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Great Names for Newfoundland Giant Breed Dogs

I'm Just so Cute!

Bruce - Newfoundland Pup at 9 weeks old.

Bruce - Newfoundland Pup at 9 weeks old.

When a Newfoundlander dog is a puppy, he or she is a cute, sweet, an adorable bundle of fun that is bursting with energy. When you go to name your puppy please keep in mind that this cute little ball of fur is going to grow, and grow, and grow some more. After all this dog is a giant breed.

Some dog professionals say that when naming a dog you should choose a name with one syllable so that the dog will understand short commands easier. Personally I don't think this is is true, but then again I'm not the expert.

When you do come up with a name that you think you may like say it out loud a few times to make sure it sounds good.

One, Two or more syllables?

Things to consider before choosing a name for your Newfoundland Dog

Dog Size

If you have a male, he will more than likely weigh somewhere between 130 – 150 pounds (60–70 kg) and upwards. Females are slightly lighter at 100 – 120 pounds (45–55 kg). These are only average weights. There are newfs that have been known to weigh as much as 220. I believe the largest recorded to date one is 260 pounds or 120 Kg. That’s a lot of dog.

Naming your dog Tiny, or Tinkerbell may not be the best choice unless of course you're trying to be funny. Killer may be a bad choice as well due to the fact that from a distance these dogs do look like bears.


Imagine this scenario: It's wintertime and you’re out in the woods walking your dog. He or she is off leash as no one seems to be around. Killer sees a squirrel and goes chasing after it. You yell “Killer come.” Someone that you didn’t know, was also walking through the woods and only hears "Killer". I’m sure you get my drift, and hopefully it doesn’t scare the pants off the other person or alert perhaps a hunter with a big rifle.

Dogs Temperament

Newfoundlanders are known as the gentle giant. They are wonderful with children and are loyal to all family members. Even though they are a laid back breed and can appear lazy, this has nothing to do with their intelligence, as they are a very smart dog.

Activities That The Newfoundland Dog Enjoys

Newfs love to swim and are fantastic swimmers. You will find them on fishing boats, as water rescue dogs and carting. It is not uncommon to see these dogs running in short bursts and frolicking in the snow. They work hard, play hard, and sleep hard.

I have many pet names that I call my two newfs and “Sleepy” is one of them.

Newfoundlander Dogs Love The Snow

Newfs enjoying a romp in the snow. "Woo Hoo It snowed!"

Newfs enjoying a romp in the snow. "Woo Hoo It snowed!"

Names For Newfoundland Dogs














































Other Names?

What are some of your favorite names for giant or large dogs? Please leave them below in the comment box and I will be happy to add them to the list if you'd like.

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Newfies on March 04, 2018:

For a girl Newfie, I would call her Boo-Boo or Nellie and for a boy Newfie, I would call him Iyah or Irah or Prince or Tigs.

I always pick a name that suits the colour and the personality.

Newfie wisher on February 06, 2016:

As a New England Patriots fan I would name my boy Bruschi.

Robert on February 03, 2016:

Male and female

Samson and Delilah

Darius & Michele on August 30, 2015:

Our first boy was Dreyfus, then Bailey ( Sir George Bailey) and now our first girl is Kassie. Love them all

Graham humphrey on July 02, 2015:

My Newfoundlands are named Kingston and mosses

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 25, 2015:

Bethanne, That's funny especially if you'd be calling, "here perv, here. :)

Bethanne on February 23, 2015:

We had 2 black newfie's the boy was Pervy but registered as Jaylnn's perfect small town boy.

The girl was Jaylnn's snowangel who was known as Angel . There were times i have to admit where we had embarrassing moments when we were in public when people asked about Pervy or perv as a call name lol

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 12, 2015:

Hi Joe, Always nice to meet Newf lovers. Love how you named Mini and soon to be Cooper.

Joe on February 11, 2015:

My 8 year old baby girl is Mini and our soon to be baby boy will be Cooper. Since Mini is AKC registered, we decided on "Mini the Moocher" from Cab Calloway's tune. Cooper is the second half of the double meaning for Mini. My wife drives a ... Mini Cooper!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 18, 2014:

Clare, Thankyou so much for adding your newfs names to the list. I'm sure it will be helpful. Have a great day!

Clare on November 17, 2014:

We have to date had 4 Newfoundlands and the 5th a Landseer girl due to arrive next week. So far we have had a Tom (Black) Tessa ( Black) Samson (Landseer) Lincoln (Grey) and the new girl at the moment I am tossing between Lizzy and Bella. For a boy I also Love the name Thor it really suits their size. Maybe these suggestions are helpful to someone struggling with the naming process.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 24, 2014:

De, How exciting to be getting a new pup. I'm sure Opus will love having a new pup around. I remember the day we brought our male newf named Bruce home, Maggie our female new was so excited to have a little buddy to push around. They've been great friends ever since. I really like the names you have picked out, especially Truman and Daisy. Wishing you all the best with your new pup.

