8 Very Good Dogs Named After Literary Characters

This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Kate Krug


Kate is a 2011 Drake University grad, where she received her BA in magazine journalism. A hopeless romantic with a cynical heart, Kate will read anything that comes with a content warning, a love triangle, and a major plot twist. Twitter: @katekrug Blog:

I have many loves in my life, but the two biggest are books and dogs. I grew up with two golden retrievers and they were the best dogs ever. If you search through #dogstagram you will find hundreds of adorable little and not-so-little floofs. Here are some of my faves that also have the honor of being named after their pawrents’ favorite books.

(Yes, there is an obvious bias towards Harry Potter and goldens, #sorrynotsorry.)

Albus and Arthur, Harry Potter series

“We were playing around with ideas, Dumbledore was one of them, and then one day James just says “Albus!” and we both agreed instantly that it was perfect. When we added another golden retriever to our family last year, we wanted to choose a quintessentially British name, and Arthur has always been a favorite for us. Of course, we made the connection to Arthur Weasley and it made the name simply perfect!” ~ James and Lucy, pawrents

Moony, Harry Potter series

“Remus Lupin is one of my all-time favorite characters.  Lupin is intelligent and also wise, he’s protective but also encourages people to face their fears, he makes mistakes and he also fights for what is good. He excels at meeting people where they are, which is a mark of a great teacher and a wonderful person. My dog Moony should feel very honored because I thought him worthy of this name.” ~ Lilly, pawrent

Bae Gatsby, The Great Gatsby

A post shared by Gatsby (@gatsbythegolden_) on

“While Jay Gatsby certainly had some character flaws there’s a lot about him that appeals to people. I mean who didn’t read that book and imagine the house, parties, and excessive shirts being thrown around the air (which our Gatsby also seems to do only with our clothes, not his)? So one day I was thinking of books we both liked and bam! You got Gatsby.” ~ Erica, pawrent

Dobby the House dog, Harry Potter series

A post shared by Belle (@bendy.belle) on

“We picked Dobby because he’s our house elf. He’s loyal, adorable, and smarter than he seems!” ~ Belle, pawrent

These pawrents were unavailable for comment, but enjoy more pics of cute literary puppers!

Oliver, Oliver Twist

Huckleberry, The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn

Granger, Harry Potter series