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While naming your male puppy may not have the same lifetime significance as naming a baby boy, it’s a name you and your new puppy will be living with for a long time, so it deserves some thought. A good boy dog name can actually enhance his responsiveness and improve communication between you over a lifetime.
How to Choose the Right Male Dog Name
Dogs have an easier time hearing hard consonants and long vowels, so a name like “Lucky” or “Benny” will be easier for him to distinguish from other sounds. Most dog training experts recommend a one or two-syllable name that you can say quickly. It’s also commonly recommended that you avoid male dog names that sound like commands, for example, “Kit,” which sounds like “sit,” or “Bo,” which sounds like “no.”
Pick a name you like to say (and that you won’t be embarrassed to yell across the park or put on a dog tag). You’ll be saying your boy puppy’s name a lot over time, as a quick attention grabber or just as part of their overall training and socialization.
Trending Male Dog Names
Just like baby names, boy dog names rise and fall in popularity. The number of dogs named after “Frozen” characters rose 900 percent the year after the movie came out, for example, so for a while you probably met more than one “Olaf” at doggie daycare. Names from movies and books like “Twilight” and “Game of Thrones” have maintained popularity over time, and the Disney universe of characters has helped inspire male dog names like “Grogu,” “Loki,” “Thor,” “Simba” and “Groot.”
Food and drink are favorite themes, too. You might meet a “Whiskey,” “Porter” or “Oreo” on your daily walks. And at least 20 percent of dogs have human names like “Max” or “Charlie.” Sports figures are a perennial favorite (the year Derek Jeter retired from the New York Yankees, “Jeter” was in the top 10 male dog names) and so are sports and outdoor activity-inspired names like “Ruger” or “Blaze.” If you’re looking for a less common boy dog name, try our list of unique dog names. (We’ve got girl dog name suggestions, too.)
If you’re lucky, you’ll meet your dog, get to know him a bit, and come up with an inspired choice. But if you’re at a loss for a great male dog name, here are our top 100+ boy puppy names.