Talking about India, we often forget how diverse this enormous country is. Spreading from the Himalayan heights to the tropical beaches of the Indian Ocean, India doesn’t stop fascinating the Western World with its cuisine, colors, heritage, and spiritual practices.
When it comes to language, India is one of the most diverse countries in the world. There are over 30 languages spoken in its different regions. Among them are Bengali, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Urdu, and Punjabi. Hindu is the official language (aside from English) spoken by over 40% of the total Indian population.
In our article, we’ve decided to draw inspiration from Hindu, but if you are fascinated with a particular region of India, feel free to do the research on your own. Maybe you will find some true gems!
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Are There Any Indian Dog Breeds?
Many famous dog breeds originated in India, including the Indian Pariah dog, Bully Kutta, Kanni, Himalayan Sheepdog, Mudhol Hound, Kombai, or Hameerpura Sikar Greyhound. Pariah is considered the most popular. It’s an intelligent and very social breed with a great potential when it comes to training. Himalayan Sheepdog is another breed gaining increasing popularity. Originally from Eastern Nepal and Kashmir, Himalayans are covered with an incredibly thick fur that makes them look super fluffy.
Even though India is known for worshiping cows, the dogs are loved there as well. Some regions (like North Bengal or Sikkim) even worship them in dedicated temples. The city of Channapatna is a good example.
Dogs are an integral part of Hindu mythology, being considered protectors of the heaven and hell gates. But they’re also adored companions in numerous households.
You’d like an Indian name for your lovely furry friend, but you’re not sure where to start? We’ve prepared a bunch of inspiring Indian dog names, so you don’t have to look much!
Indian Yoga-Inspired Dog Names
Yoga – originally an Indian spiritual practice deeply rooted in Hinduism – has conquered the whole world as a perfect way to find peace and balance through physical exercise. Checking yoga lingo can be the first step in your research since it’s full of beautiful symbolic words that could serve as a name for your dog. Among them, there are:
- Asana (a position);
- Chakra (wheel – an energy center in your body);
- Ajna (third eye);
- Hatha (basic style of yoga);
- Mudra (a hand position);
- Om (a powerful mantra that often opens and closes the yoga practice);
- Namaste (an expression of gratitude that usually ends the yoga practice);
- Prana (life energy);
- Yin (a type of passive yoga that aims at stimulating fascia and connective tissues);
- Shanti (peace).
Our Reader’s StoryWhen I adopted my dog, I wanted to give him a name that was special to me. I decided to give him an Indian name since I’m of Indian descent. After some research, I found the perfect name: Rajah. It means “king” in Hindi and I thought it was fitting for my regal pup.
Indian Female Dog Names Inspired by Hindu Goddesses
The polytheistic character of Hinduism makes it an enormous repository of the fascinating deities – each of them with its unique story and symbolic.
Goddesses are essential to the religion, particularly the three that constitute a feminine triad (Trimurti) – Parvati, Lakshmi, and Sarasvati. The first one is the wife of Shiva, the second one is considered a goddess of happiness, dance, and wealth, and the third one – the goddess of wisdom, art, and knowledge. You can differentiate them by the number of hands.
There are other goddesses that may inspire you when choosing a perfect Indian dog name:
- Ganga – for a dog that loves water;
- Tulsi – for a dog that loves nature;
- Durga – for a brave and loyal dog;
- Sita – for a loyal companion;
- Radha – for a playful and energetic pup;
- Kamadhenu – for a dog that loves to be pampered;
- Kali – for a dog that loves the dark.
Indian Male Dog Names Inspired by Hindu Gods
Just like in the case of goddesses, the number of Hindu gods is impressive. Three of the most important gods – Vishna, Shiva, and Brahma – constitute a triple deity of Supreme Divinity. They have the power to create, destroy and transform the universe.
You could also borrow the name for your dog from other Hindu gods such as:
- Krishna – for a mischievous pup;
- Indra – for a regal dog;
- Hanuman – for a brave and loyal pup;
- Agni – for a fiery dog;
- Ganesh – for a curious pooch;
- Rama – for a dog that loves justice.
