Fans Want to Know: Where Did Bluey Get Her Name?

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Bluey continues to be among the most popular and successful children’s shows in the history of children’s educational programming. Its outside-the-box approach to teaching and learning, as well as its well-developed characters and engaging storylines, draw in fans of all ages and see them walking away afterward better for having watched the show.

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Bluey fans take their fandom seriously. They enjoy looking for “long dog” and attempting to mimic the dance moves displayed by Bluey’s dad, Bandit, and they even compare their own parenting styles to that of Bluey’s parents.

But even diehard fans of the children’s show don’t have all their questions about the characters answered just yet.

Fans of ‘Bluey’ Still Have Lots of Questions

Despite the children’s show’s long-running tenure thus far (more than five years now, as the show originally debuted in 2018 in Australia), Bluey fans still have lots of questions about the show and its characters.

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Who voices Bluey and Bingo? What the heck is a boom chicken? What’s the one thing that makes Bluey so popular? What benefits are there for children who watch Bluey? Are Chilli and Bandit really perfect parents?

And, for goodness sake, where did Bluey get her name?

What Do Fans Know So Far About Bluey?

Fans who have kept up with the Bluey series have learned a lot about her over the years. The creator and writers of the wildly successful children’s program have done an exceptional job of developing Bluey’s character, and because of this, fans seem to know Bluey inside and out.

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Fans know that Bluey is–first and foremost–a girl. She’s a Blue Heeler puppy who is six years old during the first and second seasons of the show and seven years old during the third season.

She lives with her mum and dad, Chilli and Bandit, and her younger sister Bingo. She loves to laugh and is seemingly inexhaustible any day of the week. She also has quite a knack for taking simple, everyday happenings in her home life and imagining them into exciting adventures through role play and pretending.

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Because she is the main character in the series, Bluey appears in almost every episode of the show, except for two of them: “Turtleboy” (Season 3, Episode 30) and “Slide” (Season 3, Episode 46).

But where did Bluey’s name come from originally?

Yes, Where Did Bluey’s Name Originate?

Over the years, there have been various theories about why the creators of the show chose “Bluey” as the name of the lead character in the animated children’s series.

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According to the Bluey Wiki website, Bluey has the physical appearance of a Blue Heeler, but she is technically a Red Heeler/Blue Heeler crossbreed. That’s likely the belief since her mum is a Red Heeler, and her dad is a Blue Heeler. In the world of imagination and animation, however, characters don’t necessarily have to follow all the prescribed “rules” of the real world.

The official BlueyTV website describes Bluey as a Blue Heeler only, which is good enough for most fans, and this writer won’t dispute it. (It is official, after all, right, mate?) So perhaps her name comes simply from the fact that she’s a Blue heeler, which makes perfect sense.

But other theories about the origination of Bluey’s name suggest that she is named after a real dog named Bluey who lived in Australia until the ripe age of almost thirty years old–the oldest dog ever in Australia’s history. Once again, however, fans yield to the official information, which gives the exact reason for Bluey’s name–no guessing, theorizing, or suggesting necessary.

What’s the Real Story About How Bluey Got Her Name?

According to Bluey’s official website, the adorable and imaginative six-year-old Blue Heeler puppy is named after another Blue Heeler–one that was once owned by Joe Brumm, the talented Australian animator who created the Bluey series after seeing episodes of the British children’s animated series Peppa Pig, which debuted in 2004 and is now owned by Hasbro.

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Brumm wanted children Down Under to have an animated series of their own about a family living in Australia. Skip ahead a few months, and Brumm had created an animated Australian family of Blue and Red Heelers, and he named the series Bluey after giving the same name to the lead character in honor of his own Blue Heeler, also named Bluey.

It’s as simple as that: Bluey is named after a canine best friend formerly owned by Brumm. For real life!

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Fans in the United States can catch episodes of Bluey on Disney+, Disney Channel, and Disney Junior. New episodes are on the way, beginning January 12.

What other questions do you have about the children’s program Bluey or about the characters in the series? Let us know, and we’ll see if we can round up the answers for you in an upcoming post!

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!