It’s no surprise that so many people love Boxers. These high energy pups have tons of personality, sweet dispositions, and a unique look that’s pretty hard to resist. Part of the Working Group of dogs, Boxers are just as adept at taking on training and agility as they are at cuddling up with their humans for a long afternoon nap, and they’re also quite playful and silly to boot. When you’re choosing a name for your Boxer, you want something that perfectly captures this bright spirit, and we’ve got some great ideas.
Top Boxer Dog Names
Boxers originated in Germany, where they were originally bred to be guard dogs. These eternal puppies (Boxers don’t end their puppyhood until the age of three, which is later than many other breeds) quickly charmed their way from guard dog to family pet however, and have been a mainstay breed in the U.S. for decades. When you’re naming your Boxer, you might choose to embrace their German heritage or guard dog past, or you might want something that speaks more to their cheerful disposition. To get the inspiration flowing, here are some of the most popular names for Boxers.
Tips For Naming Your Boxer Dog
There are no hard and fast rules per se when you’re naming a Boxer (or any pet), but there are some general guidelines that you should follow. Picking a name for your Boxer is a big deal, and it’s going to be with them for life. You’ll want a name that fits their personality, appearance, and/or history, and it should be one that you really love since you’ll certainly be using it a lot.
Before deciding on a name for your Boxer, look at lists like this one to gather inspiration and narrow down your options. Take some cues from your pup, too—sometimes you only need to look at a dog to know what their perfect name is. Don’t pick a name that is overly complicated unless you plan to use a nickname, since you want your dog to be able to recognize when they’re being called. And when in doubt, wait a few days to decide fully on a name so that you don’t end up selecting a name that you later regret.
Here are some additional tips to keep in mind when you’re naming your Boxer 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 Boxer’s name to one or two syllables, which will help your dog understand what their name is. If you prefer a longer name, keep that name on paper but have a shorter nickname that you use day to day.
- Names that rhyme with key commands, such as Ray (“stay”), Bo (“no”), and Kitt (“sit”) could get confusing for your Boxer, so keep that in mind when making your choice.
- Don’t pick a name you’ll be embarrassed to say out loud. While it may seem silly in the moment, keep in mind that whatever name you choose for your Boxer is one that you’ll have to call out regularly, including in public places like the vet and dog park.
- It’s okay to change your Boxer’s name if you don’t like it after a couple of days! Pick a name, try it out, and see how you like it—as well as how your dog responds. If the name seems off, it’s better to switch it then stick with it.
Names For Female Boxer Dogs
There are lots of great female Boxer names out there! Whether you prefer something sweet or something fierce, here are some great names to consider.
Names For Male Boxer Dogs
Looking for ideas for what to name your male Boxer? You can’t go wrong with the options below.
German Boxer Dog Names
We have Germany to thank for the beloved Boxer, so consider looking to Deutschland when you’re coming up with a name. Here are some good options.
Other Dog Name Ideas
Looking for even more dog naming inspiration? Take a look at these helpful roundups: