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For American dog owners, “country dog names” bring to mind a down-home lifestyle, with plenty of time spent in wide-open spaces. There might be a tinge of a Southern drawl or Texas twang or a dash of cowboy adventure. No matter where you live, a country-inspired name could be a good fit for a friendly dog. So how do you find the perfect country dog name? And what about a Southern dog name? Rover has you covered.
These names are handpicked from our Rover.com database of dog names, from the top ten all the way down to names that barely squeak into the top 1,000. Their numbers here represent their relative popularity in this list, not their actual rank in the master database. Have fun and best of luck choosing the perfect name!
Top 55 Country Dog Names
Other Country Dog Names
- Sweet Pea
Top Southern Dog Names
When we hear “country” we often think of country music, cowboys, hunting, fishing, BBQ, and pickup trucks. But fun as those associations are, they don’t encompass everything about the American South. Far from it! That’s why we hand-picked Southern dog names for this list that fit with, but are distinct from, the rest. These southern dog names conjure up the warmth, charm, and graces of a Southern lifestyle, whether you live in Alabama or Alaska.
Female Southern Dog Names
- Harper (as in author Lee)
- Nola (after New Orleans)
- Magnolia (Maggie)
- Zora (as in author Neale Hurston)
- Virginia (Ginny)
- Annamae or Annie Mae
- Emmaline or Emmeline
- Sweet Tea
- Flannery (as in author O’Connor)
Male Southern Dog Names
- Atticus (hero in To Kill a Mockingbird)
- Carson (as in author McCullers)
- Walker (as in author Percy)
- Huckleberry (Huck)
- Tobias (Toby)
- Charleston (Charlie)
- Clement (Clem)
Once you’ve made your choice, pair your outdoor dog’s name with complementary accessories. Plus, a personalized dog collar and tag are important safety accessories. We love this mountain-themed dog tag and this monogrammed fleece mat for cold country nights.
Tips for Choosing a Country Dog Name
So how do you find the perfect country or Southern dog name? Think about personality—yours AND theirs. For example, in this list, there’s variety to fit any type of dog, from a tiny Toby to a zany Ziggy or an angelic Annabelle.
Your dog’s name is going to be a part of your everyday life, which means that no matter your pick, you’ll be saying it … a lot. What sounds best to your ear? What’s easy and fun to say? Think in terms of dog training, dog park visits, dog walks or even filling out their Rover profile. Once you take your new dog’s name from imagination to reality, it might help you narrow down your list.
Don’t worry if you don’t stick to your chosen theme, either. The best dog names fit the individual dog and make you smile. Because dogs are part of our family, and their names reflect what’s important to us as well as our love for them.