67 Guard Dog Names

How to choose a fierce name for your fearless protector

Doberman Pinscher

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If you plan to train your new dog or puppy to someday stand guard over your house, property or business, choosing an impressive name is of paramount importance. Although there’s nothing wrong with the old standby classic dog names like Charlie, King, Max and Rex, an imposing guard dog deserves a tough name that speaks to his position as a watchful and discerning protector. If you’re looking for some inspirational guard dog names, you’ve come to the right place. 

Top Guard Dog Names

These traditional, powerful guard dog names are top of the class: 

  • Blitz
  • Brutus
  • Crusher
  • Fang
  • Gunner
  • Magnum
  • Major
  • Remington
  • Saber
  • Sniper
  • Spike
  • Tank
  • Trigger
  • Wolf

Tips for Choosing Guard Dog Names

When hunting down the perfect guard dog names for your future guard dog, you can go one of two routes. First, you can search only for guard dog names that sound strong, serious and powerful. Luckily, plenty of tough-sounding names are perfect for guard dogs. Another options is to do a complete 180 and consider ironic guard dog names. Choosing names that sound cutesy or weak can lend a bit of humor to your guard dog’s name. 

If you want to try the second route, consider your individual dog when trying to find an unexpected guard dog name and go extreme. A strong and powerful Rottweiler named Tiny or an intimidating Doberman Pinscher named Fifi can be perfectly ironic. (Fun fact: The terrifying, giant three-headed dog used as a guard in the book and film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone did not have a ferocious name. He was named Fluffy.)

On the other hand, nothing could suit a guard dog more perfectly than the more traditional guard dog names. When coming up with a list of name options, consider strong-sounding names, serious names or names that make you think of powerful warriors. 

Landing on the right guard dog name will be a combination of the name itself and how the name suits your dog. Make sure you choose a name that’s easy and enjoyable for you to say—after all, you will be uttering this name for many years to come! 

When choosing guard dog names, the options are nearly limitless. To get you started, we’ve compiled a list of 67 inspired guard dog names. Whether or not you find your new guard dog’s name on the lists below, these fearsome names are sure to get your creative juices flowing. First, let’s take a look at some of the top guard dog names from all categories.

Tough-Sounding Guard Dog Names 

Whether strong, intimidating or downright frightening, classic tough-sounding guard dog names are probably the most popular for canine sentries. Here are some popular guard dog name choices that sound fierce and powerful:

  • Banshee
  • Beast
  • Bruiser
  • Bruno 
  • Brutus
  • Butch
  • Crusher
  • Devil 
  • Diablo
  • Diesel 
  • Dragon
  • Fang
  • Fury
  • Hannibal 
  • Mammoth 
  • Spike
  • Talon
  • Thor
  • Tiger
  • Titan
  • Viper 
  • Wolf
  • Zeus

Military-Inspired Guard Dog Names 

Nothing says strength, power and overall toughness like guard dog names inspired by the military. Check out some of our favorite military-themed monikers: 

  • Admiral
  • Ammo
  • Blitz
  • Bomber
  • Captain
  • General
  • Gunner
  • Kevlar
  • Magnum
  • Major
  • Nitro
  • Ranger
  • Remington
  • Saber
  • Sarge
  • Sergeant
  • Sniper
  • Solider
  • Striker
  • Tank
  • Trigger
  • Uzi

Guard Dog Names Based on Mythology

Whether borrowed from Greek, Roman or Norse mythology, the names of many powerful gods, goddesses, and mythological places and events can be perfect for your strong and noble guard dog. 

  • Ares
  • Cerberus
  • Chaos 
  • Erebus
  • Fenrir
  • Hercules
  • Hydra
  • Kratos
  • Loki
  • Magnus
  • Odin
  • Sirius
  • Thor
  • Titan
  • Zeus

Unexpected Guard Dog Names 

What could be a more clever choice than a perfectly ironic “softie” type name for a big and tough guard dog? Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

  • Baby
  • Buddy
  • Fifi
  • Fluffy
  • Peanut
  • Peewee
  • Shorty
  • Shrimp
  • Sugar
  • Tiny

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