Male puppies are just the cutest little bundles of fur—though you know they’re going to grow up to be dashing dogs. In the case of large dog breeds, too, you might be anticipating quite a gentle giant as the years pass! So how do you find the perfect boy dog names? Look no further. We’ve rounded up some of the most handsome, distinctive names for the new male dog in your life. When you’re searching for the perfect name for your furry family member, Rover is here to help. We combed through our database of dog names nationwide to find the best variety of options in male dog names. You’ll find options to fit any personality, dog breed, or type of dog, because we understand that your unique dog deserves a very special name.
If you’re looking for a boy dog name that stands out, too, look no further. We’ve handpicked these great name ideas for male puppies (and grown-up dudes!) by digging through millions of names chosen by dog owners in the last few years, going way beyond the top 100 dog names to find the freshest choices for your new family member. Whether you’re drawn to classic choices like Charlie, Jack, and Toby, or trendsetters like Dallas, Finn, and Neo, you’re sure to find a boy dog name that fits the bill.
Have fun, use your imagination, and be sure to check out other ideas from our wide selection of dog name lists. Plus see more tips for choosing the perfect dog name below!
Top 100 Boy Dog Names
- Archer / Archie
- Dash / Dashiell
- Griffin / Griff
- Huck / Huckleberry
- Jack / Jackson / Jax
- Joey / Jojo
- Lincoln / Linc
- Pip / Pippin
- Rocco / Rocky
- Titus / Titan
- Wesley / Westley
- Zorro (Spanish for fox)
Baby Names for Dogs?
You’ll notice that many of the names on this list are people names as well, and would sound equally at home on a baby as they do on a puppy. Why is that? Our data shows that each year, dog lovers increasingly turn to human names for their pets. This reflects the larger cultural trend that embraces dogs as full-fledged family members rather than “just” pets.
In the past, male dog names and female dog names alike were less likely to be personalized to the dog. For instance, a boy dog might have been named Rex or Rover, while a girl dog might have been called Cookie or Precious. Nowadays, however, you’re more likely to hear Oscar, Zoey, or Emma called out at the local dog park.
Tips for the Dog Naming Process
Are you still uncertain about which moniker to choose? You’re not alone. Some dog owners just know their pet is a Buddy or Zeke as soon as they make eye contact, but many other pet parents need time to try out various options. If you’re having trouble deciding, keep in mind that a girl dog name can come from many different sources of inspiration, such as your favorite foods, books, celebrities, your heritage, or even dog breed history. For example, a French bulldog puppy might sport a French-inspired name like Jacques, while a Latin dog breed like the Chihuahua might be perfect for a name like Diego.
Another consideration when choosing your dog’s name? Dog training. This is of particular importance for puppies. When you’re teaching your new dog to respond to commands like sit, stay, or come, you’ll want to be sure their name isn’t a source of confusion. In other words, avoid puppy names that sound like a common dog training cue, such as “Bit,” which could easily be misheard as “sit.” Many dog experts recommend choosing a name with at least two syllables and a sing-song or vowel sound at the end.
Of course, what matters most is that the dog name you choose rolls off your tongue with ease. You’ll want to select a name that you feel comfortable repeating, because you’ll be saying it…a lot. Your dog’s name should make you happy! We’re fans of the “back door test” for dog name selection. It’s pretty much what it sounds like: stand at the back door and call out your new dog‘s potential name. Saying “Charlie, it’s time for dinner!” or “Oso, leave it!” helps take the name out of your imagination and into reality.
The Bottom Line
Good luck, have fun, and be sure to check out our other dog name coverage. As dog lovers through and through, we find dog names absolutely fascinating, and we love searching our data on the topic to discover hot trends, quirky choices, and unique twists on classics. Over the years, we’ve compiled plenty of names for you to peruse!
To start, check out our list of the most popular names of 2017, and then jump over to unique dog names to see the contrast. But that’s only the beginning. We’ve got articles covering top Irish choices, romantic dog names, and popular names for hunting dogs, small dogs, black dogs, white dogs, and many, many more.