When naming a dog, their coat is always a great place to look for inspiration. While you still have much to learn about your new friend’s personality and preferences, you already know the color of their favorite (and, ahem, only) outfit.
White dogs have plenty of names to choose from. But, If your best bud is brunette, fur-forward names are also plentiful. From candy-coated classics to nature-inspired namesakes, here are some of the most colorful brown dog names for pups of all shades and sizes.
Best Brown Dog Names
Drumroll, please! These are some of our favorite brown dog names.
Brownie: Sometimes, on-the-nose is on-point. With “brown” right there in the name, the fudgy dessert is simply the sweetest.
Cadbury: The British chocolate company has a bunny mascot, of course. But regardless, we think Cadbury makes a dapper name for cocoa-coated pups.
Chestnut: Red alert! The warm-hued wood is perfect for breeds with gingery-brown locks, such as Irish Setters and Cocker Spaniels.
Cocoa: You can never go wrong with this tried-and-true classic. For runway-ready pups, consider a wink to Ms. Chanel with the alternate “Coco” spelling.
Hershey: Synonymous with chocolate and kisses, Hershey is perfect for brown love bugs.
Moose: Everyone loves dogs named after other animals! For big brown dogs, Moose has a goofy charm.
Oatmeal: As a breakfast food, oatmeal can be divisive. But as brown dog names go, everyone can agree that Oatmeal is a winner.
Snickers: Although the candy bar was named after the Mars family’s horse, Snickers also works well for canine companions. For a cookie-inspired twist, try the equally sweet Snickerdoodle.
Teddy: If your best bud resembles a bear, consider Teddy – or, for more formal occasions, Theodore.
Toast: The only thing more universally beloved than toast? Dogs.
Female Brown Dog Names
Sugar, spice, and everything nice – these brown girl dog names are perfect for brunette beauties.
Autumn: Get ready to fall in love with this seasonal name, which calls to mind warm golden browns and crisp morning walks.
Brandy: Cheers to Brandy! This cute girl’s name nods to the orange-brown liquor.
Chai: The coffeehouse offers plenty of brown dog names. Chai is both sweet and spicy, like plenty of pups we know.
Godiva: For a historical homage, consider Godiva. The Belgian chocolate company is named after Lady Godiva, an adventurous Anglo-Saxon noblewoman.
Kit Kat: The popular candy offers two snappy nicknames – but we assume your pup would prefer being called Kit instead of Kat.
Kona: Known for its gourmet coffee beans, Kona is a district on Hawaii’s Big Island, as well as a unisex brown dog name.
Nutella: The beloved chocolate-hazelnut spread makes for a deliciously cute name for brown dogs. (Although you might also have to adopt a Peanut Butter friend for Nutella.)
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Male Brown Dog Names
With plenty of colorful personality, these brown dog names are wag-worthy.
Biscuit: For a name that will make everyone smile (including your pup), look no further than this true treat of a name.
Charlie Brown: Considering his surname, Snoopy’s human is a fun choice for brown dogs. We also love the nickname potential: choose from Charles, Chuck, or Mr. Brown, depending on the occasion.
Chewbacca: With his flowing, head-to-toe brunette locks, the legendary Wookiee is an out-of-this-world namesake. (“Star Wars” creator George Lucas has said his Alaskan Malamute inspired the character, but we think any breed has Chewie potential.) And if your pup is a true Jedi, here are some other Star Wars dog names to consider.
Guinness: Boasting a distinctive rich brown hue, the stout is perfect for darker brown coats. Brewed in Dublin, Guinness is especially fitting for Irish breeds such as Wolfhounds and Wheaten Terriers.
Hickory: Hickory is the common term for various species of nut-producing forest trees. It’s also occasionally used as a boy’s name – and makes a pawsome pup name.
Marrone: The Italian word for “brown,” Marrone is both subtle and sophisticated.
Starbuck: Before the name was synonymous with coffee, Starbuck was best known as the first mate in “Moby Dick.”
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Brown and White Dog Names
For two-tone pups, these brown and white dog names offer the best of both worlds.
Bambi: For a whimsical woodland name, try Bambi. The charming Disney deer has a light brown coat with white spots.
Moo: For multi-colored pups with cow-like patches, Moo is endearingly cheesy.
Kahlua: For a spirited name, consider the coffee liquor. After all, you can’t have Kahlua without cream!
Rocky Road: With its signature blend of chocolate and marshmallows, the ice cream has a classic charm that’s befitting of man’s best friend.
Sugar: Available in both white and brown varieties, Sugar is a sweet name for pups of either color – or even better, both!
Qinling: Is your pup unbearably cute? The Qinling panda is a subspecies of giant panda known for its unusual brown-and-white coat.
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Black and Brown Dog Names
As savvy dogs know, mixing neutrals is always a good idea. Try these black and brown dog names for fashionable pups with couture coats.
Éclair: Oui oui! The famous French pastry has a light brown choux base, covered with a layer of dark chocolate icing.
Pluto: Have a silly sidekick? Consider Pluto! Mickey Mouse’s pet pup has a light brown body with black ears.
Scooby-Doo: Scooby is another classic character with brown-and-black coloring. Although good ol’ Scoobs is a Great Dane, the name is equally fun for smaller pups.
Triumph: Conan O’Brien’s “Insult Comic Dog” is a Montenegrin Mountain Hound, a rare breed known for its black-and-tan coat. (Triumph, however, is probably best known for being kicked out of various high-profile events, including the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and the Democratic National Convention).
Wolverine: If you’re a “Marvel” fan, consider Wolverine. Logan’s animal alias has a distinctive black-and-brown coat.
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Light Brown Dog Names
For sandy-shaded pups, these light brown dog names add a little color commentary.
Amber: This pretty girl’s name references fossilized tree resin, which usually has a yellow-brown color.
Butterscotch: Butter and scotch – what’s not to like?! The honey-hued candy is actually made with brown sugar and butter, which is also a winning combination.
Cashew: While there’s nothing wrong with the classic Peanut, we prefer the slightly more sophisticated Cashew. (For an on-trend nickname, play it cool with Cash.)
Penny: A common nickname for Penelope, Penny is perfect for copper-coated breeds, such as Dachshunds and Coonhounds.
Waffles: Fluffy, sweet, and golden-brown, the breakfast favorite is always a hit.
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Small Brown Dog Names
Pint-sized pups, try these small brown dog names on for size!
Acorn: If your little bud is a little nutty, Acorn might be the perfect fit.
Bunny: As another small, brown, and adorable animal, Bunny has petite pup potential.
Chip: As in chocolate chip, of course! As this tasty little morsel proves, good things come in small packages.
Potato: We’ve met more than one Chihuahua who could be mistaken for a potato.
Tootsie: Looking for a super cute brown dog name? This adorable option comes courtesy of the Tootsie Roll, a classic tiny treasure.
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