Male Dog Names

While naming your dog seems like it would be quite simple, most owners actually have a hard time with it.  In fact many people end up naming their dog several times before deciding on one final name. There are many fun ways to come up with names for your new puppy or older adopted dog whose name you would like to change.

You can use the personality of your dog, its size and shape, its color, and more, to help you think of or choose a good name.  We’ve compiled a huge list of male dog names, organized in the  most commonly searched for categories with some helpful info. of course, to help you with the process. But first, a few tips to make sure  you start out right:

3 Quick Tips Before You Start:
-Be Sure To Pick Something YOU Like

Remember, you’ll be saying your dog’s name many times every day and for many years to come.  You’re much better off choosing a name that you personally like than one you don’t.  Don’t feel pressured to keep the name of a young puppy which was given to it by a breeder, care taker, or someone else. If you don’t like it, change it, even if you feel a little lazy to do so at first because the puppy already responds to it.

You’d be surprised jut how many owners don’t do so and end up regretting it.  This sounds obvious, and it is, but by following this tip you will save yourself a small daily annoyance that will last the life of your dog.

Male Dog Names

-Not Too Long

Dogs respond much better to shorter names than longer ones.  A name which is one or two syllables in length is ideal.  If you go with a longer one, you’ll not only get tired of saying it constantly but most likely end up having to shorten it anyway. So, start with a short name, and save yourself time in the long run.

Try Out The Name For A Few Days First

A test run is always a good idea, particularly when naming your pet.  This will also help you to determine if you like the name you have chosen.   If you don’t,  you still have plenty of options, many of which are listed below.  Also, see how your dog responds to it over the next couple of days.

Some names are easier for dogs to get than others.  And of course, treats and a ton of praise always help a pup to learn his or her name much faster, and come running when they hear it.

 

Top Male Dog Names / Most Popular Male Dog Names

Male Dog Names

There are some names that are always popular, and for good reason. Most have stood the test of time because they are appealing, easy on the ears, and just seem to fit the personality of so many dogs. The top names are the best place to begin because if you like one, there’s no reason to look any further. So here are the top 50 most popular male dog names to help you start:

ACE    BAILEY   BANDIT    BAXTER    BEAR    BEAU    BENTLEY   BOOMER    BRUNO   BUDDY    BUSTER

CASEY    CHARLIE    CODY   COOPER    DAKOTA    DUKE    GIZMO    GUS   HARLEY   HENRY   HUNTER    JAKE

JACK    JACKSON   JOEY   LOUIE    LUCKY   LUKE    MAX    MAXIMUS   MILO    MURPHY   OLIVER    OSCAR

RILEY    ROCKY   TEDDY   TUCKER    TOBY   ROCCO    ROMEO    RUDY    RUSTY    SAM   SAMMY    SAMSON

SHADOW    SPARKY   WINSTON    ZEUS

 

Unique Male Dog Names / Cool Male Dog Names  

Male Dog Names

Whether you’re just bored of normal names or you want your pet to be unique just like his personality, there’s nothing wrong with choosing a name that’s different enough that it guarantees everyone will remember it. Cool male dog names ensure there will never be any confusion when calling your dog at the dog park, or when in the waiting room at the vet’s office.

There are actually quite a few ways to come up with excellent ones on your own as well. Many owners choose names from their favorite hobbies, foods, drinks, sports, songs, movies, and books. If you have a passion for something, or are huge fan of someone or something, these are always fantastic places to start brainstorming.

If you’re going to be using your dog’s name all the time why not pick something you know you love already?Picking one from your own interests makes sure you will! Another way to ensure extra unique male dog names are to pick ones that relate to specific events or places in your dog’s life or yours. For example I have a friend who found his dog as a puppy abandoned behind a 7-11 and he named it, “Seven,” which is not only unique but has a special meaning tied to it.

