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Cool Authentic Russian Dog Names for a Siberian Husky

This list should give your Siberian Husky a good laugh.
This list should give your Siberian Husky a good laugh. | Source

Are you looking for a special name for your Siberian Husky? You might think it is okay to name your dog Balto or Yukon, and if you feel that way your dog will not mind. (Don´t be surprised if you run into other Siberians at the dog park with the same name, however. Whatever you do don´t name him Charlie, since about half the dogs at the park will respond when you call.)

This list will not include any long words that are not appropriate for your dog. The word “Kamchatka” is a peninsula in eastern Siberia and it sounds great—unfortunately, no dog is going to respond to a word that long. There are many other names that are fine in some languages and not good in Russian and the native Siberian tongues.

If you want a special name for your Siberian Husky, here are some good suggestions:

Siberian Huskies a little too young to be named!
Siberian Huskies a little too young to be named! | Source
Afraid of name? Who, me?
Afraid of name? Who, me? | Source

I had named all of my dogs after locations in Siberia but since most of them were hard to pronounce we ended up using nicknames.

  • Buryat – a republic
  • Kara-a sea
  • Novaya (use the nickname Nova)-an island in the Arctic sea
  • Novosibersk (use the nickname Novo for a boy, Nova for a girl)- a city in Siberia
  • Omsk-a city on the Transiberian railroad
  • Taishet (use the nickname Tasha)-another city on the Transiberian railroad
  • Tobolsk (Toby would be a good nickname)-an ancient fortress in Siberia
  • Tomsk-another city close to the Transiberian railroad
  • Ugra-the native word for all of Siberia from the northern Ural mountains to the Arctic Sea. The dogs we know as Siberian Huskies are actually Ugra Huskies, but since Ugra is also an Indian word I think Siberia would have easily won out.

How about mountain ranges?

  • Baikal
  • Chamar
  • Chersky
  • Gydan
  • Koryak
  • Ural mountains

Rivers in Siberia can also be a great source of names.

  • Amur
  • Kolyma (Kola is a good nickname)
  • Lena
  • Yana river

Siberian Huskies ready to be named!
Siberian Huskies ready to be named! | Source
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The tribes of Siberia can also provide some great names for your dog:

  • Chuckchi - most Siberians come from this tribe,so it is a great authentic name
  • Hun
  • Koryaks-a tribe in the far east, mostly found on the Kamchatka peninsula
  • Mansi-one of the tribes found in the Ugra region, far north where Siberian Huskies are part of the family.
  • Nenet
  • Saha
  • Ugyar
  • Yupik-this is one of the indigenous Siberians that still keep Eskimo-type dogs.

Siberian mythology will also provide you with a few good choices:

  • Chagan-one of the gods who formed the earth through diving to the bottom of the ocean and bringing up dirt
  • Kami-the word for shaman in a Turkic language of Siberia
  • Kara –famous shaman who could bring the dead back to life
  • Morgon –famous shaman, another name for Kara
  • Nama-the man who saved his wife, children, and the animals in a boat during the great flood

The peoples of Siberia are composed of the tribes that originally inhabited the land and Europeans of all sorts—those who moved there by choice or by force. Several have good names you can use:

  • Sasha-a popular Russian name
  • Yermak-a Cossack leader that conquered most of Siberia for the Russians

There are a few odd words that will also make good names for your dog:

  • Kasha-the Russian word for porridge, a common food in Siberia
  • Malchik-the Russian word for “boy”
  • Yasak-the tribute (taxes) that the Siberians had to pay to the Russians

As soon as you have chosen your Sibe´s new name, buy a tag from your local pet store or order one from Amazon. Siberians are real escape artists and you will probably never get your dog back if he runs off and does not have a tag.

Buy a tag with his name, your name, and your telephone number. It may even save his life.

Be sure to ask your vet about a microchip at your next regular visit.

Whether you believe Siberia was named after the Sabir tribe, or if it is a Tatar word for the sleeping land, both the land and the dogs from the country are interesting and there are plenty of great names available. This huge area covers over 5 million square miles, and when Russia sent her prisoners here they didn´t even bother putting a fence around the prison. The land is so large and barren there was not where to escape to.

