80 Male Dog Names

Tons of perfect picks for your perfect pup

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Trying to think up names for your male dog? There are so many great ones to choose from, with a ton of variety depending on whether you want to name your pup something classic, something modern, or something that’s totally one of a kind.

Where do you even start? With so many male dog names out there to choose from, we get that it can be totally overwhelming. So to help you out, we’ve compiled 80 of the best names for male dogs, with plenty of options that might be worth putting at the very top of your list.

Top Male Dog Names

The name that you choose for your male dog will be with them for life, so it’s important to choose one that you love and that fits their personality. To get the ball rolling, let’s look at the tried and true male dog names that are topping the popularity list.  

  • Ace
  • Bailey
  • Baxter
  • Bentley
  • Charlie
  • Cooper
  • Dexter
  • Duke
  • George
  • Leo
  • Max
  • Milo
  • Riley
  • Rocky
  • Roscoe
  • Sammy
  • Toby
  • Tyson
  • Walter
  • Zeus

Tips For Naming Your Dog

There are no definitive rules when it comes to what name you choose for your male dog, but there are some general best practices that you should follow so that you choose a name that isn’t confusing for your pup. Whether you go with inspiration from your dog’s size, breed, or personality, picking out a name is a big deal. It needs to be a name that both of you love for a long time—so it’s important to choose wisely.

Here are some tips to keep in mind when you’re naming your dog:

  • For training purposes, a name that starts with a hard letter such as S, T, or R might be easiest for your dog to pick up on.
  • Try to keep your dog’s name to just one or two syllables, since that will help them understand what their name is and learn it faster. If you prefer a longer name, you may just want to keep that name on paper but have a shorter nickname that you use for day to day communication with your dog.
  • Names that rhyme with key commands, such as Ray (“stay”), Bo (“no”), and Mitt (“sit”) could get confusing for your dog, so keep that in mind when making your choice.
  • Don’t pick a name that you’ll be embarrassed to say out loud. While it may seem like a silly choice in the moment, keep in mind that whatever name you choose for your dog is one that you’ll have to call out regularly, including in public places like the vet and dog park.

And remember, it’s perfectly okay to change your dog’s name if you don’t like it after a couple of days! Pick a name, try it out, and see how it works out for you—as well as how your dog responds to it. If the name seems off, it’s better to switch it then stick with it.

Classic Male Dog Names

You can’t go wrong when you choose a classic. These male dog names have stood the test of time for a reason, and they’re perfectly suitable even for a modern day pup.

  • Bear
  • Benji
  • Bingo
  • Buddy
  • Chance
  • Clifford
  • Fido
  • Franklin
  • Harvey
  • Lucky
  • Mac
  • Pepper
  • Scout
  • Shadow
  • Sparky

Modern Male Dog Names

If you’re thinking that you’d like to go a bit more out of the box, then you’ve got your pick of modern names, too. How about one of these not-so-traditional options?

  • Archer
  • Blaze
  • Briggs
  • Cruz
  • Everest
  • Fox
  • Hudson
  • Jax
  • Jett
  • Kai
  • Knox
  • Luca
  • Maddox
  • Ryder
  • Zephyr

Adorable Male Dog Names

Want a name that’s as cute as your dog is? One of these adorable male dog names might be just the way to go.

  • Archie
  • Augie
  • Boots
  • Buttons
  • Elvis
  • Frankie
  • Lenny
  • Jojo
  • Ollie
  • Pip
  • Remy
  • Romper
  • Teddy
  • Yoshi
  • Ziggy

Famous Male Dog Names

We’ve already touched on quite a few notable names throughout dog naming history, but here are some other top male dog name choices if you’re looking to give your pup a moniker based on famous dogs from showbusiness and literature.

  • Astro (The Jetsons)
  • Buck (The Call of the Wild)
  • Copper (The Fox and the Hound)
  • Cosmo (Guardians of the Galaxy)
  • Einstein (Back to the Future)
  • Hachi (A Dog’s Tale)
  • Hercules (The Sandlot)
  • Eddie (Frasier)
  • Lassie (Lassie)
  • Odie (Garfield)
  • Slinky (Toy Story)
  • Snoopy (Peanuts)
  • Tiger (The Brady Bunch)
  • Toto (The Wizard of Oz)
  • Zero (The Nightmare Before Christmas)

Other Dog Name Ideas

Looking for even more pet naming inspiration? Take a look at these helpful roundups: