Boy dog names can be hard to choose. Whether it’s a boyish, handsome moniker you want, something tough, or a unique standout, it’s gotta be perfect. Choosing the best dog name, like choosing the perfect dog sitter, is a fun and important task for every pet parent. Luckily, we’ve rounded up some great options for you.
Top 100 Male Dog Names
Top Cool Male Dog Names
These names are hot, trending up over 50% and given to at least 50 dogs each.
20 Tough Male Dog Names
These names exude strength and power. They’re fitting for strong dog breeds and feisty little guys.
Top Food Names for Male Dogs
Food and drink names for dogs are on the rise. Check out the top ten food names for male dogs chosen by real dog owners.
Double-Name Boy Dog Names
All names on the list were given to a minimum of 15 individual dogs.
Top 10 Gentleman Dog Names
Along with the rise in human names for dogs, we’re seeing many vintage and/or antique names in our dog data. These genteel “grandfather” names for dogs are as charming as they are sophisticated. They’re especially popular for breeds like the French bulldog or the Schnauzer, but they’re certainly a great choice on any dog.
Top 10 Mythological Dog Names
Gods and myths inspired pet parents this year. Names are listed in order of popularity.
Top 10 Nature Male Dog Names
These names are especially popular for huskies, pointers, retrievers, and hounds.
Male Dog Name Trends
We’re noticing some interesting trends, like the rise of -er names like Cooper, Dexter, and Tucker, as well as mythological names like Thor, Odin, Loki, and Zeus. In fact, Thor and Loki went up almost 50% in rankings from last year! The classics remain in favor, of course, from friendly Max and Charlie to strong Rocky and Duke. All kept a spot in the top ten.
The three fastest-rising male dog names of the year were Chester, Finn, and Ollie, while Theo and Archie both debuted in the top 100 for the first time this year.
Human Names for Dogs
Dogs are considered family members, so human names have become very popular for pets. These days, in fact, you’re more likely to meet a golden retriever with a human name like Dylan than a name like Fido. You’ll see that reflected in our top male dog names list: six of the top ten are human names.
Your new dog could be an Eddie, a Theo, a Max—or a Kobe, an Ozzy, or a Bosco. From cute dog names like Taz or Otis to Irish choices like Murphy and Logan, the sky’s the limit when it comes to giving a traditionally “human name” to your dog.
Humor is another popular source of dog naming inspiration: Sir Barkley and Muttley Crue are both boy puppy names in our database. A Great Dane named Chico? An American bulldog named Sparky? A small dog named Rocket? Why not?
Lastly, dog breeds sometimes shape dog naming choices. Huskies often sport Alaska-themed names like Juneau, while hunting dogs might get a “country name” like Dallas or Tucker. Retrievers love water, so an aquatic dog name could be a good fit for your new Lab or golden. We like Ocean, Jacques, and Captain.
Choosing a Name
Puppy names can be inspired by anything from food to pop culture to nature. What’s most important is that YOU love the name. Every time you say it, you should feel a little spark of happiness. “That’s my dog!”