We Found the Absolute Cutest Boy Dog Names for Every Kind of Pet Owner
So you've made the (great!) decision to get a dog. Congrats! Giving a pup his forever home is a feeling unlike any other and the start to an incredible long-lasting bond. One of the best parts about bringing a new dog home is picking out a name that suits him perfectly. Not only should it fit his personality (is he energetic or more of a lap dog?), but it should also fit his adorable face.
While you can never go wrong with the classic, more popular monikers, unique ones can help your pup stand out in a crowd—or even just at doggy daycare! It all depends on your personal preference. Just like with baby names, there's no right answer, as long as you pick something you love.
If you're a new pet parent, take a look at our list of best boy dog names below, inspired by everything from pop culture and nature to your favorite foods and fictional characters. Once you've picked out a winning name, you can start researching other canine essentials, like best dog beds, dog gifts, and even the best dog Instagram captions for the inevitable flood of adorable puppy content. And if you need female name ideas instead, check out our list of best girl dog names.
If the names Charlie and Max are too cute to resist, you're not alone! In fact, you might have already heard of some (or all) of these options. Going with something that's well-known and used often isn't a bad thing—it's just a sign that other people think the name is as cute as you do!
Names Inspired by Video Games
Pet parents who do a lot of gaming will get a kick out of naming their four-legged friend after their favorite character.
Shep (Animal Crossing)
Griggs (Call of Duty)
Gaz (Call of Duty)
Spyro (Spyro Reignited Trilogy)
Jax (Mortal Kombat)
Luigi (Super Mario Brothers)
Yoshi (Super Mario Brothers)
Crash (Crash Bandicoot)
Names Inspired by Foods or Drinks
Foodies can always name their dog after their favorite snack or beverage. A huge plus? A lot of these just sound super cute!
Names Inspired by Sports
Naming pets after a favorite team or player has always been a popular way to go, especially if you have a sporty dog who never stops playing.
Mamba (named for late basketball legend Kobe Bryant)
Neymar (named for soccer player Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior)
Novak (named for tennis star Novak Djokovic)
Names Inspired by Nature
Dog parents who appreciate the tranquility of a day spent in nature will love these nature-inspired names. As it turns out, the great outdoors can serve as a source for really unique ideas.
Names Inspired by Fictional Characters
Looking to a favorite book, film, or TV show for inspiration is one of our favorite ways to pick a special name.
Sherlock (Sherlock Holmes)
Watson (Sherlock Holmes)
Inigo (Princess Bride)
Huck (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)
Finn (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)
Sawyer (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)
Harold (Harold and the Purple Crayon)
Bond (James Bond)
Bodhi (Point Break)
Ferris (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)
Gandalf (Lord of the Rings)
Riggins (Friday Night Lights)
Solo or Lando (Star Wars)
Doc (Back to the Future)
Atticus (To Kill a Mockingbird)
Falkor (The NeverEnding Story)
Hopper (Stranger Things)
Barney (Barney the Dinosaur)
Gatsby (The Great Gatsby)
Vader (Star Wars)
Luke (Star Wars)
Chewbacca or "Chewy" (Star Wars)
Simba (The Lion King)
Pongo (101 Dalmatians)
Blue (Blue's Clues)
Comet (Full House)
Bruiser (Legally Blonde)
Cheddar (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Marley (Marley and Me)
Names Inspired by Celebrities
There's nothing wrong with going Hollywood for the star in your life.
Jesse (Tyler Ferguson)
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