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Adding a new large breed dog to your family can be quite an ordeal and saddle you with a ton of responsibilities. You’ll have to find a good vet and get your new pet vaccinated, you’ll need to purchase all of the
toys, beds, crates and other items your dog will need, and you’ll need to start teaching your dog the house rules.
But you’ll have one other crucial duty to perform:
You must name your big dog.
This is usually one of the fun things new owners get to do, but it can also cause a bit of consternation. After all, naming your dog is a big decision. With a bit of luck, you’ll be using your dog’s name for a decade or more, so it is important to pick a good one.
We’ll try to help you do exactly that below. We’ll discuss some of the principles to keep in mind when picking a name and provide 400 different big dog names that you may find suitable for your pet.
Even if you don’t find a name you like among those listed here, they may provide a bit of inspiration, which will help you come up with one on your own.
General Tips for Selecting a Dog Name
There aren’t many rules to follow when naming your dog, but you will want to keep a few things in mind when christening your pet. This includes:
Two-Syllable Names Are Usually Best
While you can give your dog a one-syllable name, two-syllable names tend to work best and roll off the tongue more effectively when you’re calling your pet. Three- or four-syllable names will work, and they’re likely more effective than one-syllable names, but they can be a bit of a mouthful to say repeatedly.
It’s also important to note that most basic commands you’ll teach your dog will be one-syllable worlds, providing yet another reason to opt for a two-syllable name.
Be Cautious About Rhymes
Dogs may be able smart animals who can learn dozens of spoken commands, but they don’t really understand language. They’ll frequently confuse words that sound alike, and this includes words that rhyme. So, think through the most
common commands you’ll teach your dog, and try to avoid picking a name that rhymes.
For example, you may want to avoid naming your dog “Shay,” as it rhymes with “Lay.”
Remember You’ll Be Using Your Dog’s Name Publicly
Many owners get a bit mischievous or silly when naming their dog, but you should use caution when doing so. Your dog doesn’t care what his name is, but you’ll be forced to share his name with your vet, people at the dog park and when traveling with your pet.
Accordingly, you should avoid giving your dog any name you’d be too embarrassed to utter in public.
Your Dog’s Name Must Fit on His ID Tag
You’ll need to emblazon your new big dog’s name on his ID tag, and many owners also like to have their dog’s water bowl, bed or other items monogrammed. This is usually easy for dogs with short names, but it can become a problem if you give your dog a lengthy name.
The 400 Best Big Dog Names
We’ve listed 400 of the best big dog names below. Feel free to use any of the ones listed or use them as inspiration for other names you devise on your own.
We’ve grouped the names into a few categories to help make the list easier for you to browse. However, many of these names could arguably fit into several different categories, so don’t take our groupings too seriously.
We’ve also tried to provide a roughly (pardon the pun) 50-50 mix of male dog names and female dog names, but many are equally appropriate for dogs of either sex.
Classic Dog Names
Classic names are those that have been used a million times before, and they’ll likely be used a million more times in the future. You aren’t going to win any creativity contests with these names, but there is a reason most of these have become so popular.
Classic Male Dog Names Ace Max King Tank Rex Scraps Rover Wolf / Wolfy Fido Bandit Buddy Charlie Lucky Bear Shadow Teddy Patches Champ Rocky Spot Rufus Scout Sparky Brownie Chuck Classic Female Dog Names Daisy Coco Roxy Missy Bailey Luna Dakota Ginger Bella Lucy Beauty Missy Gracie Maggie Molly Riley Abby Maya Chelsea Mabel Samantha / Sammy Betsy Sadie Queen Sweetie Funny Dog Names
Owners who like to make people giggle may enjoy giving their dog a humorous name. Just be careful not to be offensive while doing so.
Funny Male Dog Names Tiny Short-Stack Bubba Big Boy Mini-Me Peanut Tater Tot Chupacabra Wolfgang Moose Moby Sumo Butterball Stretch Eggroll Elvis Fabio Frodo Chilipepper Root Beer Bar-B-Que / BBQ Puppaccino Chocolate Chip Acorn Pee Wee Funny Female Dog Names Sugar Sweet Pea Sugar Pie Hashtag Milkshake Pop Tart Pudding Honey Big Girl Punkin’ / Pumpkin Bitsy Tinkerbelle Cuddles Fluffy Princess Cutie Pie Diva Bertha Karma Babe / Baby Mellow Matilda Cricket El Nina Suga Booga Intimidating Dog Names
If you acquired a dog to keep an eye on your house and help you feel safer, you may find that an intimidating name is most appropriate.
