What Are The Best Male Dog Names?

Once you’ve adopted your new dog, the first thing you’ll have to do is give him a name. After all, picking the perfect name for your pup not only gives him an identity but also allows you to call for and train him. Choosing the best name for him won’t be easy because there are so many to choose from. As long as you keep the simple for him to understand, you’re sure to find your pooch the perfect name for him. Here, we’ve collected the best male dog names for your canine companion based on popular culture references, ease of pronunciation and frequency of use with dogs all over the country.

The best male dog names capture your little one's personality.

What’s in a Male Dog Name?

When naming your pooch, it’s best to choose one that is really easy for him to understand. After all, you don’t want to choose one that’s very long or hard to pronounce. This way, calling for him won’t get you tongue-tied and your dog will understand what you’re saying.

  • Keep the name you pick short and to no more than about two syllables. This makes it easy for him to learn.
  • Choose a name that no one else in your household shares. That’s because you don’t want to confuse your dog by calling for a human family member and having your dog respond instead.
  • Try to choose names with hard consonant and verb sounds that are easier for your pup to distinguish from other words.
  • If your pup comes with a name from the shelter or rescue you adopt him from, choose a new name that sounds similar if you don’t want to keep the name that he has. This makes it easier to learn his new name.

Choose a simple name from the best male dog names for your pooch.

Naming Considerations for Male Dogs

If you are choosing from male puppy names, you’ll want to ensure that the name you pick will grow with your dog. For instance, “Little Fuzzy Man” may not age well with your Great Dane. Here are a few other things to consider:

  • Don’t pick a name that sounds similar to a command that you want to teach your dog. For example, names like “Gray” or “Beau” sound a bit like “Stay” and “No,” so you’ll want to avoid them.
  • If you choose a name based on a pop culture reference, keep in mind that it could soon become dated — and your pup can live over 14 years!
  • Stick to names that you aren’t ashamed to say in public. Remember, you don’t want to call out something offensive or embarrassing in your local dog park to call your canine companion over.

The best male dog names capture your dog's personality.

Best Male Dog Names

So, what are the best male dog names and best male puppy names for you to consider? Here, we’ve come up with a list of 100 male dog names that are popular in North America. These names range from the traditional to newer names based on popular culture.

  • Peanut
  • Kobe
  • Max
  • Hank
  • Bentley
  • Odin
  • Dexter
  • Toby
  • Tucker
  • Bailey
  • Thor
  • Kylo
  • Jake
  • Buddy
  • Sam
  • Rocky
  • Buster
  • Dean
  • Zeus
  • Charlie
  • Teddy
  • Finn
  • Ben
  • Cody
  • Jasper
  • Oscar
  • Shadow
  • Murphy
  • Simba
  • Gizmo
  • Winston
  • Rusty
  • Bear
  • Riley
  • Duke
  • Monty
  • Bandit
  • Gus
  • Sparky
  • Scruffy
  • Benji
  • Louie
  • Joey
  • Billy
  • Bobby
  • Samson
  • Gus
  • Otis
  • Casper
  • Patch

Choose from male dog names that are appropriate for your dog's size.

  • Spike
  • Cosmo
  • Tiger
  • Dakota
  • Henry
  • Leo
  • Luke
  • Chester
  • Otis
  • Spencer
  • Scooter
  • Snowy
  • Clyde
  • Marley
  • Brutus
  • Scout
  • Prince
  • Chance
  • Ralph
  • Duncan
  • Jack
  • Cooper
  • Harley
  • Lucky
  • Oliver
  • Jackson
  • Milo
  • Rudy
  • Rocco
  • Maximus
  • Diesel
  • Jax
  • Blue
  • Tank
  • Gunner
  • Bruno
  • Ace
  • Rex
  • Oreo
  • Tyson
  • Roscoe
  • Archie
  • Argus
  • Dante
  • Elvis
  • Frisco
  • George
  • Harry
  • Eddie
  • Lefty

Once you have picked the perfect name for your pooch, don’t forget to spoil your furry friend with love and treats.

We hope that you enjoyed these dog names for male canines. Let us know what you’ve named your furry buddy in the comments below!

By Susan Paretts

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