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105 Boy Dog Names That Are as Charming and Special as Your Pup

Good Housekeeping logo Good Housekeeping 5/17/2022 Karla Pope

Bringing a new four-legged bundle of love into your home? If so, you’re not alone. Many rescue shelters across the country are seeing a major uptick in foster applications for dogs since the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, athe Humane Society of the United States told Good Housekeeping there was a 40% increase in foster pet applications in 2020 compared to 2019. And according to Reuters, U.S. pet adoption is still going strong in 2021.

If you're thinking of adoptiong a dog, listen up. Before you start stocking up on all the proper supplies and pet necessities, you’ll want to choose a perfect moniker for your pooch first. Why? Because you never know what you might find online or at the local pet store that speaks to your pup’s name.

Your new best friend will be a part of your family for the foreseeable future so make sure his name is something that you love and that just feels right. If you're hungry for ideas, we’ve rounded up the very best boy dog names — from the most popular to food-inspired to pop culture references, these male names will be your calling card to tickly licks and endless snuggles. We also threw in a few wacky ones that are sure to get tongues (and tails) wagging.

Most Popular Boy Dog Names

You might have several pups coming your way when you call “Max” or “Charlie” at the local park. These male names topped the charts in 2020, according to

1. Max

2. Charlie

3. Cooper

4. Buddy

5. Milo

6. Bear

7. Rocky

8. Duke

9. Tuker

10. Jack

11. Oliver

12. Teddy

13. Leo

14. Bentley

15. Zeus

16. Jax

17. Toby

18. Winston

19. Ollie

20. Louie

Cute Boy Dog Names

Not many animals are as cute as a tiny pooch. Choose a darling name that matches the adorableness of your new miniature buddy.

21. Abu

22. Ace

23. Bingo

24. Blaze

25. Bumper

26. Buzz

27. Casper

28. Clover

29. Ollie

30. Oscar

31. Rocket

32. Rusty

33. Slinky

34. Stitch

35. Woody

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Unique Boy Dog Names

Want your handsome pup to stand out from the pack? Consider one of these unusual, yet fetching monikers.

36. Axis

37. Chance

38. Comet

39. Finn

40. Forest

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41. Gunner

42. Kai

43. Neon

44. Oso

45. Reed

46. River

47. Rook

48. Royal

49. Rue

50. Sir

51. Xavier

52. Zeke

Food Boy Names

Twelve percent of pet owners turn to their favorite foods or beverages for name inspiration, according to Cook up some ideas with these amusing examples.

53. Basil

54. Bean

55. Cookie

56. Chestnut

56. Dill

58. Fennel

59. Gin

60. Goober

61. Huckleberry

62. Juice

63. Meatball

64. Milky

65. Noodle

66. Oreo

67. Peanut

68. Sausage

69. Vino

70. Waffles

71. Walnut

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Pop Culture Boy Names

Sniffing around for a famous name? These celebrated tags are sure to put your pup in the spotlight:

72. Bart (The Simpsons)

73. Beethoven (Beethoven)

74. Dexter (Dexter)

75. Fang (Harry Potter)

76. Forrest (Forrest Gump)

77. Ghost (Power)

78. Jaws (Jaws)

79. Kristoff (Frozen)

80. Pearson (This Is Us)

81. Prince (singer Prince Rogers Nelson)

82. Rex (Toy Story)

83. Rocky (Rocky)

84. Scooby (Scooby-Do0)

85. Skywalker (Star Wars)

86. Snoop (rapper Snoop Dogg)

87. Spock (Star Trek)

88. T’Challa (Black Panther)

89. Toto (The Wizard of Oz)

Funny Boy Dog Names

Friends and family will get a kick out of these clever and comical names.

90. Bam Bam

91. Bark Wahlberg

92. Woofgang Puck

93. Blinky

94. Bunker

95. Canine West

96. Chewbacca

97. Cool Breeze

98. Gomer

99. LeBark James

100. Puppy

101. Razer

102. Ruff-Ruff

103. Savage

104. Stinker

105. Woof Blitzer


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