101 Best FAT Dog Names! (Actually GOOD)

Dogs come in many shapes and sizes, each precious in its own way. Although most dogs catch the eyes of passers-by, fat dogs will stop people dead in their tracks.

When I see a dog with a little extra weight around its ribs, whether from fat or muscle, I can’t help but coo over it. For whatever reason, fat dogs are simply irresistible. If you adopt a fat dog, you will need to find a name to match its cuteness.

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101 Best Fat Dog Names

Consider the 101 best fat dog names below. 

Based on TV Shows and Movies

There are some movies that stick with us long after the final scene. We may think of our favorite character in our daily lives for years after finishing. Many of the characters below were famous for their size

dog wears witch costume with broomstick
A dog wears witch costume with broomstick.

You can expect laughs from all who meet your pup when you name your dog after these TV and movie characters.  

  1. Chew-Barka from Star Wars
  2. Chunk from The Goonies
  3. Fat Tony from The Simpsons
  4. Fluffy from Harry Potter
  5. Gamora from Marvel Comics
  6. Groot from Marvel Comics
  7. Hank Hill from King of the Hill
  8. Heffalump from Winnie the Pooh
  9. Homer from The Simpsons
  10. Hulk from Marvel Comics
  11. Jabba from Star Wars
  12. Kong from King Kong
  13. Miss Piggy from The Muppets
  14. Pumba from The Lion King
  15. Rambo from Rambo
  16. Rex from Toy Story
  17. Rocky from Rocky
  18. Shrek from Shrek
  19. Ursula from The Little Mermaid
  20. Violet from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Fat Dog Names From Mythology

We often consider large dogs to be strong. Throughout history, many cultures have told stories of gods and goddesses whose strength defied logic.

Afghan Hound stands
Beautiful Afghan Hound standing proud.

The following characters from mythology capture the might and mystery of your dog.

  1. Amazon from Greek mythology
  2. Cyclone from Greek mythology
  3. Erma from Norse mythology
  4. Loki from Norse mythology
  5. Maui from Polynesian mythology
  6. Medusa from Greek mythology
  7. Odin from Norse mythology
  8. Thor from Norse mythology
  9. Titan from Greek mythology
  10. Zeus from Greek mythology

Famous Names for Fat Dogs

Aside from movie characters, there are many common household names. The following names evoke images of stout, massive, or terrifying creatures and people. 

Corgi and dog food
A Corgi seems full already and can’t finish a bowl of dog food!
  1. Bowser
  2. Budha
  3. Chunk Norris
  4. Godzilla
  5. Goliath
  6. Tyson
  7. Yeti

Tough Fat Dog Names

Most dogs believe they are the toughest around, but fat dogs are especially prone to overestimating themselves. These fat dog names will present your dog as the tough creature he believes himself to be. 

German shepherd at the beach
A big boy German Shepherd enjoys a beach visit
  1. Beasty
  2. Boomer
  3. Bruiser
  4. Brutus
  5. Diesel
  6. Helga
  7. Monster
  8. Oslin
  9. Spike
  10. Tank
  11. Thunder

Cute Fat Dog Names

Fat dogs are not just powerful. They can be cute, too. Consider these fat dog names if you want to capture the sparkle in your dog’s eyes or the adorable way he scrunches his nose. 

Chow Chow looks at her owner
A Chow Chow with tongue out looks at her owner.
  1. Angel
  2. Annie
  3. Bailey
  4. Beau
  5. Big Bertha
  6. Big Mac
  7. Bubba
  8. Buster
  9. Coco
  10. Dakota
  11. Dixie
  12. Echo
  13. Magnus
  14. Molly
  15. Morgan
  16. Vixen

Chubby Dog Names

Some fat dogs are bulky and muscular, while others are undoubtedly chubby. If your dog has a few extra pounds, these chubby dog names will suit him perfectly.

obese brown Dachshund
Fat brown Dachshund with his ball at the beach.
  1. Biggy
  2. Brawny
  3. Chubz
  4. Elle
  5. Fat Mama
  6. Gordo
  7. Grasa
  8. Hammy
  9. Hefty
  10. Poofy
  11. Pudgy
  12. Roly Poly
  13. Stocky
  14. Tubbs

Animal Names for Fat Dogs

Although dogs are not typically known for being large, the names of many other species capture this image perfectly. These animal names allow you to liken your dog to the largest and sturdiest animals

dog and a girl with a teddy bear
A dog and a girl cuddle with a teddy bear.
  1. Bear
  2. Bovine
  3. Bull
  4. Grizzly
  5. Moose
  6. Piggy
  7. Taurus

Food Names for Fat Dogs

Fat dogs probably put on some of that weight from their favorite snacks. These food names may match your dog’s favorite meals or husky shape. 

