The best male dog names don’t just sound great, they also make a statement.
One that can reflect you, your dog, or something else entirely!
It might be an in-joke among your friends. Or a pun that has you giggling quietly to yourself during those cold mornings at the dog park.
But whatever you choose, it needs to be something that you are happy to call out on a daily basis, for the next ten or twenty years.
So getting it right matters.
Finding The Best Male Dog Names For Your Puppy
We have a bit of a method for picking new names that we’d love to share.
We break the search down into four general areas:
Alphabetical 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 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!
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Brilliant! Here are some good boy dog names that start with B!
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Excellent! It’s the male puppy names that start with E!
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Great! Now it’s the male puppy names that start with G!
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Hurrah! These male dog names start with H!
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Impressive! These male puppy names start with I!
Just what we wanted! Male dog names that start with J!
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Killer male puppy names that start with K!
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Lovely! It’s the male puppy names that start with L!
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Magnificent male puppy names that start with M!
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Nothing beats a male puppy name that starts with N!
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Perfect male dog names starting with P!
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Remarkable male dog names that start with R!
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Superb! These male puppy names start with S!
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Terrific male dog names that start with T!
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Wonderful male dog names that start with W!
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How eXciting! These male puppy names that start with X.
Yes! It’s the male dog names that start with Y!
Zippy! Here are some great male puppy names that start with Z!
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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.
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!
- Arnold (Schwarzenegger)
- Clark (Kent, Superman)
- Hagrid (Harry Potter series)
- Herc (Hercules)
- Shaq (Shaquille O’Neal)
Big male dog names
Likewise, big dog names are perfect for giant breeds but also fun for miniatures!
And they don’t have to be obviously on the nose references either.
Just a head nod in the size direction can be good for a laugh.
- 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 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 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)
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:
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