready to get to that list of red dog names we promised!

Male Red Dog Names

Here are some great names for red boy dogs!

1). Aka: this is a Japanese word that means “red,” and it can be used for boy or girl dogs. This might be the perfect name for your Shiba Inu. This breed originated in Japan!

2). Auburn: this is an English name, which means “moderate or reddish-brown.” You might choose this name if your dog’s fur is a more brownish red color. You can even shorten this name to “Aubbie,” how cute is that?

3). Blush: is an English name, which means “getting pink/red in the face.” You might choose this name if your dog’s hair is a light shade of red, such as with an Apricot Poodle.

4). Brandy: this name comes from the Dutch and means “burned wine,” which is a reference to brandy. This name can be used for boys or girls and would be a great choice for dogs that have a more yellowish-reddish fur color.

5). Brick: this is a name that comes from different backgrounds including German, Dutch, Irish, and Yiddish. It can mean “swamp, wood, bridge, or dweller in a hilly place.” This name can also refer to bricks that are used to construct buildings. These are usually a red color.

6). Cayenne: this is a French name, which means “hot spice.” This would be a great name for a boy or a girl dog that has very red hair and/or a spicy personality.

7). Cheddar: this is an English name, which comes from the village of Cheddar. In this area, the famous cheese we all know, and love was first made. True cheddar is a yellowish-reddish color.

8). Clifford: this is an English name, which means “lives near the ford by the cliff.” It’s also the name of the very large red dog from the children’s books “Clifford the Big Red Dog.”

9). Curry: this is an Irish name that means “from the wet plain.” It’s also the name of an Indian spice that has a very deep red color.

10). Flame: this is an English name that means “blazing fire.” A blazing fire often has shades of red and yellow in it.

11). Flann: this is an Irish name, which means “ruddy, red-haired.” This would be a great name for a dog that has deep red hair such as a Rhodesian Ridgeback or an Irish Setter.

12). Gilroy: this is a Scottish name that means “a king’s servant” or “son of the red-head.” If you and your dog share red hair, then this might be a great name for your fur baby!

13). Harkin: this is an Irish name, which means “dark red.”

14). Hong: this is a Chinese name, which means “pink, red, rosy.”

15). Mango: is the name of a very lovely orange fruit! This would be a great name for a dog whose fur is more of an orangey-red color.

16). Aadem: is a Hebrew name that means “earth, red, of the red earth.” What a unique name this would be for your red-haired canine companion!

17). Aio: is an African name that means red dragon. If you love dragons, this would be the perfect name for your boy dog!

18). Clancy: this is a Gaelic name, which means “a red or ruddy warrior.” This would be a great name for a guard dog or one who is very protective of his home and family.

19). Dearg: this is a German name, which means “red-haired.”

20). Grufydd: this is a name that comes from Wales and means “red-haired.”

21). Keddy: this is a Scottish name that means “man of the red earth.” This would be a great name for a small, red dog.

22). Laal: is a Sanskrit/Hindi name that means “dear one, red color.”

23). Pirro: is a Spanish name that means “red-haired.”

24). Radbert: is an English name that means “red-haired counselor.” You might choose this name if you have a service dog or an emotional support dog.

25). Radbyrne: is an English name, which means “lives by the red stream.”

Female Red Dog Names

Here are some great names for girl dogs who have red hair!

26). Autumn: this is a Latin name that refers to the season of “fall” or autumn. This is a time when the leaves on trees start to show red and orangey colors each year.

27). Cherry: this is a type of fruit that can be a bright or dark red color.

28). Cheyenne: is a Native American name that means “red speakers.”

29). Ember: this is an English name, which means “spark, burning low.” Embers in the fire are usually a red or reddish-orange color.

30). Foxy: this name is Armenian and means “love, sweetness, and kindness.” In English, this refers to animals that are called foxes, many of whom have bright red fur.

31). Ginger: is an English name that refers to the spice ginger, which has a reddish-orange color.

32). Apane: is a Hawaiian name, which means “beautiful red bird.”

33). Arunata: is a Sanskrit name, which means “red color, state of being red.”

34). Aya: is a Japanese name, which means “pleasant light red color.”

35). Corsen: is a Welsh name that means “red.” This might be a cute name for a Corgi!

36). Holly: this is an English name, which means “plant with red berries.” This is an evergreen plant that’s often used as a decoration for Christmas.

37). Mahogany: is an English name that means “dark red wood.” This would be the perfect name for a girl dog who has very deep red hair.

38). Mira: is a Hindi name that means “light, a red giant star, saintly.”

39). Omaira: is an Arabic name that means “red.”

40). Poeura: is a Tahitian name that means “red pearl.” Is your fur baby the pearl of your heart? Then why not choose this name for her?

41). Pyrrha: is a Greek name that means “red.”

42). Rochana: is an Indian name, which means “bright, radiant, red lotus flower.”

43). Rohita: is a Sanskrit name, which means “red-colored.”

44). Roja: is a Spanish name that means “red.”

45). Roux: is a French name that means “red.”

46). Rufa: is a Spanish name, which means “red-haired.”

47). Runali: is an Indian name that means “red-colored.”

48). Scarlett: is an English name that means “red, deep red.” It’s also the name of the main character in the book and movie Gone with the Wind.

49). Souri: is a Persian name, which means “red rose.”

50). Umera: is an Indian name, which means “red.”

There you have it! We hope you’ve enjoyed this article, and even more, we hope you’ve found the best name for your dog!

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Julie

Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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