De on January 23, 2014:

We are getting a Landseer pup in the next few weeks. Not sure yet male or female. Have usu had male dogs for some reason. We have a 5 yr old Great Pyrenees named Opus - bc an opus is a great completed work. And he IS a piece of work- tall 32" at shoulders, but only 115- tho looks heavier bc if the fluffiness. Love that dog- very gentle, loving, and prone to being a couch potato- but independent. Hoping the Newf will want to hang closer to us a little more. We Love BIG fluffy dogs- just deal w the fur on everything we own. Names we like- Oscar, Olaf, George, Linus, Walter, Newton, Rolly, Oliver, Truman....Lena, Gladys, Buttons, Buttercup, Lilly, Daisy, - I'm having trouble w girl names I like...maybe that is why we've always gotten boy dogs???

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 24, 2013:

Illinois, I think Luther is a great name for a Newf. Enjoy your dog when you get him.

Illinois on November 23, 2013:

When I get one I'm naming it Luther. I recently got caught up on the British show by the same name and the main character is an imposing black guy played by Idris Elba. I thought it was fitting.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 05, 2013:

Laura, What a great name! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Laura White on June 04, 2013:

We named outs Walter BowWow Matthau (Wally) because he had that little tuft of hair on his forehead when he was a pup and looked like the movie star! Everybody remembers his name!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 21, 2013:

collegedad, I once had a very tiny cat named Rambo. I was told he was a Maine Coon when I got him as a kitten, and assumed he would be huge. Joke was on me :)

Newfoundland dogs are awesome! Let me know if you ever get one.

collegedad from The Upper Peninsula on May 20, 2013:

Tinkerbell............I was once given a 16' Burmese Python named Tinkerbell! LOL

I've always been a big dog fan and have often considered getting a Newfoundland. Thanks for the great name choices.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 19, 2012:

SpeakUp, Nice to see you here. If I named my dog with a long name I'm sure I'd end up shortening it. Thanks for reading and for your comments.

Criss from Southern California on October 18, 2012:

I agree with you in regard short names. My mom named her new dog "LuLu" because she thinks the dog looks like a monkey and a woman named Linda Lou used to do a dance where she'd act like a monkey. I wanted to name her Lily, but I lost. I think it's fun to hear the reasons behind why someone picks a particular name for their dog. :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 08, 2012:

Hi moonlake, When I was growing up we had a German Shepherd, and her name was Heidi. Doc is certainly a different name for a dog.

moonlake from America on October 08, 2012:

Ours was Heidi. We have a rescue dog right now and his name was Doc. It took me forever to get use to that name. I really did not like it and still don't but it was what he knew. Enjoyed your hub.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 30, 2012:

Hi Eddy, I'd be lost without my two. Thanks for reading and for your comments.

Eiddwen from Wales on September 29, 2012:

Oh how I loved this hub. for the first time ever I do not have the company of a dog and I am missing out.

However it doesn't stop me from reading great hubs like this one.


Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 05, 2012:

GoodLady, I like all your name choices.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 05, 2012:

Relationshipc, My male newf used to walk around with our cat in his mouth for fun. Never hurt him but sure did get him wet.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 05, 2012:

Sharyn, I was lying awake this morning in bed thinking of names. I should probably add them.

Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on September 05, 2012:

What a love! Nice you asked us what we like too. There's some lovely names here. I like Duchess and Hoss of yours and PunKINNNNN from Sharyn. I love Lello (for a male)! Or Leyla (for female). So LE LL OH when you yell or LEY LAAAAAAAAAAA.

Kari on September 04, 2012:

So cute. My best friend has a Newfoundland, and she also lives in Newfoundland! As you said, her boy is such a gentle giant. Even the kittens can play with him without being harmed.

They named him Dartanias and call him Dart for short. I don't think they put too much thought into the breed when they named him but just picked a name that came to their head.

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on September 04, 2012:

Aw, I want one and I think I would name it Bubba, ha. Your dogs are beautiful. It seems all my animals have two syllables in their names. To me, I like that better cuz let's say I'm yelling at Peanut (one of my cats), I would put the emphasis on the PeaNUTTTTTTTTTTTTT. or PunKINNNNNNNNN. Enjoyed your hub SZ!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 17, 2012:

Could always change his name for those dog park days :)

Christy Zutautas on August 17, 2012:

Ha ha, that would be perfect for the dog park! LoL

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 17, 2012:

Christy, Can you imagine if you'd called Scooby Killer :)

Christy Zutautas on August 15, 2012:

Doesn't get any better than Bruce, Maggie and Scooby! I like how you pointed out that a name like "Killer" isn't a good idea...I know a few people who gave their dogs "tough guy" names and it usually just scares people! :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 13, 2012:

Rosemay, Whiskey is the perfect name for an Irish Wolfhound but I can see why you'd hate calling him :) Nita is a great name too.

