Naming a dog can be a challenge! If you are sharing the task with other family members, you’ll inevitably run into the issue that someone will want a non-name name, like Barker, Chicken or Sugar, while others will want a human name, like Sophie and Brad.
Merging this wide range of opinions is no easy task. Luckily for you, I’ve decided to round up 231 of the best boy dog names, with lots of options to inspire the name of your next male furbaby.
After all, once I saw that you loved dog names as much as baby names when I published this post on the 101 most popular girl dog names, I knew I had no choice but to follow it with one for our little boy pups.
4 Quick Tips for Naming a Boy Dog:
When thinking about dog names, here a couple of fun tips to consider:
1. Shorter is Better –
Some say that 3 syllables or less is idea for a dog. Any longer and they may not recognize it as their own name. Of course, you’re welcome to give them a nice long, distinguished name, like Sir William Furgison Barker, with the intent that you’ll usually just call him Barker, but if you really did want to rattle off that whole name every time – expect training to be extra difficult.
2. Avoid Family Names –
It’s cute to name your baby after your grandma, but if you name your dog a family name, or something very similar, you could run into some confusion. Dogs can’t distinguish when you’re referring to them or not – and neither can small children.
I knew someone who’s sister named her dog her daughter’s nickname. Both dog and baby were very confused when they were all together and it’s a big reason why we ended up going with a different name for our daughter. Not long before she was born, my sister in law told me the name of their new pup and it was too similar for my comfort zone.
3. Keep it Easy –
A dog name that is easy to pronounce is helpful when training, since the dog will begin to recognize their name from anyone who says it.
A name that is a challenge to say correctly will be frustrating for everyone involved, except maybe the dog, who will have no idea you’re even talking to them.
4. Have Fun –
This is your chance to get really creative! Name that dog after a favorite TV character or superhero (Thor). Name them after a place you love to go (Maui) or something you love to eat or drink (Mocha).
You can get as creative or literal as you want, without the same stress and potential regret when naming a human.
Let’s take a look at some fun names for your boy dog to get you excited!
231 Best Boy Dog Names:
I sure wish I had this list when I was naming our black lab, Zoey! I’ve combined all types of names here, from famous figures to fun food names to give you as much variety as possible! If you know you’re getting a black dog, find over 100 black dog names in this post!
And, if you’re looking for some tips on the best dog supplies – check out my post with 10 must-have dog supplies!
Boy Dog Names Starting with A:
- Atlas – Great name – also on our list of 180 cute boy dog names!
Boy Dog Names Starting with B:
- Butter – food names can be so funny. Check out this post for 118 more funny dog names.
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WOW! Are you still with me? There are SO many fun names on this list! I just love it! Which one is your favorite? Have you used any of these names? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.
Track your favorite dog names with the free printable in this post!
Also, if you’re looking for a great gift idea for a dog, cat or animal lover in your life, check out this new gift guide!
More Pet Name Ideas:
If you are looking for more fun pet content, check these out:
- 118 Super Cute Girl Dog Names
- 120 Purrfect Girl Cat Names & a Free Printable!
- 102 Creative Black Dog Names
- 118 Funny Dog Names that will make you laugh!
- 15 Purrfect Gift Ideas for the Cat Lover
- 101 Most Popular Girl Dog Names
Have a fabulous day,