Male Dog Names – The Top Names For 2021

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This is an awesome list of hundreds of great male dog names. It’s also packed with tips and ideas for choosing a boy dog name. It can be surprisingly hard to find the right name for your gorgeous puppy. Especially when several family members are all involved in the final decision!

You’ll find the most popular boy dog names below, but you’ll also find beautiful, unique dog names, cool names, names based on nature, places, people, and much much more. Names matter. They are so much more than a way to get your dog to come back when you call them. Names establish an identity, and help your buddy fit into their unique place in your family. So let’s get started! Have you got your pen and paper ready? Let’s choose the perfect male puppy name for your new friend.

Top Male Dog Names 2021

These are the male dog names that are trending right now!

  • Max
  • Bear
  • Charlie
  • Toby
  • Lucky
  • Cooper
  • Teddy
  • Loki
  • Rocky
  • Finn
  • Wagner
  • Bruno
  • Chester
  • Buddy
  • Duke
  • Zeus
  • Dexter
  • Jasper
  • Ziggy
  • Milo
  • Ollie
  • Bailey
  • Jack
  • Oscar
  • Gizmo
  • Thor
  • Ozzy
  • Harley
  • Winston
  • Ace
  • Murphy
  • Blu
  • Blue
  • Arlo
  • Brody
  • Leo
  • Henry
  • Tank
  • Griffin
  • Buster
  • Comet
  • Bruiser
  • Bruce
  • Cash
  • Baxter
  • Cosmo
  • Diesel
  • Banjo
  • Gunner
  • Jax

That’s just the start, grab a coffee, there’s a whole lot more names to come!

Best Male Dog Names

One of the biggest problems in many homes where a new puppy’s arrival is eagerly expected, is getting everyone to agree on what is the best male dog name!

TOP TIP: Use a brainstorming technique where everyone takes a turn to put a name on a piece of paper in a random position. With lists, we tend to focus on the beginning and the end and the names in the middle get lost. When you brainstorm on a big sheet of paper, names that you might have overlooked, jump out at you!

Maybe you already know exactly what kind of names you like? Or perhaps you chop and change your mind on a daily basis? Whichever camp you fall into, you’re bound to find some boy dog names to inspire you in these lists. Let’s look at some names that are eternally popular.

Popular Male Dog Names

Do you like to capture the zeitgeist, or do you prefer male puppy names which have stood the test of time? These dog names for boys have consistently occupied the top male pet names lists for years:

  • Max
  • Charlie
  • Buddy
  • Cooper
  • Jack
  • Rocky
  • Bear
  • Duke
  • Toby
  • Tucker
  • Jake
  • Oliver
  • Teddy
  • Harley
  • Riley
  • Cody
  • Buster
  • Lucky
  • Milo
  • Leo

Boy Names for Dogs

As you can see there’s a real trend towards giving our dogs human names. It’s a logical progression from thinking of pets as part of the family. A way of saying that in our hearts, our dogs have the same status as people. So here are some more names for boy dogs that are human names too:

  • Thomas
  • Caleb
  • Lucas
  • Jackson
  • Wyatt
  • Evan
  • Gabriel
  • Carter
  • Asher
  • Dylan

People Names for Male Dogs

Boy pet names are also a fun chance to use human names that are a bit more unusual. These human names aren’t too common, but they’d all be good boy dog names:

  • Turner
  • Cedric
  • Seamus
  • Gilbert
  • Harris
  • Lyle
  • Reuben
  • Heath
  • Alistair
  • Douglas

We had some great human male dog names in our Dog Name Survey, too. Here were some of our favorites:

  • Keanu
  • Benedict
  • Jonah
  • Clive
  • Victor

Unique Male Dog Names

Coming up with a one of a kind name for your dog can be a real challenge. You never know when an obscure name is about to surge in popularity, or if someone else on your street is about to have the same flash of inspiration. But it’s still fun to find something a bit special, like these unusual male dog names:

  • Zyron
  • Hurricane
  • Odin
  • Corvus
  • Inchyra
  • Stirling
  • Lulworth
  • Hobbs
  • Auster
  • Fisher
  • Moss
  • Ash

Check out our big guide to unique dog names for further ideas.

