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165 Popular Boy Dog Names for Your New Furry Family Member

Check out the best male dog names around and review a few tips for picking out the right one.

Thinking of getting a new dog? A boy, perhaps? If so, you've probably already invested in the toys and the treats, but have you thought about what you want to call him? The name will punctuate your life in a lot of ways over the years. It's also something that will become pretty pivotal to the training process. Options are essentially limitless, which is great news for the creative types out there—but it can also be a little overwhelming for those of us who have a tough time making decisions. To help narrow down the choice, we've put together a list of unique boy dog names. But before we get into our options, let's learn more about what our boy dogs get out of their names in the first place.

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What's So Significant About a Dog's Name?

Not only can your dog's name communicate information about its personality, but it also operates as an important training tool.

Dogs usually hear their names prior to a command. The more familiar they become with their name, the faster they'll pick up cues surrounding what's coming next.

Though they may not know that they exist as "Fido" or "Max," they certainly know how to respond when those names are called. And recent research shows that once they get a feel for things, they really hold on tight to that information.

A 2019 study published in Animal Cognition shows that dogs are able to differentiate their names from other sounds, even in a distracting environment, which is great news regarding their capabilities. The only downside to these findings is that they pretty much confirm if your dog seems to be ignoring you, he probably is.

165 Good Boy Dog Name Options

Don't worry, the perfect boy dog name is out there. Check out the list below for some ideas for the new pup. We've incorporated the most recent trends into our list, so all options are up-to-date and in style.

Popular Male Dog Names

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  1. Ace
  2. Bailey
  3. Bandit
  4. Bear
  5. Beau
  6. Benji
  7. Bentley
  8. Blue
  9. Bodhi
  10. Buddy
  11. Champ
  12. Charlie
  13. Cooper
  14. Duke
  15. Eli
  16. Elias
  17. Felix
  18. Finn
  19. Gunnar
  20. Issac
  21. Jack
  22. Jake
  23. Jasper
  24. Jax
  25. Koda
  26. Leo
  27. Lucky
  28. Maverick
  29. Max
  30. Milo
  31. Murphy
  32. Oakley
  33. Oliver
  34. Ollie
  35. Oscar
  36. Remi
  37. Rocky
  38. Scout
  39. Teddy
  40. Tucker

Funny Boy Dog Names

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  1. Chuck Norris
  2. Elvis Pugsley
  3. Grandma
  4. Groucho Barks
  5. Hot Wheels
  6. Jenga
  7. Kitty
  8. Lego
  9. Little Bow Wow
  10. Mac Daddy
  11. Mouse
  12. Pee Wee
  13. Pikachu
  14. Pupzilla
  15. Snoop Dog
  16. Snots
  17. Tic Tac
  18. Tootie
  19. Toto
  20. White Claw
  21. Zipper

Old Man Names For Your Pup

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  1. Archie
  2. Chester
  3. Clarence
  4. Dexter
  5. Frank
  6. Gus
  7. Hank
  8. Henry
  9. Louie
  10. Norman
  11. Otis
  12. Rufus
  13. Terry
  14. Waldo
  15. Walter
  16. Wayne
  17. Winston

Dog Names From Your Favorite TV Shows and Movies

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  1. Albie (The White Lotus)
  2. Atticus (To Kill a Mockingbird)
  3. Boo (Monster's Inc.)
  4. Bruno (Encanto)
  5. Chance (Homeward Bound)
  6. Chewie (Star Wars)
  7. Draco (Harry Potter)
  8. Forrest (Forrest Gump)
  9. John (Yellowstone)
  10. Jules (Pulp Fiction)
  11. Lemon (30 Rock)
  12. Marty (Back to the Future)
  13. Neo (The Matrix)
  14. Neville (Harry Potter)
  15. Obi (Star Wars)
  16. Rambo (Rambo)
  17. Remy (Ratatouille)
  18. Rip (Yellowstone)
  19. Shadow (Homeward Bound)
  20. Simba (The Lion King)
  21. Teeter (Yellowstone)
  22. Urkel (Family Matters)
  23. Vader (Star Wars)
  24. Vito (The Godfather)
  25. Yeller (Old Yeller)
  26. Yeti (Abominable)
  27. Yoshi (Super Mario)

