Worthy of respect; diminutive of Augustus.






Emily P. Contributor

Gus, short for Gustav or Augustus, is a dog name with a royal pedigree, harking back to Roman emperors and Swedish kings. But let's not forget Gus from Cinderella, the chubby mouse with a heart of gold. It's a name that says, "I may be small, but I've got spirit!" Plus, it's a monosyllabic marvel, perfect for calling across the park. And let's face it, there's something inherently funny about a Chihuahua named Gus. It's a name that's both regal and ridiculous, making it perfect for our four-legged friends who are, let's be honest, a delightful mix of both.

Traits associated with the name Gus:

Gus has an elegant sound to it that really closes the gap between dog and human.

Dogs named Gus tend to be loving, good-natured, brave, and strong-willed. This name is also associated with companionship, and intelligence.

What does it say about you to have a dog named Gus?

That you have a sense of humor and enjoy giving your pets unique names. It could also suggest that you are a fan of classic literature, as Gus is a character in the novel "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain.

Is Gus a good dog name?

Gus is a one-syllable dog name, making it short and snappy. Gus isn't one of the most common names, so your dog will certainly stand out. If you love the name, you should pick it!

Popularity: Overall

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Naming your dog Gus is certainly a thing, but it's one of the more niche choices out there according to our data.

Popularity: Historical Trend

Gus was, in the past month, the 159th most viewed dog name on

As of June 2024, Gus is becoming ever more niche with new puppy owners. Our stats suggest that the name is less fashionable than it was at this time last year.

In general, this name has held steady in popularity with visitors.

In the past week, Gus was viewed 0 times, and liked 1 times.

Popularity: United States

The map below shows Gus's popularity across the United States, according to PupNames data.

Gus is most adored in Mississippi, Wisconsin and Michigan.

By contrast, the name has been shown the least amount of interest in South Carolina, Delaware and North Dakota.

Popularity: Around The World

And this world map shows which countries have the greatest love for the name Gus.

Most popular breeds named Gus:

  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. German Shepherd
  3. Dachshund
  4. Chihuahua
  5. Standard Schnauzer

Famous dogs named Gus:

  • comics icon A scottish terrier named Gus appeared in the comic book Pooch Cafe by Paul Gilligan.
  • film icon A siberian husky named Gus played a role in the movie Iron Will.
  • television icon A west highland white terrier named Gus featured in the television show King.

Gus is found in these categories:

independent dog names

Gus suggests strength, self-reliance, and a bold, adventurous spirit.

Farm Dog Names

He's named after the hardworking mule in "Lonesome Dove".

disney dog names

He's named after a football-kicking mule in a classic film.

old fashioned dog names

Popular during the 1800s, it harks back to Victorian canine companions.

cute dog names

Short, sweet, and reminiscent of friendly characters in popular media.

british dog names

Common nickname for Augustus in British English.

Dog names like Gus:

Farmer, worker of the Earth
Brave; strong as a wild boar
Free, liberal, generous
Water bird with a long neck; slang for a foolish person.
Descendant of the noble or illustrious one
Gus dog name meaning

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