Naming dogs–French style!

What’s in a name?! 

Well, if you buy a pedigree dog, in France, there are certain conventions surrounding the name you select.

It all started, in 1926, when the government decided that all dogs born in the same year would have a name beginning with the same letter.

The letter “Z” was excluded due to the lack of names beginning with that letter. In the seventies, the letters K, Q, W, X and Y, were omitted for the same reason.

Therefore, if you want to register your dog with the S.C.C. (Société Centrale Canine) you need to follow the rule. However, if you’re not bothered about your dog being listed as a chien de race (purebred or pedigree dog), then this rule does not concern you!

The letter for 2018 is ‘O’.  I did some ‘sleuthing’ and found this list of suggestions, courtesy of Plum Creek Kennels:  

This is an American Kennels where they breed Brittany Spaniels. They have very kindly provided a list of possible names beginning with O!


Some of my readers might find this rather a random post but my friends know that, alongside France, I also love dogs! I grew up with dogs and my boys have inherited my love for – usually – big dogs.

One of our last family dogs was the most beautiful Flatcoated Retriever, called Cassie. She was named  after ‘cassis’; a blackcurrant liqueur….!


A rescue dog called Brillo then joined us. He had already been named when we got him and we thought it was a brilliant name for him, so we kept it!


How and why have you named your pets? I’d love to know!

This post has been updated to link with the very varied and interesting #AnimalTales

13 thoughts on “Naming dogs–French style!

  1. Pingback: Dogless in France | Fancying France
  2. Our cats are all French and are all have names with the correct letter year for their birth … Foggy, Fumée, Firkin and Moo. Both our dogs were rescues and came with names. Saari (correct spelling) is well out of synch with the year but Morgan is just a month or so out! Our vet hands out leaflets each year with name suggestions for the letter in question. Maybe I’ll write a blog post one day on how all our other animals got their names – they were not year related. A lovely post to add to #AnimalTales

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    • Love the cat names. That’s interesting to know that your vet hands out leaflets with name suggestions. I think a blog post about how all your animals got their names would be fascinating!


  3. I’ve read about this before but I thought it applied to all dogs not just breeds. Our dog is Bob, because I call everything a Bob, you know the bob for the tv, the bobbins (looking for car keys) Bob’s your Uncle etc. SO when asked what I was going to call the dog, it was the first thing that flew out my mouth #animaltales

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  4. My dogs are always rescue mutts! Fidget was named by my daughter as he arrived as a companion to our aging old girl Widget. My daughter said the name Fidget would always remind us of Widge when she was gone! From the mouths of babes.. #AnimalTales

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