Naming a new pet can be quite a challenge, especially one so furry and fun. Along with learning about chinchilla care, you want their name to be perfect so sometimes it can be hard to make the final decision. If you're having trouble finding a good chinchilla name, maybe this article will help.
Some owners will pick out a name before they even go pick up their chinchilla. Some wait until they get them to see what their personalities are like before they decide what they will call their little furball. Many owners have come up with some really unique names that suit their little fuzzy creatures well.
Chinchilla Name Ideas
You may also want to name your chin after what he looks like. Sugar, Salt & Pepper are all great names that describe what chinchillas look like, however they are pretty common. Speckles and Fluffy are other names that are descriptive in nature. If you have a fat little chinchilla, you might call him Hefty or Big Joe. (Or even Little John, if you like irony) Unlike us humans, you can name your little friend with a descriptive word rather than a common "name."
Another silly name is Sonar, given to many chinchillas because of their big ears. You may also want to name your pet after the way he acts. Most chinchillas really like climbing and jumping all over the area that you let them roam. They originally come from the Andes mountains where they are used to climbing up rock faces and jumping out of danger.
You could name an active chinchilla Spunky, Skippy, or Feisty depending on their personality. Some little chinchillas are more laid back, and may be more interested in sleeping than running around. Most chinchillas seem to be pretty set in their ways. Once you bring them home you can pretty much bet that they will act like they do for the rest of their life. For example, if you bring home your little chilly and he's very active, he'll probably be like that for life.
More Fun Chinchilla Names
Another idea is to pick a chinchilla name that references where they came from. Andy is pretty popular name since they came from the Andes mountains. Instead of naming them after their original home, you could name your chinchilla if it came from a unique location locally.
While some people try and match their chinchilla's name to their own personality or actions, you may want to name your little guy after something you like or a band or actor you enjoy. Maybe a cartoon character that you've always like or that they remind you of. When it comes to a good chinchilla name, the possibilities really are endless. And it's not like a child where you have to fill out a certificate with his permanent name, you can always change it if you don't like it!
Names are important to set your chinchilla apart and will give your little guy something you can identify him by. Remember that they do live for up to 20 years, so you'll want a name that you enjoy and love. They will probably not respond to their name when you say it, but it will help your chinchilla become a member of the family and give them an identity. After you name him, you should try teaching your chinchilla tricks.