Physical features and habits can also be a fun way to find names. I named my dog, “Rhino,” not only because of his long snout and stocky proportions (typical of all bull terriers) but also because as a puppy he would open doors by running into them with his head. Have fun with it! Here are some extra cool male dog names to consider :

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AESOP    AKIRA    ALDO   ALPINE   AMAZON   AMIGO   ANDROID   ANGUS   ARCHIE    ARGUS   ARTY    ASSET

AUGUSTUS    BACCHUS    BACH   BANDITO   BARNACLE  BARTHOLOMEW    BAYOU   BEEFEATER

BEETLEJUICE   BELLBOY   BELUGA    BENNINGTON    BIALY    BISMARCK   BLITZEN   BLUEBERRY

BOJANGLES  BONBON    BOND  BONSAI   BOOGIE-WOOGIE     BRAIN    BRANDO    BREWSKY    BRONSON

BUG    BUICK    BULLWINKLE    BYRON    BYTE   CABOOSE     CADET    CAJUN   CAMELOT   CAPER

CARIBOU   CASANOVA   CASINO   CASPIAN   CAVIAR    CHABLIS  CHAPLIN    CHAUCER    CHEDDAR

CHEWBACCA    CHIPMUNK    CHOW MEIN   CHOWDER      CHURCHILL    CINNAMON BEAR     COMPADRE

COOKIE MONSTER    COUNT    COWBOY   CZAR    DA VINCI    DANTE    DARTH VADER    DEGAS   DICE

DICKENS    DOOLITTLE   DOUGH-BOY    DYLAN    E.T.   ELMER  ENCHILADA    FANDANGO    FATSO

FERDINAND   FRANKENSTEIN     FRAZIER   GARGOYLE    GATSBY   GODZILLA    GOOBER    GREMLIN

GROUCHO   GULLIVER   GUMMIE BEAR    HAWKEYE     HEDGEHOG   HERSHEY    HOBBIT   HOLLYWOOD

HOMER    HONEY BEAR     HUCK    HYDE   IGLOO    INTREPID   JABBERWOCKY   JALAPEÑO    JEDI     JIGSAW

KALAMAZOO    KOOKABURRA    KRYPTONITE    LIZARD   LUDWIG    MACHIAVELLI    MANHATTAN

MARSHMALLOW   MONKEY    MUENSTER    MUGSY   NACHO    NAVIGATOR    NINJA   OOGA-BOOGA

PADDINGTON    PAVLOV    PHARAOH    PICKLES    QUASIMODO   RADAR    RAJAH    RASTA   RIPLEY

SALAMANDER    SAUSAGE   SCHOONER   SHAKESPEARE    SHAMROCK    SHAMU   SHERLOCK

SIEGFRIED    SINATRA    SOCRATES    SPOCK   SQUID   TEXAS   TOAD   TONTO    ULYSSES    VOLTAIRE

VOODOO   WASABI    WILBUR      WOLFGANG    ZEPHYR    ZIGGY

 

Best Big Dog Names for Male Dogs

Male Dog NamesIf you own one of the large dog breeds or have one which is just really chubby there are many names which are just the right fit for your jumbo-sized canine. Coming up with names for your big boy based on his size can be really entertaining. Many of the best big dog names for male dogs come from food, round things, giant-sized monsters we all know, or just sound like a name for a huge dog.

Sometimes giving your big dog a small dog name is also a funny idea like naming your Great Dane “Tiny,” for example. Here is a collection of names which always convey an extra large presence:

ADMIRAL    AJAX    ALPHA    ATLAS    BACON    BEAR    BEETHOVEN    BIG BOY     BIGFOOT     BLIMP     

BLUBBER    BOLOGNA     BUBBA    BURGER    BUTTERBALL    CHEWBACCA    COCOPUFF    DOUGH-BOY  

DOZER    DUMPLING   FATSO  FATTY   FRANKENSTEIN    GODZILLA    GOLIATH   GORILLA    GRIZZLY   

GUMBY    HAM    HIPPO    HOG   HOOCH    HULK   JUMBO     KONG   LAMBCHOP   LION    MAGNUM  

MARSHMALLOW    MEATBALL    MEATLOAF    MOOSE         NACHO       PIGGY     PINOCCHIO   POOH    

POPEYE       SASQUATCH  SHAMU  SAUSAGE    TITAN    WADDLES    

 

Small Male Dog Names

Male Dog Names

Most small male dog names come from objects, words, foods, and animals that make us think of tiny things. Also many small dog breeds are high energy so their owners decide to name their little guy after something that sounds like it portrays their dog’s liveliness.

Some pint-sized dogs just have large personalities, so naming them a big dog name like one in the above section is sometimes deserving or is a funny way to go that will always get a few laughs.

