50 amazing boy dog names to consider for your new puppy

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So, you’re bringing home a new puppy. Congratulations! Preparing to add four more paws to your family can be one of the most exciting and joyful things you’ll ever do, but there are also a lot of decisions to be made. What food will they eat? Where will they sleep? And perhaps most importantly — what will their name be?

While things like dog beds and collars can be replaced over time, your dog’s name will be around forever. Because of this, it’s perfectly understandable to feel overwhelmed by this decision. After all, the options are quite literally endless.

This list of 50 boy dog names is a great place to start if you’re unsure what your pup’s moniker will be. If there isn’t a name that stands out, you can at least get an idea of what type of name you like. Will it be something classic or something more unique?

The most popular boy dog names

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Many people like to think of something unique to name their dog, but this isn’t always necessary. Sometimes, a classic name is all you need to represent your perfect puppy. Some of the most popular boy dog names from the American Kennel Club are as traditional as they come, but some are cuter and more modern. Here are a few examples:

  • Max
  • Teddy
  • Buddy
  • Oliver/Ollie
  • Rex
  • Scout
  • Milo
  • Jack
  • Cooper
  • Chance

Boy dog names based on mythology and folklore

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If you’re a fan of folklore and myths, you already have glossaries of dog name options at your disposal. Not all of these names fit just any dog, however, so you’ll have to consider your puppy’s breed and personality when choosing a name. These are some of the favorite dog names from Greek, Norse, Roman, and English tales.

  • Zeus
  • Apollo
  • Poseidon
  • Achilles
  • Loki
  • Odin
  • Thor
  • Merlin
  • Brutus
  • Cesar

Boy dog names from pop culture

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If you want to give your puppy a name that’s a nod to the pop culture of the time they grew up in, these are some to consider. Luckily, many of these names are classic or cool, too.

You might take inspiration from your favorite musicians, such as the Jonas Brothers (Jonas), Noah Kahan (Noah), or even Drake. If you’re more of a TV or movie buff, consider:

  • Pedro or Pascal (no explanation necessary)
  • Ken or Allen (from the Barbie franchise)
  • Anthony, Benedict, or Simon (from Bridgerton)

A few others to think about:

  • Travis (for Travis Kelce from the Kansas City Chiefs, aka “Taylor Swift’s boyfriend”)
  • Harry or William, as a nod to the Princes

Old-fashioned or vintage-inspired boy dog names

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If naming your new dog after one of the British Royal Family members makes you smile, you may want to try out an old-fashioned or vintage-inspired boy dog name for your new little prince.

  • Henry
  • Charles (bonus points if they’re a Cavalier King Charles spaniel)
  • Gatsby
  • Louie
  • Walter
  • Atticus
  • Barney

Boy dog names based on nature and animals

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If you’re an outdoorsy dog owner who will be taking your furry friend on lots of hikes and vacations, you may want to think about nature or animal-inspired male dog names for your pup. These are some of our favorites.

  • Rocky
  • Bear
  • Moose
  • Aspen
  • Storm
  • Forest
  • Shasta
  • Ranger
  • Oakley
  • Zion (or something from your favorite national park)

There’s no end to the names you can give your pup, but only you can tell which name is the perfect fit. It’s OK if it doesn’t come to you right away because you’re bound to find your new puppy the perfect moniker in no time.