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100 Best Boy Dog Names & What They Actually Mean – Guide to Naming Male Dogs

100 dog names for male dogs and what these names actually mean.

So many questions rush through a new puppy owner’s head on the first day. What food should I be getting? What dog supplies do I need? But the very first task and decision all owners must make is giving their dog a name.

When it comes to naming your dog, it shouldn’t be taken lightly. This word will become the single most important word to your dog. For this reason, it’s important to take your time with such a decision.

My 10 Favorite Male Dog Names

This is the list of my favorite male puppy names. It’s just personal preference, but these are my top ten name choices for my next dog. Do you feel the same? Leave a comment in the section below if you do!

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1. Asher [a-shər]

This name means “happiness” and is perfect for all cheerful and good-natured dog breeds. There are a lot of them, so this could be a popular one.

Good for: Golden Retriever, Papillon, Labrador Retriever.

2. Blizzard [bliz-erd]

In a blizzard, the only thing visible is probably snow, snow and more snow. And if you’re lucky enough to own an all-white dog, this name makes a lot of sense.

Good for: Samoyed, Bichon Frise, Maltese.

3. Loki [loh-kee]

Originating from Norse legend (and Marvel’s Thor), Loki was the trickster god that was always up to no good. He was known for mischievous and borderline evil acts – something many dog owners can relate to. 

Good for: Affenpinscher, Siberian Husky, Jindo.

4. Princeton [prins-tuh n]

Of Latin origins, Princeton means “first in order of importance.” It’s also the name of a highly preppy and prestigious university. Some dogs just look the part.

Good for: Bernese Mountain Dog, Poodle, St. Bernard.

5. Remy [rēˌmī]

This name is of French origin and means “oarsman” or rower of a racing crew. Remy is a clever name for any dog that enjoys being in water as much as land.

Good for: Chesapeake Bay Retriever, all water dogs and spaniels.

6. Bentley [bent-lee]

We all know the luxury car brand, but this name fits well with the ultra-pretentious dog. Because of it’s association with the car brand, Bentley is an awesome and masculine name. 

Good for: All male dogs.

7. Bandit [ban-dit]

Although Bandit means “thief,” dogs are by no means thieves. On the other hand, Bandit may be a good dog name for your mischievous male dog. Also, it’s just a cool name. 

Good for: Dachshund, Pug, Bull Terrier.

8. Nika [knee-ka]

Nika can mean a lot of things depending on origins, such as victory, good or ferocious. However, these three descriptions fit some dog breeds quite well.

Good for: Pit Bull, Boxer, Rottweiler.

9. Milo [mahy-loh]

Although we’re not completely sure where this name derived from, most believe this Germanic name may mean “mild, calm or peaceful.” 

Good for: Shar-Pei, Shih-Tzu, Pug.

10. Otis [oh-tis]

Hailing from Germany, the name Otis means “wealthy.” Fortunately, there’s more to wealth than just money. I’d argue dogs bring a wealth of love and happiness. 

Good for: All male dogs.

Other Awesome Boy Puppy Names

Here are our favorite male dog names and what they actually mean. We’ve decided to explain what names mean because there is always something behind every name.

Note: Just because we suggest a particular name for a specific breed doesn’t mean that the name won’t work with your dog of choice. Take these as suggestions, but in the end, it’s up to you to name your boy dog. As long as you’re happy, your dog will be too.

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11. Aadolf [ad-olf]

This male dog name means “strong wolf” and is seen used with wolf-like breeds, such as German Shepherds.

Good for: German Shepherd, Siberian Husky.

12. Bolt [bohlt]

Popularized by the movie “Bolt,” the name usually refers to agile or quick male dogs. Also, just a cool and masculine name overall.

Good for: Belgian Malinois, Greyhound, Jack Russell Terrier.

13. Apollo [uhpol-oh]

Named after NASA’s space missions. Apollo means “strength or father of light,” which is perfect for male dogs with a powerful physique.

Good for: Boxer, Rottweiler, Dobermann.

14. Armand [ahr-muh nd]

This is a beautiful dog name for a male dog and means “soldier.” It would be a good fit for a law enforcement dog or just a popular police dog breed.

Good for: German Shepherds, Bloodhound, Belgian Malinois.

15. August [aw-guhst] 

This month-name also means “happiness” and, like Asher, is perfect for good-natured dogs.