Do you have any ideas for your dog´s new name? You may not feel comfortable pronouncing some of these names at first, but go ahead and pick something special—after you have yelled at your Siberian Husky the first fifty times the name will come naturally.

My dog Kola used to listen to his Siberian name. Sometimes!

I dont use these commands in training my dog since I think Arabic words work a lot better. If they are not too difficult for you to pronounce they will make you Siberian Husky sound out at the dog park when you call him to heel!

Kolyma (Kola) of Kamchatka, my first Siberian Husky.
Kolyma (Kola) of Kamchatka, my first Siberian Husky. | Source

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vclewis 6 weeks ago from Palo Alto, CA

My childhood dog was a husky named Charlie... We clearly weren't having a particularly creative moment that day ;)


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Abhaque Supanjang 3 years ago from Kumango - Batusangkar - Sumatera Barat - Indonesia

Nice...! I love seeing these dogs...!


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DrMark1961 3 years ago from The Beach of Brazil Author

I can understand shaving a Husky because of all the hair they shed when they blow their coat, but it does not help the dogs and I would never have done it to one of my own dogs. I have been told that the hair acts as an insulator, and here in the tropics when Siberians get hot they just jump in the water. My neighbors that have Huskies allow their dogs in the water all of the time.

I used to use a dye on my Maltese that would just wash out, similar to the kool-aid. It never irritated the skin. If it had, of course, I would have stopped.

Puff is a great name. Definitely not on that "overused" list!


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barbat79 3 years ago from Connnecticut

:) Yes indeed. We had fun giving everyone in the family Indian names..especially the dogs. My daughter is quite creative and I don't call her that for the reason you named. All of my Jacks are named after berries..the first Black, then Blue then Strawberry but her middle name stuck; Puff. I sang puff the magic dragon to her as her theme song and anytime she heard it she would come running.

It is amazing how much soil is embedded in a heavy coat like a husky's!

Lol makes us wonder what their real color is...that brings me to your wild article on dyeing a dog's hair! WOW!! My daughter dyed her Jack but not with permanent color. She was after my Kiki and I guarded Kiki rom my daughter!! Say what do you think about people shaving Huskies??


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DrMark1961 3 years ago from The Beach of Brazil Author

"Great White B****"! That is a good one, but not a name you could use around the dog park. I enjoyed that tale of Kikis first bath--I often wonder how many brown and gray dogs might be something else underneath.


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barbat79 3 years ago from Connnecticut

My White Husky is named Kiki. And because she stamps her feet for a treat and she is a female dog, my daughter and son started Indian names for our dogs.. hers of course is "Great White Bit__ Well she is a female dog!

I find your writing very interesting and thorough! Loved it! Thank you!


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akirchner 3 years ago from Central Oregon

I will check it out~! Having 3 malamutes boy do they give me a lot of stuff to work with~~~ Wouldn't have it any other way though!


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DrMark1961 3 years ago from The Beach of Brazil Author

Natashalah--not appropriate but still a pretty cool name.

akirchner--almost! Those puppy days are a lot of work. Did you look at the article on "Five Dog Breeds for a Writer"? I mentioned Malamutes there and would like your input, if you get a chance. Thanks.


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akirchner 3 years ago from Central Oregon

Interesting names, Dr. Mark--I have malamutes and named my big boy Griffin (out of Gryphon malamutes--didn't even realize I was doing that) just because it seemed to fit him. I guess it means some kind of lord or noble--he is indeed. If you go with the gryphon analogy, I would term him half human, half dog~ He is one hilarious dude and somehow the name has served him well these almost 4 years. CUTE pictures...OMG makes me almost want to go backwards to my puppy days with him and his niece....almost!


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Natashalh 3 years ago from Hawaii

My brat dog (husky, I mean) was named Connor at the SPCA, and I let him keep the name. It's supposed to mean lover of wolves, so I guess it's appropriate, even if not very traditional.

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