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Dogs are the best pets and that’s pretty much a fact. Not only dog lovers, but scientists also say this because dogs are among one the most useful animals. They can guard you and your family, as well as perform various dangerous duties. You will find dogs in police and army units, where their guarding and tracking skills are highly prized.
However, a dog doesn’t have to be tough as nails to have a badass dog name. Some people like to give their small pups tough dog names, as well. No matter what breed you have, you can give your canine a strong name and this article will help you choose the right one.
Why Should You Pick a Tough Dog Name?
A dog doesn’t have to look mean or fierce to sport a tough name. The best badass dog names are short, memorable, and can be perfect for big courageous dogs with attitude (or not!). Go with your gut and have fun with it!
Just remember, you should choose a name for your dog as soon as you get them as a puppy and build a close relationship with them as soon as possible.
On to our list!
Tough Female Badass Dog Names
It is harder to find a cool tough name for female dogs, so let’s start from there. You want a badass girl dog name that sounds both feminine and strong at the same time. Naming your canine female after a tough woman from history, mythology, or the present time is not a bad idea.
Alternatively, you can name her after your favorite fantasy character, taking inspiration from movies, TV shows, books, or comic books. Here are some ideas from the realm of fantasy and reality:
- Amaterasu (the Sun Goddess from Japanese mythology)
- Andromeda (Ari for short)
- Avalanche (or Ava)
- Elizabeth (as in Elizabeth Bathory)
These badass female dog names are most versatile and you can use them for your girl regardless of their size, color, and breed. You don’t have to use these exact names. They can also serve as an inspiration.
Female dogs are often considered weaker than male dogs. Show everyone how wrong they are and give your girl a strong and bold name.
Tough Male Badass Dog Names
Unlike with names for female dogs, there is an abundance of badass male dog names. There are too many to count and it would be a long list. Instead, these names will be separated into categories for better visibility and transparency. That being said, some of the names listed in the following sections are pretty gender-neutral and can also work for girls.
The following lists contain many cool historical and contemporary strong names, as well as dog names inspired by fiction. Here are some of the universal top picks for tough male dog names.
Historical Tough Names for Dogs
Here are some of the toughest names straight out of Compton. Sorry, meant to say history books and mythology:
- Bruce Lee
- Connor (as in Connor McGregor)
- Dwayne (as in Dwayne Johnson)
- Jackie (as in Jackie Chan)
- Jet (as in Jet Li)
- John ( as in John Cena)
- Lucifer Morningstar (if your dog is really mean)
Fantasy Badass Names for Dogs
Nowadays, fantasy novels, comics, TV shows, and movies are all the rage. You could name your badass dog after your favorite superhero.
This list will have names from Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Marvel Universe, DC Universe, and other pop culture comics and novels. Here are some of the top picks.
- Barthemius Crouch
- Captain (as in Captain America)
- Han Solo
- The Beast
- The Hulk
Guard, Military, Hunting or Police Tough Dog Names
Service dogs are extremely loyal and brave. They deserve the toughest names because they are the most reliable dogs. Hunters, military, and police personnel require trustworthy and supremely resilient dogs.
Here are some of the most badass names for dogs in the military, hunting, guarding, and police categories.
Dog Naming Tips
There are some general tips you should apply when naming your dog. First of all, short names are always better. However, if you choose a longer name, you can give your dog a shorter nickname. Dogs can’t remember long names, and you will build better rapport if they have a name made up of one or two syllables.
If you have more than one dog, make their names as unique as possible. Try to avoid similar names like Lex and Rex, because you can confuse the dogs. Also, don’t name your dog similar to a command. For example, Ying is similar to bring, so it might be better to avoid this name.
The best tough dog names are unique. Although Rex and Max are cool dog names, they are kind of overused. You don’t want other dogs responding to your calls in the park, just because you used a common dog name.
All seriousness aside, you can name your dog whatever you want. They are your dog, and you shouldn’t care about what other people think. You can even give a tough name to a Chihuahua, a poodle, or a schnauzer.
How to Decide on a Strong Dog Name
Naming your dog is difficult, especially if they are your first puppy. There are some things that can help you decide on the name. For starters, you should take the dog’s personality and physical appearance into account.
For example, if you have a big black dog, give him an appropriate tough name like Dark, Shadow, Night, Spook, or Raven. In case your dog is gray, or they resemble a wolf, name them Hound, Mist, Cloud, Ghost, Fang, Claw, Demon, etc.
Sometimes your pup will dramatically change in appearance as they get bigger and stronger. You can also wait for them to grow up before naming it. Naming a dog after its looks might be easier if you adopt a stray or a full-grown dog.
In case you want a badass dog name, you can choose a breed of tough dogs like Stafford, Pit Bull, Rottweiler or Doberman. Such dogs will surely grow big and muscular.
However, these dog breeds take extra care, more food, and more strength for disciplining and handling. It is not recommended to get such a big dog breed if you are inexperienced.
Who Let the Dogs Out?
Dogs are the best pets, hands down, even if they look tough and scary. Choosing a name for a dog is almost like choosing a name for a child, so be careful and take your time. If you want to give your dog a cool and powerful name, keep in mind that short and easy-to-remember names tend to work the best.
Female dogs can be tough too, and they deserve a name that shows just how tough they are, so select one and show the world how badass your girl is.