60 Unusual Male Dog Names

Find a unique male dog names for your new pup

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Part of the fun of bringing home a new dog or puppy is choosing his name. Many dog owners turn to tried-and-true male dog names like Buddy, Bear, Charlie, Lucky, Max and Rex. However, for other dog lovers, such common names just won’t do the trick for their pup! Unusual dog names are fun and can even be great conversation starters when you meet new people while out and about with your pup. If you’re looking for an unusual male dog names, you have a lot of options. 

Top Unusual Male Dog Names

  • Albus
  • Amadeus
  • Brad
  • Copernicus 
  • Fettuccini
  • Flapjack 
  • Galileo
  • Kevin
  • Mike
  • Moo Shu
  • Mowgli
  • Potato
  • Sherlock
  • Todd
  • Ulysses

Tips for Choosing Unusual Male Dog Names

When searching for an unusual male dog name, one of the first things to do is check out a list of the most popular male dog names. That way, you can steer clear from any names that are trendy or overly common. Pay attention to your particular dog's special physical characteristics and personality traits when trying to find a special and unique name. For instance, if your dog is cute and fluffy, you might want to avoid the most popular fluffy dog names. If you have Dachshund, you might want to avoid names that are popular for that breed like Oscar (as in Oscar Mayer—wiener dog, get it?) And if your dog is more serious or stoic, you might want to choose something that's better-suited to him than a silly name, no matter how unique it might be. Sometimes, landing on the right unusual name is as easy as choosing something that is surprising or funny based on the type of dog you have. For instance, you might choose to name your Chihuahua Goliath or you might decide to call your Great Dane Peanut. 

When it comes to unusual male dog names, the choices are truly endless. Start your brainstorming session by perusing these following 60 unique male dog names that we have handpicked for you. You just might discover your new dog’s name here, or perhaps these ideas will spark your own uncommonly creative list. First, let’s pull out some of our favorite unusual male dog names from all categories.

More Unusual Male Dog Name Ideas

Browsing a variety name categories can often help you find some contenders for the perfect unusual male dog name. Looking at lists of names can also inspire you to come up with something unique. Consider some unusual dog names amongst the following categories:

Unusual Male Dog Names Based on Human Names 

Although some of the most popular male dog names are human names (such as Max, Charlie, Jack, Cooper, Jake and Duke), many human names are not typical choices for a dog’s name. Here are some unusual male dog name choices based on human names:

  • Bill
  • Brad
  • Brian
  • Jeff
  • Kevin
  • Mark
  • Mike
  • Todd
  • Chris
  • John
  • Neil
  • Kyle
  • Martin
  • Paul
  • Steve

Unusual Male Dog Names Based on Foods

Food-based names can be fun and different for a dog’s name, especially if you consider yourself a “foodie.” Adam Sandler named his Bulldog Meatball (a hilarious and unusual choice!). If you are looking for some inspiration, grab your favorite snack and consider some of these food-themed unusual male dog name ideas to get you started:

  • Falafel
  • Fettuccini
  • Flapjack
  • Matzah
  • Meatloaf 
  • Moo Shu
  • Panini
  • Pepperoni
  • Pierogi
  • Potato
  • Pretzel
  • Quinoa
  • Taco
  • Tofu
  • Wonton

Unusual Male Dog Names Based on Historical Figures  

Consider yourself a history buff? Choose your new dog’s name based on someone famous—many historical names are very rarely used as dog names. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Abraham
  • Amadeus
  • Anubis
  • Augustus 
  • Beethoven
  • Buzz
  • Churchill
  • Copernicus
  • Einstein
  • Galileo
  • Hemingway
  • Jefferson
  • Picasso
  • Rockwell
  • Tolstoy

Unusual Male Dog Names Based on Fiction 

Look no further than your favorite book, play, movie or other work of fiction for some unusual male dog names. Try some of these on for size: 

  • Albus
  • Atticus
  • Bilbo
  • Gandalf
  • Gatsby
  • Hamlet
  • Merlin
  • Mowgli
  • Moby
  • Poe
  • Pongo
  • Rhett
  • Sherlock
  • Ulysses
  • Watson

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