The Best Female Dog Names & Male Dog Names

By Shanon Donovan on 24 October 2013 (No comments - click here to comment)

When it comes to picking dog names for your new pet, whether it be female dog names, or male dog names, it is almost as tricky as naming a human baby! My wife and I had this very quandary when our daughter was born only a few weeks ago. We were throwing around ideas for a long time, but it wasn’t until the very last minute that we decided exactly what name we should give. This was in part because we wanted to see her in person first, to make sure her proposed name “suited” her.

Giving dog names is a very similar process, although the dog names themselves can be quite different sounding to human ones. When choosing boy dog names and girl dog names, there are a few guidelines you may want to consider:

  1. Keep dog names short and sweet
    Dogs respond well to short commands. Think of “sit”, “stay”, “come”. Most of these are 1-2 syllables, and to get the best recall and response from your dog, their name should be no different. For male dog names, think “Sam”, “Gus”, “Duke”, or “Zeus” and so on. For female dog names, think “Zoe”, ”Lucy”, “Roxy”, “Ruby” and other similar names.

  2. Avoid dog names that sound similar to commands
    Having said that, you want to avoid dog names that sound similar to common commands, so as to avoid your dog becoming confused. For example, male dog names like “Bit” or “Pitt” sounds very similar to the command “Sit”. “Beau” can be mistaken for “No”.  Female dog names like “Fay” sound too much like the command “stay”.

  3. Choose dog names that reflect your dog’s character or personality
    Have some fun with your dog names and let their appearance guide you. Whether it be “Spot”, “Tiny”, “Flash” or any other fun dog names that can set your pet apart from the others at the park is a great way to go. My wife and I are great fans of the Great Dane dog breed, and our first boy was a big lad, with big paws as a puppy, so we called him “Samson”, a name he could grow into being a big strong boy. We were equally considering other fitting male dog names such as “Zeus”, “Thor”, or “Titan”. Coincidentally, later on we adopted a black female great dane who we then called Delilah J to make Samson and Delilah.
 These are just some general ideas to keep in mind when considering pet names. There are no hard and fast rules, but whether you are choosing boy dog names or girls dog names, here are some ideas to get you started:
Top Male Dog Names / Boy Dog Names  Top Female Dog names / Girl Dog Names
  1. Cody
  2. Rusty
  3. Gus
  4. Bruno
  5. Buster
  6. Duke
  7. Cooper
  8. Buddy
  9. Ace
  10. Rocky
  11. Toby
  12. Max
  13. Bailey
  14. Jake
  15. Charlie
  16. Jack
  17. Dougie
  18. Riley
  19. Harley
  20. Bear
  21. Tucker
  22. Murphy
  23. Lucky
  24. Gizmo
  25. Bentley
  26. Zeus
  27. Jackson
  28. Samson
  29. Milo
  30. Rudy
  31. Louie
  32. Hunter
  33. Casey
  34. Oliver
  35. Sam
  36. Oscar
  37. Teddy
  38. Winston
  39. Sammy
  40. Rocco
  41. Sparky
  42. Joey
  43. Beau
  44. Maximus
  45. Romeo
  46. Boomer
  47. Luke
  48. Henry
  49. Shadow
  50. Baxter
  51. Bandit
  1. Bailey
  2. Lola
  3. Zoe
  4. Abby
  5. Maggie
  6. Daisy
  7. Ava
  8. Bella
  9. Molly
  10. Lucy
  11. Ginger
  12. Roxy
  13. Gracie
  14. Coco
  15. Sasha
  16. Lily
  17. Angel
  18. Princess
  19. Emma
  20. Annie
  21. Sophie
  22. Chloe
  23. Sadie
  24. Shelby
  25. Sandy
  26. Roxie
  27. Pepper
  28. Katie
  29. Zoey
  30. Madison
  31. Stella
  32. Penny
  33. Rosie
  34. Belle
  35. Casey
  36. Samantha
  37. Holly
  38. Mia
  39. Ruby
  40. Lady
  41. Missy
  42. Lilly
  43. Lexi
  44. Lulu
  45. Brandy
  46. Jasmine
  47. Heidi
  48. Dakota
  49. Dixie
  50. Honey
  51. Luna

Article written by Shanon Donovan
Dr Shanon Donovan BSc BVMS is a veterinarian with Mammoth Vets.
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