Choosing a dog name can be TIRING...
Endless searching through dozens of sites is exhausting!
Yawn one last time and stretch if it helps... Then ease back and enjoy! You're sure to find the perfect name for your new puppy or barely used rescue dog below!
It's true that there's an art to it, but naming a dog has also been the focus of scientific studies.
Research indicates that dog names with one or two syllables are usually better and more easily picked up on by the dog or puppy. Of course, this isn't a hard and fast rule, but studies also suggests that gruff consonant sounds "G" and "C", for instance, both hard and soft (and not necessarily as the first letter of the name), elicited the best responses.
Ending the dogs name with a vowel sound, like long A, E, I, O, or U is also more effective in helping your dog to understand and distinguish his name from other words and commands. Names like Jovi, CoCo, Tango and Khaki would be examples of attention grabbing names for your dog.
But naming a dog can be very personal. And for perfectionists who feel like they need to find the perfect name, it can be overwhelming. That's where we come in.
Without further ado, below are some of our favorite male dog names as well as some suggestions sent to us by other readers. Enjoy!
There are a lot of really cool foreign words that make great male dog names! They can roll off the tongue just right and end up sounding like a really cool name for a dog! Most of these would be great as girl dog names, too!
Is your new puppy white? Consider Avorio which means Ivory in Italian...
Abunai- "Dangerous" in Japanese
Akuma- "Demon" or "Devil" in Japanese
Amor- "Love" in Spanish
Argento- "Silver" in Italian
Armanno- "Soldier" in Italian
Avorio- "Ivory" in Italian
Baffi- "Bearded" in Italian
Baka- "Silly" in Japanese
Belladonna- "Beautiful lady" -Italian
Bruno- "brown-haired" Italian
Bisoux- "kiss" in French
Carina- "Cute" (feminine-Italian)
Chikara- "strength" or "power"- Japanese
Constantine- "Bold" in Italian
Cyrano- French dramatist with large nose
Elmo- "Loveable" in Italian
Fabrizio- "Craftsman" Italian
Fresco- "Fresh" Italian
Jigoku- "Hell" in Japanese
Kanoa- "The Free One" Hawaiian
Kaimi- "The Seeker" Hawaiian
Kawaii- "Cute" in Japanese
Keona- "God's Gracious Gift" Hawaiian
Kokoro- "Heart" in Japanese
Kuro- "Black" in Japanese
"Hello" in Japanese
(a cute word we like!)
Leona- "Like a Lion" french
Loni- "Heavenly" Hawaiian
Lupo- "Wolf" in Italian
Mako- "Shark" Hawaiian Term
Matteo- "Gift of God" Italian
Mondo- "World" Italian
Nero- "Black" in Italian
Pana- "Friend" Spanish Slang
Rolf- German name (The Sound of Music)
Rosette- A "Rose" in French
Seamus- (Shay-mus) Irish for James
Senshi- "Warrior" in Japanese
Sicily- An Island in Italy
Silvio- "Silver" in Italian
Suki- "Affection" or "Liking" in Japanese
Tempest- "Storm" or "Outburst"-French
Tito- "Giant" in Italian
Vedette- "Guardian" Italian
Yoshi- "Here I come" in Japanese
Click here to see Female Dog Names that might also make cute Male Dog Names!
Opposite names can be fun!
Of course you could give your dog a name like Kitty and get a few laughs, but how about reverse naming your dog for even more amusement!
For instance, 'Pookie' would be a comical name for a pit bull. The same as naming a docile poodle 'Killer' or a black lab 'Whitey' will definitely get a few laughs at the dog park.
Or, if you're not into clever word play, consider what getting this dog will mean to you? Does it mean that you'll finally have an excercise partner; someone to walk with (Walker), ride in the passenger seat beside you? How about (Rider) or (Shot-gun)?
Now that you've found the perfect male dog name, don't forget training is a very important part of the bond you share with your dog.
Training your dog simple commands, like coming when he's called isn't automatic just because he knows his name. If you want your dog to do this consistently, it begins with simple commands which are easy to teach and easy to learn.
A well trained dog is a happy dog!
Whether you're looking for a non-shedding dog or maybe a small breed dog to warm your lap and "protect you" from the mailman, you can't go wrong with a rescue dog!
Worried about your dog allergies? Learn more about "Hypoallergenic" dog breeds.
Does your dog already have a name? Maybe a name that was given by someone else? Or maybe you just no longer like the name you gave him... (we don't judge). In either case, a dog can learn a new name within a few times of being called by it. He may be confused for a day or two, but he'll catch on quicker than you might think.
Can I rename a rescue dog? I've heard this question a lot! The answer is 100%, yes. My dog, Joy is a rescue. That's her in the picture above. Her name was Bella when I rescued her. She started responding to Joy on her very first day in our home. Every now and then, I'll call her Bella, just to see if she responds... nope.
By the way, if you're still looking for the perfect dog for you, did you know that most rescue dogs are already housebroken, out of their chewing phase and even an old dog can learn a new name ♥
Click here to see all the other benefits of choosing rescue!
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