Place Names for Male Dogs

One way to to find cute boy puppy names is to pick a theme you like and see where it leads you. I’ve come up with this list by thinking of American places and landmarks:

  • Smoky
  • Rio
  • Elias
  • Sanford
  • Huron
  • Tahoe
  • Kennedy
  • Rockefeller
  • Bryce
  • Cimarron (This could be reckless, since cimarrón is Spanish for “wild” or “untamed”!)
  • Cartwright
  • Zoar (Cartwright and Zoar are both small settlements in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada)

Cute Boy Dog Names

Will your dog be the baby of the family even when he’s fully grown? Here are some cute boy dog names for puppies that are going to be adorable forever:

  • Angel
  • Beau
  • Prince
  • Babe
  • Jesse
  • Bodhi
  • Blue
  • Zebedee
  • Neo (Neo means both “new” in Greek and “gift” in Tswana – how perfect?)
  • Fuzz
  • Cupid

Cool Dog Names Male Dogs Will Love

Is your dog going to be a legend in his own time? Obviously what’s cool is a matter of taste and perception, and I’m not saying that I’m an authority on what definitely is cool. But I might be.

  • Ace
  • Maverick
  • Ryker
  • Bix
  • Frank
  • Cash
  • Toro
  • Bogart
  • Dylan
  • Jet
  • Orion
  • Loki

There were some seriously ice cold names in our Dog Name Survey, as well. Try these on for size:

  • Astro
  • Yeti
  • Nitro
  • Bohdi
  • Cowboy
  • Knight

If those don’t appeal check out our Cool Dog Names page for over three hundred more ideas!

Cute Dog Names for Boys

There seems to be a trend at the moment for naming animals after other animals. For example the A Cat Called Mouse story books, and Rhino the hamster in the Disney film Bolt. Whether you rate it or hate it, here are some more suggestions that might work as names for male dogs:

  • Wolf
  • Tiger
  • Raven
  • Bear
  • Lynx
  • Puma
  • Fox
  • Sparrow
  • Buffalo (or just Buff!)
  • Gopher

You’ll find another two hundred more cute names on this page

Good Boy Dog Names

Do you have a hunch that your dog will be a loyal, reliable and upstanding member of the canine community? Honor his noble side with one of these good male dog names:

  • Noah
  • Lincoln
  • Theodore
  • Sam
  • Joe
  • Captain
  • Norman
  • Benjamin
  • Seth
  • George
  • Pops

TOP TIP: If puppy time is approaching, don’t miss out on our big guide to potty training!

Unusual Male Dog Names

An unusual name will help your pup stand out in the park, and be a great ice-breaker when you’re doing that all-important socializing:

  • Beckett
  • Bayer
  • Darwin
  • Huxley
  • Logan
  • Falstaff
  • Womble
  • Sunny
  • Tanner

And here are some great male dog names that only came up once in our massive dog names survey.

  • Farmer
  • Mojo
  • Bullseye
  • Cheeto
  • Bungee
  • Biggie
  • Rocket

Strong Male Dog Names

Dogs have amazing amounts of energy, stamina and muscle. These names either mean strong, or imply strength:

  • Mason
  • Hunter
  • Chase
  • Atlas (Atlas is the Greek god depicted carrying the world on his shoulders)
  • Aaron (Hebrew name meaning “mountain of strength”)
  • Magnar (Norwegian name meaning “strength”)
  • Angus (Irish name meaning “unique strength”)
  • Ryker (Danish name meaning “strength”)
  • Obelix (Greek name meaning “pillar of strength”)
  • Zeke (Hebrew name meaning “God strengthens”)
  • Virtus (the Roman god of bravery and military strength)

Check out our big list of Tough Dog Names for more inspiration

Big Dog Names for Male Dogs

Was your pup the biggest in the litter? Or are you renaming a rescue dog who’s already head and shoulders above his friends? These names all call great size to mind:

  • Titus
  • Groot (as well as a Marvel hero, groot is the Dutch word for “large” although the Dutch pronunciation is tricky! )
  • Hercules
  • Jupiter
  • Montaro (Japanese name meaning “big boy”)
  • Orson (Latin name meaning “bear”)
  • Odin
  • Berg (berg means “mountain” in several Germanic languages)
  • Tan
  • Redwood
  • Everest
  • Elbrus (Mount Elbrus is the tallest mountain in Russia and Europe)

That’s just a taster of course! We have three hundred and fifty more big dog name ideas just waiting for you!

