It is our favourite time of the year here at Rover.com when we dig into our database of dog names across Canada to reveal the most popular dog names of 2019. From there, we pulled out the top 100 male dog names, listed below. If you’re looking for puppy names for your new boy dog, this roundup is a great place to start.
Dog names can be hard to choose. Whether it’s a boyish, handsome moniker you want, something tough, or a unique standout, it’s gotta be perfect. From Rocky to Teddy, Loki to Hank, Moose to Gunner, and everything in between, here are the most popular male dog names in Canada. If you’re already a pet parent, check to see if your pup’s name made the list!
Top 100 Male Dog Names in Canada
These are the most popular male dog names of 2019 in Rover’s database.
Male Dog Name Trends
In the top ten names, Leo and Rocky increased in popularity while Jack decreased. Still, very popular names, Toby, Duke, Oliver, Bear, and Teddy increased in the rankings while Dexter, Bentley, and Winston decreased.
The five names that increased the most since last year were Tex, Corky, Lennox, Modi, and Fisher.
50 More Names for Male Dogs
If you were not inspired by any of the names above, here is a list of more top male dog names across Canada.
Human Names for Dogs
Dogs are considered family members, so human names have become very popular for pets. These days, in fact, you’re more likely to meet a golden retriever with a human name like Charlie than a name like Fido. Your new dog could be a Duke, Oscar, or Finn—or a Buddy, Gus, or Rocky. From cute dog names like Milo or Otis to more traditional names like Harley or Tucker, the sky’s the limit when it comes to giving a traditionally “human name” to your dog.
Dog breeds sometimes shape dog naming choices. Huskies often sport Alaska-themed names like Juneau, while hunting dogs might get a “country name” like Dallas or Tucker. Retrievers love water, so an aquatic dog name could be a good fit for your new Lab or golden. We like Ocean, Jacques, and Captain.
Choosing a Name
Puppy names can be inspired by anything from food to pop culture to nature. Unique dog names are much more common now than some of the more classic pet names. If you’re having trouble deciding, keep in mind that a name can come from many different sources of inspiration, such as your favourite foods, books, celebrities, your heritage, or even dog breed history.
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.
What’s most important is that YOU love the name. Every time you say it, you should feel a little spark of happiness. “That’s my dog!” We’re fans of the “backdoor test” for naming dogs. Try calling out your top choices as if you’re calling your new dog in for dinner, to return to you at the dog park, or to follow your cues in puppy kindergarten.
Discover More Top Dog Names
Some of the dog name lists are made up entirely of our pet name data, while others include expert suggestions with popularity ranking where available. From top dog names of the year to female dog names and cute dog names, there’s a name list for every dog lover. The perfect name is out there!