Thank you and I've always loved the picture of your Pyrenees.

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on August 12, 2012:

Neat hub, your pups are gorgeous.

I believe you can use more than one syllable. Love the name choices in your list. Wouldn't use 'Gumbo' though it is a type of stew over here haha.

My son had a Rhodesian Ridgeback which was named Sebastian and it suited him well. As a child we had an Irish wolfhound cross named 'Whisky' I used to hate calling him, especially if the neighbours were about. Lol

The dog in my profile pic, a Pyrenees mountain dog was called Nita.

Voting up and more

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 11, 2012:

Julie, I wish I had more room for the two I have :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 11, 2012:

Thanks Frank. Kwox .... now there's an interesting name. What's the meaning of that one?

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 10, 2012:

Thanks drbj, Those are great names and I think I'll add them to the list if that's okay with you.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 10, 2012:

Hi Kelley, So glad that this list has come in handy for you. Are you planning on getting a puppy that is going to be a large dog?

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 10, 2012:

Kevin, Nice to see you and thanks for stopping by.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 10, 2012:

Hi midget, Thank you. My two do take up quite a bit of room. They sleep on the floor or my bedroom, and at night when I need to get up I'm always worried about tripping over one of them. They always seem to wake up and move when they hear me though.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 10, 2012:

Thanks so much Judi.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 10, 2012:

Tammy, I can see that you are selective from those three names which I love. Have to ask how did the two females get along? I had once thought of bringing another female into the house but the one I have now is so dominant over my male that I thought it would be a bad idea.

Blurter of Indiscretions from Clinton CT on August 09, 2012:

I wish I had room for Newfie! Great work though, I am retarded when it comes to naming animals. I have to say, the idea of naming a newfoundland tinkerbell is hilarious!

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on August 09, 2012:

A very good hub Susan.. I have German Shep.. Call him Kwox.. but I wanted to name him Frank Jr. lol

drbj and sherry from south Florida on August 09, 2012:

Clever hub, Susan, you have provided a public service for folks who are big-dog-naming-challenged. I like the names, Giant, Odin, Zeus and Thor myself. :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 09, 2012:

AEvans, The fur on the Newfoundland dog actually works as an insulator in the winter and supposedly helps to keep them cool in the summer. Not sure if that's really the case. Many Newfs will dig holes in the yard to lay in during the summer to keep cool.

When I was little my first dog was a black Cocker. I've seen pictures of yours and they are gorgeous. Having five must be a challenge when walking them :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 09, 2012:

Josh, Thanks, glad you like it.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 09, 2012:

RH, Sometimes I hear people calling their dog and think did they really say that. Some funny and strange names out there :) Wiener seems to be quite a popular name for dachshunds and does sound funny when you hear it being called.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 09, 2012:

Thomas, I really like the name Truman :) At the dog park that we go to there's a Great Pyrenees that we sometimes see. She's beautiful and I think Truman might like her too if you're ever up this way. Hey I just thought of a new career line. Dog Matcher. Is that even a word?

Thanks and I'll just pet them on the head for you ..... don't want to be picking fur outta my mouth all day.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 09, 2012:

Don, If I adopted a dog from the Humane Society/Shelter or got one from a Dog Rescue I too would of course keep the name that the dog already had. Thanks for your comments.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 09, 2012:

Susan, For some reason my entire reply to you didn't work so I'll try again. .

Maggie is neither a big dog or small dog name:) You're safe. I named my female MAGZ after my sons Matthew, Allan, Garth, Zutautas. But I do call her Maggie Magz or Mugs.

I don't think dogs really look at themselves as being big dogs or small dogs. I wish we humans could do the same.

Thanks so much!

kelleyward on August 09, 2012:

Hi Susan! You're dogs are adorable. I love the list of names you provided here. We are in the process of looking for a puppy so this will come in handy. Voted up and useful. Kelley

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 09, 2012:

Susan, Wow what huge comment! Newfoundlander dogs can be black, brown, grey and then there's the Landseer which is black and white.

My husband had a newf when he was growing up and that dog would guard his baby sister when she'd be outside in her stroller. The dog wouldn't let anyone near the stroller. They're really protective.

KevinMillican from Stilwell, OK on August 09, 2012:

Grrr....I wish I was allowed to have pets where I live :(

Michelle Liew from Singapore on August 09, 2012:

Beautiful dogs...and I love dogs. Pity that my apartment can't take a big breed...but these are lovely!!! Thanks for sharing...and choosing a name correctly is so important!

