The perfect name for your dog is waiting right here for you. You’ll find hundreds of awesome male dog names on this page, together with inspiration for coming up with original boy dog names that no-one else has thought of!
We’ll also show you how to create a shortlist and come up with the best male puppy name for your new friend.
How To Choose The Best Male Dog Name
Choosing names is hard and we can help you with that! It’s especially hard if you have to share that decision with other family members. With four kids in our family, there were six of us choosing new puppy names, so I feel your pain! I found some great ways for us to make that choice though, so I’ll be sharing my tips for getting the whole family to agree! Let’s start by checking out the most popular names for boy dogs that are trending right now. And then move on to searching for some more original dog name ideas.
20 Popular Male Dog Names
Here are some of the top boy dog names that are enduringly popular…
That’s just the start! We have hundreds more names waiting for you. Those popular dog names above, are lovely, timeless names, and you may end up setting for one of them. But there are some great ways to come up with more original boy dog names. The first step is to get creative and capture a ‘pool’ of ideas. For best results spread those ideas out over a large sheet of paper, or a whiteboard, or you could pin notes onto a corkboard.
If you use a whiteboard, remember to take a photo of the contents with your smartphone, just in case someone comes along and wipes out all your hard work! Once you have your paper or noticeboard ready and a pen to hand, it’s time to start finding inspiration.
TOP TIP: You’ll be more creative if you start with a clear surface – remove all your old notes first!
You’ll notice that many of those popular names above are also human baby boy names. Here are some more boy names for dogs that you might want to add to your ‘ideas’ pool
Boy Names For Dogs
If you like the idea of using a person’s name for your dog, now’s the time to start writing down your favorite boy names – don’t make a list, just jot them down randomly. Here’s why.
Brainstorming Vs Lists
List of male dog names are a great way to get inspiration, and we have a big A-Z for you below, but when you are gathering your initial pool of ideas, I think you’ll find it helpful to use a more random brainstorming technique. With lists, the items in the middle tend to get passed over. Especially if the list is a long one. Brainstorming means finding a theme and jotting down ideas around that theme. And it’s a technique that’s thought to work because it’s how our brains work too, with ideas branching off a central theme. Here’s an example of brainstorming using the theme ‘vehicles’
Cars, trucks, and motorcycles often have interesting names. I bet you can think of lots more vehicle names that would also make cool male dog names. Notice how this kind of mind map view give all the names an equal chance of getting your attention. You can then put your favorites onto you final shortlist. Here are some more names created around the theme of strength and power
Strong Male Dog Names
Names that emphasize strength are popular with large dog breeds. But they can be fun as ironic names for smaller, slimmer built dogs too. Or for owners that never miss leg day!
- Clark (Superman)
- Herc (Hercules)
Creating And Storing Ideas
Stay in creative mode for a while yet. You need a decent sized pool of names from which to make your final shortlist. So you’ll probably create several mindmaps. A great place to store these is on your phone. Just take a picture of each one for safekeeping. You’ll notice some superhero theme creeping into that list above! Sometimes one theme leads to another so don’t be afraid to grab another sheet of paper or take a photo of your whiteboard, rub it out, and start over with the new theme.
TOP TIP: Don’t try to make a decision straight away, assemble a collection of 30-50 names that you like the sound of. Let the ideas roll in! This stage is all about creativity, not about finding the perfect name.
There are an almost infinite number of themes you could use to brainstorm name ideas. From food, to films, from sporting stars to holiday destinations. Things that trigger great memories are good. Your favorite locations, near and far. The only limit is your imagination. Attributes of your dog can be great themes. Their size and color for example.
Here are some names based on size themes. You don’t have to give a big dog a big dogs name of course, it can be humourous to do a reverse and call your Chihuahua ‘Tank’.
Big male dog names
- Andre (the Giant)
- Aragog (Harry Potter series)
- Big Red
- Johnny (Bravo)
- Mighty Joe
- Monty (short for ‘Montezuma’)
- Sequoia (‘Coy’ for short)
Small male dog names
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. These are popular with toy breeds, but again big breeds with tiny names are pretty adorable too. We like the following male puppy names perfect for Yorkies, Chihuahuas, and other tiny dogs, or dogs that are tiny at heart.