Small Dog Names Male

Are your puppy’s parents petite? Is your puppy more of a mini than a max? Maybe your dog is going to fall at the other end of the scale, and there’s nothing wrong with that. They say that the best things come in small parcels. These great boy dog names celebrate being a little more compact:

  • Pebble
  • Bean
  • Peagreen (from The Borrowers)
  • Frodo (from The Lord of the Rings)
  • Atom
  • Kerwin (Gaelic name meaning ‘little black one’)
  • Beetle
  • Nugget
  • Acorn

Great Dog Names Male

Some dogs are born great, and others have greatness thrust upon them.
Male Dog Names

Recognize their nobility with one of these strong male dog names:

  • William (I can hardly paraphrase his words without including Shakespeare’s name!)
  • Armstrong
  • Endeavor
  • Sirius
  • Nelson
  • Majesty
  • Augustus
  • Maximus
  • Hero
  • Arkin
  • Zeus

Dog Names From Nature

  • Storm
  • Willow
  • Tarragon
  • Rocky
  • River
  • Buck
  • Pebble
  • Ranger
  • Bramble
  • Bracken
  • Star

Famous Dog Names Male Pups Might Suit

Some of our favorite famous dogs:

  • Marley (From Marley and Me, Marley was a yellow Labrador Retriever)
  • Brian (From Family Guy, Brian Griffin is a white Labrador Retriever)
  • Vincent (the Labrador Retriever in the TV series Lost)
  • Pal (Did you know that Lassie was almost invariably played by male dogs, because they were a better scale next to children? Pal was the first)
  • Ghost
  • Grey Wind
  • Shaggydog (Ghost, Grey Wind and Shaggydog are direwolves in Game of Thrones)
  • Zuma (A chocolate Labrador, and grossly underused member of kids’ favorite, PAW Patrol)
  • Bolt (Of the eponymous Disney film)

Our Dog Name Survey through up some other famous names, too. Although these weren’t originally used on dogs….

  • Chewbacca
  • Yoda
  • Wicket
  • Bagheera
  • Baloo
  • Starsky

Choosing The Best Male Dog Names

The best name for your dog is one you fall in love with, and don’t mind shouting out in public.

TOP TIP: If you and your family still can’t agree on the best dog name for your boy puppy, then it’s time to play ‘Name In A Jar’! Everyone writes a name on a piece of paper and folds it twice, then drops it in a jar. choosing male dog names lucky dipEach person can put up to three names in the jar. The pieces of paper should be identical!  Get someone who isn’t invested in the outcome to pick the name out of the jar.  You need to agree before you begin that you will all accept the result!

Wherever you get your inspiration from, finding the perfect name for your newest family member is a satisfying moment. Happy name hunting!

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209 COMMENTS

  1. Got a new Jack Russell, pure white with 3 black perfectly round spots. One spot on the left ear and two near his tail. So the obvious name that spring to mind was DOMINO. 😉

  2. I have a female chocolate lab and her name is Bella, and I am getting a male mini golden-doodle and I have no idea what to name him! Can you please recommend names?

  3. Thinking about Chance for my adopted dog……we saved him from being euthanized therefore giving him another “Chance”, as well as us a “Chance”.

  4. My black lab’s name is King. He’s a big baby that for some reason always looks sad so I think we should have named him Eeyore. I also have a red pit named Trouble. She fits her name and wants nothing but love. Growing up I had a Dalmatian named Queen who suited her name. I also had a Rottweiler named Ciara as a baby, she was a sweety.

  5. I have a pure white boy Lab who we adopted, he was named Ralph but after a couple of weeks he responded to the name Alfie and it’s stuck.

  6. Anyone have a good name for a mostly white small male dog with a black spot on top of head and a black “mask” other than bandit?

  7. When I turned 5 my mother gifted me a crested Chinese terrier mixed with airman pincher collie. Cutest bugger ever. We named her Ellen degeneres (I swear on my life this is before I knew who Ellen degeneres was. Turns out she was lesbian too

  8. I have a chocolate lab/boarder collie mix and her name is Smoochi, and my shepherd is Fauzzy. This new one I got I am thinking Beetle since he is so much smaller than the other two.

