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Male Dog Names

People always need more male dog names! Here’s a list of the top 50 male dog names, according to VPI pet insurance:

Top male dog names

  1. Max
  2. Buddy
  3. Rocky
  4. Bailey
  5. Jake
  6. Charlie
  7. Jack
  8. Toby
  9. Cody
  10. Buster
  11. Duke
  12. Cooper
  13. Riley
  14. Harley
  15. Bear
  16. Tucker
  17. Murphy
  18. Lucky
  19. Oliver
  20. Sam
  21. Oscar
  22. Teddy
  23. Winston
  24. Sammy
  25. Rusty
  26. Shadow
  27. Gizmo
  28. Bentley
  29. Zeus
  30. Jackson
  31. Baxter
  32. Bandit
  33. Gus
  34. Samson
  35. Milo
  36. Rudy
  37. Louie
  38. Hunter
  39. Casey
  40. Rocco
  41. Sparky
  42. Joey
  43. Bruno
  44. Beau
  45. Dakota
  46. Maximus
  47. Romeo
  48. Boomer
  49. Luke
  50. Henry

As you can see, most people seem to prefer to give their dogs people names. But you could go with a theme.

How about football?

  • Peyton
  • T.D.
  • Punter
  • Cleats
  • Tackle
  • Eli
  • Kurt
  • Coach
  • Player
  • Pro

Or baseball? Lots of great baseball names!

  • Dodger
  • Bagger
  • Shortstop
  • Ace
  • Lefty
  • Righty
  • Southpaw
  • Runner
  • RBI (Ribby)
  • Stats

Maybe a nautical theme?

  • Splash
  • Captain
  • Skipper
  • First Mate (Matey)
  • Sails
  • Tug

What about an art theme?

  • Clay
  • Paint
  • Da Vinci
  • Rembrandt
  • Fresco
  • Graffiti
  • Matisse
  • Monet
  • Pablo
  • Van Gogh

How about a classic dog name? A name that everyone will nod their head and say, “Ah, yes. That’s perfect.”

  • Bandit
  • Benji
  • Buddy
  • Buster
  • Bruno
  • Fido
  • Happy
  • King
  • Lucky
  • Prince
  • Rex
  • Rover
  • Sparky

How about a Hollywood name?

  • Gable
  • Grant
  • Cooper
  • Rock
  • Mitch
  • Bogie
  • Errol
  • Tyrone

Maybe a space age name?

  • Apollo
  • Luna
  • Venus
  • Mercury
  • Mars
  • Jupiter
  • Saturn
  • Neptune
  • Uranus
  • Pluto
  • Vesta
  • Chiron
  • Celestia
  • Atlantis

You could always name your dog after a famous historical figure. There are lots of them!

  • Caesar
  • Charlemagne
  • Napoleon
  • George Washington
  • Alexander the Great
  • Attila
  • Augustus
  • Brutus
  • Casanova
  • Chaucer
  • Chopin
  • Confucius
  • Davy Crockett
  • Cyrano
  • Dante
  • Dickens
  • Freud
  • Genghis Khan
  • Goliath
  • Gulliver
  • Homer
  • Horace
  • Houdini
  • Midas
  • Nietzshe
  • Patton
  • Plato
  • Socrates
  • Titan
  • Ulysses
  • Voltaire

What about politics? Politics is always popular. If you love politics you could give your dog a political name:

  • Ballot
  • Chad
  • Embargo
  • Filibuster
  • Freedom
  • Gerrymander
  • Justice
  • Lefty
  • Righty
  • Wingnut
  • Liberty
  • Patriot
  • Rebel
  • Tea Party
  • Veep
  • Veto
  • Wonky
  • Yankee

And, finally, how about a high tech dog name? If you spend a lot of time on the computer or with your PDA, your dog might think this is appropriate!

  • Beta
  • Blogger
  • Cookie
  • Cyber
  • Data
  • Doc
  • Flash
  • Google
  • Hacker
  • Icon
  • Jpeg
  • Java
  • Modem
  • Mouse
  • Scanner
  • Spam
  • Yahoo
  • Zip

There’s no end to the names you can come up with for your male dog. Look around you. See what’s important in your life and then think of something that would fit your dog. Is there something that stands out about him? Does his face make him special? Is his coat unique? Is he very large or very small? Is he extremely smart — or not? Consider the things that make you love him and go from there.

You’re probably just getting your new puppy or dog since you are trying to find a name for him so you may not know him very well yet. That’s okay. Often dogs have a way of choosing their own name. Look in his eyes. What’s he telling you about himself? How does he act? Does he act like a big boss dog? Or, does he act like a clown? If he’s a clown then you probably shouldn’t give him a name like Brutus because he’ll never fit the name.

Choose a name that seems to fit your dog’s personality. Pick out several names that you like and try them on your dog for size. See what he seems to like. Does he respond to any of them? Of course he won’t “know” them yet but does he seem to like any of them? Do you get a good feeling about any of them? Sometimes a name will seem to fit.

When you choose a name for your dog you should also think of possibly diminutives. How will the name sound when it’s shortened? if you name your dog Alexander the Great, for instance, do you like Alex? Or Al? Because it’s unlikely that you’ll go around calling your dog Alexander the Great when you’re at home together.

Once you decide on a name you and your dog should live with it a few days and make sure that you like it. You can always change it if you decide you don’t like it.

If you’re getting an older dog who already has a name it’s all right to change his name, especially if he has some negative baggage associated with his past. If your dog is coming from an abusive situation and he’s starting a new life with you, go ahead and give him a new name so he can start fresh. It won’t take him long to get used to his new name and he can put the past behind him.

Choosing a name for your dog is a personal experience. People have very definite likes and dislikes when it comes to naming a pet. The choice is between you and your dog. You don’t have to rush into choosing a name. Take your time and pick something that both you and your dog like. Consider carefully before giving your dog an embarrassing name. You and your dog may be together for 15 years. Do you really want to call him Stinky for 15 years? Be kind. Give him a name he can be proud of. Afterall, you may have a middle name that you don’t like. Do you like for people to use it? Think how your dog will feel if you give him an embarrassing name.

Choose a good name for your dog and show people that you’re proud of him. Be creative. Then you and your dog can both enjoy his name.

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