101 Popular Male Puppy Dog Names

Naming the dog has the same significance as naming a baby, as it is this name that a pet and his parents will be living with for its lifetime. A good name is seen to not only enhance the pooch’s responsiveness and but is also seen to improve its communication with the owner. Experts recommend a one or two-syllable name that can be called quickly for better communication with the canine. It’s also commonly recommended that to refrain from names that sound like commands, for example, “Joe,” which sounds like “no.” Zero on a name that is easy and comfortable to call in all places and situations.

Top male puppy names of 2020

Source: Dog Names Survey 2020

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

Best Male Canine Names

Experts recommend choosing the puppy’s name based on its physical characteristics and behavior. Many people prefer to choose names that are widely popular around, on the other hand, some individuals zero on unique names. The following sections will help new pet parents to choose an appropriate name for their mew or adopted male dogs.

Popular male puppies or dog’s names

The following name list of boy dog names has consistently occupied the top male pet names lists over the years.

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

Human male names for pooches

Many individuals select human boy names for their pets. This is a logical progression of accepting it as a new addition to the family members. It is also a way of saying that dogs share the same status as people.

The following section shares some of the human boy names of that are also christened to male dogs

Thomas Caleb Lucas Jackson Wyatt
Evan Gabriel Carter Asher Dylan
Keanu Benedict Jonah Clive Bruno
Victor Turner Cedric Seamus Jack
Gilbert Harris Lyle Reuben Alistair
Douglas Heath

Unique male dog names

Coming up with an unusual name for the fido can be a real challenge. As many people prefer to choose unique names for their pets. But it’s always fun to find something special, like the list below:

Zyron Hurricane Odin Corvus Inchyra
Stirling Lulworth Hobbs Auster Fisher
Moss Ash Beckett Bayer Darwin
Huxley Logan Falstaff Womble Sunny
Tanner Farmer Mojo Bullseye Cheeto
Bungee Biggie Rocket

Place names for the canines

One way to find cute boy puppy names is to pick a theme based on the individual’s taste or a place they love to see or have seen. Some of the popular American landmarks that also are puppy names include

Smoky Rio Elias Sanford Huron
Tahoe Kennedy Rockefeller Bryce Cimarron
Cartwright Zoar

Other popular place names around the world include:

Japan India (George Bush’s canine name) Bali
America Africa

Cute boy dog names

The following section mentions some cute boy dog names for puppies that are going to be adorable forever:

Angel Beau Prince Babe Jesse
Bodhi Blue Zebedee Neo Fuzz
Cupid Love

Animal dog names for male puppies

Nowadays naming animals after other animals has become a trend. For example, Rhino the hamster in the Disney film Bolt.

Here are some name suggestions of other animals that may work as names for male pups

Wolf Tiger Raven Bear Lynx
Puma Fox Sparrow Buff Bunny

Noble or honorable boy names for male fidos

Some people prefer to name their pups on noble and honorable personalities of the world. Some suggestions include:

Noah Lincoln Theodore Sam Joe
Captain Norman Benjamin Seth George
Pops Justin Brad Diesel Tom

Strong male dog names

Dogs have amazing amounts of energy, stamina, and muscle. Hence many owners name their fidos based on this trait.

  • 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 (an Irish name meaning “unique strength”)
  • Ryker (Danish name meaning “strength”)
  • Obelix (a Greek name meaning “pillar of strength”)
  • Zeke (Hebrew name meaning “God strengthens”)
  • Virtus (the Roman god of bravery and military strength)
  • Vajra (Hindu name for strength)
  • Bheem (Hindu mythological name for strength)

Names for male dogs of large breeds

The following names all call great size to mind:

  • Titus
  • Groot (as well as a Marvel hero, Groot is the Dutch word for “large”)
  • Hercules
  • Jupiter
  • Montero (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)
  • Raksha (Hindu name for giant or large)

Male puppy names for small or mini breed dogs

These great boy dog names suit well on a little more compact fidos:

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

Dog names based on successful or famous characters around the word

Some fidos are born great, and others have greatness thrust upon them. Hence many individuals recognize their nobility with one of these strong male dog names:

William Armstrong Endeavor Sirius Nelson
Majesty Augustus Maximus Hero Arkin
Zeus Archimedes

Dog names from famous movies

Some of the favorite famous dogs from the movies are:

  • 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 dire wolves in Game of Thrones)
  • Zuma (A chocolate Labrador, and grossly underused member of kids’ favorite, PAW Patrol)
  • Bolt (Of the eponymous Disney film)
  • Chewbacca
  • Yoda
  • Wicket
  • Bagheera (Character of the Jungle book)
  • Baloo (Character of the Jungle book)
  • Starsky
  • Moglee (Character of the Jungle book)
  • Casper (Character of the Dogs and cats)
  • Scoobie (Character of Scoobie doo)
  • Beethoven (Movie: Beethoven)
  • Buddy (Character in air bud movie)
  • Comet (Movie: Full house)
  • Milo (Famous character of the blockbuster “Mask”)
  • Skip
  • Benji
  • Lassie
  • Doogal
  • Hooch
  • Slink
  • Chance
  • Shadow
  • Otis
  • Digby
  • Bingo
  • Puffy
  • Petey
  • Baxter

Final thoughts

The best name for the fido is one that will make a person fall in love with such that he or she will not mind shouting out in public. Every person will name their pet from some inspiration or a unique name from their Google search or mythology. Finding the perfect name for the new family addition is always a satisfying moment.

Happy name hunting!


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Yeshwanthi Kamalraj
Yeshwanthi Kamalraj is a freelance copy editor, Pet sitter, and content writer who mainly focuses on scientific journals and health-related web pages. Before becoming a freelance content writer Yeshwanthi worked for Cenveo publishers as document analyst for various science journals published by Taylor and Francis Journals and later continued as a freelance copyeditor for the same publishers. Post marriage in 2009 Yeshwanthi developed a keen interest in pets after her husband and she brought a labrador puppy home. This interest helped her to explore a new niche of the pet sitting world whose journey is still on. Yeshwanthi is a dog lover who in her freetime enjoys listening to music, cooking, and meeting new people.


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