100+ Food Inspired Dog Names: Ideas for Hungry & Saucy Dogs

Calling all foodies, farmers, gardeners, and anyone else who is as passionate about food as they are their pets. Inspiration for our furry friend’s names can be sparked by the simplest of concepts, and food, or any derivative thereof, is no exception! A source of energy, nourishment, comfort, excitement – our relationship with cuisine can often be synonymous with the bond we’ve created with our loyal dogs. Maybe not in the literal sense, but surely when it comes to a much needed mood booster or pick-me-up, our pets can fill our hearts the way a wonderful meal fills our bellies. Maybe you’re even someone who loves to share a little soul food with your canine soul mate. 

Whatever your reasoning, we have compiled a fairly comprehensive list of all food-inspired names for you to consider for your new addition. Below you find the top-rated male and female ideas, suggestions based on the most popular cuisines, clever and spicy names, and finally a few based on the classic fruits and veggies. Grab a snack as the next bit of reading may make you hungry! 

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Female Food Inspired Dog Names

  • Candy 
  • Olive 
  • Honey 
  • Pudding 
  • Nectar
  • Waffles
  • Nutella 
  • Lavender 
  • Brulee
  • Truffle 
  • Tuna 
  • Chutney 
  • Chai 
  • Sugar 
  • Acai 
  • Ginger 
  • Flan 
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Male Food Inspired Dog Names

  • Pickles 
  • Chips 
  • Graham 
  • Nugget 
  • Taffy 
  • Brownie
  • Pancake 
  • Pistachio 
  • Reuben 
  • Fudge 
  • Quiche 
  • Pirogi
  • CousCous 
  • Chipotle 
  • Goji 
  • Eclair
  • Cheese
  • Crumpet 

Italian Food Inspired Dog Names

Italian food reaches far beyond the traditional spaghetti and meatballs. These dishes offer up some of the most adorable names for our pets! 

  • Ragu
  • Pesto
  • Calzone
  • Tiramisu
  • Tortellini
  • Gnocchi
  • Vino
  • Machiato
  • Cannoli
  • Gelato
  • Asiago
  • Scampi
  • Biscotti
  • Orzo
  • Caprese
  • Panna Cotta
  • Ravioli
  • Prosciutto
  • Meatball
  • Stomboli
  • Ciabatta
  • Ricotta
  • Fettuccine
  • Risotto
  • Pandoro
  • Pita
  • Linguini
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Mexican Food Inspired Dog Names

We welcome Mexican food into our home every week for Taco Tuesday – why not choose a name that will remind of this great country and cuisine on a daily basis? Here are our favorite names inspired by Mexican food.

  • Tequila 
  • Taco 
  • Nacho 
  • Tamale 
  • Posole
  • Queso 
  • Taquito 
  • Burrito 
  • Guacamole
  • Fajita
  • Migas
  • Enchilada
  • Verde
  • Salsa 
  • Tostada
  • Tortilla
  • Fresca 
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Chalupa 
  • Dos Equis 
  • Gordita 
  • Quesadilla
  • Churro 

Japanese Food Inspired Dog Names

You may be inspired by the unique dishes of Japan. This cuisine provides some fairly cool and trendy names suitable for any dog!

  • Sushi 
  • Tempura 
  • Unagi 
  • Miso 
  • Pocky
  • Sake
  • Wasabi
  • Sashimi 
  • Kakuni
  • Matcha
  • Tataki
  • Soba 
  • Bento
  • Ramen 
  • Somen 
  • Soki 
  • Yakitori 
  • Kimchi 
  • Imoni 
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Chinese Food Inspired Dog Names

Delicious, comforting, and oh so addicting. Chinese food is another cuisine that is loved by a vast group of people. Any of these names would be great for a breed originating from China, or 

  • Sichuan 
  • Dumpling 
  • Chow Mein 
  • Popiah
  • Hotpot 
  • Vermicelli
  • Egg Roll
  • Kung Pao 
  • Peri Peri
  • Dim Sum 
  • Peking 
  • Taro
  • Shitake
  • Wok
  • Springroll
  • Pot Sticker 
  • Mapo
  • Wonton 
  • Bao 
  • Szechwuan
  • Sachima 
  • Congee 
  • Youtiao

Funny Food Inspired Dog Names

Although all food inspired dog names are quite humorous, the following set takes the cake. Perfect for any pooch with a wonderful sense of humor, goofy personality, or silly appearance, here are our favorite funny food inspired dog names.

  • Catnip 
  • Bolognese
  • Aioli 
  • Bologne
  • Sausage 
  • Gravlax 
  • Scrapple 
  • Gyro 
  • Calamari
  • Croissant 
  • Hotdog 
  • Borscht 
  • Pu Pu Platter 
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Spice Inspired Dog Names

Where would the world be without a little spice? One of these might be the ultimate match for the sassy, sweet, or sourest of pup personalities. Just as they keep our food interesting, these also double as fun and intriguing options for our pets’ names. 

  • Cilantro 
  • Fennel
  • Basil 
  • Oregano 
  • Mint 
  • Poppy 
  • Vanilla 
  • Anise
  • Ginger
  • Tumeric
  • Rue 
  • Pepper
  • Hyssop
  • Cayenne 
  • Tarragon 
  • Cumin
  • Saffron 
  • Rosemary 
  • Sage 
  • Nutmeg
  • Clove 
  • Paprika 
  • Chive
  • Parsley
  • Dill

Fruit and Vegetable Inspired Dog Names

For dogs with an appetite resembling that of a rabbit, you might be better off pairing them with an earthy and homegrown fruit or veggie name. 

  • Avocado 
  • Kiwi 
  • Durian 
  • Papaya
  • Fig 
  • Lemon 
  • Okra
  • Chicory 
  • leek
  • Prune 
  • Kale
  • Yam
  • Potato
  • Brussel 
  • Edamame 
  • Mango 
  • Parsnip 
  • Arugula 
  • Turnip
  • Apricot 
  • Sprout 
  • Bok Choy 
  • Carrot 
  • Guava 
  • Cherry 
  • Mandarin 
  • Pear
  • Coconut 
  • Lychee 
  • Banana 
  • Clementine 
  • Apple 
  • Berry 

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Finding the Right Food Inspired Name for Your Dog

We know that adopting a new puppy is a fun and rewarding experience so we want to ensure finding them the perfect name is just as wonderful! You might be feeling the pressure to get it right, but rest assured, your pooch will love whatever name you choose.

Whether you’ve chosen something based on their saucy personality, or endless appetite, we are sure that you will be able to find a match for your puppy on our list of 100+ Food Names. 

If not, take a peek at one of our additional dog name posts for some more inspiration:


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