Judi Brown from UK on August 09, 2012:

Beautiful dogs - love the photo in the snow. We have a couple that live nearby, they are very gorgeous.

Tammy from North Carolina on August 08, 2012:

This is adorable! I have always been selective with my pets names. Many years ago I had a husky and a malamute, both females. I named them Raven and Niva. I had an American Eskimo named Yuki which is falling snow in Japanese. These are great suggestions for a BIG dog! I love the name Porter.

Julianna from SomeWhere Out There on August 08, 2012:

When I was a little girl I always wanted a Newfoundland or a St.Bernard they are beautiful dogs! Being on the West Coast it would be to hot so I chose Cockers which I also adore. What wonderful names for dogs.

Considering the size before naming makes a whole lot of sense, I couldn't imagine our Quincy being called Marmaduke, Goliath or Hoss. lololo!

Wonderful article and points are all well taken. We have 5 Cockers and if we owned Newfoundlands I believe we could only handle two. :)

Thumbs up and shared! :)

Joshua Zerbini from Pennsylvania on August 08, 2012:


Awesome hub! I did not know much about these dogs at all. They are huge! :)

And your list of names was awesome! Thanks Susan!

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on August 08, 2012:

I love the name Truman for a dog! Awww!

Yeah I say you should figure out what name you like then go outside and try shouting it a few times...you know so you know how it's gonna sound to the rest of the world when it gets lost! Lol

I'd hate to run around in the dark yelling "wiener! Wiener come here!" lol. My kids were little when they got Peanut - and so I had to reason this out with them:) lol lol

ThoughtSandwiches from Reno, Nevada on August 08, 2012:


Ah...newfies! As you know, I love the big guys! Not that anything will ever happen to Truman and I will have him forever and ever...but...a newfie would be my next choice if I came across one in the pound!

Personally, I think you can name a dog more than one syllable, (I may even name my next dog syllable just to prove it!)

I can't even begin to tell you how happy I was to see Truman on your list...lol!!

Great job and kiss the puppies on their huge-ass heads for me!


Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on August 08, 2012:

Whatever size dog we have, I prefer going with whatever name the dog already has. However, your point is well taken.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 08, 2012:

TT, They're smart dogs. Maybe the rock had his scent on it though too. I can just picture a dog running around a rock pile sniffing each rock LOL

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 08, 2012:

Bill, I used to work for a breeder and she wanted to give me her Champion Newf. I almost took her up on it but happy now that I didn't. Two are plenty enough for me.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 08, 2012:

Cardisa, Lots of people still name their dog Spot, cat's too. Tiny is a funny name for a big dog :)

Susan Holland from Southwest Missouri on August 08, 2012:

Susan, your pups are beautiful! I think you are right about considering the size the dog is going to be before naming him or her. Of course, that puppy picture is so adorable, so I guess I can see why a person would name the dog before it grew. That would be a little weird to me - as if the dogs name was a joke. Our dogs are part of the family. Naming them is almost like naming one of our kids, and I wouldn't name my son Tiny. I don't think he would appreciate me now that he is in his 20s. At least he could change his name. A dog is stuck with it though, and you pretty much have to stick with it for commands.

Do Newfoundlanders come in white, too? I swear, your pictures remind me of the best dog we ever had, except he was white and definitely a mixed breed. He fits your description above of loving children. He would go stand between the neighbors cow at the fence and my daughter when she was a toddler. That cow was not going to get past him. And he would even run circles around fireworks going off when my son would start to go near them. It was as if he knew the fireworks were dangerous. Also, he loved to go to the lake with us. He was the best dog. We named him Hobbes. :-)

I don't think it matters if you name your dog with one or two syllables. We used to call Hobbes, Hobbie or Hobbe-Dog, and he always came to us when we would call him.

I love your list of big dog names. Now, I did name our miniature Dachshund, Maggie... Is that a big dog name? If it can go either way, I don't want to tell her. She thinks she is BAD!!

Great hub! Votes and shares!!

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on August 08, 2012:

Susan, this was a fun read! :) My aunt had a Newfy and he was HUGE! His favorite game was to chase rocks. They lived halfway up the side of a mountain above Anchorage, so my brother and I would throw the rock as far down the mountain as we could. Wouldn't you know that he always brought back the correct rock? :)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 08, 2012:

Cute hub Susan! Love those dogs but we have far too many others already. Maybe when we move to the country in three years.

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on August 08, 2012:

How about Spot....lol...that name was so common when I was a child, even non spotted dogs had that name. I don't know much about dogs so I may end up naming a very big dog "Tiny" ...hehe...or mayble "Fluffy".

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