ATOM   B.B.   BANZAI   BARNACLE    BEANS   BENJI    BITS   BOUNCER    CHIP    CHIPMUNK    COCOPUFF    

COOKIE    CRAWDAD    CRICKET    CRUMB    DASH    DICE    DIGGER   DYNAMO    ELMO    EWOK    GECKO  

GERBIL    GNOME    GOBLIN    GOOBER    GUMDROP    GUMBALL    HOBBIT    HOT DOG    HOTSHOT    IGGY

JET   KID  KILO   LITTLE GUY   MIDGET  MUNCHKIN   MIGNON MUGSY  NEWT PEANUTS  PEPE  PEEWEE

PYGMY     RUNT   SPEEDY  SQUIRT  SUSHI   TINY   WIGGLES

 

Best Strong Male Dog Names / Tough Male Dog Names 

Male Dog NamesA tough pooch needs a tough name, and sometimes little dogs do too. Some of the best strong male dog names are the names of gods while others are types of animals that are known for their ferociousness. Other names come from movies, many of them horror films, and a few are the names of monsters.  

Any of the tough male dog names below are an excellent match for a guard dog breed or intimidating pet, even if he really is a sweetheart. It might be a particularly good idea to choose one these if your dog is scary looking but a little “too nice,” to strangers. A would-be thief or intruder is much less likely to mess with a dog named “Chopper,” as it’s not a smart idea to find out if he is aptly named.

Just like naming a big dog a little dog name can be hilarious, so can picking one of these for a pet which is not scary looking at all. A Chihuahua named “Kujo,” will make anyone smile, even if he thinks he is super tough. If your four-legged friend is a total wimp it could work too. Anyway, here are the toughest of the tough male dog names:        

ACHILLES    ADMIRAL   AJAX    ALCATRAZ    ALPHA    ANIMAL   APACHE    APOLLO   ARES    ARMSTRONG    

ATLAS   ATTILA    AVALANCHE    AXLE      BADGER   BAM-BAM    BANDIT   BAZOOKA    BEAR   BEETLEJUICE  

BIG BOY    BIGFOOT    BOA   BOLERO  BOND   BORIS   BOSS    BRONCO     BRUTUS    BUBBA    CAPONE  

CASSIUS  CERBERUS    CHAOS   CHEWBACCA     CHOPPER    COLT    CONAN    CONGO    DAREDEVIL    

DEVIL    DIABLO   DINGO    DOZER    DRAGON   DYNAMITE   EXCALIBUR    FANG    GATOR    GERONIMO  

GOBLIN    GODZILLA     GOLIATH  GORILLA   GREMLIN    GRIZZLY    GUNNER    HAMMER    HANNIBAL  

HARLEY  HERCULES    HERO   HOOCH    HULK    KILLER    KONG   KUJO   LION    LOBO    LUNATIC    MACK  

MACHETE    MAGNUM    MAJOR     MAKO    MAMBA    MAYHEM      MOHAWK   MONGOOSE   NAVAJO    

NIGHTMARE    OUTLAW    OX    PIRANHA     POPEYE  RAGE   RAIDER    RAMBO    REBEL   RENEGADE   REPO

RHINO    ROWDY    RUFFIAN    SAMURAI    SARGE  SCORPIO    SHOTGUN  SMASHER    T.N.T.    TANK  

TATTOO    TAURUS   T-BONE   TERMINATOR    TERROR    THOR    THUNDER    TIGER    TITAN   TOMAHAWK  

TORNADO    TROJAN   TSUNAMI   TUGBOAT   TYPHOON    VIPER  WARRIOR   WARTHOG    XERXES  ZEUS    

ZOMBIE    ZULU     

 

Best Male Dog Names Based On Color

Male Dog NamesMany dog owners choose a name for their dog based on its color or markings. This is actually one one simplest ways to name any dog. If your pooch is a solid color, has spots, or other distinct markings there are many names which will fit perfectly. Great names many times come from foods of the same color, animals that have similar markings, or objects we associate with the color of the dog.

For example the name “Oreo” would be perfect for a black and white colored dog, as would “Panda,” especially if it had black markings around its eyes as many breeds do. Just like “Tiger,” or “Tigger,” could work for a brindle colored one. Some of the best male dogs based on color are ones which not express the color in a name everyone can recognize but also the dog’s own personality!

