German shepherds are one of the most recognizable dog breeds. They’re a beautiful, active family dog with boundless energy and famous loyalty. If you’ve got a new German shepherd or shepherd mix in your life, or another German breed like a shorthaired pointer, we’ve rounded up some of our top German dog names to inspire you.
If you’re looking for a name that stands out, look no further. We selected these name ideas by digging through our enormous Rover.com database and consulting German and northern-inspired names, going way beyond the top 100 dog names to find the perfect German picks.
Have fun, use your imagination, and be sure to check out other ideas from our wide selection of dog name lists.
Top 25 German Dog Names
German People Names for Dogs
Do you like the sound of a human name on a dog? If so, you’re not alone. It used to be that most of us agreed on a good name for a dog. Fido, Rex, Lady: we expected generic choices. Now, however, you’re more likely to hear human names on dogs.
Our data shows that each year, dog owners increasingly turn to human names for their pets. As you can see from the list above, this is true for male and female German dog names. This reflects the larger cultural trend that embraces dogs as full-on family members who deserve their own special place in our homes and hearts. Dog love runs deep.
German Dog Naming Advice
If you’re having trouble deciding on a name, keep in mind that a great 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 chocolate Lab puppy might sport a water-inspired name like Lily, while a Latin dog breed could carry a cute name like Canela (Spanish for “cinnamon”.)
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.”
Of course, what matters most is that the dog name you choose rolls off your tongue. The best names will make you happy. We’re fans of the “backdoor 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 “Zelda, it’s time for dinner!” or “Skye, leave it!” helps take the name out of your imagination and into reality.