100+ Japanese Dog Names: Ideas for Cute & Friendly Dogs

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Japanese dog in kimono

Kawaii isn’t just a Hawaiian island — it’s also the Japanese word for “cute.” Along with beautiful landscapes and interesting food, Japan is known for its love of cute things. So if your dogs are adorable, why not give them equally adorable Japanese names?

We’ve put together a list of the cutest and most popular dog names from Japan. Keep reading to find over 100 great options for males and females.

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Female Japanese Dog Names

  • Miyu
  • Chiyoko
  • Akiko
  • Takara
  • Nanami
  • Miwa
  • Wakana
  • Asami
  • Miyuki
  • Momoka
  • Chie
  • Rina
  • Sakura
  • Yasu
  • Asuka
  • Suzu
  • Saki
  • Mio
  • Minori
  • Satomi
  • Suzume
  • Chiyo
  • Tomomi
  • Akira
  • Rika
  • Ayaka
  • Akemi
  • Airi
  • Natsumi
  • Naomi
  • Natsuki
  • Chiyo
akita dog
Akita Inu | Image credit: Malen Billoni Ahumada from Pixabay

Male Japanese Dog Names

  • Hayate
  • Kiyoshi
  • Mitsuru
  • Akio
  • Kyo
  • Nori
  • Nao
  • Ryo
  • Mitsuo
  • Akira
  • Osamu
  • Shiro
  • Riku
  • Kichiro
  • Masato
  • Norio
  • Osamu
  • Atsushi
  • Ayumu
  • Katashi
  • Mitsuo
  • Satoshi
  • Youta
  • Masayuki
  • Hideo
  • Katsu
  • Masa
  • Arata
  • Ren
  • Hitoshi
  • Kenichi
  • Kenji
  • Makoto
  • Noboru
  • Hiro
  • Daiki
  • Michio
  • Shinji
  • Dai
  • Kaito
  • Masayoshi
  • Hiroshi
  • Daisuke
  • Masaru
Japanese Chin Dog
Japanese Chin | Image credit: GoranH, Pixabay

Cute Japanese Dog Names

  • Tamago
  • Sashimi
  • Wasabi
  • Temaki
  • Nigiri
  • Koko
  • Taro
  • Aya
  • Mochi
  • Kaki
  • Uni
  • Maron
  • Sushi
  • Ebi
  • Maki
  • Mocha
  • Runa
  • Momo
  • Fuji
  • Toro
  • Kawaii
  • Koro
  • Cho
  • Cherry
  • Nana
  • Yoko
  • Sake
  • Sakura
  • Choco
  • Roe
  • Hashi
  • Kurumi
  • Hana

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Finding the Right Japanese Name for Your Dog

Have you found the perfect Japanese name for your pup? We hope this list of over 100 names helps you choose just the right one. These interesting, unique, and adorable names will suit many different breeds — not just the Shiba Inu.

Still looking? Don’t worry, we have many other extensive dog name lists:


Header image credit: Yuliya Strizhkina (Cartier), Pexels