You’ll find awesome male dog names collections on this page, together with inspiration for coming up with original and beautiful boy dog names that no other male dog has!
From Dachshunds to Doodles, you’ll find names to suit every breed and personality. And we’ll show you how to create a shortlist of your own boy puppy ideas, and help you to come up with the best male dog name for your new friend.
- 20 Popular Names For Male Dogs
- Finding Uncommon Names
- Creating Unique Male Dog Names
- Strong Male Dog Names
- Nautical Boy Animal Names
- Music Themed Boy Dog Names
- Big Male Dog Names
- Small Boy Dog Names
- Funny Names For Male Dogs
- A to Z of Male Dog Names
Choosing a short new puppy name, of one or two syllables at most, will help you to train your new pet. A name that doesn’t sound like another common word will keep your baby dog more responsive and social too. Giving you a better bond. And your dog is more likely to quickly recognise their name if you use harsh consonants or elongated vowel sounds too, which set the word apart from others you might say around them.
Our collections range from the most popular to the most unusual male dog names. Choosing themed names is hard and we can help you with that too! We’ve got our names lists into categories. And even included an alphabetical names lists.
The Best Male Dog Names
20 Popular Names For Male Dogs
Here are some of the top boy dog names that are enduringly popular… You’ll notice that two syllable names are often the most popular boy dog names, as they are easy for your dog to understand. As well as simple to say!
That’s just the start! We have hundreds more male dog names waiting for you. Those popular dog names above, are lovely, timeless names, and you may end up settling on 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 for boy dog names unique to you and your family.
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 the above are also names for dogs male human baby boys share too. Here are some more boy names for dogs that you might want to add to your ‘ideas’ pool
The Best Boy Dog Names
If you like the idea of using a person’s name for your dog, now is the time to start writing down your favorite pet names – don’t make a list, just jot them down randomly on a big sheet of paper. Here’s why.
Brainstorming Pet Names
Lists of dog names for males 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 dog boy names using the theme ‘vehicles’
Cars, trucks, and motorcycles often have interesting masculine 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’s an example of some names created around the theme of strength and power. You could even use the first letter of your dog’s breed as inspiration!
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)
Old Man Names For Dogs
It can be fun to take a trip back in time to find names for a new generation of puppies. Human names for dogs tend to be taken from bygone days. Names go in fashions that change every 50 to 100 years, and going back in time can get you some unusual ideas. First world war names like George and Thomas are now popular again, but names from WW2 are near enough and far enough, in time to be unusual. You can use older relatives for inspiration, or think of older characters in books or on TV – think ‘Bert and Ernie’ from Sesame Street. Here are a few more:
Dominant Dog Names
Does your pup rule the roost? Although Alpha theory is well and truly done with these days, giving your manly dog a masculine name undeniably still has a certain appeal.
Finding Uncommon Boy Dog Names
Stay in creative mode for a while yet. The best dog names male or female, are often the most original. Finding original dog names for male dogs is very rewarding but you need a decent sized pool of names from which to make your final shortlist. So you’ll probably create several mindmaps, around several different themes A great place to store these name collections is on your phone. Just take a picture of each one for safekeeping. You’ll notice some superhero themes 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 rare dog names that you like the sound of. Let the ideas roll in! This stage is all about creativity, not about finding the perfect name. Here are some examples of themes you could use to find different dog names for boy dogs.
- Famous Painters
We’ll expand on some of these below, and also give you some classic names based around attributes your dog may have such as size, color, and personality types. Okay, let’s take a closer look at the ‘boating’ theme
Male Dog Names With A Boating Theme
If fishing or boating is your thing, then one of these nautical names might appeal. Some are not uncommon, and some are very usual. But they all have a nice ‘ring’ to them.
Boy Dog Names With A Music Theme
Whether you are into heavy metal, rap, or classical music, there is bound to be a theme that’s personal to you. You can can use that theme to brainstorm ideas for male dog names. You don’t need to be contrained by the number of musicians you can think of, you can use musical terms, and the instruments they play too! Here are some ideas:
Or you could go back a bit further in time with these!
You could expand on these themes or jot down some more theme ideas of your own. The more collections you make, the more likely you are to find the perfect name for your puppy. Here are some more traditional name collections now, for you to browse. Keep a pen handy to jot down any that especially appeal to you. We’ll start with male names for big dogs.
