Australian Shepherd names can be inspired by so many awesome things. Their gorgeous red, blue or black patterned coats and long fur. The rich working history they have as intelligent herding dogs and amazing companions. Or the incredible Australian outback.
If you don’t find the perfect name for your dog right away, don’t give up! Often you just need to take a break and go spend some time playing with your new pup. You may even sleep on it. Eventually, you’ll have that “aha moment” you have been waiting for! These tips can also help you to find the best names for Australian Shepherds:
- Pick a name that is easy and fun to say (or one that can be easily shortened).
- Make sure the new name you choose doesn’t sound too much like any of the commands you want your new puppy to learn.
- Select a name that is sufficiently unique from family and friends so as not to cause confusion.
- Let your puppy help you! Make a “short list” of names you like and see which name your dog shows the most response to, or that the family all love.
Female Australian Shepherd Names
These ideas capture the strength, uniqueness and beauty that make lady Aussie dogs such good mamas and mates!
Male Australian Shepherd Names
These names give your little pup a proper manly name he can grow into!
Australian Outback Names
What better way to name your Australian Shepherd than to look for inspiration in the amazing outback.
Cute Australian Shepherd Names
Unique Australian Shepherd Names
The Australian shepherd dog may be named after the land down under. But this dog’s real birthplace isn’t just one country, but several! France, Spain, Australia, and the United States have all welcomed this dog with open arms. And today people all over the world are in love with the Aussie, as this breed is sometimes nicknamed. These authentic and unique Australian shepherd names may be a great match for your one-of-a-kind, world-traveling pup!
- Diamantina (Dia for short)
- Ada (short for Adelaide)
Miniature Australian Shepherd Names
The miniature Australian shepherd, as this dog’s common name suggests, is a smaller version of the standard Aussie. These dogs typically weigh between 20 and 40 pounds and stand 12 to 18 inches tall in adulthood. They’re very cute little versions of their full-size cousins, who weigh 40 to 65 pounds and stand 18 to 23 inches tall. This list of mini Australian shepherd names might just yield the perfect new name for your pint-sized pup!
- Mini Me
- Nano (as in “nano-particle”)
- Lili (for “Liliputian”)
- Hummer (for “hummingbird”)
- Miss Kitty
- Little Bit
- Big Boy
Red Names for Australian Shepherds
This is one of the four breed standard colors that are eligible for the show ring. “Red merle” actually describes both a color and a pattern. The red merle pattern typically appears as patches or spots against a lighter background that can range from very pale cream to a lovely silver. The spots can also range from quite a light cinnamon-red all the way to a dark red russet.
Aussies who display the red merle coat frequently have brown eyes flecked (“marbled”) with blue or vice versa or two different-colored (parti-color) eyes.
- Big Red
- Mr. Fox
- Cinny (short for Cinnamon)
- Apple (of my eye)
- Solo (for red Solo cup)
- Dorothy (with the red shoes)
- Hot Stuff
- Peppermint Patty
- Uluru (red rock formation in Australia)
Blue Names for Australian Shepherds
The blue merle color pattern is another one of the four breed colors eligible for the show ring. Like red merle, blue merle is both a color and a pattern. The blue merle color spectrum starts at light silver and ends at dark smoky charcoal. The dominant coat color is lighter, ranging from light cream to a darker grey. There may also be some of the red, cream or white tones on the legs and face areas.
Aussies with the blue merle coat color often have blue/brown marbled or parti-colored eyes.
- Dory (the blue fish in “Finding Nemo”)
- Blu (the parrot in “Rio”)
Black Australian Shepherd Names
Black is another one of the show-ready coat colors in the Australian shepherd breed standard. The black coat color can be a solid color or may be broken up with white and/or copper markings.
- Adelie (a black and white penguin species)
- Magpie (a black bird)
- Mamba (a black snake)
- Jack Black
- (Black) Coffee
- Nero (black in Italian)
- Siyah (black in Turkish)
- Pango (black in Maori)
- Olive Oyl (Popeye’s mate)
- (Night) Owl
Aussie Dog Names
These classic and modern Aussie names will make great ideas for puppies and dogs alike.
Cool, Hip and Totally Groovy Ideas
These cool and popular names take their inspiration from famous Aussies and their owners!
I named our blue merle mini Garbo!
We named our Aussie River.
We are getting a red tri Aussie. She will be Relda. Rhymes with Zelda.
I have a 7 month old standard blue merle with blue eyes and he’s already 53+ lbs. His name is “Trey” because he is the 3rd aussie I have owned. The first one was a standard red merle and we called him “Jake” (after a character in the movie Thornbirds) (lived 14 1/2 Yrs). Then I adopted a blue merle at 9 mos with blue eyes and his name was “Patch” (lived 13 1/2 yrs). I just got Trey a playmate and haven’t found a name for him yet. He’s a black tri mini–Wanted to find something to do with 4th and not the name Quatro but haven’t been very successful. He was born on 3-13-21 and my mother passed away on 3-13-09. Thought about naming him “Archer” which is where my mother was born. Have tried “Tucker” “Riley” “Zane” “Jesse” but can’t decide. It’s so hard. Any suggestions would be great! Love the names listed above but nothing sticks yet.
maggie kurtzhals says
we get our dog in 2 weeks and we think to call her mia
im supposed to get a boy blue merle miniature aussie in about 6 months or less ive been wanting one for almost 2 years and im stuck on a few names and idk which one finnley/finn,remi,asher/ash,caspian,Atlas,Archie do have any ideas
We named our blue merle Blue
Victoria Johnson says
I’ve got a red merle named Harvey. He has two blue eyes.
We are thinking of getting a blue marble at some point and we thought of the name echo …however I just want some reassurance that the name is right . Or if you have any other similiar suggestions that would be great !
* blue merle
Katherine P says
Oh my! such cute names! we got ours yesterday and named her Flora!
I think I may name my merle boy Quigley but I also like Kibble hmmmm to many adorable names
I think Harley is going to be the name!
Naomi Dean says
i chose Mikey-Gus as my golden australian shepherd name
Hi we pick up our Aussie tommorow as today is over 40, we like Skye, blue,shadow, beare, and willow so many lovely names so thanks you.
Ours is Barley.
Ruby (me) 😝🤪 says
That’s my name ruby white
I chose skye! She’s a Blue Merle Mini Aussie with one Blue Eye.
Simply Animalistic says
Aww how adorable! And what a fitting name.
Sooo cute! Good name!