Dog Names That Honor Your Favorite Pop Culture Figures

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  1. Bieber (Justin Bieber)
  2. Einstein (Albert Einstein)
  3. Elvis (Elvis Presley)
  4. Freddie (Freddie Mercury)
  5. Gio (Giovanni Reyna)
  6. Gucci (Guccio Gucci)
  7. Hendrix (Jimi Hendrix)
  8. Klay (Kaelin Clay)
  9. Kobe (Kobe Bryant)
  10. Lamb (CeeDee Lamb)
  11. Marx (Karl Marx)
  12. Robin (Robin Williams)
  13. Sandler (Adam Sandler)
  14. Shakes (William Shakespeare)
  15. Shohei (Shohei Ohtani)
  16. Sigmund (Sigmund Freud)
  17. Steph (Steph Curry)
  18. Weston (Weston McKennie)

Unique Male Dog Names To Make Them Look Tough

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  1. Apollo
  2. Axel
  3. Blaze
  4. Bear
  5. Boomer
  6. Boone
  7. Bubba
  8. Diesel
  9. Duke
  10. Harley
  11. Loki
  12. Moose
  13. Odin
  14. Ranger
  15. Rex
  16. Sarge
  17. Sawyer
  18. Tank
  19. Thor
  20. Titan
  21. Yukon
  22. Zander
  23. Zeal
  24. Zeus

Food-Inspired Boy Dog Names

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  1. Biscuit
  2. Chip
  3. Cookie
  4. Crunch Wrap
  5. Macaroni
  6. McGriddle
  7. Meatloaf
  8. Mochi
  9. Nacho
  10. Nugget
  11. Oyster
  12. Peanut
  13. Pepper
  14. Queso
  15. Ravioli
  16. Spritz
  17. Tater Tot
  18. Won Ton

Tips for Naming Your Dog

Finding the perfect name for your male puppy isn't easy. While the decision largely revolves around what you like and what your dog responds to, there are a few other factors to keep in mind.

Keep It Short and Snappy

Most experts suggest limiting dog names to one or two syllables, something easy enough for the dog to process. Try to think of names that contain hard consonants, too. These sounds are easier for the dog to distinguish from surrounding noises.

Keep It Practical

While there's no harm in getting creative with your dog's name, keep this in mind: A big part of socializing your dog means spending time together outside of the house.

With that, it's probably best to avoid any name that might attract eyes at the dog park. Maybe stay away from the silly stuff. Definitely avoid inappropriate names, and cross the hard-to-pronounce options off the list as well.

Really Think About What Human Names You Might Want to Use

It's tempting to give your new pet a human name, but it's important to know which ones to rule out. It's always nice to provide people you love with a namesake, but if there's any possibility of it stirring up emotions, the gesture just isn't worth it.

You should also think about what names are already floating around your household. Try to avoid naming the new pup anything that sounds too similar to someone else's. If you've got a Kerry living at home, Terry might not be a great choice. You get the idea.

Don't Let It Resemble Other Common Commands

It's not just other names that can stir up some confusion, either. Anything that sounds too close to a common command should also be avoided. While "Beau" sounds like a perfectly reasonable pick, it might be a little too close to "No" to make it worth it.

Get to Know The Dog's Personality

Of course, it's impossible to know what your dog is like before meeting them. And most new pet parents will have already picked out their pup's name before bringing them home. But, if you can, it might be worth holding out, at least until you can get a better sense of what he's like. Try narrowing down your list to your top two or three picks. After a few days, you'll be able to know which one is the right fit.

Don't Stress About It Too Much

To be clear, it's important to pick out a name and stick to it—especially if you've already invested in all those embroidered accessories. Your dog's name will also get rolled up into the training process, an undertaking that's definitely better to begin sooner rather than later.

Still, sometimes situations occur where you simply need to make a change (it's not ideal, but it does happen). In these instances, you just need to put in the work and maintain the patience needed to get them used to whatever comes next.

Wrapping Up

That's it for our list of boy dog names. Be sure to check back with us soon for more ideas to share with the ones you love. You can also sign up for our newsletter so you don't miss out!

Carrie Weisman
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