Dog names which are picked from art, literature, history, or mythology are often out of the ordinary and are great conversation starters. Some names are so unique that your dog does not share the name with any other pet in the park. 

Dog names derived from heroes and heroines of art and literature also echo the owner’s tastes and class.  Although art and literature are part and parcel of today’s school curriculum, not all are able to fathom and appreciate the tales of the glorious past.

There are many names from art and literature that dog owners can choose from. Most of these are classic names that span several syllables and may be difficult to pronounce however, there are many one to two syllable names that can be a good fit for both you and your dog.

Dog owners who choose to name their dogs after important characters from art and literature usually pick out names that echo distinct personalities and character. A dog may be named from a favorite artist such as Da Vinci or from a favorite classic such as Patrasche (A Dog of Flanders).

When you have already chosen a name,  you must consider how you and other members of the pack will feel when calling your pet in the dog park or in a public place. Zeus or Toto may earn you less stares than when yelling Aramsamsam! Remember, you will be calling out your dog’s name for thousands of time in your dog’s lifetime, thus you should devote time to picking out a name and choose well.

For a more exotic flavor, you can also derive inspiration from your dog’s breed history.  A German Shepherd can be named Kafka or Freud while a French Mastiff can be named Henri or Gucci.

Names of famous authors and poets can also offer an excellent range of options if you really want a unique name for your pooch. What do you think about Dickens or Kipling?

Indeed, choosing a name from a long list of prominent personalities from art and literature—heroes, heroines, villains, writers, and poets—will certainly enable you to come up with an interesting and unforgettable name for your furry best friend.

Great literary masterpieces and works of art are wellsprings of names that you can choose for your dog.  The time and effort you exert to walk the extra mile in finding a name that will suit your dog to a T will certainly be all worth the work. 

Dog in story of ‘Pinocchio’

Dog in the novel ‘The Thin Man’

A black dog in Sherlock Holmes story ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


Bull Terrier in novel ‘Bodger’ by Sheila Burnford

Dog in Kathy Reich’s forensic books

Dog who is the main character in Call of the Wild by Jack London

Bill Sikes’ dog in Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Dog in To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

A dog in Jules Verne’s ‘A Captain at Fifteen’

Golden Retriever in Watchers by Dean Koontz

Dog belonging to Hagrid in the Harry Potter books

A three headed dog in the Harry Potter books

From the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder

A collie in Beatrix Potter book ‘TheTale of Jemima Puddleduck’

A skit on Lassie, in the Discworld books of Terry Pratchett

Dog in Three Men and a Boat by Jerome K Jerome

Dog in J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan