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Best Hindi Dog Names From India


Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

Hindi dog names.

Hindi dog names.

Although there are not many popular purebred dog breeds from India, there are a lot of great names to choose from. 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?

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.

Other Great Names for a Male Dog

  • 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.
The Pariah dog of India is found almost everywhere.

The Pariah dog of India is found almost everywhere.

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.

Necessary Pet Identification

The first thing you should do after choosing a name is to get your puppy a name tag. This is the style that I use for my own dogs. 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.

Hindi Names for Animals

  • Bakri: Goat
  • Bandar: Monkey
  • Kutta: Dog
  • Yoga (of course)

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.

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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iamasthaananya05@gmail.com on July 20, 2020:

I have 2 dogs named BUCCHU and KALUA

Uoiy on July 09, 2020:


ibad on June 24, 2020:

I am thinking to name my dog from this list

Isha on August 15, 2018:

I think a good name GRACY for a female pitbull name

Kalu dada on July 08, 2018:

Very very good name for black dog

bsghvsjbjbsw on October 06, 2017:

i did not find nothing from this

Naresh Rajbhar on May 07, 2017:

Wow nice dog is doberman doberman is my favorite dog

moongod on March 20, 2017:

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

Vishal on March 14, 2017:

I choose Indra from this article for my Labrador

I on February 07, 2017:

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

gooddogmac on September 21, 2016:

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

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on April 23, 2013:

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!

Sneha Sunny from India on April 23, 2013:

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?

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on April 23, 2013:

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

GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA from Kanpur, India on April 23, 2013:

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

Voted up & shared.

Barbara Fitzgerald from Georgia on February 14, 2013:

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.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 12, 2013:

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.

Bob Bamberg on February 12, 2013:

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.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 11, 2013:

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!

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on February 11, 2013:

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.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 11, 2013:

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).

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on February 11, 2013:

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

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 11, 2013:

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

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on February 11, 2013:

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.

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