Intimidating Male Dog Names Alpha Diablo Spike Dragon Killer Gunner Ripper Lucifer Vlad Fang Mack Thor Maximus Kronos Leviathan Sniper Voodoo Hulk Kong Hyperion Kane Satan Titan Kronos Scar Intimidating Female Dog Names Athena Xena Andra Hera Huntress Midnight Mercy Kaia Astra Hecuba Ursa Ursula Sable Medusa Cercei Kodiak Banshee Kitana Rogue Damia Valkerie Astra Sheba Zelda Duchess Pop Culture Dog Names
Pop-culture names are currently popular among many dog owners. Just remember that you aren’t limited to other dog names – you can also name your dog after celebrities, TV characters, athletes and musicians too.
Pop Culture Male Dog Names Scooby Doo Lassie Waldo Goofy Pluto Rin-Tin-Tin Yoda Snoopy Brian Marmaduke Vader Ghost Clifford Benji The Hound Sir Licks-a-Lot Beowulf Grey Wind Willie Coyote Mufasa Little Bow Wow Fleasy E Sprocket Shaggydog Groucho Barks Pop Culture Female Dog Names Puppy Longstocking Sarah Jessica Barker Sugar Pie Honey Bun Calamity Jane Miss Piggy Winnie Summer Lady Nymeria Beyonce Daenerys Harley Khaleesi J-Lo Buffy Cruella Cleopatra Rousey Arya Nyx Eleven Elektra Queen of Barkness Mary Puppins Olympia Culturally Appropriate Names
Some owners like to give their dog a name that speaks to their heritage. For example, you may want to select a Russian dog name for your black Russian terrier or an Italian dog name for your Cane Corso.
Russian Male Dog Names Druzhok Kagor Buka Egor Sergey Dmitry Boris Ivan Kosmos Chekhov Russian Female Dog Names Nikita Olga Sasha Katyalrina Natasha Sveta Darya Anya Karina Anastasia Italian Male Dog Names Bruno Toro Alto Rocco Donatello Angelo Lupo Lorenzo Primo Tito Italian Female Dog Names Dona Dolce Rosa Catarina Bella Leona Gemma Bianca Rosetta Allegra German Male Dog Names Axel Fernidad Gunther Hendrik Leopold Schatzi Waldo Ritter Felix Bernard German Female Dog Names Aubrey Katrin Frieda Leona Vera Zelda Annika Petra Nadja Elsa Spanish Male Dog Names Benito Pedro Rafael Taco Armando Paco Diego Chico Domingo Fernando Spanish Female Dog Names Nina Elena Maya Esmerelda Sonora Fresca Fridal Sabel Juanita Inez Inuit Male Dog Names Nanook Kavik Yaktag Tonrar Kaskae Siku Miki Pakak Kayuh Inuit Female Dog Names Kima Nanuq Aga Eska Miska Nuka Kaisha Arrluk Suka Canine Weekly Reader Favorites
Here are 100 more names that some of our readers submitted. Feel free to recommend your own additions in the comments below!
Male Moto Samson Junior Midas Cujo Diesel Bullet Drago Butch Darius Tucker Otis Caesar Duke Muggs / Mugsy Pork Chop Badger Dozer Sherman Meat Loaf Leo Chubbs Moby Maynard Macho Haus Jagger Remington Moses (Mo) Bentley Sambo Roman Merle Buster Bowser Chaos Boulder Titus Ryker Henry Deuce Tiberius Goliath Jasper Brutus Zeus Hercules Rosco Bruiser Rambo Female Majestic Abigail Miro Baloo Presley Gemini Calista Talkia Lola Hershey Cocoa Pipa Cee Cee Cali Kanga Becca Becky Melissa Madison / Maddy Lydia Alice Anna Ray Brittany Josie Sheila Kee Kee Janey Christy Gertrude Koda Marla Kit Kayla Trina McKayla Sophie Maude Leah Kimmy Jasmine Rita Olivia Sonya Jenna Misty Shayla Laverne Carmella Shawnee
Remember to have fun while picking your dog’s name. It is a big and long-standing decision, but as long as you don’t mind yelling it in the middle of the night when your dog’s barking in the backyard, then you can select just about anything you like.
Let us know your favorite big dog names in the comments below. We may even add your suggestions to our list.
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