Always slow-moving.






Emily P. Contributor

Rusty, a name that conjures images of vintage cars and old fire hydrants, is a top-notch choice for your canine companion. It's a nod to our favorite animated robot, Rusty Rivets, and a tribute to the classic, weathered charm of antiquity. Etymologically, it's a playful wink to your dog's potential love for digging in the dirt, getting that rusty color on their paws. Plus, it's a perfect fit for any reddish-brown fur baby. So, if you're looking for a name that's a blend of pop culture, humor, and a dash of history, Rusty is a real tail-wagger!

Traits associated with the name Rusty:

Dogs named Rusty tend to be loving, loyal, affectionate, and good-natured. This name is also associated with companionship, and friendship.

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

Naming your dog Rusty suggests that you have an appreciation for classic, timeless things. It could also suggest that you have a fondness for the outdoors and nature.

Is Rusty a good dog name?

Rusty has two syllables, which is highly recommended by dog trainers. The name also ends in a vowel sound, so it's easy for dogs to recognize. Rusty is a widely loved dog name for good reason. If you like it, go for it!

Popularity: Overall

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Rusty is one of the more popular dog names out there. According to our data, Rusty outranks the great majority of names.

Popularity: Historical Trend

Rusty was, in the past month, the 150th most viewed dog name on

As of May 2024, Rusty 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, Rusty was viewed 0 times, and liked 4 times.

Popularity: United States

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

Rusty is most adored in Colorado, Idaho and Connecticut.

By contrast, the name has been shown the least amount of interest in Maryland, Washington and Louisiana.

Popularity: Around The World

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

Most popular breeds named Rusty:

  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. German Shepherd
  3. Golden Retriever
  4. Cocker Spaniel
  5. Chihuahua

Famous dogs named Rusty:

  • film icon A german shepherd named Rusty played a role in the movie For the Love of Rusty.
  • film icon A beagle named Rusty played a role in the movie Rusty: The Great Rescue.
  • film icon A dog named Rusty played a role in the movie Home on the Range.

Rusty is found in these categories:

playful dog names

The name evokes images of a lively, mischievous, and energetic canine with a reddish-brown coat.

traditional dog names

Popularized by classic literature and old Hollywood canine stars.

fall dog names

Its color resembles autumn leaves and it evokes a sense of coziness.

lazy dog names

Rusty implies inactivity, like unused metal gathering rust.

brown dog names

Rusty nails share the same reddish hue as these adorable pups!

cute dog names

Evokes images of playful, reddish-brown pups, reminiscent of classic cartoons.

old fashioned dog names

Popular during the 1950s, evokes images of classic Americana nostalgia.

Dog names like Rusty:

Inspired by Rocky Balboa.
Courtyard within castle walls; steward or public official.
Free man
A famous cartoon canine sleuth
Rusty dog name meaning

Comments icon Comments (1)

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Adrianna (Pennsylvania, United States)
I think of rusty as a cool name for a dog who is tough and smart.
January 22, 2024

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