Scottish Dog Names – 250+ Awesome Name Ideas for Your DogPublished: Last updated: by Jessi Larson
So you’re looking for Scottish dog names?
Good, we have lots of ideas!
Scotland is known for many things – golf, kilts, bagpipes, whiskey, the Loch Ness Monster.
The country’s long, storied history also provides plenty of inspiration for awesome Scottish dog names.
Fun Scottish Dog Names
When you think of Scotland, certain things come to mind. We’ve drawn inspiration from basic elements of Scottish life for these dog names.
Stereotypical? Maybe. But in a good way.
- Laddie – a Scottish term for a boy or young man.
- Lassie – the term for a girl or young woman.
- Ness/Nessie – a nickname for the Lochness Monster.
- Loch – the Scottish Gaelic word for a lake.
- Haggis – a traditional Scottish dish. Haggis is a savory pudding that contains sheep’s pluck minced with other ingredients.
- Whiskey – this distilled alcohol is quite popular in Scotland.
- Scotch – a malt whisky or grain whisky made in Scotland.
- Kilt – a knee-length traditional garment that was worn by men in the Scottish Highlands.
- Connery – as in Sean Connery, the legendary Scottish actor.
- William Wallace – the Scottish knight who became one of the main leaders during the Wars of Scottish Independence. He was portrayed on screen by Mel Gibson in Braveheart.
- Highlander – a term for a person from the Scottish highlands and also a 1986 film.
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – the author of Sherlock Holmes hailed from Scotland.
- Sherlock – this also makes a cute dog name.
- Bairn – a Scottish term for baby
- Cannie – Scottish slang for a smart person.
- Dafty – a silly, foolish person.
- Toaty – meaning tiny and small.
- Tartan – as in the Tartan Army, a Scottish football team.
- Chip – the British word for fry.
- Ale – another word for beer, ale is quite popular in Scotland.
- Plaid – the plaid pattern can be seen throughout the country.
- Sterling – the country’s currency.
- Quid – slang for the pound sterling.
If you’re a golfer (a game with its origins in Scotland) be sure to check out our golf dog names.
Scottish Dog Names Inspired by Geography
Scotland is an absolutely gorgeous country with picturesque cities, stunning highlands and gorgeous bodies of water. These all make cool, unique Scottish dog names.
- Edinburgh – the capital city of Scotland.
- Embra – slang for Edinburgh.
- Glasgow – the largest city in Scotland.
- Skye – as in the Isle of Skye, a gorgeous island in northwest Scotland.
- Andrews – for St. Andrews, a burgh in east Scotland that is also home to St. Andrews University.
- Aberdeen – Scotland’s third most populous city.
- Arran – as in the Isle of Arran.
- Islay – another Scottish island.
- Cuillin – a range of rocky mountains located on the Isle of Skye.
- Lomond – for Lake Lomond, a freshwater Scottish loch.
More Female Scottish Dog Names
These traditional female monikers make fun Scottish dog names.
More Male Scottish Dog Names
How fun are these traditional Scottish male names? Any one of them would make a cool dog name.
Popular Scottish Dog Breeds – Perfect for Scottish Dog Names
While it might not be the first thing that comes to mind, Scotland has a long history of breeding strong, energetic dogs that are now some of the most popular pets in homes today.
In fact, some of the most popular dog breeds originated in Scotland. If you have a Scottish dog, especially one listed below, you should definitely consider Scottish dog names.
Scottish Terrier – Scotland’s most famous dog breed, the Scottish Terrier, is a small, sturdily-built canine with wiry hair and a dignified demeanor.
Border Terrier – This dog is a happy, spritely little pup that is active and agile.
Cairn Terrier – One of the oldest terrier breeds, the Cairn Terrier is an alert, cheerful pup who stays busy and is always curious.
Skye Terrier – Relaxed and good-natured, the Sky Terrier is strong and sturdy for his small size with long, straight locks.
West Highland White Terrier – This happy, adorable dog has plenty of self esteem but is always loyal to his master.
Shetland Sheepdog – Extremely intelligent but also playful and fun, the Shetland Sheepdog makes a wonderful family pet.
Dandie Dinmont Terrier – This little whippersnapper is independent and proud. He works hard and is always affectionate to family.
Other Dog Names
As you can see, Scottish dog names are unique, intriguing options for your pup. If you have a Scottish dog breed, you’ll definitely want to consider one of these names. But even if you don’t, we definitely recommend trying out one of these fabulous Scottish dog names!
However, if these aren’t for you, we’ve got plenty of other ideas. If you like the idea of an international dog name, here are more ideas:
why is the Collie not in this list? They are from the brittish isles
Both Rough and Smooth collies are descended from a localised variety of herding dog originating in Scotland and Wales. The Scottish variety was a large, strong, aggressive dog, bred to herd highland sheep. The Welsh variety was small and nimble, domesticated and friendly, and also herded goats. When the English saw these dogs at the Birmingham market, they interbred them with their own variety of sheepdogs, producing a mixture of short- and long-haired varieties. After the industrial revolution, dog ownership became fashionable, and these early collies were believed to have been crossed with the Borzoi (Russian Wolfhound) to get a more “noble” head (longer muzzle), which is today one of the true characteristics of the Rough Collie. It is not known conclusively if the Borzoi cross made it into the mainstream of the breed.
When Queen Victoria acquired a Rough Collie, after seeing one at Balmoral Castle, they were transformed into something of a fashion item. Continued breeding for show purposes drastically changed the appearance of the dogs; in the 1960s, it was a much taller dog than it is today (in the UK; in the US, the size standard has not been revised downward and dogs have remained between 24-26″). Earlier dogs were also more sturdy in build and reportedly capable of covering up to 100 miles in one day. In the UK the Rough Collie is no longer used for serious herding, having been replaced by the Border Collie, though in the United States and a number of European countries, there has been a resurgence in the use of the Collie as a working and performance dog.
Nice site! We just got a Sheltie. Never thought of calling a dog “Whiskey” before seeing it here, but I think it works for us!
Don’t forget the most handsome of all the Scottish dog breeds, the Gordon Setter. This is the Black and Tan setter bred by the Duke of Gordon. Simply magnificent and full of character.