Barbara Fitzgerald is an AKC Breeder of Merit and author of the column "Conversations with Champions" for the BCSA magazine, "Borderlines."
Choosing Country Dog Names
Should every good dog have his own theme song? We think so! A country-inspired dog name will have you singing to your dog, whether you say it with a twang or a drawl. These lyrical, country dog names start with the letter "r" bringing back fond memories of your favorite country artists from the Nashville, Bakersfield and Outlaw corners of the genre.
Dog Naming Tip: When choosing your dog's handle, consider the personality you want to imbue on your new best friend. Do you want an independent thinker? Go with an Outlaw name. Want an obedient buddy; consider the Nashville sound. Need a high driving dog; think Bakersfield sound.
Country-Inspired Names for Boy Dogs That Start with "R"
- Radney: Radney Foster's solo career began with Del Rio, Tx 1959, which produced 12 top 40 C&W hits, with "Nobody Wins" reaching number 2.
- Raleigh: Raleigh Keegan, born in a prison, but made his name in country music, releasing his first album in 2021.
- Ramsey: Mason Ramsey gained fame for yodeling "Lovesick Blues" in a Walmart. Signed to the label Big Loud, he is now known for his single, "Famous."
- Randy: Randys: Travis, Houser, Jackson and Rogers.
- Ray: Rays: Price, Stevens, Scott, Pillow or Benson, take your choice!
- Razzy: Razzy Bailey, The Midnight Hauler, had 13 top ten hits with 5 number-one singles on the Billboard C&W chart in the 1980s.
- Reeves: "Gentleman Jim" Reeves was one of the most popular country artists in the 1950s and 1960s. Known for the smooth stylings of the Nashville Sound, his hits include "He'll Have to Go," "I Love You Because" and "Adios Amigo." His songs charted for many years after his death.
- Renegade: Outlaw country music band, Renegade Country, and Thomas Rhett's album name, released in 2021.
- Rhett: Thomas Rhett, son of Rhett Akins, hit number one back in 2013 with, "It Goes Like This." Since then he has produced 16 number-one singles on the Billboard, Country Hot Hits.
- Ringer: "Ring of Fire," by Johnny Cash.
- Robbins: Marty Robbins was a singer, songwriter, actor and NASCAR driver. He pioneered the Outlaw Country music movement, along with Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, expanding the sound and direction of country music in the 70s and 80s.
- Rodney: Singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell had five number-one singles from his album, Diamonds & Dirt.
- Rogers: Kenny Rogers, the number one country singer of the 1970s.
- Ronnie: Ronnie Millsap, born with a congenital condition that left him almost blind, was raised by his grandparents. A singer and pianist, Millsap became one of the most popular country performers of the 1970s and 1980s with 35 number one hits, several of which crossed over to the pop charts.
- Rowan: Brent Rowan, guitarist for Alabama, Confederate Railroad, John Conlee, Alan Jackson and Clay Walker.
- Roy: Roy Clark, picker extraordinaire, Hee Haw Star and an all-around great guy.
- Ryman: Nashville's Ryman Auditorium was home to the country music's flagship show, The Grand Ole Opry.
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- RaeLynn: RaeLynn Davis started her country music career on two seasons of The Voice. She has since hit number 32 with her single "Boyfriend."
- Rainy: "Rainy Day Woman," by Waylon Jennings.
- Raye: A protégé of Buck Owens, Raye and Owens' duets were some of the most successful of the seventies. She and Owens also spent nine years as regulars on Hee Haw.
- Reba: Reba McEntire is a singer-songwriter and actress with a pure country style. Her 33 albums have produced 24 number one singles and counting on the Billboard Hot Country charts.
- Reese: Reese Witherspoon played June Carter Cash in Walk the Line, and sang her songs herself.
- Robbin: Marty Robbins
- Rosa: Rosa's Cantina plays a substantial role in Marty Robbins' hit "El Paso," where Felina would whirl.
- Rosanne: Rosanne Cash, daughter of Johnny and Vivian Cash, is a Grammy-winning artist with 11 number one singles and 21 top 20 singles on the Billboard C&W chart.
- Rose: "I beg your pardon..." from Lynn Anderson's chart-topping hit Rose Garden.
- Rimes: Little LeAnne Rimes hit the top of the country charts at age 13, with "Blue." Since then she and her big voice have won numerous music awards, including two Grammys.
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- Rain: Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain, Willie Nelson's most recognized recording.
- Raitt: John Raitt was best known for his Broadway musical performances in shows such as Carousel, Oklahoma and The Pajama Game. His daughter, Bonnie, reached even greater star status as a roots-influenced singer-songwriter. Her music incorporates folk, rock, blues and country influences. Rolling Stone magazine ranked her number 50 in their list of 100 all-time greatest singers.
- Reed: Jerry Reed, singer, songwriter, actor and composer, "set a standard as a fingerstyle guitar picker," and twice won the CMA Instrumentalist of the Year Award. Elvis insisted on his guitar work on several of his recordings, including "Guitar Man." He had numerous acting roles in film and TV but is most famous for his role in Smokey and the Bandit, for which he also wrote the theme song.
- Ridge: The Oak Ridge Boys.
- Ritter: "Tex" Ritter was a popular singer and actor, starring in Westerns and Broadway productions with western themes. He is an inductee of the Country Music Hall of Fame. His clan continues in his acting tradition, including John Ritter (of Three's Company and Slingblade fame) and grandchildren, Jason, Tyler and Carly.
- Rivers: Johnny Rivers, singer, songwriter and record producer, is best known for his blending of blues, folk and pop genres. In the 1960s he moved to Nashville and worked alongside Roger Miller as a songwriter. Some of his most popular hits include "Secret Agent Man," "The Poor Side of Town" and "Summer Rain." He is credited with giving Jimmy Webb's career a start, with the recording of "By the Time I get to Phoenix," later a mega-hit for Glen Campbell.
- Rue: Rue Barclay, country music record producer.
- Ry: Ryland, "Ry" Cooder is best known for his slide guitar work and eclectic collaborations with musicians from around the world. Initially, he played the banjo and transported those skills to his guitar stylings. One of his first collaborations was with Randy Newman including Twelve Songs.
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