Creating Unique Dog Names
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. The more personal the theme is to you and your life, the more likely you are to find a truly unique name for your dog. 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 creative male dog names based on size themes. You don’t have to give a big dog a big dogs name of course, it can be humorous 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)
You or your family members may find it helpful to have your boy dog names with meanings noted alongside them. So don’t forget to do this if you find a name that you think might have a special meaning for you.
Small male dog names
On the opposite end of the spectrum, if your small-breed male puppy is destined to remain cutely compact, then cute boy dog names might reflect his uber-adorable small size. These short names are popular with toy breeds, but again big breeds with tiny names are pretty adorable too. We like the following cute male dog names perfect for Yorkies, Chihuahuas, Shih Tzu 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
Fancy Dog Names
What could be fancier than naming your little boy after someone royal? These king names for dogs will have you bowing down to your pooch before you can say Henry the VIII! They also make nice classically English names for dogs too.
If you haven’t collected 30 to 50 male dog names 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 of Male Dog Names
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 your final dogs name boy or girl, is really 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
Male Dog 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 boy 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 funny male dog 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 male dogs will love
Puppy names, boy are there a lot of them! 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 puppy names male dogs will suit royally! They will find 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
You can find more original cute dog names male pups will love by building personalized word collections around small things in your home. Cute guy names don’t have to be names in the traditional sense – think ‘crayon’, ‘peg’ and ‘pocket’. One or two syllables is usually best.
Teddy Bear dog names
Is your new pupster a bit of a teddy? Dogs like Pomeranians or certain Poodle mixes are often classified as teddy bear dogs due to their fluffball status. These good boy names for plushy style dogs are pup perfection.
- Pom Pom
- Deep Pile
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! Cool dog names male pups will really suit include:
- Salvatore (‘Sal’ for short)
What can be cooler than the unusual?
More Unique boy dog names
Unique male 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 names for boy dogs can be inspired by the names of famous landmarks or even cities, countries, or states. Here are a few truly unique boy puppy 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 pet 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 names for male dogs, 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 pet 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 animal names that start with C.
Delightful! There are some great puppy names boy dogs could rock that start with D! Check out our full list of good names that start with D
Excellent! It’s the male puppy names that start with E! Check out our full list of nice dog names that start with E
Fabulous! Some male puppy names that start with F! Check out our full list of male dog names that start with F
Great! Now it’s the male puppy names that start with G! Check out our full list of boy names that start with G
Hurrah! These cool boy dog names start with H! Check out our full list of cute male dog names that start with H
Just what we wanted! Male dog names that start with J! Check out our full list of puppy names that start with J
Killer male puppy names that start with K! Check out our full list of guy dog names that start with K
Lovely! It’s the male puppy names that start with L! Check out our full list of powerful dog names that start with L
Magnificent male puppy names that start with M! Check out our full list of adorable boy dog names that start with M
Nothing beats a male puppy name that starts with N! Check out our full list of great dog names that start with N
Outstanding! It’s the names for male dogs that start with O! Check out our full list of cute pet names that start with O
Perfect male dog names starting with P! Check out our full list of awesome animal names that start with P
Remarkable male dog names that start with R! Check out our full list of guys names that start with R
Superb! These male puppy names start with S! Check out our full list of boy names that start with S
Terrific male dog names that start with T! Check out our full list of male names that start with T
Wonderful male dog names that start with W! Check out some 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.
Famous Male Dogs
Dog names male characters use on the tv or in film can be popular choices for puppies too. Most of these also make lovely traditionally American dog names too.
- Marley (and Me)
- Rex (the Runt)
- Snoopy (Peanuts)
- Scooby Doo
- Hooch (Turner and…)
- Duke (Secret Life of Pets)
- Max (Secret Life of Pets)
Names by Color
Another great way to name your little boy is by the shine to his coat!
White boy dog names could be themed around their ghostly nature, or super clean sheen. Dogs with spots or stripes could be named after the animals they share an image with. The options are endless!
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 for dogs that are popular are often common because they are so appealing :
What’s my dog’s name?
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 names for dogs, male or female, 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?
And once you have made up your mind, don’t forget to tell us your favorite dog’s name in the comments box below.