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Great Names for Small Dogs

When picking dog names for smaller breeds, you need to choose something that reflects all the charm, personality and good things that come in your small package. Many of the names here mean small, little, or tiny, or are diminutives that convey that message -- perfect names for a small dog. And while Baby and Tiny are too obvious for some, here is a list of other names you may want to consider for your tiny pooch.

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  • Madigan

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    An unusual, energetic surname choice that would make a good Madison alternative. Madigan was a typical police detective series of the 1970s, starring Richard Widmark.Read More 

  • Mannix

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    An X-ending surname less common than the Jolie-Pitt-inspired Maddox. Grandparents might still associate it with the old TV crime show. Read More 

  • Marcel

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    Marcel, despite distinguished namesakes including Proust and Duchamp, suffers from a terminal headwaiter image in this country. But along with its sister name Marcella and French variation (and... Read More 

  • Melina

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    This traditional Greek name feels somewhat more distinctive than Melissa, though after a recent upward blip in popularity, it seems to be sliding back down -- which may not be a bad thing for... Read More 

  • Newt

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    Rarely used on its own and irrevocably tied to former House Speaker Gingrich -- who was christened Newton. Read More 

  • Ninetta

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    Might be carrying things too far -- little little girl? -- though could freshen up this favorite.Read More 

  • Obama

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    The surname of our new president has been been adopted as a first, for girls as well as boys, by admiring parents around the world. And the O beginning even makes it fashionable. Though Barack... Read More 

  • Ohara

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    Perfect for a child of Japanese Irish heritage. Read More 

  • Pamina

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    This operatic Italian name -- it appears in Mozart's "The Magic Flute" -- is a more unusual route to the nickname Pam/Pammy. Read More 

  • Panya

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    Panya is a multicultural possibility with a sound that's pleasing to the English-speaking ear, though the Swahili translation, which might also be "rat," makes it less than savory as an African name.Read More 

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