Good for: Golden Retriever, Pomeranian, Schnauzer.

16. Noah [nōˈə]

One of my favorite boy names is Noah, which means “comfort.” The reason why it’s such a ideal name for a dog is because dogs give us comfort (duh).

Good for: Border Collie, Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever.

17. Liam [liːəm]

This name originated from Ireland and means protector or defender. So, if you have a dog breed known for its protective instincts, Liam is a fantastic name.

Good for: Akita Inu, Bullmastiff, Rottweiler.

18. Ace [eɪs]

The name Ace was generally reserved for the noble who excelled at a specific skill (hunting, tracking, etc.). However, no matter your dog’s skills, Ace is a top choice among dog owners. 

Good for: Brittany, German Shorthaired Pointer, Bloodhound.

19. Caleb [kay-lib]

Perhaps the most fitting name for loyal male dogs, Caleb loosely translates to “a faithful dog.” This name is reserved for the most loyal of them all.

Good for: Great Pyrenees, Collie, Akita Inu.

20. Barney [bahr-nee]

The meaning of Barney ranges from “comfort” to “strong” and represents most strong-willed and loyal dog breeds. Off the top of my head, this is a great name for many male puppies.

Good for: Rottweiler, Newfoundland, St. Bernard.

21. Baxter [bak-ster]

Originating from Scotland, the name Baxter means “baker.” Yes, theres nothing too meaningful about this name. But if you like it, why not?

Good for: All male dogs.

22. Boomer [boo-mer]

Deriving from the Dutch word for “sluice gate,” Boomer became an occupational name for those that operated gates on a waterway. It’s perfect for male dogs that enjoy playtime in water.

Good for: Portuguese Water Dog, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, all Water Spaniels.

23. Champ [champ]

In old French, Champ means “field” or “open land.” This can be a fitting name for hyperactive male dogs that need a lot of land to stretch their legs and run. 

Good for: Australian Shepherd, Border Collie, Dalmatian.

24. Chester [ches-ter]

The name Chester has Latin origins and means “walled town” or “fortress.” So, an excellent guard dog would fit this name fairly well. 

Good for: Dobermann, Rottweiler, Stafforshire Terrier.

25. Diesel [dee-zuh l]

This obviously means fuel and not much more. However, this “macho” name fits the baddest of all dog breeds. 

Good for: Pit Bull, Bullmastiff, Dobermann.

26. Elvis [el-vis]

We all know the King of Rock. But this Scandinavian name actually means “all wise.” If you’re a big rock-n-roll fan, a tribute to the King may be a great idea.

Good for: All male dogs.

27. Gizmo [giz-moh]

This awesome male dog name doesn’t have significant meaning. In fact, it refers to “mechanical device” or “gadget.” But don’t let that stop you from naming your dog, Gizmo.

Good for: All male dogs.

28. Gunner [guhn-er]

This bold name originates from Scandinavia and means “warrior” or “battle strong.” So, it may not be a fitting name for a little Maltese. 

Good for: Pit Bull, Bull Terrier, English Mastiff.

29. Gus [guhs]

Gus is short for the Latin word augustus, which means “great” or “respected.” In other words, Gus is a solid name for just about any dog. After all, every dog is a great dog.

Good for: All male dogs.

30. Harley [hahr-lee]

This name is an interesting one and works with both male and female dogs. Harley means “hare’s meadow” and could fit dogs that frequently play/run in large fields. 

Good for: Weimaramer, Australian Shepherd, Collie.

31. Hunter [huhn-ter]

Ironically, Hunter was a Scottish and English name for hunters, specifically bird hunters. Funny enough, there are dog breeds known to specialize in hunting birds.

Good for: Vizsla, German Shorthaired Pointer, Labrador Retriever.

32. Jasper [jas-per]

Originating from Persia, the name Jasper means “bringer of treasures.” Many dog breeds, especially hounds, love to hunt small animals and bring them to their owners. Does that count as treasure? 

Good for: Basset Hounds, Beagles, Bloodhounds.

33. Jax [jacks]

Jax is a male dog name that has been gaining momentum in the last few years. There really isn’t any significant meaning – it’s just a cool dog name.

Good for: All male dogs.

34. Oreo [awr-ee-oh]

If you have a male dog with a black and white coat, Oreo should certainly be on top of your list of dog names. It just makes so much sense.