Beautiful Indian Dog Names With Meaning
In Hindu, every word we dug up sounds so magical. The names collected below are not only beautiful but also practical due to the two or three-syllable construction and the presence of vowels:
- Phool (flower);
- Chaand (moon);
- Ravi (sun);
- Dil (heart);
- Chalak (clever);
- Pyaar (love);
- Pyaara (loving);
- Buddhi (wisdom);
- Bahaadur (brave);
- Paanee (water);
- Varsha (rain);
- Ashru (teardrop);
- Billee (cat);
- Rahasy (mystery);
- Panja (paw);
- Khushee (happiness);
- Aag (fire);
- Kamal (lotus);
- Vishram (relaxation).
Classic Indian Female and Male Names
You don’t have to use the name of goddesses to underline the uniqueness of your furry princess or prince. Many classic Indian names will work just as fine. Maybe you’ll like one of the suggestions below?
- Aja – for a strong and independent dog;
- Divya – for a divine pup;
- Shaila – for a pup that loves mountains;
- Nalini – for a lotus-flower-like pup;
- Devi – for a goddess-like dog;
- Priya – for a beloved pup;
- Yanisha – for a graceful dog;
- Shantai – for a peaceful pooch;
- Kamala – for a lotus-flower-like pup;
- Meena – for a mysterious pooch;
- Aiyana – for a pup that loves nature
- Ajay – for a strong and independent pup;
- Ashwin – for a fast and clever pup;
- Anil – for an airy pup;
- Arun – for a pup that loves the sunrise;
- Mohan – for a charming dog;
- Rajah – for a regal pooch;
- Johar – for a brave pup;
- Himesh – for a pup that loves music;
- Kamal – for a lotus-flower-like pup;
- Lahar – for a wave-like pup;
- Paras – for a pup that loves adventure;
- Kaanha – for a mischievous pooch.
Indian Dog Names Inspired by Indian Cities
The Indian cities are fascinating – chaotic, noisy, and colorful yet mystical and mysterious at the same time. Do you have your favorite one? If you haven’t had a chance to visit any of them yet, just let your imagination guide you. Maybe you’ll name your dog with one of those:
If not, you can always open the map and search for the name that catches your eye first!
Indian Dog Names Inspired by Indian Food
We’ve already looked through Indian culture to find the best name ideas. But let’s not forget the cuisine that also can serve as an inspiration when choosing an Indian dog name. Do you want one that sounds tasty? We have some suggestions based on the most popular dishes of various regions of India:
- Paneer (fresh Indian cheese);
- Pakora (vegetables fried in pastry);
- Papadam (thin chips from chickpea flour);
- Dal (lentil stew);
- Korma (creamy type of curry);
- Naan (Indian flatbread);
- Samosa (fried Indian dumplings stuffed with meat or vegetables);
- Dosa (Indian pancake).
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is a Good Name for a Boy Dog Indian?
Some good names for an Indian dog include Kavi (meaning “wise”), Raja (meaning “king”), and Anil (meaning “air”).
What Are Indian Pet Names?
Indian pet names are typically derived from Indian mythology, such as Krishna (meaning “dark skinned”), Vishnu (meaning “all-pervading”), and Indra (meaning “ruler of gods”).
Which Indian God Has a Dog?
The Hindu god Bhairava is often depicted with his faithful dog companion, named Shvan.
What Are Some Native American Names for Dogs?
Some popular Native American names for dogs include Kachina (meaning “spirit”), Cheveyo (meaning “spirit warrior”), and Orenda (meaning “power of the mind”).
Elizabeth Randolph is a freelance writer and pet enthusiast who has been writing about pets and their care since 2003. She has authored articles on a variety of topics related to pet care, including nutrition, training, health, and behavior. Elizabeth lives in Northern California with her husband and three cats. When she’s not writing, she enjoys hiking and spending time with her family and friends.