What’s in a dog’s name and what can it tell us? Since the 1920’s it has been common to use kennel names, so a dog’s name may consist of a kennel name and then a given name. It’s not given that all dogs bred by that specific breeder carries his or her kennel name. In many countries there are, or has been, limitations on approving kennel names, so even very reputable breeders may have started out creating litters with no kennel name. Kennel names are in general strictly controlled in order to avoid that two breeders carry the same kennel name.

In most countries, it’s forbidden to have more than one kennel name in a dog’s name. This is done to avoid confusion about who the breeder actually is. This doesn’t apply to Australia, UK, Canada and USA, where you’ll often see two kennel names in the pedigree name. This will normally happen when a dog is sold from one kennel to another, and the new one appends it’s own kennel name to the existing name, but may also happen in other situations. In certain countries you may also see breeders using other breeders’ kennel names in naming their own dogs.

In many cases, breeders will choose to name all siblings in a litter within a particular theme, often that will be a common first letter in their given names. This is completely voluntary, but gives a good indication on who a certain dog is sibling to. In USA, it will often be up to the owner to give the dog a new, registered name, and in many cases the littermates have no resemblance in name.