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Best Hindi Dog Names From India

Updated on February 2, 2016
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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian in Brazil. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

An Indian dog with bindi.
An Indian dog with bindi. | Source

Although there are not many popular purebred dog breeds from India, there are a lot of great names. Since there are about 350 languages native to India, and probably a lot more-depending on who you ask, I am sure there are a lot of great names that I did not include in this list.

In fact the only words here are from the Hindi language. Hindi is the main language in India and is spoken by over 400 million people. If you have decided to find something from India for your dog, Hindi will provide the words you are looking for.

I am not going to put a lot of alternative names on this list, as many of the great names available in Hindi have several syllables and are not appropriate for a dog. The names are in bold and the descriptions are on the right.

A dog in India, resting comfortably?
A dog in India, resting comfortably? | Source

Other great names for a male:

· Akash: The Sky.

· Arjun: White. This is an archaic form of the word but has a great ring to it if you are naming a white dog.

· Batuk: Boy.

· Beta: Son

· Haddi: Bone. “Bony” is great for a thin dog like a Greyhound or Whippet.

· Kumar: A prince.

· Lamba: Long. Every Dachshund owner´s favorite word.

· Loha: Iron.

· Mani: Jewel.

· Safed: A more common word for white.

Indian names for a male puppy:

· Adil: Sincere.

· Ajit: This is the name of the future Buddha. It would be a great name for a wise little puppy.

· Amir: Rich.

· Amrit: A potion that can make you immortal.

· Ashok: Without sadness, according to the sources I could find. Ashok was one of the founders of India, and his life story is interesting and is great reading.

· Bari: Great.

· Dakshi: The glorious.

· Hafta: Week (period of time).

· Mohan: Attractive.

· Raj: Ruling. Although this name has only one syllable, I really like it!

-Raja: King

· Yasti: Slim. This would be a great name for a Saluki.

The Pariah dog of India is found almost everywhere.
The Pariah dog of India is found almost everywhere. | Source

Indian names for a female puppy:

· Anya: Different.

· Bala: A young girl.

· Champak: A flower.

· Chandra: A shining moon.

· Devi: Goddess.

· Indra: Rainbow.

· Kaali: The Black Goddess. This would be a perfect name for a black puppy. Kaali has a lot of other characteristics attributed to her (some of them far from mellow!) so if you like this name be sure to do some additional research.

· Ladki: Girl.

· Lata: Creeper.

· Sundar: Beautiful.

· Tara: Star.

An Indian dog out for a special ride.
An Indian dog out for a special ride. | Source

The first thing you should do after choosing a name is get your puppy a name tag. It should have your name, his name, and your cell phone number.

Ask your vet about a microchip at your next visit.

His life may depend on it some day.

A dog in India making use of soft bedding.
A dog in India making use of soft bedding. | Source

Hindi names for animals:

· Bakri: Goat.

· Bandar: Monkey.

· Kutta: Dog.

And of course, there is:

· Yoga



Some of the god and hero names may not seem appropriate to a native Hindi speaker, but if you like anything on this list I think it is fine. As far as pronunciation goes, I don´t think you should worry about it. Pronounce a word the way you want to!

PLEASE COMMENT! I am not a Hindi speaker so if you would like to chime in and make comments I would be glad to hear them. My time in India was spent in Delhi and Rajasthan and most of the people I worked with spoke excellent English. That made things easy at work but it also kept me from learning much.

Enjoy the list.

A dog photographed in India.
A dog photographed in India. | Source

This unusual dog was photographed in Kalimpong, a city between Nepal and Bhutan. If you are in the area and see dogs with this type of marking many others would like to know about it.

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      Naresh Rajbhar 4 months ago

      Wow nice dog is doberman doberman is my favorite dog

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      moongod 6 months ago

      People in India cannot use these names as most of these names are of gods so people will get offended easily

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      Vishal 6 months ago

      I choose Indra from this article for my Labrador

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      7 months ago

      . Nawab... Meaning Prince.... Another regal name

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      gooddogmac 12 months ago

      Thank you so much for posting this - I really enjoyed it -

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thanks for your input! I just finished a hub called "Five Noble Dog Breeds From India" that you might enjoy.

      I was thinking the same thing (about photoshop) but India is such a big country I guess it is possible. I haven´t been there in 21 years so I am sure there are a lot of changes.

      I am going to edit this again with your changes. I am not a Hindi speaker so this was really hard for me--I really appreciate your help!

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      Sneha Sunny 4 years ago from India

      I had to read this since I saw "from India". :)

      One correction, in female puppy names. It's "Sundar" meaning beautiful. Not sudar. :) And Amrit, more specifically means a syrup that makes you immortal. :)

      Loved reading these familiar names! :)

      But saw a spotted dog for the first time. May be photoshopped?

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thanks for that input. I am going up to edit it now!

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      GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA 4 years ago from Kanpur, India

      Really nice words. Just wanna correct one word, Raj means ruling, Whereas a King in Hindi is called as Raja.

      Voted up & shared.

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      Solaras 4 years ago

      Interesting list of names! I like Raj, Kumar, Devi and Anya. Was one of the books you read The Raj Quartet?

      Oh and I have a Ruby too - she responds to Roo; like the Winnie the Pooh character.

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      I wonder if that spotted dog even exists! It would make a popular new breed if the spotted trait is heritable, and, as you mentioned, there are not a lot of health issues with the dog.

      Thanks for the visit.

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      Bob Bamberg 4 years ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

      A lot of great names that roll off the tongue very easily. Some are majestic sounding. I wonder if that spotted dog is feral or wild, and if the spots started with some mutant gene. I'd love to know if it, and others with similar marking, has any health issues related to the source of the marking. Interesting hub and pictures. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thanks. That Ruby sound is very powerful, a good training name. Unfortunately when I train in Portuguese, many of the commands are two syllable and are not easy for dogs to learn (basics like sit, stay, and down are all two syllables.) That is why I trained my own dog in Arabic and always try to talk my clients into training in English or German, both good "dog languages".

      If there is such a thing!

      Thanks again for reading. I think my comments are probably excessive but that is not surprising--too passionate on the subject!

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      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Aahh - I suspected it was training related. My dog, Ruby is now over two and answers to anything I call her starting with the roob sound. Anyway, interesting Hub with some unique dog name suggestions.

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      During training two syllables are always better. They do not confuse the dog like a one syllable name, which sounds too much like a command, and if the name is longer than two syllables the dog does not respond (she only responds to the first part of the word).

      There are a lot of people that would disagree with me, but I have been working with dogs about 40 years and am pretty sure how most of them respond. (I am not so arrogant to say that I know how all dogs respond, but I am more concerned about the majority).

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      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      A question for you, if I'm not mistaken, I gather that you prefer two syllable dog names for dogs? Why is that?

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      HI ktrapp! I really like Raj too. It reminds me of a lot of great books about India I have read. Regal.

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      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      OK DrMark, just when I thought I had seen it all along comes a list of Indian names for a dog, But you know what? I really like many of them, particularly Indra (rainbow) for a girl and Bari and Raj for boy dogs.