Now that you have your puppy picked out, the big question is - "WHAT SHALL WE NAME IT?!" Choosing the name by which you will call this adorable little baby for the rest of its life is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly.

Consider this true story. A family was given a fluffy little white pup and was told she would "stay small." After watching the way the cute, fuzzy baby watered the floor everywhere she went, they named her Piddles. However, Piddles turned out to be an enormous Great Pyrenees, strapped with a name more appropriate for a tiny poodle or a Shih Tzu.

So, before you "christen" your new pup with an embarrassing name, or one that's long and complicated, consider how you would sound, standing in your front yard, hollering it out across the neighborhood, or at the dog park.

There are loads of websites and books that list male and female names for puppies, but here are the top 20 in both categories, according to one website:
Male Names:

   1. Max
   2. Jake
   3. Buddy
   4. Bailey
   5. Sam
   6. Rocky
   7. Buster
   8. Casey
   9. Cody
  10. Duke
  11. Charlie
  12. Jack
  13. Harley
  14. Rusty
  15. Toby
  16. Murphy
  17. Shelby
  18. Sparky
  19. Barney
  20. Winston

Female Names:

   1. Maggie
   2. Molly
   3. Lady
   4. Sadie
   5. Lucy
   6. Daisy
   7. Ginger
   8. Abby
   9. Sasha
  10. Sandy
  11. Dakota
  12. Katie
  13. Annie
  14. Chelsea
  15. Princess
  16. Missy
  17. Sophie
  18. Bo
  19. Coco
  20. Tasha

Of course, if you have bought your pup from FlicKennel, it's a miniature dachshund and that's a German breed. You might want a good German name, but perhaps you don't know any. Thankfully, there are websites which list names in assorted languages appropriate for the breed of your dog. Here are a few of the German lists:

www.fundognames.com/german-dog-names.html - listed alphabetically, gives meaning and gender. GOOD!

http://www.geocities.com/dog_names/name_your_dog_german.html - few names, but some different ones than the really comprehensive first list.

http://www.petnamesworld.com/german-dog-names.html - another really comprehensive list you can sort by nationality, gender, even appropriateness for the type of animal you're naming!

http://www.cat-dog-names.com/german-dog-names.html - similar to the second list, but larger. No gender differentiation.

http://www.dog-names-and-more.com/German-Dog-Names.html - a few different ones than listed above. No gender sorting.

http://www.dognameswoof.com - this one not only has lists from which to choose a name, but also allows you to submit pictures of your dog, its name, and a story about how and where you got the dog - brag on your pup! 

You can also sort by Small Dog Names, or Funny Dog Names, Silly Dog Names, and a host of other categories entirely up to you, the new owner. There are numerous clickable lists on most of the above sites.

Happy name-hunting!

Double dilemma - this happy family had to choose TWO names for their new Flickennel puppies!