ASPHALT    BENGAL    BLACKJACK   BLAZE   BROWNIE   BUCK    CARAMEL   CASPER    CHECKERS

CHEDDAR   CHILI    CHIP   CHIPMUNK   CHOCOLATE    CHOWDER     CINNAMON    CINNAMON BEAR

COCONUT    COCOPUFF    COGNAC    COON  CRACKER    DOMINO    ESPRESSO    FUDGE    HONEY BEAR

KAHLUA     LION   MARBLE   MIDNIGHT    MUD    MUDPIE   NACHO    NINJA   NUGGET   OREO   PANDA

PANTHER   PATCHES  PEANUTS    PEPPER    PUDDING    SALTY   SNICKERS   SOCKS    TIGER

TIGGER

 

Male Hunting Dog Names 

Male Dog Names

Whether a bird dog, catch dog, retriever, hound, or terrier, every good hunting dog’s name is important. The most popular male hunting dog names are often ones which are associated with the outdoors lifestyle and things which are related to it such as brand names of trucks and hunting equipment like “Remington,” for example.

Another way to go is to pick a name which relates to the toughness of the dog. These types of name are usually ideal for catch dogs or hunting dogs which are tenacious on game. If this is the case you should also read the above section entitled: “Best Strong Male Dog Names / Tough Male Dog Names.”

If you’re dog will be hunting in a pack or group of dogs it can be a smart idea to name it after its color or markings. This can help you to recognize it instantly and not have to spend waste time thinking about which dog it is when you have to make a quick shot.

And of course any names that  sounds a little, or very “country” for that matter, can make for excellent and often times funny male hunting dog names. Many of these you can get from movies, country songs, and popular culture too.

ADMIRAL    AMMO    ANIMAL   APACHE   AVALANCHE   BADGER     BANDIT   BANJO    BASS   BEAR

BOOMER    BOONE   BRONCO    BRUTUS   BUCK     BUCKSHOT    BULLET    CALIBER    CAPTAIN   CHIEF

CHOPPER    COLONEL    COLT    COON    COWBOY    DALLAS    DASH   DIAMOND    DIGGER   DODGER

DROOPY   DUKE    DURANGO   FLASH   GATOR    GERONIMO    GRIZZLY   GUNNER    HONCHO  HOOCH

HOTSHOT   HUNTER    J.B.    JAKE    MAGNUM   MAJOR   MARLEY   MOOSE   OUTLAW    RADAR   RANGER

REBEL    REMINGTON    ROWDY    RUNNER   RUSTY    SAM   SAVAGE  SCRAPPY   SHOOTER   SHOTGUN

SMASHER    SPOOKY    TURBO    WRANGLER    YANKEE    ZEKE

 

Extra Tips:

-When changing the name of an older dog, the easiest way to do so is to pick one that sounds very similar to, or rhymes with its original name. For example it would be easier for you to re-name “Duke,” to “Luke,” or “Tiger” to “Tigger”.

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–  Be careful not to choose a name which sounds too close to a command. While this is not the case with most choices it can be with a few unique male dog names. Anything that sounds like: “sit,” “stay,” “down,” “shake,” “fetch,” etc., would most likely confuse your dog and should be avoided.

-Naming your pet after someone else living in your home might seem funny but it will not only perplex your pooch but end up being an annoyance. Your dog will inevitably think it has done something wrong when its human counterpart is at fault. I had a friend growing up whose name was, “Alex,” and so was his dog’s.

When he got yelled at by his parents, canine “Alex, “ always hid under the table thinking he was being scolded. And of course, whenever his mom or dad called out his name, the dog came running. It’s just easier not to use the same name for all involved even your four-legged friend.

– If you have multiple pups, themes are a fun options and make for some really smart dog names. Deciding on a theme you like, for example food, is an easy way to come up with names you love. Famous duos and trios can be a great idea too, like “Tom,” and “Jerry.”

Male Dog Names

-You can use the breed of your dog to help you as well. Most breeds come from a specific country and using a name of a person, place, or thing, from that country is often a good choice, and a unique one at that!

-Always be sure that the name you pick is polite. You’ll be using it outside of your home in places like at the vet, dog park, or groomer’s office, so it is always wise not to go with something that could be considered offensive to other people.

Whether you decide to name your pet by his color, size, personality, toughness, or lack there of, there are many names to choose from. Just take your time, follow the tips above and have some fun. Everyone and every dog is different, so regardless of if you choose ,”Meatball,” or “Sam,” if it’s something you like go for it!

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