Male Dog Names

Male Dog Names

100 best male dog names for your very good boy

Every dog deserves to have the perfect name. If you're adopting a new pet, you may be feeling the pressure to choose a name that's a good fit for your boy dog. But how do you know when a name is right? We hope to provide some inspiration with our list of the top 100 male dog names. But first, let's talk about how to choose the name that works for your new pup and will stand the test of time.

How to choose the right name for a male dog

You won't know exactly what a good name is for your new dog until you spend time with him and get to know his personality. If he's coming from a foster home or a location where caretakers got to know him, start getting ideas by asking them about his traits and habits before you take him home.

Do you want to choose a popular male dog name or a unique one? Our list below will help you know which names are most popular, based on Nationwide's policyholder database. Popular male dog names are popular for a reason: they are classic, tried-and-true names that fit a variety of puppy and dog personalities, like Charlie, Milo and Winston.

For more unique male dog names, consider drawing inspiration from your favorite movie characters or pop culture figures. Although, of course, if you pick a common fictional character name from franchises like Harry Potter or Marvel, your name choice may not be unique at all.

There are plenty of other sources of inspiration for your pooch's moniker. For example, the color of his coat could inspire a name like Shadow or Oreo. Human names are also a never-ending source of inspiration, especially older names that have gone out of fashion for humans (but still make great names for pets!).

Are there bad dog names?

There are not too many hard-and-fast rules around choosing a great male dog name, but we do have a few caveats.

  1. Don't choose a name that is too similar to other people in the household or close family members. Rhyming names or names with similar sounds may confuse your dog (and the human in question too!).
  2. Names that sound like common commands usually are not a good idea. These can also lead to confusion, especially if you have a puppy who is being trained for the first time.
  3. As we mentioned before, popular names are wonderful and classic, but if you jump on name trends, you may wind up in the dog park with ten dog owners calling out the same thing. You'll want to choose something unique enough that your dog's name won't be a source of confusion when you go out in public because there are so many other dogs named the same thing.

Of course, if you do end up with any of the problems above, despite your best efforts to the contrary, nicknames are a great way to have fun with your dog's name and remedy any name confusion issues.

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20 most popular male dog names

These male dog names are popular for a reason. Drawn from Nationwide's policyholder database, these names represent the best of the best dog names. Read on for more dog name inspiration.

20 Most Popular Male Dog Names

  • 1. Charlie
  • 2. Cooper
  • 3. Max
  • 4. Milo
  • 5. Oliver
  • 6. Buddy
  • 7. Rocky
  • 8. Teddy
  • 9. Bently
  • 10.Tucker
  • 11. Duke
  • 12. Leo
  • 13. Winston
  • 14. Bear
  • 15. Toby
  • 16. Louie
  • 17. Jack
  • 18. Murphy
  • 19. Jax
  • 20. Finn

Be sure to check out our female dog names list for more name inspiration.

Male Dog Names A - K

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  • Ace
  • Apollo
  • Archie
  • Axel
  • Bailey
  • Bandit
  • Baxter
  • Beau
  • Benji
  • Benny
  • Blue
  • Bo
  • Bodhi
  • Boomer
  • Brady
  • Brody
  • Bruce
  • Bruno
  • Buster
  • Cash
  • Chance
  • Chase
  • Coco
  • Cody
  • Dexter
  • Diesel
  • Enzo
  • Frankie
  • George
  • Gizmo
  • Gunner
  • Gus
  • Hank
  • Harley
  • Henry
  • Hudson
  • Hunter
  • Jackson
  • Jake
  • Jasper
  • Joey
  • Kobe
  • Koda

Male Dog Names L - Z

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  • Loki
  • Luck
  • Luke
  • Marley
  • Maverick
  • Maximus
  • Moose
  • Oakley
  • Odin
  • Ollie
  • Oreo
  • Oscar
  • Otis
  • Prince
  • Ranger
  • Remy
  • Rex
  • Riley
  • Rocco
  • Romeo
  • Roscoe
  • Rudy
  • Rusty
  • Sam
  • Sammy
  • Samson
  • Scout
  • Shadow
  • Simba
  • Tank
  • Theo
  • Thor
  • Tyson
  • Walter
  • Zeus
  • Ziggy