Are you interested in wolf names for your puppy or rescue dog?
Choosing a name you love is the start of building your bond with your canine companion.
After all, you will use your pup’s new name many times each day over the years to come!
It can be easy to get stuck in indecision when sorting through possible wolf names.
But you don’t need to put pressure on yourself to choose right away.
As you get to know each other, the perfect name will probably just come to you when you are thinking of something else entirely.
For now, let’s brainstorm wolf names from a variety of perspectives to give you as much food for thought as possible to find your new pup’s perfect name!
Why Wolf Names?
Well, why not??
Our canine pals’ wild ancestors are beautiful, exciting and inspiring, in equal measure.
And whilst the dog on our sofa has come a long way since their wolf days, a wolfish name is a fitting tribute to their heritage.
Especially if your dog still has something of the wild in his looks!
But which wild wolf names make the best pet names?
When naming your wolf puppy or rescue dog, you will want to take special care to choose a name that sounds unlike the training commands you want your new pup to learn.
Also, be sure you pick a name that is easy to say (or a shorter nickname you can use in place of the long formal name you favor).
Best Wolf Names
As you begin brainstorming wolf names you love, you may find that some of the best wolf names ideas come from pop culture – films, books, myths and legends that feature wolves.
Female Wolf Names
A lady wolf pup deserves a suitably dignified, strong and regal name that she can grow up into. Perhaps you will find your new name in this list of female wolf names!
For even more brainstorming help, check out this list of popular female dog names.
Male Wolf Names
A dog who resembles (in body or spirit!) a male wolf deserves a name fit for a king among canines.
Something that captures the strength, beauty and bravery of the wild wolf.
Maybe one of these male wolf names derived from wolf species names and captive wild wolves will be the perfect fit for your wolfish pup!
- Don Mack
- Bobby J
Want even more male wolf names to ponder? We think you will love this list.
Cool Wolf Names
Is there anything more calm, composed, courageous and cool than the steady gaze of a wolf?
These cool wolf names are drawn from stories about ancient divine and human wolf encounters.
You can find even more cool dog names in this list.
Cute Wolf Names
No matter how they make you feel when they grow up, a wolf cub is the very picture of cuteness!
So we think wolf names can be adorable too.
As cute wolf names can attest!
For even more naming cuteness, hop on over to this list.
Funny Wolf Names
Your wolfy sidekick may have a commanding presence, but then there are those comic moments that just make you laugh at your pup’s singular antics!
These funny wolf names strive to highlight your canine’s light-hearted moments!
- King Kong
- Wall Street
- She Wolf
- Little Red
- Meat Loaf
- Bam Bam
Unique Wolf Names
Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to keep company with a wolf every day.
But your domestic companion deserves a unique wolf names too!
Like these, which are drawn from wolves in mythology:
Discover even more unique wolf names on this list.
Tough Wolf Names
There is no doubt that wolves can be tough – their innate wild nature demands it!
Powerful, brave, persevering, tender – these tough wolf names pay homage to the call of the wild inside your canine companion!
Find more tough wolf names on this list.
Fun Facts About Wolves
Wolves are truly amazing animals!
Far too few people today get the chance to observe wolves in their natural wild environment.
But these fun facts about wolves can help you visualize your own pup’s wild roots – and perhaps spark more great name ideas!
Wild wolves live in packs
While Canis familiaris, the modern dog, has evolved to live with people, Canis lupus, the wolf, has evolved to live with other wolves in family units, or packs.
Often young adult wolves will stay with their parents for two or three years before leaving to start their own pack or join a different pack.
Wolf hybrids are quite common
More than 300,000 wolf hybrids are currently living in North America alone!
A wolf hybrid can be tamed and trained to socialize with people, but will never be fully domesticated.
For growing wolf pups, the sense of smell is all-important
One study followed the development of young wolf pups and dog puppies, looking for developmental similarities and differences.
The critical socialization period for wolf pups happens at just two weeks old and lasts just four weeks.
At that stage, a wolf pup is still blind and deaf, so smell is the primary sense a wolf pup relies on to explore the world and learn what is safe and what is scary.
Even very well-socialized wolf pups never lose their essential reservation around people
In contrast, dog puppies begin exploring their world at four weeks old, when they can smell, see and hear.
By eight weeks old, with appropriate socialization within their litter and with people, a puppy is nearly ready to go to a forever family and bond closely with all members.
Congratulations on your new wolf puppy or rescue dog!
It can take some time to choose the right name for your special new wolf or wolf hybrid pup!
When you do decide on your wolf’s new name, please drop back by and post a comment – we’d love to hear what name you select!
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