Badass German Shepherd Names for Males and Females

Updated on January 15, 2016
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German Shepherds are not just any dog breed. These dogs are truly a man’s best friend. First appearing around 1890 in Germany, they were initially used for herding sheep, hence the breed's name: “German shepherd,” or “sheep herd."

It is no mystery why these dogs are now loved worldwide. They are strong, loyal, friendly, and protective of their masters. They are often used by police forces and the military as working dogs, as German shepherds are very smart and easy to tame.

A dog from an extraordinary breed such as this one deserves a name as great as he or she is! "Sparky" just won’t cut it. Take into consideration your dog’s specific personality and the name will come to you, the same way your dog will when you call!

For ideas and inspiration, browse through the following list. You just might find your match!

Names for a Male Dog

 
 
 
Riley
Boss
Yoda
Wiley
Dakota
Wally
River
Duke
Jackson
Buzz
Grover
Bubba
Rudy
Ozzy
Teddy
Quincy
Frankie
Gizmo
Bert
Tommy
Shep

Names for a Female Dog

 
 
 
Ginger
Iris
Buffy
Queen
Kiki
Ivy
Ruby
Lady
Lily
Sadie
Maggie
Sofie
Sammie
Clover
Fiona
Roxie
Jade
Bessy
Gracie
Paisley
Savannah
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German Names

 
 
 
Freud
Adalwolf
Blitz
Hans
Bruno
Gerhard
Lars
Olof
Augustus
Siegfried
Fritz
Sven
Viktor
Wolfgang
Johann
Hugo
Birgitta
Heidi
Gretchen
Nik
Edda

"Badass" Names

 
 
 
Stud
Thor
Brutus
Knight
Czar
Angus
Bolt
Xena
Bruce
Ash
Wonder Woman
Rocky
Spike
Zeus
Gunner
Ironman
Muzzle
Gatling
Athena
Axel
Zena
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Let Your Shepherd Pick Their Own Name!

Still having trouble? Maybe the answer doesn't lie in your hands. Consider letting your dog decide! It may sound silly, but it could generate some good results.

Here are a few fun and entertaining ways to make this happen:

  • Index cards: Write the names you are stuck between on index cards and lay the cards down on the floor. You can get the whole family involved and everyone can write a few names they like! On each card, place a piece of dog food paying no attention to which pieces go on which card; this is to avoid biasing any of the names. Let your unnamed German Shepherd into the room. The first piece of food he or she eats is the name they've chosen!
  • Call out names:If you have a few different candidate names, sit across a room from your canine and start calling out the names with five second delay between each one. If he or she responds to one of them, even if it seems like a coincidence, your dog has picked their name. Perhaps a certain name will sound “catchy” enough to your German shepherd to get their attention!
  • Family circle: Have your family members form a circle around the dog—but not too close, you don’t want to scare him! Each family member should have one name picked out and everyone should begin calling out the name at the same time. Whoever the dog goes to is the name he or she picks!
  • Pees on trees: Okay, this one is quite silly and only works for male dogs, but it makes for fun conversation later! If you have a bunch of trees in your backyard, pin the potential names to each tree and let him out to go potty. The first tree he marks is the name he picks!

Letting the dog choose his own her own name is a lot of fun for the family if you just can’t pick one on your own. Once your canine has picked the name, give him or her a nice treat. Picking a name is a lot of work!

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Choosing a name for your dog should be a fun process. Just make sure you really like the name, because it is one that you will be saying for many years to come. Remember to keep your dog's personality traits in mind. Are they shy? Playful? Frisky? These qualities may help guide you to the perfect name.

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        Pat 

        8 weeks ago

        We've had/have Claus, Brunhilda (called Brunnie), Addie and Hans. All German bred GSDs.

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        Gwen Evans 

        2 months ago

        I have a female German Shepherd named Karma. Been waiting 30 years to get one but my husband refused to let me have one. Now that we are divorcing, she was the first change that I've incorporated into my new life. Karma is a bitch! Figuratively and literally.

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        Felipa Salazar 

        2 months ago

        I have a male king German Shepard his name is messiah

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        Fortnite god 

        3 months ago

        I have a male German Shepard named David crap and shits cool right!

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        Amanda 

        4 months ago

        What about Aibou? Pronunciation= eye-boo

        It means “partner” in Japanese. May not be “bada$$ but I think it could be fitting for either boy or girl

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        Sofia 

        5 months ago

        I have a german sheperd and I am looking for female names

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        Betsy 

        7 months ago

        We’ve had: Jasper, 12-Gauge, Rommel, Patton, Jackson, Reba and Aeron

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        Patrick Loughlin 

        7 months ago

        Mine is Voodoo. She is amazing

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        Lauryn 

        7 months ago

        We just lost our dog named Monti

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        Christiano 

        7 months ago

        Tempest could be a cool name for all you German Shepard owners who want a really badass name for your dog

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        Carlee 

        8 months ago

        I have a female German shepard named Sydney, and a male German Shepard named Titanium.

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        Jerry 

        8 months ago

        I have 4 males Zack , bodi, zabo ,Baja

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        David 

        11 months ago

        Just lost my baby girl about a month ago We named her ZIVA

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        Tami 

        11 months ago

        I have Titan and Xena

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        Carl 

        12 months ago

        We just lost both of our shepherds recently. Our female was Kate and our male was Razr.

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        Avery 

        13 months ago

        I don't care what you people say but dogmeat. If anyone gets the reference

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        Tony S 

        14 months ago

        Sheila, Ace, and Koal are my three babies.

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        Codybennett 

        14 months ago

        I have a German K9

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        Sigmund d 

        14 months ago

        Most of these names are TERRIBLE for such a noble breed.

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        Patrick 

        15 months ago

        Most of these names are TERRIBLE

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        Gwen 

        16 months ago

        I named my girls Assassin and Mercenary (or Asa and Mercy for short - the irony!). I think those are pretty good. :) My mother also used to own a male GSD and named him Hunter, and my brother currently owns one of his own, named Sergeant. I think my family's into tough names... :P

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        im gonna call y german Shepherd ace or bolt 

        16 months ago

        ACE OR BOLT VOTE

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        Karen 

        16 months ago

        I named my German Shepherd Liberty Eva Machen Helma. I call her Libby and I speak both English and German to her. When I took her to obedience, I used both languages in working with commands. Other people were surprised at her level of intelligence. My machen hund is my baby girl!

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        Clark 

        18 months ago

        I have three GSD their names are Wednesday ( female) Marlowe( Male) and Chase ( Male).

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        Haley Whitt 

        20 months ago

        Female:Ellie Winter Daisy Smarty Candy Bubbles

        Male:Jordan Bailey Chase Aaron Max Matthew

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        Joanne 

        21 months ago

        When we adopted our beautiful GSD we initially called him Brandy, but when we registered him with the AKA (American Kennel Association), they informed us that we needed to choose a different name because there were numerous GSD with the name Brandy. So, we chose the name "Sam". We were so glad we eventually chose the name "Sam" because that name really fit him well, and he responded beautifully to the name "Sam". Sam was wonderful, he was the love of our lives. Everyone loved Sam, in fact, the neighborhood kids would come to our door and ask if Sam could come out and play. Sam was really a very special, fun and loving GSD. He gave so much joy and happiness to our family. Sam is in Heaven now with Jesus. There is not a day that we don't lovingly think of our beautiful big boy; and that was 37 years ago; yes, you read that correctly, 37 years ago! Angel Sam, you are always in our loving thoughts and in our hearts; we love and miss you very much. Rest in Heavenly Peace, Angel Sam, you are in the tender loving care of Jesus and forever in our hearts. ♥️

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        RandyM 

        21 months ago

        I had many GSD as I was growing up. Some of their names were Sheba, Mickey, Heidi, Wolfy, Bear and Sally.

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        RandyM 

        21 months ago

        Our GSD is a silver and black named Bullet for Roy Rodgers dog in the old westerns.

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        Kennedi 

        2 years ago

        I love German shepherds.I own one. Her name is Faith.

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        Lisa 

        2 years ago

        You are missing Brizo!! Goddess of the mariners and a badass german shepherd girl name!

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        Rebecca 

        2 years ago

        My husband and I are of German decent and our GSD's name is Rommel, named after the WWII German general. We speak to him mainly in German also.

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        Katie Blocker 

        3 years ago

        We named our GSD Hans. Both my and my husband's heritage is German. We speak to him mainly in German.

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        Jen 

        3 years ago

        we named our shepherd Custos ... Means 'keeper of the house' in Latin

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