Good for: Dalmatian, Border Collie, Japanese Chin.

35. Lucky [luhk-ee]

It doesn’t get more obvious than this. Think your dog will bring you joy and happiness? If so, Lucky is a fantastic dog name for your adorable male puppy. 

Good for: All male dogs.

36. Rex [reks]

Nothing says royalty better than the male puppy name: Rex. Of Latin origins, Rex means “king” and is suited for the most majestic of dog breeds.

Good for: Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Shih Tzu, Pekingese.

37. Riley [rahy-lee]

Although an unisex dog name, Riley means “valiant” or “courageous” and is deserving for several brave dog breeds. Honor your fierce protector of the home with this name. 

Good for: Rottweiler, Rhodesian Ridgeback, German Shepherd.

38. Romeo [roh-mee-oh]

Popularized by Shakespeare, Romeo means more than just the protagonist of the famed tragedy play. In fact, Romeo means “pilgrim of Rome.” A tribute to the character for an Italian dog breed makes a lot of sense here. 

Good for: Bolognese dog, Italian Greyhound, Lagotto Romagnolo.

39. Scooter [skoo-ter]

If you’re looking for a cute name, Scooter is a great choice. Unfortunately, there’s no significant meaning for this name – other than the fact it’s a nickname for Scott.

Good for: Pomeranian, Poodle, Corgi.

40. Simba [sim-ba]

Popularized by the Lion King, Simba means “lion.” No surprise there. However, in certain Zimbabwe dialects, this name means “power.” Big and powerful dog breeds seem to fit the bill. 

Good for: Tibetan Mastiff, Great Dane, German Shepherd.

41. Spike [spahyk]

Even though Spike has no significant meaning, owners still name their male dogs this fun and cool name. Personally, I think Spike would be great for a spunky dog. 

Good for: All male dogs.

42. Teddy [ted-ee]

Teddy means “wealthy guardian” but most people associate the name with teddy bears. Have a fluffy and huggable dog? Then this name may be perfect for him. 

Good for: Chow Chow, Bichon Frise, Toy Poodle.

43. Tank [tangk]

Other than the name of the armored military vehicle, Tank doesn’t really have any meaning. However, Tank would be an amazing name for big and thick male dogs.

Good for: Bulldog, Bernese Mountain Dog, Bullmastiff.

44. Thor [thawr]

Originating from Old Norse language, Thor means “thunder” and fits any powerful and strong dog. My recommendation? I would give this name to a male Labra-thor (see what i did there?).

Good for: Labrador Retriever, Alaskan Malamute, St. Bernard.

45. Atticus [at-ik-us]

This old Roman name means “man of Attica,” which was a region around Athens, Greece. Sounds like a pretty decent name for a german dog breed.

Good for: All male German dogs.

46. Boone [boon]

Of Norman origin, the name Boone means “good” or “a blessing.” It’s a great name for all good boys.

Good for: All male dogs.

47. Dash [dash]

The direct meaning of dash is “to travel somewhere quickly” and can also be a nickname for Dasher. Agile, speedy and quick dogs fit the bill for this awesome male name. 

Good for: Greyhound, Saluki, Jack Russell Terrier.

48. Denver [den-ver]

Other than the name of the state capital of Colorado, Denver means “valley,” or green valley to be exact. It’s a fantastic name for energetic dogs that would love nothing more than to run freely in an open valley. 

Good for: English Springer Spaniel, Australian Shepherd, Border Collie.

49. Enzo [en-zo]

Although Enzo is short for Lorenzo, i’d say it’s more widely known for being the name of the classic Ferarri Enzo. With that said, I can’t see this name for any dog other than a speedster. Bonus points for an Italian breed.

Good for: Italian Greyhound, Vizsla, Whippet.

50. Knox [noks]

This Scottish surname actually means “small hill,” which doesn’t really have any significant relevance to dogs. But if you like this name, why not?

Good for: All male dogs.

51. Sawyer [soi-er]

Most people think: Tom Sawyer. With so much influence in American literature, it’s no wonder why. Mark Twain’s infamous protagonist was known to be a little mischievous with a big heart. This certainly describes many dogs. 

Good for: Dachshund, Maltese, Yorkshire Terrier.

52. Silas [sahy-luh s]

Silas is a Latin male name, meaning “of the forest.” I highly recommend this name for male hunting dogs that thrive in the open forest. 