- Jerry (Tom and Jerry)
- Little Bear
- Pee Wee
- Stuart (Little)
- Theodore (‘Theo’ for short)
- Tiny Tim
If you haven’t collected 30 to 50 male dog name ideas yet, you’ll find an A-Z with hundreds of dog names at the end of this article. But maybe you are ready to make your shortlist now? Let’s look at some great ways to do that!
Making A Shortlist
If you have several theme boards, get each family member pick their two favorite names from each board, and write them down on a scrap of paper. Picking two out of many is hard! So with kids you’ll need to be both patient and persistent (setting a time limit can help here). When everyone has made their selection, the pieces of paper can all be folded and placed in a jar. Pick ten out (take turns) and pin those ten up in the kitchen for a few days before making your final choice
Name Picking Game
Another great way to narrow down your shortlist is to pin all your name choices onto a notice board, with each name on a separate note. Each day, each family member gets to remove one name – the name they like the least – from the shortlist. Until there are only three left. Leave those three names up there on the board for a few days more, and if you still can’t agree then fold them up and put them into a box, and get a friend to pick out the winner.
Funny male dog names
If humor is your thing, then choosing a funny name for your pooch could be the perfect option!
For example, you could give them a size swap name like we looked at earlier. Or 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)
Another fun way to name is through your pup’s good looks!
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)
And of course, your little boy is a big cutie…
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 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?
- Pooh Bear
Cool dog names
Your puppy will be the coolest dog at the park if you give him a handle that reflects a cool person, or an awesome thing!
- Salvatore (‘Sal’ for short)
What can be cooler than the unusual?
Unique dog names
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:
Have you got enough names now for your ‘creative pool’? If not it’s time to scroll on down for a massive A-Z of dog names followed by an awesome list of names of our readers very own dogs. Some of those are quite unique! You’ll find more are added regularly in the comments sections too. Don’t forget to add yours when you have made up your mind. And good luck with your new puppy!
A to Z Male Dog Names
Good male dog names are easy to pronounce, and don’t sound like any commands you might want them to learn later. Traditional human names are a nice way to find something that flows easily off the tongue. And so are classic male dog names, like Hooch, Rex, or Buddy, choices that have been popular for dogs for years. Scroll down to get your ultimate A – Z, or click on the links below to jump straight to your favorite letters. We’ve tried to include a range of names in each group, with something for everyone!
Awesome! It’s the male dog names that start with A!Check out our full list of dog names that start with A
Brilliant! Here are some good boy dog names that start with B!Check out our full list of dog names that start with B
Crikey! It’s time for the male dog names that start with C! Check out our full list of dog names that start with C.
Delightful! Some male puppy names that start with D! Check out our full list of dog names that start with D
Excellent! It’s the male puppy names that start with E! Check out our full list of dog names that start with E
Fabulous! Some male puppy names that start with F! Check out our full list of dog names that start with F
Great! Now it’s the male puppy names that start with G! Check out our full list of dog names that start with G
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Just what we wanted! Male dog names that start with J! Check out our full list of dog names that start with J
Killer male puppy names that start with K! Check out our full list of dog names that start with K
Lovely! It’s the male puppy names that start with L! Check out our full list of dog names that start with L
Magnificent male puppy names that start with M! Check out our full list of dog names that start with M
Nothing beats a male puppy name that starts with N! Check out our full list of dog names that start with N
Outstanding! It’s the male dog names that start with O! Check out our full list of dog names that start with O
Perfect male dog names starting with P! Check out our full list of dog names that start with P
Remarkable male dog names that start with R! Check out our full list of dog names that start with R
Superb! These male puppy names start with S! Check out our full list of dog names that start with S
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Wonderful male dog names that start with W! Check out our full list of dog names that start with W
Zippy! Here are some great male puppy names that start with Z! Check out our full list of dog names starting with Z. TIP: It’s a good idea for boy puppy names to be relatively short and its best to avoid a name that sounds like another pet or family member’s name.
Male Dog Names by Category
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. Scroll down for some off the wall, and classic, ways to name your pup.
Don’t forget, 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 :
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!
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
The favorites this year are:
Best male dog names
The name that you give your dog will follow him around for a lifetime. So finding something that suits you both is important. But whatever you settle on in the end, that will be your dog’s name. And love it or hate it, the rest of the world will quickly just come to associate it with him. So choose something that works for you, and enjoy building that amazing bond with your new furry friend.
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