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My husband and I would like to get a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever and last night we discussed the idea of using a list of municipalities in Nova Scotia to find a name. We each found one on the list we liked. Which do you think makes a better name:

  • Argyle
  • Halifax
 

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I like Halifax, you can shorten it to Haaaaaaaali!
 

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I like Halifax, you can shorten it to Haaaaaaaali!
But with Argyle, you can shorten it to Arrggg! if he comes back with driftwood instead of a duck. :p

The name Scotty derived from Nova Scotia (New Scotland) could also work with that regional naming stuff -also works if you're a Star Trek fan ;)

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*but from your 2 choices, I like Halifax better.
 

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If you name the dog Argyle I think most people's first thought will be socks. So Halifax is better.
 

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If you name the dog Argyle I think most people's first thought will be socks. So Halifax is better.
Funny you say that cuz my first thought was a sweater lol
 

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You didn't mention whether your prospective would be male or female, but Halifax shortens nicely to a call name for either--Hal (male) or Hallie (female).

There's not much you can do with Argyle in that regard--and there is the issue that it does call up sweaters and socks. Though if the puppy stole and chewed up socks, I guess it would be accurate, but I doubt you would want to encourage that as a hobby.
 

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I like Argyle better.

Halifax,for me, only conjures up one thing, Halifax NS so it is a lot more 'heavy handed' for a NSDTR. Kind of like naming your Great Dane Copenhagen

Argyle, it's probably best known as a region of Scotland and a pattern on sweaters/socks, and IIRC a Scottish clan name. I think it would be a good name for any dog, especially good for a NSDTR
 

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@akodo1 it would be misguided to name a Great Dane that because they're German :p
 

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I like Argyle better.

Halifax,for me, only conjures up one thing, Halifax NS so it is a lot more 'heavy handed' for a NSDTR. Kind of like naming your Great Dane Copenhagen

Argyle, it's probably best known as a region of Scotland and a pattern on sweaters/socks, and IIRC a Scottish clan name. I think it would be a good name for any dog, especially good for a NSDTR
Halifax NS is named after Halifax, West Yorkshire, England. It's not even a Scottish place.

I can't say I like either name, but it's not my dog!
 

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Yay Akodo, you win the prize. Argyle was the name I liked ;). Seems most everyone else disagrees though :(. Maybe I'll strike a deal with my husband by telling him that if I get to name the first dog, he'll get to name the second dog! Haha, we'll see.
 

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Argyle is a nice name. It comes with one issue though working dogs respond well to short single or double syllables really well. It might be a good idea to think about a different name for recall and quick responses because argyle takes a long time to say.
 

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Argyle is a nice name. It comes with one issue though working dogs respond well to short single or double syllables really well. It might be a good idea to think about a different name for recall and quick responses because argyle takes a long time to say.
Argyle doesn't take a long time to say. Seems slightly better than Halifax for speed of saying it. Also, as for recall and quick responses, Ari comes to mind.
 

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Hal-i-fax and Arg-y-le have the same amount of syllables...so I don't see how that's a determining factor between the two choices. I also don't think 3 syllables is overly long for a dog's name.

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True about the syllables, oops. Ari is a good one. Maybe it's my accent causing it to be so long in comparison for me, As are drawn out for me. I didn't mean any offense, it was just something that came to mind as helpful to consider.
 

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True about the syllables, oops. Ari is a good one. Maybe it's my accent causing it to be so long in comparison for me, As are drawn out for me. I didn't mean any offense, it was just something that came to mind as helpful to consider.
In no way were you offensive!

Maybe I need to use more furballs when I point some things out>>> :ponder: :p :)

Stormy ;)
 
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