200+ Bichon Frise Names (& How to Choose One)

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Bichon Frise NamesWelcoming a new furry member into our family is a memorable experience. If you are planning to get a bichon frise puppy, you may want to find inspiration for choosing its name. Just like when naming your baby, this process may be difficult.

Below, we’ll offer you a long list of 200+ bichon frise names and a guide on how to choose the best name for your pup.

10 Best Bichon Frise Names

Let’s start right off the bat with a list of our top ten favorites. If you don’t find a name you like in here, don’t worry – there are many more options for you to consider further down in the article!

  1. Abby
  2. Bailey
  3. Charlie
  4. Lucky
  5. Lucy
  6. Monty
  7. Niko
  8. Romeo
  9. Sammy
  10. Teddy

4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Name for Your Bichon Frise

You may wonder how to choose the perfect name for your bichon frise pup. This can be a difficult process, but here are four things to keep in mind when picking a name.

1. More Vowels

The first thing you should consider is how easily your pup will answer to you based on the name you choose. Many pet owners prefer choosing a name that ends in a vowel because it has a different intonation. In other words, your pup will be easier to train if you can get their attention quickly. This is because dogs are better at distinguishing frequencies than humans, so a name with vowels will make the pup more attentive.

2. Shorter Names Are Better

Picking a very long name for your bichon frise probably means that you’ll opt for a shorter nickname in the end. In this case, your bichon will either respond only to the nickname or you have to train it to recognize both. Also, a long name can be confusing for your dog, and it may take longer until it understands and responds to it.

3. Pick a Significantly Different Name

If you have more pets at home, you definitely need to pick different names for them and avoid those that may sound similar. Otherwise, your bichon frise and other pets in your household may be puzzled and won’t know which one you talk to.

In addition to this, you need to stay clear of names that rhyme or sound similar to commands. Thus, your chosen name should not be similar to “sit,” “come,” “heel,” “no,” and others.

4. Be Consistent

Once you decide on a name, it’s best to stop thinking about it and stick to it. This means your bichon frise pup will learn faster. Also, if you get a dog that already has a name, it’s best not to change it.

Will Your Bichon Frise Respond If You Give Him Two Names?

Specialists agree that your bichon frise can react to two names. Your dog responds to their name because something good happens after you call it – like petting, feeding, or going for a walk. Thus, dogs don’t respond to a specific name, but rather they associate it with something good that happens after. If you want to give your bichon frise two names, it’s best to provide rewards each time.

In a pack, dogs are given “identifiers” like a specific bark from the others, which acts like a name. This bark is different when used by each dog, so one pup can learn to associate many sounds with itself.

It’s important to keep in mind that teaching a dog its name requires patience and consistency, and it is even more difficult if you want to teach it two names at the same time. You need to be firm but gentle and use lots of positive reinforcements. Each command and term must be taught properly, otherwise, your bichon frise, or any other dog, will end up confused.

Can You Rename Your Bichon Frise Later in Its Life?

You can rename your bichon frise later in life, but it’s not recommended unless there’s a serious reason for it. It also depends on how old your pup is; for instance, senior dogs may develop impaired hearing, which means that they cannot hear you trying to teach a new name.

If, however, you do decide to rename your bichon frise later in its life, there are a few tips to help you out.

Perhaps the best way to rename your bichon frise is to choose a name that’s similar to the old one. For instance, Molly can be turned into Polly. You can also choose another name that starts with the same letter as the old name.

Just like you should do when naming a pup for the first time, rewards go a long way. Make sure you use treats for the first days when you rename your bichon frise – you may even have to keep your pockets well-stocked wherever you go for the best results. When you treat your pup, it’ll know that the name is followed by good things, and your pup will start responding to it.

Finally, another technique is to combine the old name with the new name, then drop the old one. So, if your pup’s name was Sally, but you want to switch to Molly, call the pup Sally-Molly for a few days, then drop the Sally.

35 Male Bichon Frise Names

If you are getting a male bichon frise, below are over 30 names you can consider giving him. Just make sure you don’t have another pet with the same or similar sounding name when making a decision!

  1. Adair
  2. Baxter
  3. Bex
  4. Bing
  5. Buzz
  6. Calvin
  7. Charlie
  8. Cody
  9. Corbin
  10. Dobby
  11. Dorian
  12. Dustin
  13. Gizmo
  14. Hugo
  15. Jax
  16. Mac
  17. Max
  18. Milo
  19. Mole
  20. Monty
  21. Murphy
  22. Niko
  23. Oscar
  24. Pip
  25. Poco
  26. Rascal
  27. Romeo
  28. Ross
  29. Sammy
  30. Scout
  31. Sully
  32. Teddy
  33. Titch
  34. Tucker
  35. Winston

35 Female Bichon Frise Names

Below are some female names that you can give your bichon frise.

