Welcome to our complete guide to German Shepherd names. We love giving you lots of creative name choices that perfectly complement these courageous and beautiful dogs.
So, you’re bringing home a German Shepherd dog or puppy. What are you going to call the handsome new addition?
According to one pet insurance company, the most popular German Shepherd names right now are:
But you’re probably looking for something a little different!
Meet the German Shepherd Dog (GSD)
The GSD is an extremely versatile breed that is a favored service dog, police dog, guard dog, or household pet. They are incredibly loyal dogs that bond closely with their family and are easy to train.
Shepherds are most commonly associated with a long bicolor coat (solid tan, silver, red, or cream coat with black saddle, face, and leg markings). But they also come in solid colors like black, blue, gray, liver, sable, and white.
These are some truly handsome and noble dogs that deserve names just as regal as they are! And we’d love to help you select a name that complements your pooch. So, we’ve broken down potential German Shepherd (Alsatian) dog names into categories based on their looks, personality, or job.
We’ve also added some reader favorites and other names which are just too fun to resist. Look no further for lots of inspiring and creative GSD dog names! We’ve got you covered whether you’re on the hunt for male German Shepherd names or female German Shepherd names.
Good German Shepherd Dog Names
The German Shepherd is a truly one-of-a-kind breed that is incredibly popular. In fact, it ranks second in the American Kennel Club’s list of most popular dog breeds in the United States!
They are generally perceived as working dogs that are fiercely loyal and excellent protectors.
German Shepherd dogs are the first breed you think of when a police dog or guard dog is mentioned. You might consider naming your GSD based on his bold personality. Or, you might even want to name them based on their beautiful profile or quirky personality.
We’ve split up German Shepherd names by gender in the following sections.
Female German Shepherd Names
Female German Shepherd names can reflect your dog’s feminine looks and “pampered pooch” status. They may also reflect her strong female personality, if you prefer.
We think that powerful and independent women, both real and fictional, serve very well as an inspiration for your German Shepherd girl’s name!
Here is a list of names reminiscent of strong women that would perfectly complement a female German Shepherd.
- Ella (short for Eleanor Roosevelt)
- Amelia (Amelia Earhart)
- Katniss (after the main character in The Hunger Games trilogy)
- Liz (short for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II)
- Hermione (Harry Potter)
- Nancy (Nancy Drew series)
- Xena (Xena the Warrior Princess)
- River (Dr. Who)
- Jackie (Kennedy)
- Cleo (Cleopatra of Egypt)
Male German Shepherd Names
Not only are there powerful women in history, but there are also plenty of courageous and heroic male figures. You have ample choice of male German Shepherd names as you make your selection.. f
Here is a list of male German Shepherd names that will help to convey your boy’s intelligence or strength.
- Julius (Caesar)
- Achilles (of Troy)
- Bert (short for Albert Einstein)
- Huck (Finn)
- Teddy (Roosevelt)
- Thor (Norse god)
- Stallone (Sylvester)
- Aladdin (Disney)
- Rocky (from the movie)
- Zorro (Legend of)
German Dog Names – Male
A list of German Shepherd Dog names wouldn’t be complete without a few names from the GSD’s country of origin!
As its name suggests, the GSD breed was created in Germany back in 1899.
Here are some German names and their meanings that may suit a male German Shepherd.
- Adalard (“brave”)
- Agustine (“majestic”)
- Alaric (“noble leader”)
- Dolphus (“noble wolf”)
- Fonsie (“noble and eager”)
- Fremont (“noble protector”)
- Gregor (“vigilant watchman”)
- Hubbard (“bright mind”)
- Kaiser (“long haired”)
- Kort (“bold”)
- Otto (“wealthy”)
German Dog Names – Female
Here are some German names and their meanings that may suit a female German Shepherd.
- Ada (“noble and serene”)
- Bathilda (“heroine”)
- Erma (“warrior)
- Ethel (“noble”)
- Felisberta (“intelligent”)
- Githa (“bright and shiny”)
- Schatzi (“sweetheart”)
- Holle (“beloved”)
- Ida (“hard working”)
- Joli (“pretty”)
- Mady (“maiden”)
- Minne (“resolute protector”)
Police Dog Names
As we mentioned previously, German Shepherds are commonly used as police dogs.
