The Top US Male Dog Names

Danielle Petch
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Choosing the perfect name for your new dog can be tough, but luckily there’s a lot of choice when it comes to male dog names. 

Male dog names can range from the traditional — like Charlie, Bailey or Max — to names that are a little more unique, perhaps inspired by a favourite film or food. The good news is, whether you want a classic and traditional name for your four-legged friend, or something a little more obscure, there’s a name to suit everyone — and every pup!

To give you a helping hand, our data wizards have delved into the Trusted HQ database to deliver our top US male dog names. Now, you’ve just got the hard task of choosing one… 

Top US male dog names

A

Archie

Ace

Angus

Alfie

Axel

B

Bailey

Buddy

Bear

Beau

Bodhi

C

Charlie

Cooper

Cody

Cosmo

Chewy

D

Duke

Dexter

Diesel

Dusty

Diego

E

Enzo

Elvis

Ernie

Eddie

Ember

F

Finn

Frankie

Frank

Fred

Finley

G

George

Gus

Georgie

Gunner

Guinness

H

Hank

Harley

Harry

Henry

Hunter

I

Indy

Ivan

Indigo

Iggy

Igor

J

Jack

Jake

Jasper

Joey

Jackson

K

Kona

Koda

Kai

Koa

Karma

L

Leo

Lucky

Louie

Loki

Luke

M

Max

Murphy

Marley

Milo

Moose

N

Nugget

Norman

Nutmeg

Norm

Noodles

O

Oliver

Ollie

Oscar

Otis

Oreo

P

Paco

Pepper

Peanut

Prince

Porter

Q

Quincy

Quinn

Quixote

Queso

Quentin

R

Rocky

Riley

Rusty

Rudy

River

S

Sammy

Shadow

Scout

Sam

Stanley

T

Tank

Toby

Teddy

Tucker

Theo

U

Uno

Ursel

Umbro

Ulysses

Unix

V

Vonnie

Vista

Virgil

Vinyl

Vinnie

W

Winston

Walter

Wilson

Willie

Whiskey

X

Xander

Xavier

Xero

Xylo

Xoro

Y

Yoda

Yoshi

Yogi

Yankee

Yale

Z

Ziggy

Zeke

Zeus

Zorro

Zippy

Need a female dog name, too? We’ve got you covered, or check out our list of the unique dog names that will have your pooch standing out from the pack. 

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Male dog names by the state

Did you know that Arkansas is the US state with the most dog owners? A recent study published by FinancesOnline (with data provided by the American Pet Products Association) found that across the US, Arkansas had the most pet owners, which was closely followed by New Mexico, Kentucky, Missouri, and West Virginia.

But how do male dog names compare state to state?

In a 2019 survey conducted by Nationwide of more than 750,000 insured pets under the age of 2, the most popular male dog names in the US were… *drumroll please*

Bailey, Cooper and Charlie!

Bailey was the most popular dog name in Kentucky and Maryland, while Cooper was the most popular in Rhode Island, Maine and Missouri. Charlie was the most popular dog name in Illinois. 

So there you have it! If you’re interested in taking a look at some of the other dog names that were popular across the US, then be sure to check out Nationwide’s full report

How to choose the perfect dog name

Looking for dog names is almost akin to looking for baby names — and after all, for many of us, our dogs are our babies! Male dog names can take inspiration from almost anywhere — a favourite book or movie, even a favourite food.

Of course, it’s important that the name you choose is one that's loved by the whole family, and suits your dog’s personality to a T. Experts suggest that the best male dogs name are ones that begin with a hard consonant (like ‘Charlie’ or ‘Tucker’), as it’s been shown that these are easier for our dogs to hear and recognise. 

Similarly, experts suggest that names should be kept simple (two syllables max), and that you should avoid any names that sound like (or rhyme with) command words, like ‘sit’, ‘stay’ or ‘come’, as this could cause confusion for your dog, particularly when it comes to puppy training.

Luckily, there’s no real time limit when it comes to naming your dog. So, why not jot down a few of your favourites from our list above, try them out on your dog and see what feels right? 

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