There’s just so many funny, adorable, boy dog names for you to choose from (or grown-up male dog names if you’re adopting an older pup). But, which one can you choose to fit your pooch! So, you just got a new puppy. As the newest member of your family, he needs a name! You want to choose a unique boy dog name that has significance or meaning. In order to avoid cliche or generic dog names, such as Fido, Spot, or Sparky, it’s time to get a little creative…

Boy Dog Names—How to Choose the Perfect Name

Not feeling very creative? Or are your overwhelmed with possibilities? Don’t worry—we can help. In this article, we will provide you with a list of some creative inspiration as well as some ideas on how to come up with some unique boy dog names.

So, where do you start? Begin making a list of your favorite dog names. You can choose male puppy names based on the following criteria:

  • Dog breed
  • Size
  • Personality
  • Working dog or domestic dog
  • Greek meaning
  • Latin meaning
  • Origin
  • American meaning
  • Hebrew meaning
  • German meaning
  • French meaning

Human Names and Pet Names

First, let’s start with a list of the most popular dog names for boys. Here is a list of the top favorite male dog names from 2017:

  • Max
  • Charlie
  • Cooper
  • Buddy
  • Jack
  • Rocky
  • Oliver
  • Bear
  • Duke
  • Tucker

As you can see, many pet owners have chosen popular human names for their male dogs. In fact, approximately 44 percent of pet owners select human names for their male dogs. For example, the origin of Cooper is actually a Scottish surname. Surnames were actually given to individuals based on occupation. Cooper refers to one who made and sold barrels and casks, or coops.

“Pup” Culture Inspiration

Additionally, many pet owners use TV, the media, and pop—or “pup”—culture as sources of inspiration for choosing male dog names and female dog names. In fact, 53 percent of pet owners name their male dogs after movie or TV characters. Furthermore, 75 percent of pet owners who used TV as a source of inspiration are millennials.

In 2017, TV-inspired male dog names increased by 17 percent. “Game of Thrones”, “Stranger Things”, and “Star Wars” were among the top two most popular TV shows and movies used for popular dog names.

Check out our guide The Top 100 Female Dog Names: A Pup-Parent-to-Be’s #1 Guide if you’re looking into girl names for your pupper!

City Names for Your Pooch

Pet owners also use their favorite cities or their birth places to name their dogs. For example, in 2017, the most popular cities used for male dog names and female dog names were the following:

  • Sydney
  • Dallas
  • Rio
  • Phoenix
  • Savannah

Masculine Boy Dog Names for Those Strong, Rugged-Looking Pups!

Cute dog names are great and all, but what if you have a strong, masculine, and rugged male dog? You are probably looking for the best male dog names that suit dog breed, size, and personality.

For example, if your male puppy is an American Alsatian, a Great Dane, a Maltese dog or a German Shepherd, then you probably want a name that suits these particular dog breeds. If you are a “Game of Thrones” fan, then you probably have noticed that your American Alsatian looks a lot like a Dire Wolf!

Here is a list of some unique male dog names that will fit your dog’s breed, size, and personality:

  • Arnold (Schwarzenegger)
  • Brute
  • Clark (Kent, Superman)
  • Doc
  • Gaston
  • Eifel
  • Godzilla
  • Hagrid (Harry Potter)
  • Herc (Hercules)
  • Hulk
  • Jaws
  • Mufasa
  • Shaq (Shaquille O’Neal)
  • Shrek
  • Stallone
  • Stretch
  • Sully
  • Tarzan
  • T-Rex
  • Wolf
  • Wolverine
  • Zeus

If your dog is a small dog breed, such as a Chihuahua or a Toy Poodle, then here are some unique male dog names for smaller dog breeds:

  • Acorn
  • Cheerio
  • Chipper
  • Jerry (Tom and Jerry)
  • Jiminy (Cricket)
  • Little Bear
  • Peanut
  • Pee Wee
  • Piglet (Winnie the Pooh)
  • Stitch
  • Stuart (Little)
  • Theodore (‘Theo’ for short)
  • Thimble
  • Tiny Tim
  • Tater Tot
  • Tweety

Keeping it Old School: Classy Boy Names for Those Old School Dogs!

If you aren’t into pop culture, movies, trivia or TV, then here is a list of some traditional, old-school dog names:

  • Abbot
  • Faulkner
  • Gatsby
  • Gulliver
  • Hamlet
  • Hansel
  • Jesse
  • K-9
  • Payton
  • Wilbur
  • Winn-Dixie
  • Winston
  • Wishbone
  • Zeke

Cool Dog Names for Fans, Geeks, and Nerds!

Traditional dog names not really your style? That’s okay. Here are some cool, unique names for male dogs inspired by comic books, popular athletes, rock and roll musicians and even beer brands.

  • Thor
  • Loki
  • Astro
  • Doom
  • Toxin
  • Alfred
  • Gryffindor
  • Artoo Dogtoo
  • Clapton
  • Vaughan (Stevie Ray)
  • BJ (Bon Jovi)
  • Jackson (Michael Jackson)
  • “Muttley” Crue

Unique Male Dog Names You’ve Probably Never Heard Of!

Although there are likely a number of unique male dog names that you haven’t heard of or thought of in our lists above, here are a few more to add to your list:

  • Won Ton
  • Reeses Puppycups
  • Sitka
  • Lupin
  • Tyrion
  • Tony Romo
  • Sativa
  • Chronic
  • Espresso
  • Blade
  • Queso
  • Nacho

Again, you have probably noticed some of your favorite Disney characters’ names make an appearance in some of the lists above. Here are a few more to add to your list:

  • Aladdin
  • Arthur
  • Beast
  • Berlioz
  • Bert
  • Bolt
  • Buzz
  • Charming
  • Dodger
  • Eric
  • Flynn
  • Hercules
  • Marlin
  • Mogli
  • Nemo
  • Peter Pan
  • Pongo
  • Prince
  • Robin Hood
  • Simba
  • Stitch
  • Tarzan
  • Tom (Thomas O’Malley)
  • Toulouse
  • Tramp
  • Woody

Best Dog Names for Male Hunting, Tracking, Police and Working Dogs!

Is your male puppy going to become a working dog? If your puppy is a hunting dog, tracking dog, or a police dog, then here are some great names for him:

  • Ajax
  • Archer
  • Ares
  • Axel
  • Blake
  • Brick
  • Brutus
  • Buck
  • Dane
  • Ethan
  • Griffin
  • Hale
  • Heath
  • Holt
  • Jax
  • Jet
  • Knox
  • Lex
  • Preston
  • Ryder
  • Samson
  • Scrapper
  • Stone
  • Wayde
  • Zane

The Best Boy Dog Names: There’s Many To Choose From, So Choose Wisely!

Regardless of dog breed, size, personality, origin or vocabulary word meaning, you are bound to find the best male dog name for your puppy. You can also choose boy puppy names from children’s books, such as your favorite book from your own childhood.

Finding a unique dog name for your male puppy that has meaning for your dog as well as meaning for you is important. After all, your puppy name should be unique when you call him in the middle of a dog park!