Arabic or Moroccan Names for Dogs
There are not a lot of great dog breeds in the Arab world, and the only contribution from Morocco is a livestock guard dog that few people have even heard about. (According to Wikipedia it is called the Aidi but no one ever calls it that—my neighbors and co-workers always referred to my dog as a kelb rihali, or a nomad dog.)
Despite the poor contribution to the world of dogs, the Arabic language has a lot of great words that make excellent dog names. Maybe one of them will work for your dog.
Best Arabic or Middle Eastern Dog Names
Most of the names listed here are in Moroccan dialectical Arabic. Classical Arabic, the language of the Koran, is, like Latin, a language not spoken anymore but still studied. I did not add any classical words to this list.
I do not speak the dialect of Arabic common in the mid-East, but if there are any Saudis or other Arabic speakers who would like to leave comments, I would be glad to add more words to the list.
- Ajej: Sandstorm
- Bibi: My turkey
- Dari: My house
- Dasri: My bad one
- Dibi: My wolf
- Doobie: My bear (Not what you were thinking, right?)
- Kelbi: My dog
A lot of these words are fun. Just use your imagination!
- Bezef: Too much
- Kabeer: Big
- Kirshi: Stomach (Would be good for a little puppy with a round tummy that enjoys eating all the time.)
- Safee: Enough already (We have all had a Sa-fee around the house!)
- Shokran: Thank you
- Sukkar: Sugar (Or how about Sweetie?)
- Deba: NOW! (This is also a great command, as in “Come on, now!”)
- Wahad: Number one (Main dog in the house?)
- Zweeni: My beauty (Lots of dogs deserve this name!)
Arabic Commands for Training
Arabic verbs are short, usually only three letters long, and make good commands. A few of the letters are hard to pronounce for native English speakers but, even when the word is mispronounced, it still sounds fine to the dog. I have trained my own dog in this language so that she does not become confused when I am giving commands to another dog.
Some of the most basic Darija (Moroccan Arabic) commands are:
- Sit : Gls
- Down: Nas (I pronounce it like “naaas” and with all commands use a hand signal to make it easier for my dog to respond)
- Stay: Qof
- Come: Ajee (I do not use this since it is so much like my dog´s name)
- Wait: Bleti
- Look: Shoof
- Okay: Wakha (It sounds so much like okay that I just use the English word)
I give the commands for “heel”, “touch”, and “leave it” in English.
And the most basic Darija command, of course:
- No: La
Every dog hates that one, no matter what language you are speaking!
Did you find any good Moroccan Arabic words you would like to use? There are a lot of great words but most of them do not make good dog names. None of the colors are good, few of the body parts, and only the number I have mentioned.
If you have a number (like the third dog in your house) you might also find a name you like. Leave a comment or check out all the great web sites for Moroccan Arabic.
Questions & Answers
What is an Arabic name for a female pitbull?
Any of these names will work. My Pitbull is named "Ajej," which is the Moroccan Arabic word for "sandstorm."
If she is a really great looking dog, how about using "Zweena"? (The an at the end of some words makes it feminine. It is the feminine of the masculine word Zweeni.) Dogs respond well to that name.