Let’s hear it for the boy dog names

Toby1A year ago this month Kyle and I made the wonderful decision to get a dog. We knew it’d be a boy dog, so we quickly got to work brainstorming male dog names.

It wasn’t easy – there’s so many boy dog names to choose from!

In honor of this one-year anniversary, here is a look at some of the most popular types of male dog names:

Classic Boy Dog Names
There’s something to be said about a classic dog name. It’s timeless and recognizable, and you’ll instantly invoke nostalgia.

Buddy
Charlie
Fido
Lassie
Lucky
Rover
Scout
Shiloh

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Funny Boy Dog Names
If you have a good sense of humor and want to have a little fun, funny dog names are a great choice. It’s a great way to give people a laugh and put a smile on their face.

Bacon
Barkley
Fabio
McGruff
Sir-Barks-A-lot
Spud
Taco
Yoda

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International Boy Dog Names
Looking for a dog name that’s a unique and exciting? Look around the globe. By exploring international names you open up a whole new world (no pun intended) of options.

Carlito
Dante
Francois
Fritz
Klaus
Jose
Ronaldo
Sven

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Sporty Boy Dog Names
As a sports fan it’s fun to name your dog after your favorite team, player or field.

Ace
Astro
Champ
Chief
Coach
Dallas
Hunter
Maverick
Wrigley

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Elegant Boy Dog Names
When you search dog names, it’s easy to get caught up in the latest, trendiest options. Sometimes it’s better to go with a more timeless, refined moniker for your pooch.

Augustus
Briar
Edgar
Francois
Gatsby
Hamilton
Harlow
Princeton
Winston

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But even the best-laid plans don’t mean anything if the name doesn’t fit the dog’s personality.

Kyle and I ultimately narrowed it down to a shortlist of names, and then there were two: Mac and Toby. Mac was our first choice since we’re both big fans of Apple products. It was almost a done deal. But then we met our future dog, a beautiful, gentle-souled Labrador retriever. When we said Mac out loud, we realized it sounded tough – ala Mac trucks – and this mellow dog was another but. He was, without a doubt, a Toby.

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2 Comments

  1. Jessi

    Hi Spencer! We have lots of great girl dog names, too. Check them out by
    visiting the home page and clicking the Girl button. But you’re right –
    we need a blog post about girl dog names too! Congrats on the new
    puppy.

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