Good for: American Foxhound, Beagle, all Pointers.

53. Caesar [see-zer]

The great Julius Caesar was known for conquering nations and instilling fear to those outside the Roman Empire. In sculptures, he had always been portrayed with short curly hair – making this a great name for dogs with similar coats.

Good for: Bichon Frise, Poodle, Airedale Terrier.

54. Acorn [ey-kawrn]

This is a name i’ve seen pop up a few types. While there’s no significant meaning, it’s a pretty cool name and works with all male dogs.

Good for: All male dogs.

55. Tiger [tahy-ger]

A boys’ dog name list isn’t complete without the name of the fierce predator of the jungle. I’d use this name on a dog with as much dominance as the original beast – or if they just look like a tiger.

Good for: Tibetan Mastiff, Bulldog, Kai Ken.

56. Bixby [bicks-bee]

Bixby is a habitational name from an unidentified (or lost) place. This could be an interesting name for a mutt puppy, but can really work with all male dogs. It’s got a bit of a mystery to it.

Good for: All male dogs.

57. Hershey [hur-shee]

This name is recognized all over the world because of the chocolate company – The Hersey Company. I’d probably use this name for a dog that’s brown/black all around, like a chocolate!

Good for: All chocolate-colored male dogs.

58. Merlin [mur-lin]

This name was popularized by the stories of King Arthur and his magician guide, Merlin. If you’re a fan of the legends or magic in general, Merlin is a great tribute name.

Good for: Golden Retriever, Labrador, Beagle.

59. Taco [tah-koh]

There are very few things I can eat all the time, but tacos are one of them. If you’re anything like me, Taco is obviously a fantastic name. Bonus points to those with Mexican dog breeds.

Good for: Chihuahua, Xoloitzcuintli.

60. Major [mey-jer]

The word Major means “greater, superior and chief,” and can be ideal for independent-minded dogs that think highly of themselves. Trust me, there are many of them that do.

Good for: Akita Inu, Shar-Pei, Collie.

61. Cato [key-toh]

With latin origins, Cato means “intelligent or shrewd.” As a result, Cato is a fantastic name for some of the world’s smartest dog breeds.

Good for: Border Collie, German Shepherd, Poodle.

62. Slate [sleyt]

Slate is a grayish metamorphic rock that’s smooth and fine-grained. This perfectly describes the coat of a few dog breeds I know.

Good for: Weimaraner, Italian Greyhound, Whippet.

63. Jayden [jay-dan]

Jayden is of Hebrew origins and is derived from the Old Testament bible name Jadon, which means “thankful.” In one way or another, we are all thankful for our dogs.

Good for: All male dogs.

64. Wyatt [wahyuh t]

Wyatt was derived from medieval name Wiot and means little brave warrior. Not all names that mean “warrior” is reserved for large strong dogs. This could be great for small feisty dogs.

Good for: Dachshund, Mini Schnauzer, Yorkshire Terrier.

65. Beau [boh]

In French, beau means handsome. Although I think all male dogs are handsome, there are some breeds that are just inherently “handsome” or gorgeous dogs.

Good for: German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Husky.

66. Jedrek [jeh-drik]

This is a Polish name that means strong or masculine. I can think of several dog breeds that fit this name perfectly.

Good for: Boxer, Rottweiler, Bulldog.

67. Levi [lee-vahy]

Levi means “joined or attached” and represents the majority of lap dogs or companion dog breeds. Name your male dog Levi and they will never leave your side!

Good for: Shih Tzu, Havanese, Maltese.

German Names for Male Dogs

Germanic names have sort of a masculine and mysterious appeal to them, making them some of the best male dog names. Bonus points for these names if you have a German dog breed. Not sure if you do? Check out our list below.

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68. Bruno [broo-noh]

Unless you’re a huge Bruno Mars fan, this name can mean so much more. In fact, Bruno is derived from a German word that means “protection” or “armor.” A witty name for German guard dogs.

Good for: German Shepherd, Giant Schnauzer, Dobermann.

69. Leo [lee-oh]

Short for Leonardo, this German name means “brave lion.” I could see this working for all the courageous and brave dog breeds in the world.

Good for: German Shepherd, Dobermann, Bullmastiff.

70. Hugo [hyoo-goh]

Hugo is a Germanic name that means “mind.” Although it’d be great for smart German dogs, I think it’d be a cool name for a huge dog. 