When they’re part of a K-9 unit, GSD dogs need a name that’s easy to pronounce when the handler gives commands, but that also packs a little “oomph.” Besides, police dogs are hard workers and deserve a commanding name!
Here are a few names we think would be suitable for police dogs or those who clearly have aspirations in that area!
White German Shepherd names
Some solid-colored German Shepherd Dogs are white. Bicolor Shepherds can also be white with dark points.
The following is a list of names that draw attention to your pooch’s pearly white fur coat!
Black German Shepherd Names
There’s nothing more visually striking than a solid black German Shepherd Dog—what a handsome sight!
Here are some names inspired by your pup’s dark coloring.
- Black Top
Cute German Shepherd Puppy Names
Let’s be honest, all puppies are super adorable, regardless of their breed.
Still, your German Shepherd pup won’t stay little forever. But you can still give them a name that will preserve their cuteness even after they’re grown.
If you’ve got a cute puppy, consider one of these names for your fur baby!
Cute Male German Shepherd Names
- Tater Tot
Cute Female German Shepherd Names
- Tiny Tot
Cool German Shepherd Names
If there ever was a cool dog, it’s definitely the German Shepherd Dog.
With his noble profile and stoic physique, the Shepherd just oozes confidence and style.
So, if you’d like to play up how cool your pup is, we recommend selecting one of the following super suave names.
Cool Male German Shepherd Names
- Mr. Freeze
- Rico Sauvé
Cool Female German Shepherd Names
Unique German Shepherd Names
Every dog is a unique individual with their own personality and mannerisms. Their name should set them apart from the crowd!
You can find inspiration for a unique name in everyday objects. You might also try looking up famous landmarks or even city, country, or state names for ideas.
Here are a few of our top choices for truly unique names.
Unique Male German Shepherd Names
- Gunther (“Gunny” for short)
- Big Ben
Unique Female German Shepherd Names
- Liberty Bell
- Mississippi (Missy for short)
Strong German Shepherd Names
As we mentioned earlier, German Shepherds are working dogs that know their jobs. They have an incredible work ethic. As a working dog, the Shepherd is built to withstand long hours and tough conditions. So, his name should highlight your dog’s role as man’s best friend and work partner.
Below are some names that literally mean “strong” in different languages.
Strong Male German Shepherd Names
Strong Female German Shepherd Names
Big Dog Names – German Shepherd
Your big dog should have a name to complement their formidable (but totally hug-able) size!
After all, what’s the fun in having a large dog if you can’t emphasize their “gentle giant” status?
Here is a list of names that complement a big dog rather nicely.
- Mama Bear
- Big Bertha
- Little John
Tough German Shepherd Names
A hard-working dog with a can-do attitude needs a name as macho as they are!
Here are a few tough names for your favorite tough dog.
- Natty Bumpo
German Shepherd Names – Foodie Edition
If you’re a foodie like I am, you’ll catch yourself often leaning toward food names for your pets. Not because you want to eat them (they’re cute, but not THAT cute), but because some of these names are just perfect! And we love food just as we love our pets. Win-win!
Reader Picks: Male German Shepherd Names
Since first publishing this post until now (2019), our readers have shared some of their favorite German Shepherd names with us. We’ve incorporated some of your dog names into this post already. But here are some extras we loved!
- Baus (pronounced “boss” but with a German spelling twist)
Reader Picks: Female German Shepherd Names
- Aja (pronounced asia)
Top German Shepherd Names
The best names for German Shepherd dogs can draw attention to your pup’s heritage, personality, size or looks.
Also, you might name your dog after a favorite place that you’ve been or a beloved character in a movie or novel that reminds you of your best four-legged friend.
The way in which you name your GSD doesn’t matter so much, but what does matter is that your Shepherd ends up with a name that you’ll both love!
After all, you’ll be repeating that name over and over again, and your dog will be hearing its name over and over again!
There are lots of suitable names for German Shepherd Dogs. Hopefully, the names we’ve listed have gotten your creative juices flowing!
Caring For Your New German Shepherd Puppy
You want to help your new German Shepherd puppy grow up happy and healthy.
So you will love The Happy Puppy Handbook!
A complete guide to caring for and raising your furry friend.