My mom posited that perhaps, at four syllables, “Mr. Fluffy” was too long a name for a dog. Like the sharp consonants, most people will advise you keep a pet’s name to one or two syllables so that it grabs the animal’s attention quickly. Names are also training tools, and when you need to communicate with your pet, you do not want to stumble over complex wording to do so.
"Ideally, one or two syllables are best," Semel notes. "I prefer two because most cues are a single syllable. I would avoid a three-syllable name as the dog won't respond or you begin to call them by their shorter nickname, which can get confusing for them."
Happily, my mom had the perfect compromise. For our 10-pound bichon frise, we settled on the name Taco, after my favorite food. The name Taco had the hard consonants, the shortened syllables and an added ounce of fun and whimsy every time we said it. Since then, I have met many pups with similar monikers, including two pit bull mixes named Burrito and Tamale.