  1. Abby
  2. Angel
  3. Annabelle
  4. Annie
  5. Aria
  6. Bailey
  7. Bonnie
  8. Buffy
  9. Cherie
  10. Chloe
  11. Coco
  12. Cutie
  13. Daisy
  14. Daphne
  15. Fifi
  16. Ginger
  17. Gisele
  18. Heidi
  19. Jasmine
  20. Lily
  21. Lucky
  22. Lucy
  23. Maddy
  24. Maggie
  25. Nori
  26. Pearl
  27. Pidge
  28. Polly
  29. Poppy
  30. Roxy
  31. Serena
  32. Shelby
  33. Sweetie
  34. Twiggy
  35. Zoey

35 Cute Bichon Frise Names

Want to give your bichon frise a cute and unique name regardless of whether it’s a male or a female? Choose one from the list below.

  1. Bamboo
  2. Banjo
  3. Booboo
  4. Crystal
  5. Curly
  6. Dinky
  7. Diva
  8. Finn
  9. Fleecy
  10. Fluffy
  11. Fuzzy
  12. Georgie
  13. Groot
  14. Hansel
  15. Ivy
  16. Jolene
  17. Josie
  18. Kiki
  19. Kiko
  20. Mopsy
  21. Nacho
  22. Nipper
  23. Paddington
  24. Peanut
  25. Pebbles
  26. Quartz
  27. Rocco
  28. Rufus
  29. Snowflake
  30. Toto
  31. Violet
  32. Waddles
  33. Winnie
  34. Wooly
  35. Yoshi

35 Tough Bichon Frise Names

While bichon frise is far from being a “tough dog,” sometimes you might at least want to give him a name that sounds tough. If that’s the case, pick one from the list below. Just remember that some of them might be harder to teach than others (refer to the earlier section on choosing a name for your bichon frise).

  1. Alexander
  2. Archer
  3. Atilla
  4. Bane
  5. Barges
  6. Blaze
  7. Bo
  8. Brutus
  9. Buck
  10. Cheetah
  11. Croc
  12. Cuda
  13. Flamma
  14. Flynn
  15. Hawk
  16. Hercules
  17. Hooch
  18. Khan
  19. Knox
  20. Kojak
  21. Kong
  22. Kujo
  23. Lucky
  24. Marcus
  25. Maximus
  26. Motley
  27. Onyx
  28. Oz
  29. Paddock
  30. Patton
  31. Rambo
  32. Rocky
  33. Ryder
  34. Sampson
  35. Sanford

32 Japanese Bichon Frise Names

If you want to give your bichon an exotic name, why not choose a Japanese one? Below are 30+ such names to consider.

  1. Azuki (red bean)
  2. Aki (fall)
  3. Akira (intelligent)
  4. Amaya (night rain)
  5. Asami (morning beauty)
  6. Choco (chocolate)
  7. Cookie (choice)
  8. Emi (blessing)
  9. Emiko
  10. Hana (flower)
  11. Haru (spring)
  12. Kimi (noble)
  13. Koro (roly-poly)
  14. Kotaro (small boy)
  15. Kurumi (walnut)
  16. Maron (chestnut)
  17. Masumi (clarity)
  18. Megumi (blessing)
  19. Miyu (gentle)
  20. Momo (peach)
  21. Nana (seven)
  22. Nori (seaweed)
  23. Pochi (a classic dog name like “Spot”)
  24. Rina (jasmine)
  25. Ryuu (dragon)
  26. Shinju (pearl)
  27. Sora (sky)
  28. Tadao (loyal)
  29. Toshiko (clever)
  30. Yuki (good fortune)
  31. Yumi (beautiful)
  32. Yuri (lily)

35 French Bichon Frise Names

Lastly, while the bichon frise’s origins are not in France, it does have a connection to that country. As such, you might want to give your bichon one of the French names below.

  1. Adele
  2. Adrien
  3. Aimeé (beloved)
  4. Alair (cheerful)
  5. Ami (male friend)
  6. Amie (female friend)
  7. Andre
  8. Aubin
  9. Bastille
  10. Beau (handsome)/Belle (beautiful)
  11. Bijou (jewel)
  12. Chanceux (lucky)
  13. Chevalier (knight)
  14. Christophe
  15. Esme
  16. Felicite (happiness)
  17. Felix
  18. Fleur (flower)
  19. Fondue
  20. Ganache
  21. Gaston
  22. Gigi
  23. Gilles
  24. Hilaire (funny)
  25. Jolie (pretty)
  26. Leon (lion)
  27. Lyonette (little lion)
  28. Madeleine
  29. Marcel
  30. Merle
  31. Monet
  32. Papillon (butterfly)
  33. Renee
  34. Sophie
  35. Yves

Summary

Finding the right name for your pet is no easy task!

Perhaps the best starting point is to closely observe your pup and find one shining quality – is it merry, cheerful, playful? The name should be representative of your pup and we hope that you found some inspiration in our list of 200+ bichon frise names.