100+ best Japanese dog names

Did you know that Shiba Inus are super ancient, tracing their lineage all the way back to 7000 B.C.?

It’s pretty cool that along with their relatives, these pups have been part of Japan’s story since the very first people settled there.

Their ability to stick around through the ages and still be adored by so many is really something special.

That’s why picking a name that nods to their rich history could be a fun idea!

If you’re scratching your head over what to name your dog from Japan, why not dive into their homeland’s culture for a bit of naming inspiration?

And hey, even if your furry friend isn’t a Shiba Inu or even from Japan, you can still pick a beautiful Japanese name for them.

Here are a few of our top picks:

  • Aki
  • Akira
  • Asami
  • Akemi
  • Aito
  • Akiro
  • Akito
  • Akihiro
  • Asuka
  • Bashira
  • Chiyo
  • Chika
  • Chiyoko
  • Daichi
  • Emiko
  • Eizo
  • Eiji
  • Eri
  • Fumio
  • Fuji
  • Futoshi
  • Gaku
  • Goro
  • Genkei
  • Ginjoro
  • Haru
  • Hiroki
  • Hana
  • Hayata
  • Hedelki
  • Hitoshi
  • Itsuki
  • Isamu
  • Ito
  • Iwa
  • Ichiro
  • Jin
  • Junko
  • Jiro
  • Kaito
  • Kaede
  • Kamiko
  • Kayo
  • Kazuko
  • Kishi
  • Kohana
  • Lucky
  • Leon
  • Momoka
  • Mio
  • Miyu
  • Madoka
  • Michi
  • Midori
  • Mana
  • Morie
  • Masato
  • Momo
  • Mitsuo
  • Nao
  • Natsuki
  • Naoji
  • Naoki
  • Nana
  • Nori
  • Noboru
  • Nobuko
  • Osamu
  • Ryo
  • Riku
  • Rina
  • Ryuu
  • Risa
  • Rikona
  • Satosi
  • Shiro
  • Susumo
  • Saori
  • Suzu
  • Suki
  • Sunako
  • Suzume
  • Sora
  • Shizuko
  • Taichi
  • Taro
  • Toshi
  • Taku
  • Tempura
  • Wakana
  • Yui
  • Yuka
  • Yuriko
  • Yoshiro
  • Yumi
  • Yutaka
  • Yumi
  • Yoshi
  • Yoshio
  • Yoshito
  • Yuiki


Thinking of the perfect name for your new furry friend?

Why not pick something that celebrates their unique traits?

For instance, if your pup is always bouncing around and bringing smiles, how about the name Kou (幸)?

It means happiness and is just so fitting.

Or if your dog has stunning white fur that reminds you of winter wonderlands, Yuki (雪), which translates to “snow,” could be the perfect choice.

Remember, your pet is part of the family, and choosing their name is a big deal.

Going for a Japanese name can be a lovely way to honor their roots or show off your love for Japanese culture.

It’s a small but meaningful way to connect with your new pal.

Lucas Graham

Lucas Graham

Lucas Graham, based in Auckland, writes about the psychology behind everyday decisions and life choices. His perspective is grounded in the belief that understanding oneself is the key to better decision-making. Lucas’s articles are a mix of personal anecdotes and observations, offering readers relatable and down-to-earth advice.

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