Good for: German Shepherd, Great Dane, Newfoundland.

71. Conrad [kon-rad]

Popular during the Middle Ages, Conrad stems from Germanic words for “brave.” It’s a great human name but a better dog name.

Good for: Giant Schnauzer, German Shepherd, Boxer.

72. Moose [moos]

This German surname means “moss” and was given to those living in the swamp regions of Southern Germany. However, Moose is quite a unique name and works with all dogs.

Good for: All male dogs.

73. Otto [ot-oh]

Similar to the name Otis, Otto also means wealth and prosperity. For this reason, Otto is a cool masculine name perfect for all male dogs.

Good for: All male dogs.

74. Wilder [wil-der]

Originating from Germany, Wilder means “hunter.” If you have a hunting dog, than Wilder should be at the top of your list. It doesn’t get more obvious than this.

Good for: American Foxhound, Weimaraner, Pointer.

75. Ziggy [zig-ee]

This name originates from Germany and is a fairly common name for both sexes. It’s actually a nickname for Sigmund, but Ziggy is a lot cuter of a name for a dog. 

Good for: French Bulldog, Yorkshire Terrier, Dachshund.

Greek-inspired Male Dog Names

Some of the best male dog names are of Greek origins or inspired by Greek mythology. Some may be a little out there for a human boy, but they’re really awesome names for dogs.

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76. Atlas [at-luh s]

From Greek mythology, the name Atlas means “to carry” and was the name of a titan that bore the whole world on his shoulders. For this reason, the name conveys connotation of great strength.

Good for: Newfoundland, Great Dane, all Mastiffs.

77. Achilles [əkilˈēz]

Another popular name, Achilles is a reference to the infamous Greek hero of the Trojan War. It also means strength and is a great name for large dogs.

Good for: Dobermann, Great Dane, German Shepherd.

78. Basil [bazuh l]

This name refers to more than just the culinary herb. In fact, it means “king” or “royalty” in Greek. Though the name may sound funny, it’s reserved for the most badass of male dogs.

Good for: German Shepherd, Dobermann, Rottweiler.

79. Calix [key-liks]

Does your male dog have a beautiful stance, gorgeous eyes or long locks of hair? If so, Calix, which means “handsome,” might be a great choice.

Good for: Alaskan Malamute, German Shepherd, Australian Shepherd.

80. Egan [ee-gan]

Egan is an excellent name that means “fire.” Whether your dog has a fire-colored coat or just full of energy, Egan can make a great name for your male dog.

Good for: Golden Retriever, Siberian Husky, Border Collie.

81. Hercules [hur-kyuh-leez]

There is no male dog name more badass than Hercules. As the son of Zeus, Hercules is almost synonymous with “great strength and power.”

Good for: Great Dane, Pit Bull, St. Bernard.

82. Kosmos [koz-muh s]

This Greek name means “order of the universe” and rarely represents any owners’ time spent with their dogs. However, Kosmos was such a stunning name I had to include it in this list.

Good for: All male dogs.

83. Titan [tahyt-n]

As popularized by Hollywood films, the name Titan refers to great strength and massive size. For this reason, I think it’d make the perfect name for some of the world’s biggest dog breeds.

Good for: Great Pyrenees, Great Dane, Mastiff.

84. Spiro [spahy-ruh l]

Also spelled Spyro, this name means “basket to carry seeds” – which has no significant meaning. Still, it’s a cool name to consider for your male dog. Anyone remember Spyro the Dragon?

Good for: All male dogs.

85. Xander [zan-der]

This name is derived from the Greek word that means “protector” or “guardian.” Sounds like a pretty awesome name for your little guardian of the home.

Good for: Bullmastiff, German Shepherd, Rottweiler.

86. Tyrone [tahy-rohn]

In Greek meaning, Tyrone means “lord” or “king” and can be a unique name for your own royal dog. Plus, you can call your dog “Ty Ty” as a cute nickname.

Good for: All male dogs.

87. Hermes [hur-meez]

No, not the luxury brand. Hermes was the god of many things – including travel. He was known to be clever and mischievous – like many dogs breeds i know.

Good for: Jack Russell Terrier, Dachshund, Labrador.

88. Perseus [pur-see-uh s]

The Greek hero, Perseus, is also the inspiration for many boy dog names. Although no one wants their dog to destroy their home, Perseus means “to destroy.” Perfect for overly hyper dogs.

