15 Best Names For Boy Dogs

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Updated - Apr 12th, 2021

Adonis – the mortal lover of the Greek goddess Aphrodite – is a name associated with masculine beauty. The name comes from the Phoenician adon meaning “lord” and would make an excellent choice for a very handsome boy dog.

By far the most famous Baxter is Ron Burgundy’s trusted dog in Anchorman. Baxter was Ron’s best friend and confidante, and – if you’re like most dog parents and enjoy long (albeit one-sided) conversations with your pup – Baxter is a fun choice.

This surname of the iconic silent film star Charlie Chaplin would make a great name for a pup who is energetic and entertaining. If your boy pup is a bit of a comedian, you might consider naming him after one of the most famous entertainers of all time.

Cooper is an English surname meaning “barrel maker,” but it is more commonly associated with the iconic character of Special Agent Dale Cooper from Twin Peaks. Cooper would make a great name for a Peaks fanatic’s new pup, but it’s also just a nice classic name that would fit any boy dog.  

Duke is a strong name for a boy dog who is a bit of a boss. The title of “Duke” in the English nobility is one of the highest ranks. Your boy dog could also share a name with the world-class jazz composer, pianist, and bandleader Duke Ellington.

If your boy is whip smart, consider the name Einstein (after famous theoretical physicist Albert Einstein) to honor his intelligence. Fun fact: Einstein is also the name of George Clooney’s senior rescue Cocker Spaniel, and the name of Doc Brown’s Sheepdog in the Back to the Future movies.

Elvis Presley was the King of Rock and Roll, and the name Elvis is a fun choice for your own little hound dog. Elvis himself was a huge animal lover, and over the years he had a Basset Hound, 2 Great Danes, a Chow Chow, and a Pomeranian, as well as a pet turkey, several horses, donkeys, some peacocks and guinea hens, ducks, chickens, a chimpanzee, a monkey, and a mynah bird. 

If you’re a fan of classic American literature, Gatsby is a very cool name for your boy dog. The character of Jay Gatsby from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby started a whole new life for himself (complete with a new name), so Gatsby may be a fun choice if you’re looking to rename your rescue.

The name Kermit may be most closely associated with a certain muppet frog, but it also makes a fun name for a boy dog. One of YouTuber Jenna Marbles’s Italian Greyhounds is named Kermit, and the Internet absolutely loves him.

Black-coffee drinkers have an appreciation for a high-quality bean, and Kona coffee is some of the greatest in the world. Real Kona beans are grown only in the Kona District on the Big Island in Hawaii and are both prized and pricey. Kona would make a great name for any black or dark brown dog, but would be extra special for a coffee aficionado.

Art lovers may consider Picasso for their boy dog. Spanish artist Pablo Picasso is well known for his love of women, but he was also a big time dog lover. Several of his dogs made their way into his art, most notably his Dachshund, Lump.

Puck is a great name for a boy dog who is clever and a bit mischievous, just like the character from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Puck could also work well for a hockey fan, especially if you’ve got a hearty cold-weather breed such as a Great Pyrenees, Bernese Mountain, or Shiba Inu

Do you have a high-energy boy who is ready to blast off every time you grab his leash? Consider the name Rocket. Marvel fans may also like this choice as it was the name of the wise-cracking raccoon first introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Is your boy your best friend and most trusted confidante? Maybe he should be the Watson to your Sherlock Holmes. Watson is a great name for a smart boy that is always by your side when you need him. This is an especially fitting name for a breed known for their intelligence, such as Border Collies, Poodles, German Shepherds, and Golden Retrievers. 

Ziggy is a retro cool name for a boy dog. The name is extra special if you’re a fan of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust era glam rock. If your boy pup has a flair for the dramatic, this might be the perfect choice for him.

Ali Morretta

Writer, Adoring Corgi Mom
Ali is a writer, editor & proud Corgi mom with diverse experience across educational publishing & entertainment blogging.
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