What are the best male dog names in the world?

There are many famous male dogs out there, from Beethoven to Bolt, but which names are truly the best? What are some of the cutest and most unique male dog monikers in the world?

With so many male dog names to choose from, it can be hard to choose the right one.
With so many male dog names to choose from, it can be hard to choose the right one.  © 123RF/Dasya11

The moment your new puppy wanders into your living room for the first time, you need to start thinking about giving it a top-notch name. Depending on its breed, its looks, its size, and the nature of its personality, there are so many great options that it becomes hard to narrow down the right one.

In this dog guide, TAG24 is here to help you with that conundrum. What are the best, cutest, and coolest male dog names in the world, and which names are so unique that they'll shock your Uncle Paul? Let's take a look!

Best male dog names

From Jimmy to Jono, from Ziggy to Stardust, from Lenny to Kramer, there are many fantastic dog names to consider when adopting your first, second, third, fourth, or fifth dog. A canine companion will always be the perfect addition to your loving household, and a good name will go a long way.

Here are a few of the best male dog names in existence:

  • Beau
  • Charlie
  • Duke
  • Oliver
  • Winston
  • Boris
  • Bourbon
  • Benny
  • Harry
  • Gordon
  • Robert
  • Jeffrey
  • Kim
  • Bruce
  • Bob
  • Luke
  • Brodie
  • Daniel
  • Anthony
  • John
  • Paul
  • Hawke
  • Tony
  • Harold
  • Malcolm
  • Bruno
  • Mark

While none of these names are particularly unique or special, many of them are a little uncharacteristic of your average doggo, making them more interesting, fun, and entertaining.

Unique male dog names

Now it's time to move on to names that are little more unusual, and a little more interesting and unique. When it comes to dog names, there will always be those who'll opt for "Buddy" or "Bear," but it's 2023, so let's move away from such boring options.

Here are our favorite unique male dog names:

  • Woody
  • Yoda
  • Bloke
  • Willow
  • River
  • Ezekiel
  • Goose
  • Moose
  • Loose
  • Bacon
  • Nathan
  • Lipton
  • Johnny PlayStation
  • Zoom
  • Gloom
  • Doom
  • Moon
  • Boom
  • Tune
  • Bowie
  • Sinatra
  • Crow
  • Neil
  • Tooth
  • Olive
  • Tomato
  • Mango
  • Bean
  • Plum
  • Sausage
  • Freezo
  • Beaver
  • Frank

A humor name (like several in this list) is a great choice, as it will always bring a smile to your face when you call out for your beloved canine companion. Just remember that dogs have trouble learning words, so its name should always stay around two syllables, with a maximum of three.

Try not to get too silly, either, as you want your dog to be taken seriously (well, as much a dog can be taken seriously), and you don't want to see your canine companion as a creature of humor but not love.

Trust your gut when you name your dog, as your emotional reaction to a name is important.
Trust your gut when you name your dog, as your emotional reaction to a name is important.  © 123RF/Smrm1977

Cool male dog names

Now it's time to talk about names that'll make all the lady doggos swoon. We're talking jock-style names, ones that aren't particularly interesting or smart, but will make you think that your dog belongs on a football field. Think about it like this: These are the names that'll make you think of a high school dropout who now spends his time mowing lawns.

Here are a few cool male dog names to consider:

  • Chuck
  • Django
  • Joker
  • Rocky
  • Buddy
  • Slash
  • Thor
  • Jack
  • Huck
  • Kratos
  • Apollo
  • Justin
  • Kai
  • Liam
  • Maverick
  • Jack
  • Ryan
  • Axl
  • Josfer
  • Hayden
  • Jayden
  • Brayden
  • Kane

We understand if you don't want the implication of your dog's name to be one associated with underage drinking and weekend soccer matches, but it's not all bad. Cool names can actually be incredibly adorable on doggos, making them seem like they think that they're much cooler than they are.

That's the thing: too much coolness might be annoying in a human, but it's pretty darn hilarious in a dog. If you want to dress your dog up in a baseball cap with sunglasses and call it Kai, we're all for it!

Important: If you're going for a "cool kid" name, you need to make sure you spell it in some bizarre and impossible to interpret way. The stupider, the better! Try Lyame instead of Liam, or Kayne instead of Kane.

Cute male dog names

Small dogs are especially deserving of cute and cuddly male dog names.
Small dogs are especially deserving of cute and cuddly male dog names.  © 123RF/Romanzaiets

Let's finish everything off with the names that'll make even the beefiest bloke go "Aw." These are the cutest male dog names out there, setting aside any need to be particularly masculine, to be taken seriously, to be unique, or to be funny. They are adorable names for adorable dogs, and well worth your attention.

Here's a selection of outstandingly cute male dog names:

  • Bobby
  • Ice-cream
  • Flake
  • Teddy
  • Happy
  • Yappy
  • Buddy
  • Coco
  • Pepper
  • Leo
  • Scout
  • Archie
  • Gizmo
  • Oscar
  • Bailey
  • Toby
  • Gus
  • Milo
  • Ginger
  • Winston
  • Peanut
  • Edgar
  • Bandit
  • Buster
  • Toby
  • Hamilton
  • Titan
Dog found with snout zip-tied shut in horrible abuse case
Dogs Dog found with snout zip-tied shut in horrible abuse case

There are some names here that have already been mentioned, but that's just a testament to how fantastic some male dog names can be. These names will make all of your visitors swoon, are easy to teach, and are infinitely adorable.

Good boy dog names can be hard to come by!

Buddy, Ross, Teddy, Mr. Cuddles: all of these names might be quite adorable, but they're also kind of lame. You want to name your dog something you'll be proud of, something that would induce a cringe whenever spoken, and something that'll be simple and easy to teach to your doggo.

Most of your classics have been so overused that they no longer fit these criteria. It's important to take your time in the naming process and decide on something that is easy for your pet to learn and will bring joy to your mind every time you call your pup for its Friday night feed.

Cover photo: 123RF/Dasya11

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