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French dog names for male or female

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Beautiful French dog names: Get inspired!

By Lorraine Kipling Content Writer

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These beautiful French dog names and their meanings are great inspiration for your new dog in 2020.

Do you want to give your dog a name with a little ‘je ne sais quoi’? If you are looking for a suitable name for a French dog breed such as the French Bulldog, Dogue de Bordeaux, or the famous Poodle, then you've come to the right place!

French named dogs don’t have to come from France, of course. Any breed would benefit from having a fabulous French dog name with a cool meaning. So if you love the French language and/or French culture, you might be interested in one of the following names in this list of magnificent French dog names and meanings.

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French male dog names and meanings

Of course, there's the classic 'Victor Hugo' or 'Claude Monet', but have you heard of these unique French boy dog names?


A lovely name meaning ‘white’ or ‘fair,’ that would suit a Great Pyrenees well.


For a ‘handsome’ dog, such as a male Braque du Bourbonnais.


A Berger Picard would make a great ‘brave friend.’ 


This means ‘happy,’ and would reflect the bright character of a Pyrenean Shepherd.


He may be small, but a Little Lion Dog could be ‘brave as a lion.’


This is a name for a ‘red head’ dog, like the grand Dogue de Bordeaux. 


The name of many French kings would suit the airs and graces of a Poodle. 


This means ‘wonder’ and ‘admire,’ and suits the expansive spirit of the Papillon.


An adorable French Bulldog would be perfect for this name, which means ‘cute’ or ‘dainty.’


There is something of the fresh country ‘Easter child’ or ‘lamb’ about the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen that gives us hope.

French female dog names and meanings

You may have heard of 'Marie Antoinette' or 'Fantine' from 'Les Misérables', but have you heard of these original French girl dog names?


This name means ‘noble’, and would suit a Standard Poodle. 


Like in Beauty and the Beast, this means ‘beautiful.’ A Bichon Frise could carry this name off. 


This means ‘lady of the house,’ which could fit a Briard, we think. 


The French word for 'jewel'. A great name for a little Poodle or Bichon Frisé!


A sweet name meaning ‘candy’ for a floofball Barbet


For the soft and delicious cheese! Perfect for an affectionate and gentle Beauceron.

Coco (Chanel)

The world famous designer hailed from, you guessed it, France! It would suit a Brittany perfectly! 


The French word for 'flower'. A beautiful name for a beautiful dog, such as the French Spaniel.


The female version of the word for 'Christmas'. A beautiful white dog such as the Pyrenean Mountain Dog would wear this name well.


The Papillon dog is an obvious choice for this name, which means ‘butterfly,’ but we think it would also be a nice name for a pretty Petit Bleu de Gascogne. 

Find out more about some great dog names in the posts below:

If you need more inspiration, check out our top 100 dog names for male and female 
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