100 Tough Dog Names: Male & Female

Updated on February 5, 2017
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When pondering the idea of getting a dog as a new family addition, one of the major factors to be considered is the size of the breed. We all know that dogs start out small, but many of them go on to be as tall, if not taller than you while standing on their hind legs! It’s not something that should be thought about lightly.

To determine if a large breed dog is for you, some of the questions you might ask yourself are:

  • Do I have enough room inside my home?

  • Do I have a big enough yard?

  • Can I afford to feed a large breed?

  • Is there any deed restrictions on size, weight or breed in my community?

  • Should I get a bigger bed? (Probably!)

After asking yourself these questions and the outlook seems good, it’s time to consider which breed would be a good fit for your home and family!

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Tough Dog Names

When it comes to naming a large dog, it’s massive size would really pair well with tough dog names. After all, you don’t want to name your large dog something like Pansy of Fifi; it just doesn’t sound right!

Here is a list of good, tough dog names, categorized by gender:

Female Names

 
 
 
 
 
Xena
Luna
Amazon
Lyra
Ursa
Electra
Iris
Queen
Eve
Sarah Conner
Minerva
Nova
Arwen
Hydra
Helen
Raven
Vega
Ash
Jade
Rona
Widow
Zelda
Gemini
Sable
Empress
Stormy
Scarlett
Tina
Uma
Eowyn
Venus
Olga
Banshee
Mulan
Temperance
Hera
Bertha
Tasha
Zora
Cleopatra
Athena
Zenon
Bitch
Crimson
Regan
Isis
Sheba
Hermione
Trinity
Clarice Starling
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Male Names

 
 
 
 
 
Hulk
Buck
Bullet
Samson
Titan
Rocky
Fang
Arnold
Beast
King
Harley
Killer
Sauron
Jaws
Leonidas
Diesel
Spike
Aragorn
General
Xander
Hunter
Tank
Smaug
Lars
Jagger
Chief
Magnum
Troy
Butch
Lucifer
Chewbacca
Dozer
Soldier
Brutus
Knox
Vader
Hercules
Pheonix
Gunner
Walker
Skywalker
Spartacus
Calibur
Titus
Wolfe
Zeus
Monster
Duke
Colt
Ranger

Common Large Dog Breeds

The following list of common colossal canines details the overall general appearance and temperament of each breed.

  • Mastiff: Although there are a few different Mastiff breeds, here, we will focus on the English Mastiff. These are very, very strong dogs with a tough appearance, but they really have big hearts to fill that big body! Such gentle giants, they are. Typically, they are a golden color with a black face or snout, have short fur and can also be black, grey or brown.

  • Great Dane: These dogs are “great” for many reasons, but two major reasons would be their size (of course!) and their great, playful, loveable personality! They come in many different colors and fur patterns, but the fur is always short.

  • Great Pyrenees: Another “great” dog for its size and personality is the Great Pyrenees! This intelligent breed is yet another gentle giant, and was used in sheep herding and for family protection. Closely resembling a big, cuddly, polar bear, this breed is often all white, sometimes with splashes of grey or tan.

  • Saint Bernard: If you have seen the movie “Beethoven,” then you are familiar with this breed and it’s massive size! Another large, cuddly breed, it is most often white with brown around the eyes and ears, and brown patterns on the back. Be warned, though that if you get this breed, you’ll be cleaning up lots of drool.

  • Irish Wolfhound: Last on the list, but certainly not least, is another very tall breed, less massive, more on the twiggy side, the Irish Wolfhound! Often a grey color with a wire-haired fur coat, this sweet companion requires a lot of space to run, as they are big and fast, and like to show it off!

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Choosing a Strong Name

A name for a large dog doesn’t need to necessarily sound ferocious, but it should definitely depict their large size as a dog as the names above do. These are not names that you would give the average chihuahua; after all, we are talking dogs almost as big as you!

If you want to think of additional tough dog names, just think of all things that are associated with the words large, strong, and powerful. The categories are limitless: comic/book characters, machinery, mythological creatures, military, automotive, mother nature and so on!

Okay, the name for a large dog doesn’t have to sound tough, but if you give the dog a tough name, it will leave nobody to wonder just how big and protective of a dog you have. At the end of the day, no matter how tough the name sounds, you end up with a mushy, lovable, gentle giant in your bed just wanting to cuddle!

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        Suzanne p 

        7 weeks ago

        We had two bull whippets both boys, and named them shelby from 'peaky blinders' , and dexter. They are both nuts so their names suit them

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        Annie 

        21 months ago

        We named our male puppy English Bulldog General McArthur.

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        Lingo 

        3 years ago

        Poe because I like it with frenchfries or oranges possibly potatoes also

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        mecheshier 

        4 years ago

        What fabulous Hub. I love your ideas for dog names and how to choose the right name for the type of dog. Voted up for useful and awesome.

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