All dogs registered with the American Kennel Club are given unique names, which can be quite involved. Day-to-day, however, they are called whatever short names seem to suit them best.
The following excerpt is from an article entitled “Name That Puppy” by Jeanne Nonhof, which appeared in the April, 1990 edition of DOGFANCY magazine:
“Bette Isacoff, a Finnish Spitz and Siberian fancier, bought a pup out of a bitch named Hedda Lettuce. She named the Siberian pup The Iceberg Cometh. The last I heard she was planning Lettuce Play for the next generation. Isacoff and her husband, Richard, are real punsters, coming up with such gems as Gopher the Gold, Frosty the Showman, James Fenimore Pooper, Jason’s Golden Fleas, Sweet Cur Named Desire, Crate Expectations, and Bone Au Petite.
“The Isacoffs also had what they called their structure litter, which included Louis Pastern, Withering Heights,,and Gene Croupa. For a pup that gets carsick, they’re considering Queasy Rider. They also have Attila the Honey and Amelia Airhead.”
All of the dogs we bred carried the registered Kitsuna prefix; the Champions and Obedience-titled dogs were also designated as such. One of my all-time favorite pun names was – ready?
Ch. Kitsuna’s Ella Spitzgerald (she was a Finnish Spitz, naturally)!
Other names we had — minus prefix or titles but including call names where relevant — were:
Tarantula Downpour (“Spider”) And the “Flea” litter:
Italian Scallion (“Leeks”) Philadelphia Fleadom
Helena Handbasket Let Fleadom Ring
A Pack o’ Lips Now Flea for the Asking
Look Who’s Stalking (“Hunter”) Flea ‘N’ Easy
Woofman Jack (“DJ”) What Price Fleadom
Curl Up ‘n’ Dye (named for my hair stylist) It’s A Flea Country
Cinnamon Styx *********************
Oblivious Newton-John Bathroom Humor:
F’s Codfish Gerald Poupon Dijon
Guinea Little Kiss Pate Chere (pronounced potty chair)
Stacia Porpoise Ascot Upside Down (“Fanny”)
Grand Finn Allie (a Finnish Spitz) *********************
Lucinda Woods Catch Her In Your Eye
Gone with the Win De Sire Under De Elms
Estee Louder Try This for Sighs
Pair o’ Dice Lost Kissimmee Kate
Rob Her Pen Warren Ghengis Con Man
Fall Snows (Say it aloud a few times!) Call Me A Cab (“Taxi”)