  9. My dogs name is Myles, like the jazz singer Miles Davis. Then my very first dog name was MoeMoe. I’m in the process of getting another dog and I’m thinking of calling him Bijan or Milan

  10. My beloved Golden (RIP) was named Scuppers after Scuppers the Sailor Dog in the children’s book by Margaret Wise Brown.
    And he was a great sailor too. Miss him.

    • My dogs names are Toby,Nikki,Hailey and Lucas.I now have a black toy poodle but I dont know what to name him!Any name suggestions!?!?

      • I had a small toy black poodle over 50 years ago – Mine was named “Nuisance” But, “Herbie” (for the Love Bug) is cute too!

      • The name Myles will fit your newest family member because I have a A big Bischon Shih Tzu mix and it fits him perfectly

  11. Hi I am buying a border collie he is brown and white paws can’t think of a name can you recommend any names for collies

  12. I have a chocolate lab/pit mix he looks more like a chocolate lab he does have a pitbulls mouth he kinda reminds me of simba from the lion king except he is not the same color. Can anyone help with name ideas for a puppy that looks like simba, I would like a different name than naming him simba bc he will be big and I’m not sure simba is the name.

  13. We have 7 dogs names are rosebud…kodie….benjimia….lassie…..willy wonka….chicoman…sadie…2 rabbits jack…and rex….kittens are shamrock….clover…sacketta…sasorry….

  14. I had a beautiful pit mix named Ludo, from The Labyrinth movie, my female lab/retrivers name is Okley and my female pug is Daisy. Now i just got a tiny white male mix and I’m naming him Loki.

  15. Ok, here’s our list over the years.
    Niah – Black Lab (f). it’s the first 2 letters of one son and the last 2 letters of the other. My FIL won the naming contest on that one. ?
    Mojo – Chocolate Lab (f) She was so big and had a fierce bark she needed a strong name to match her color. She was Coco but when we rescued her we changed it to Mojo.
    Spike – A 4lb Chihuahua (m) Lol! He fit every bit of that name! He’d take your hand off if you got near me. Lol!
    We also have/had Izzi, Lulu, Phoebe, Layla, Bella, Ellie, Zoe, Allie, Abby. And I swear, the girl theme was not intentional! Spike was my only boy. BUT, all of our cats are/have been boys except one! Exact opposite! Lol! Those names are Thor, Otis, Bob, Dash, Hobo, Ollie, Jack then our only girl, Lucy. 😉 Im here looking for a strong, menacing name for a German Shepherd puppy. We like Lex, Bodie, Kaiser, Tobias, Koda, Blu, (Misde)”meanor”, Jax, Titan & Magnum or Magnús. Any suggestions?

  16. We have had some great golden retrievers. 1st one was Barris, 2nd was Molson, 3rd was Midas. All great names for great dogs.

  17. My favorite dog was a Golden Retriever named Gunther and I now have a Golden named Carson ! Everyone loved the name Gunther and chuckled when they first heard that’s was his name ! You can tell by my email that I’ve had a few dogs .

  18. My 11 year old Yellow Lab is named Sailor. He was a gift from my husband, a Navy vet, at the beginning of my 2 year battle with cancer. He has been a wonderful companion and is great around other people! After spending most of his life in a country setting, he transitioned beautifully to apartment living last year.

  19. Our boy, a cavilear King Charles Spaniel, needed a bit of royalty … and some isle flavor, so we named him after our favorite whiskey: Jameson. Fits still!

  20. I have a dog named Loki. He is a 2 year old yellow lab mix. Not pure, but he is a rescue dog, so we don’t know what else. If I had to name another, Circe (female)

  21. I named my yellow labrador Blaise. Fits him perfectly. He is unique. One of 10 pups. He was born first. The others came the next day after midnight. He is strong. Loveable and handsome.

  22. My black lab is called Merlin. I have always had an interest in World War 2 aircraft,so he is named after the engines on a Lancaster Bomber.

  23. I have 4 female dogs. All but 1 have boy names..
    I prefer female dogs but boy names…weird right?
    Ok. Yellow lab…..Shooter
    Chocolate lab…..Nicko (pronounced Neeko)
    Black lab/pit……Hanley
    Jack Russell/dachshund……Rosie…(daughter named her)

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