Samoyed and Corgi on a picnic
Samoyed and Corgi sit together with food on a picnic.
  1. Bon-Bon
  2. Burrito
  3. Butterball
  4. Dumpling
  5. Gnocchi
  6. Meatball
  7. Pork Chop
  8. Tater Tot
  9. Twinkie
  10. Whopper

Ironic Fat Dog Names

Just as many small dogs consider themselves large and intimidating, many large dogs believe themselves to be tiny lap dogs. These ironic names may match your dog’s personality despite its massive size. 

Boxer and owner's scarfs
Boxer and owner’s scarfs
  1. Jelly Bean
  2. Pee Wee
  3. Slim
  4. Squirt
  5. Tina 
  6. Tiny


Before you go, you should know a few more things about fat dogs. Check out some frequently asked questions below. 

What are some strong feminine dog names?

Most female dogs are not as large as their male counterparts but can be equally as powerful. If you want to tell the world about your dog’s strength, try out these strong female dog names:

Chihuahua runs with a stick
Chihuahua in a pink ribbon runs with a stick.
  • Alaska
  • Blizzard
  • Diamond
  • Electra
  • Huntress
  • Jersey
  • Katniss
  • Matilda
  • Nova
  • Phoenix
  • Raven
  • Theo
  • Zola

What are some strong masculine dog names?

Do you want to highlight your dog’s strength rather than his size? Consider these strong male dog names:

Newfoundland dog large
A large and in charge Newfoundland dog
  • Brute
  • Gaston
  • Herc
  • Mufasa
  • Tarzan
  • Wolf
  • Wolverine

How do I know if my dog is too fat?

Four key areas will help you determine whether your dog is obese. You should be able to easily feel the bones on your dog’s rib cage, spine, shoulders, and hips. A thick fat layer in any of these areas can signify obesity.

Large Labradoodle
A large size Labradoodle facing the camera for a photo.

Young dogs with difficulty walking or jumping may also be too fat. 

All dogs have a Body Condition Score to indicate their health. Dogs rated one through three are too thin, while those rated four or five are ideal. Ratings of six through nine signify that a dog is too fat.

The following table discusses the details of these scores. 

Scale NumberRibsWaistAbdominal TuckOther
6 (overweight)can feel ribs under a small amount of fatcan see it from aboveapparentN/A
7 (overweight)difficult to feel ribs because of heavy fat coveringalmost impossible to seemay be absentobvious excess fat in lumber area and base of tail
8 (obese)cannot feel ribs without significant pressureabsentabsentthick layers of fat over lumber area and base of tail; possible abdominal distension
9 (obese)massive fat layers over ribsabsentabsentmassive fat layers over thorax, spine, and base of tail; abdominal distension is evident

How can I help my dog lose weight?

Obesity is a serious concern for dogs.

dog under the table licking
A dog licking his lips under the table

Too much fat can cause multiple health complications and premature death. If your dog is too fat, try some of the following tips.

  • Discuss a calorie limit with your vet and follow it.
  • Take calories from human food into account when you calculate your dog’s daily calories.
  • Make it impossible for your dog to sneak extra food by cleaning up after your kids and keeping other pets’ food out of reach.
  • Check your dog’s hormone levels.

What are the biggest dog breeds?

Some dogs deserve fat dog names because of their large size rather than being overweight.

English Mastiff dog
An English Mastiff dog is amongst the largest in the world

If you want to adopt a dog worthy of any names above, check out the sizes of the largest dog breeds in the table below. 

Dog BreedWeightHeight
Anatolian Shepherd80-150 pounds27-29 inches
Bernese Mountain Dog70-115 pounds23-27.5 inches
Black Russian Terrier80-130 pounds26-30 inches
Bullmastiff100-130 pounds24-27 inches
Dogue de Bordeaux99 pounds and up23-27 inches
Cane CorsoDepends on height23.5-27.5 inches
Great Dane110-175 pounds28-32 inches
Great Pyrenees85 pounds and up25-32 inches
Irish Wolfhound30 inches and up105-120 pounds
Leonberger90-170 pounds25.5-31.5 inches
Mastiff120-230 pounds27.5 inches and up
Neopolitan Mastiff110-150 pounds24-31 inches
Newfoundland100-150 pounds26-28 inches
Saint Bernard120-180 pounds26-30 inches
Scottish Deerhound75-110 pounds28-32 inches
Tibetan Mastiff70-150 pounds24 inches and up


Dogs can become slightly chunky even if their owners care for them properly. A little extra weight is not always bad, and it may signify an owner who shares food off their plates or provides extra treats for good behavior.

If your dog is chubby and healthy, he deserves a name that will capture his unique personality and physique. Choosing the perfect name will leave your dog puffing out his chest with pride when you introduce him to friends.