Good for: Siberian Husky, Australian Shepherd, Dalmatian.

89. Koios [coe-us]

In Greek mythology, Koios was the name of the Titan of Intelligence. Have a intelligent dog breed? This is a name as clever as your dog.

Good for: Border Collie, German Shepherd, Poodle.

90. Theo [thee-oh]

This Greek name means “gift of God” and perfectly sums up what dogs are to human. No matter what male dog breed, this name fits well.

Good for: All male dogs.

10 Most Popular Male Dog Names

While many people would like their dog to have a unique name, we can’t blame them for going with one of these dog names. Sometimes, it’s popular for a reason. Note: these names fluctuate in popularity from year to year, but usually remain in the top 10.

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91. Max [maks]

This name is short for Maximilian, which means “the greatest.” All owners believe their dog is the greatest. So, this name actually works perfect for just about any dog. It’s no wonder it’s the most popular male dog name.

Good for: All male dogs.

92. Charlie [chahr-lee]

The origin of the name Charlie means “free man,” or in this case, free dog. For this reason, this name works great with free-spirited dogs.

Good for: Siberian Husky, Beagle, Wire Fox Terrier.

93. Cooper [koo-per]

This is an occupational name for makers and repairers of wooden goods. Today, its just a fantastic sounding name for both human babies and dogs.

Good for: All male puppies.

94. Buddy [buhd-ee]

Calling a friend buddy is something that we still do. So, it makes sense to call your best companion (your dog) Buddy. It’s a perfect name for all companion dog breeds.

Good for: Basset Hound, Yorkshire Terrier, Bulldog.

95. Jack [jak]

One of the most common names, Jack used to be slang for “man” during the Middle Ages. It’s not the most creative name but it’s simple and easy to remember. Bonus points for naming your Jack Russel Terrier, Jack.

Good for: All male dogs.

96. Rocky [rok-ee]

Originating from Italy, Rocky means “rest.” However, it’s been popularized in recent years through Hollywood’s Rocky Balboa movies. Large dogs with a strong physique make sense for this name.

Good for: Boxer, German Shepherd, Dobermann.

97. Duke [dook]

The word Duke means nobleman and can be a perfect name for regal-like dogs. Also fitting if you plan to treat your dog as a little prince.

Good for: Chinese Crested, Akita Inu, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

98. Bear [bair]

This name is a tribute to the ferocious king of the forest. As a result, only the biggest and baddest dogs would make sense with this name.

Good for: German Shepherds, Dobermann, Mastiff.

99. Oliver [oluh-ver]

From the Old French word olivier, which means “olive tree,” there’s not much symbolic meaning behind Oliver. If you like this name (and many people do), then name away.

Good for: All male dogs.

100. Tucker [tuhk-er]

This name was derived from the French nickname tout coeur, which means “all heart.” This is perfect for dogs with a lot of affection and loyalty for their owners.

Good for: Papillon, Golden Retriever, Bichon Frise.

Make Your Own Dog Name

None of these boy dog names float your boat? We don’t blame you. Naming your dog is an important task. However, many owners get so caught up in naming their dog that it takes way more time and energy than necessary. If Plan A didn’t work, we move on to Plan B: come up with your own dog name.

4 Useful Dog Naming Tips

Easy to Remember: It’s not rocket science. Pick a cool name that’s easy to remember for both you, your friends/family and your dog. As cool as it would be to name your dog Ludwig van Beethoven, i’d advise against it. Keep it short and simple for your dog’s sake.

Physical Traits: Does your dog have any unique physical attributes? To generalize, the spotted black/white Dalmatian are popular with names such as Oreo, Panda, etc. Or if your dog has unusually straight or erect hair, consider something like “Spike.” You get my point.

Human Nicknames: Although it’d be somewhat unusual to name a dog after a popular human name, there’s no problem with that! However, most owners like to name their dogs the nickname-version of human names. For example, instead of “Philippa,” you’d go with “Pippa.”

Something You Like: In all honesty, it’s not necessary to pick a name with a deeper meaning to fit your dog’s personality, breed-tendencies, physical traits, etc. This is done pretty much as an ice breaker and cool story if anyone asks. Choose whatever you like.

If you think you have a great dog name for a male dog (that we missed), please share in the comments section below! We will try our best to keep updating this list as more great suggestions come in.

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