Sam is a country bumpkin at heart, living in California as a reluctant Texas transplant. He knows that a dog is a family's best friend.
The Southern Dog: Family Members and Companions
Southerners are proud and attached to their families, land, roots, and their canines. Our dogs are more than just pets—they are companions and family members that share our roofs and drink from our wells. For this reason, dog names are terms of endearment in a Southern household. Whether we call him/her Bo, Jo, or Lucy Loo, these names carry sentiments of love and are passed down from generation to generation.
Below you'll find a handsome collection of classic Southern names for your male or female dog. These names are as wild as the countryside and as Southern as chicken fry, but they are also pretty cute names that could fit any dog, even ones with urban or Yankee roots.
In This Article
- Traditional Southern Names
- Names Popular in the South
- Country Names
- Western Names
- Names Inspired by Country Singers
- How to Create More Southern Dog Names
Traditional Southern Male Dog Names
- Bear: A popular name for a brown country dog, especially a fluffy or fierce one.
- Buddy: A traditional dog name for that faithful companion that never leaves your side—whether you're riding the John Deere or going to town in your pickup.
- Buster: Another often-used Southern name for a playful puppy.
- Duke: A regal and traditional Southern namesake for a dog that commands respect.
- Gus: The name you choose for a dog that will grow old with you and sit with you on the porch while you watch the fields in your rocking chair.
- Hank: A great name for a steady, reliable friend like a hound dog.
- Marley: Perfect for a friendly outdoor dog with a cool vibe.
- Rex: This name is perfect for a tough dog, like a pit bull or strong hunting dog.
Traditional Southern Female Dog Names
- Foxy: One of many popular names for dogs with red or orange coats.
- Gracie: A classic Southern name for a stylish lap dog or a beautiful long-coated shepherd dog.
- Jessie: Perfect for a dog with a Southern rebellious streak.
- Jojo: A traditional redneck name that could fit a male or female dog.
- Lacy: Often used for female farm dogs, like Australian Shepherds or Collies.
- Lulu: It doesn't get any more Southern than this.
- Roxy: A beautiful but cool name for a showdog type.
- Sassy: For that feisty, young girl pup.
Dog Names Popular in the South
Country Dog Names
Western Dog Names
Dog Names Inspired by Country Singers
Mimi (for Miranda Lambert)
How to Create More Southern Dog Names
I could add more, but I'll stop here. I'd love to hear what some of you have named your good ol' Southern dogs. If you can't quite find the right name from this list, here are some tips I have.
- Use Tree and Flower Names: Oak, Willow, and Clover are just some examples of using nature for name ideas. Country people spend a lot of time outdoors and we appreciate what nature has to offer. Likewise, our dogs love the outdoors, so it only makes sense to name them after some sort of growth.
- Patriotic Names: The red, white, and blue runs through our blood. Why not dedicate your dog's name to a city, state, or hero from history. Some ideas that come to mind are Dakota, Arizona, Lincoln, or Winslow.
- Inanimate Objects: If you're a bit daring and want to get creative, you could name your dog after some classic things that are typical of the countryside, such as Truck, Fiddle, or Hay.
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jen on March 19, 2020:
awesome country names!i picked a few for my litter of german shepherd pups.Thanx!