The best male dog names don’t just sound great, they can also make a statement.
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Most popular male dog names
The International Dog Name survey illustrates just how trends in dog names change over time. And shows us the names that are hot right now!
Top 100 male dog names 2019
The favorites this year are:
Remember that good male dog names are easy to pronounce and flow nicely off the tongue.
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Fashions in dog names come and go.
There are some that have withstood the test of time. Names like “Hooch,” “Max,” and “Buddy” have been popular choices for dogs for years.
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In each group you’ll find a shortlist of top names.
Male dog names that start with A
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Good dog names for boys might complement your four-legged boy’s features, size, or personality.
Or perhaps, you might name your pooch after a favorite fictional character or a celebrity’s pet!
You can even use his breed, or job if he’ll be a working dog, to name him.
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The nice thing about naming a male puppy is that you can find inspiration in just about anything.
Including simple everyday items in your home, and the wider world outdoors.
To assist you with choosing the perfect male pet name, we’ve grouped lists of the best boy dog names into the following categories.
- Strong male dog names
- Cute male puppy names
- Male names for small dogs
- Male names for big dogs
- Funny dog names
- Cool boy dog names
- Unique boy puppy names
- Famous male dog names
- Human male puppy names
Strong male dog names
Dog male names might reference how big and strong a male dog is or will grow up to be.
Boy pet names that emphasize strength are popular with large dog breeds.
Here are some puppy names for boys that will call out your male dog’s powerful physique:
- Arnold (Schwarzenegger)
- Clark (Kent, Superman)
- Hagrid (Harry Potter series)
- Herc (Hercules)
- Shaq (Shaquille O’Neal)
Big dog names – male
Here are a few more puppy boy names that will call out your big boy’s larger-than-average stature:
- Andre (the Giant)
- Aragog (Harry Potter series)
- Big Red
- Johnny (Bravo)
- Mighty Joe
- Monty (short for ‘Montezuma’)
- Sequoia (‘Coy’ for short)
Small dog names – male
On the opposite end of the spectrum, if your small-breed male puppy is destined to remain cutely compact, then his name might reflect his uber-adorable small size.
Puppy names, boy or girl, that play up a vertically challenged stature are popular among “toy” breeds, especially those that are small enough to fit into a lady’s purse.
We like the following male puppy names that are perfect for chihuahuas and other tiny dogs or dogs that are tiny at heart:
- Jerry (Tom and Jerry)
- Jiminy (Cricket)
- Little Bear
- Pee Wee
- Stuart (Little)
- Theodore (‘Theo’ for short)
- Tiny Tim
If these aren’t enough, we have a whole article dedicated to small dog names! Or how about something humorous?
Funny boy names for dogs
If humor is your thing, then choosing a funny name for your pooch could be the perfect option!
For example, you could give your tiny dog a name that’s bigger than he is. We’re looking at you, Bruiser the Chihuahua from the movie, “Legally Blonde”!
Or for your large dog, you might call him “Little John”.
Tiny names for larger dogs are especially funny if your large dog thinks he’s a lap dog!
You can also name your pooch after an especially funny fictional character or TV show! Here are some satirical male puppy names that are sure to raise a few giggles:
- Barky McBarkstein
- Bugs (Bunny)
- Captain Underpants (‘Captain’ for short)
- Daffy (Duck)
- Sheldon (Cooper)
- Woody (Toy Story)
Handsome dog names for males
Is your little man devilishly handsome and charming? Is he the star of the show wherever he goes?
If so, then naming him after his good looks could be fun! After all, such a feast for the eyes shouldn’t go unnoticed!
You might name your handsome pooch after a famously good-looking fictional character, or perhaps a dreamy male celebrity.
Here are some male puppy names that we think will perfectly complement your little prince:
- Bond (James Bond)
- Clint (Eastwood)
- Dapper Dan (‘Dan’ for short)
- Edward (Cullen, Twilight trilogy)
- Eric (prince, The Little Mermaid)
- Finnick (Odair – The Hunger Games trilogy)
- Han (Solo, Star Wars)
- Mr. Darcy
- Prince Charming
- Rico Sauvé (‘Ricky’ for short)
- Viggo (Mortensen)
Cute boy dog names
Cute boy puppy names don’t have to be sickeningly sweet or overly girly to get their point across.
In fact, cute dog names for boys (of the four-legged variety) can simply be uber cute human names for two-legged boys!
After all, who doesn’t love a crazy adorable puppy with an equally adorable name?
There are lots of cute dog names, male and female alike, to be found in children’s books, for sure.
Sound like a winner? Well then, consider one of these cute male dog names:
- Pooh Bear
Cool dog names – boy
Are you tired of Googling things like “Cool male dog names” and “Cool boy dog names”?
If so, then you’ve arrived at the right place!
You see, “cool” names for your pup are easier to find than you might think…
Check out one of the following cool dog names male that remind us of some popular and super cool characters:
- Salvatore (‘Sal’ for short)
Unique dog names male
Unique boy dog names are a lovely way to emphasize your pup’s extra special-ness!
Like people, animals are unique individuals with their own quirks and things that make them so lovable!
So, why not name your pup something that will make him stand out in a crowd?
Unique or unusual male dog names can be inspired by the names of famous landmarks or even cities, countries, or states.
Here are a few truly unique male dog names:
You can also find inspiration for unique names for dogs (male or female) in everyday objects.
Try brainstorming household items, hobbies, and crafts for very unusual names, such as
You can add a twist with a different spelling. As in Sox instead of socks.
More very popular male dog names
Not everyone wants to have an unusual dog. Boy names that are popular are often common because they are so appealing :
“Human” names for boy dogs
We especially like these male puppy names that might just get your dog mistaken for a human relative:
Famous dog names – male celebrity pets
Male dogs named after the pets of Hollywood’s biggest stars will certainly pique the interest of everyone who meets your pet!
We found some celebrity pet names, the following are a few of our favorites:
- Bruno (Rita Ora)
- Colin (Harry Styles)
- Dubois (Hilary Duff)
- Dylan (Tyler Blackburn)
- Enzo (Nikki Reed Somerhalder)
- Fawkes (Ariana Grande)
- Fitz (Lauren Conrad)
- Floyd (Miley Cyrus)
- Fuller (Chloe Grace Moretz)
- Kingston (Bella Thorne)
- Mochi (Ian Harding)
- Norman (Kylie Jenner)
- Olive (Ashley Benson)
- Sirius (Ariana Grande)
- Walter Gene (Ashley Benson)
As you can see, it’s often a popular film, writer or personality that inspires people to name their pets.
Great male dog names from our readers
There really are a lot of wonderful names to choose from that will complement your perfect little boy puppy.
Here are some really great boy dog names, unique in that they came from our amazing readers.
We add to these at regular intervals so don’t forget to add yours!
Best dog names – male
The name that you give your dog can emphasize his rugged good looks, his quirky personality, or his size.
If you want to name him for something other than his appearance, you can find inspiration in such things as everyday objects.
As well as human names, city names, famous landmarks or even your favorite fictional characters.
Regardless of the name that you choose, though, be sure that it’s easy to say and doesn’t sound too much like any other name that you might be saying around your dog.
You’ll want him to be able to distinguish his name from everyone else’s in your family.
The best male dog names come in all shapes and sizes, but the true best name for your dog is one that suits him to a “T” that you also won’t mind repeating over and over again!
Still Can’t Decide?
Can’t quite settle on the right name yet?
Then check out our other awesome puppy names articles in our main dog name library!
And once you have made up your mind, don’t forget to tell us your favorite dog’s name in the comments box below