Great Dog Names From Germany for Males and Females

Updated on August 23, 2019
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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.


Do you have a German dog in need of a German name? There are several German breeds, though some are not even thought of as German. For example, the Boxer is a popular breed of dog with a German origin. The Great Dane is also known in this part of the world (and most others) as the German Mastiff—these are often seen guarding farms and houses along the beach. The German Shepherd Dog, Miniature Schnauzer and Giant Schnauzer, and Dachshund are also seen on the beach at times. Yes, we also have Rottweilers, a few examples of the German Shorthaired Pointers, and even the occasional Weimaraner.

A lot of my German neighbors like to pick their dog names from things here in Brazil. However, there are good choices they are avoiding (sometimes due to difficult pronunciation), and Max and Spike are common choices. If you check the internet, you will find sites that list over 10,000 name options, some of which are words that a dog will never respond to. Even among the shorter words there are plenty of good choices.

These Dachshund puppies are waiting for some German names.
These Dachshund puppies are waiting for some German names. | Source

German Dog Names for Males

What are some of the great German dog names for boys?

  • Aldo: Wise one.
  • Baldwin: Old friend.
  • Ballard: Warrior.
  • Bernard: Brave as a bear. This may not sound like a tough dog name, but it is.
  • Bruno: Brown.
  • Clovis: A famous warrior.
  • Conrad: Brave counsellor.
  • Derek: Ruler.
  • Herman: An army man.
  • Jarvis: Spear thrower.
  • Kaiser: King. I think all of us have run across a German Shepherd Dog named King. Isn't this a better choice?
  • Martin: From Mars. Think of the god of War, not little green men.
  • Otto: Wealthy.
  • Panzer: Armored.
  • Rudolph: A form of the word wolf.
  • Rudy: A form of Rudolph, the wolf.
  • Ruger: The brand of gun.
  • Ulrich: Ruling wolf.
  • Wendell: The traveller.
  • Wolfgang: Rising wolf.

The Doberman Pinscher is a well known German breed.
The Doberman Pinscher is a well known German breed. | Source

German Names for Female Dogs

And if your new puppy is a girl?

  • Ava: Bird.
  • Bela: White.
  • Berta: Glorious.
  • Brenda: Sword blade.
  • Elsa: Princess.
  • Emma: One who cares.
  • Frieda: Dove of peace.
  • Greta: Variation of Margaret.
  • Gretchen: Little pearl.
  • Heidi: Honorable.
  • Helga: A follower of God.
  • Hexi: Witch. A great choice for a Wicca follower.
  • Leyna: Little angel.
  • Schatzi: Little treasured one. This is a great name for a special little Dachshund!
  • Vera: Truth.
  • Wanda: Wanderer. This name might be better for a pet fish, however.
  • Zelda: Grey warrior.

Except in English parts of the world, this dog is known as the German Mastiff. In the US and UK he is called a Great Dane.
Except in English parts of the world, this dog is known as the German Mastiff. In the US and UK he is called a Great Dane. | Source

Extra Ideas

There are some German words for animals that make good dog names. For example "Adler" means "the Eagle." Unfortunately, most of them are either too difficult to pronounce or too short to make good names for a dog.

And of course some common household objects also make great dog names. For example, "Keller" means "the basement" in German. This is a great name for a puppy who loves to hide in the basement all the time! You might find another that you like, but this is my personal favorite.

The Miniature Schnauzer is a German dog.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a German dog. | Source

German Words for Common Dog Commands

The German words for dog training are short and easy for a dog to follow. If you are using a German name why not take a few minutes and learn these commands?

  • Sit: Sitz
  • Down: Platz
  • Stay: Bleib
  • Come: Hier
  • Heel: Foos
  • Leave it: Aus
  • Look at me!: Achtung!

And of course no dog can forget the most important of all commands:

  • No: Nein

The Rottweiler is another German breed.
The Rottweiler is another German breed. | Source

There are a few names that I think are too common and overused in people, and are in no way appropriate for your dog. If you find a German name I missed, however, and would like to use it, please think about how the word will be used during training. Max is an overused name—even kind of boring—but the hardest part of a name like that is dealing with all the other dogs responding to you when they hear their shared name.

Whatever name you choose, do so quickly! Your new German puppy is waiting.

Weimaraners are a German hunting breed.
Weimaraners are a German hunting breed. | Source
When you mention German, most people think of the German Shepherd Dog.
When you mention German, most people think of the German Shepherd Dog. | Source

Do you have more German names?

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      Margaret harris 

      2 weeks ago

      I named mine Freud’s because he gave me joy!

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      3 weeks ago

      Must admit to being partial to Schatzi and Zelda as names. I too favor a German name for the breed(s) and training to respond to German commands. Also, two syllable names are what i understood to be preferable.

      Our family female schnauzer is named Zelié (Azelié; french derivative). But the name has more than one/different etymologies: Latin means solemn; Hebrew "Zelia" Zealous/Ardent etc. Hence she is a citizen of the world, though less travelled. Should I ever return to Germany, she would make for a lovely companion...head to perhaps Baden Baden then Lahr.

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      3 weeks ago

      Gunther MALE

      Olive FEMALE

      Maxwell MALE

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      Dr Mark 

      8 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      fenrir--it must because of all the Germans I know. Do you think they are all strange?

      Do you mean that no Germans would any longer name their dog a German name? That is sad.

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      8 months ago

      Greetings from Germany!

      I saw your name suggestions here and enjoyed myself deliciously. You have really strange ideas about Germany or us Germans. By the way - really hardly anyone here would call his dog like that ;D

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      9 months ago

      My past Mini Schnauzer's were Gus, and Maximilian (Max). The mini I have now is Wilhelm (Willie). But, I also like Ziegfried (Ziggy).

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      Richard Shabman 

      13 months ago


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      21 months ago

      We named our cafe au lait standard poodle Kakao (cocoa)

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      Hansel (Hans) 

      2 years ago

      Hansel is what I'm naming my male Mini Schnauzer. It means "gift from God. If he had a sister, I'd name her Gretel.

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      2 years ago

      Heel = Fuß

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      Frau Sandra 

      3 years ago

      Our Schnauzers were named Bismarck and Gretchen! Suited them well, they were beautiful. Sorry to say they are both gone now.

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      7 years ago

      My Dobermann (77cm, 53kg) is called Kaiser!

      But "Kaiser" does not mean "King" in German, it means "Emperor"..

      "King" is in German called "König"

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      Dr Mark 

      7 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      I saw a picture of Kaiser in your latest hub. That is a really super name!

      If things work out and I get my next dog in 2 months (a Minscher, Maltese and Pinscher cross) I want to use the German commands when I train him, so he does not hear my lessons in Portuguese and English and become confused. Of course I will have to look up the word for attack, since who would have a 3 kilo dog without teaching him to attack, right?

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      Adrienne Farricelli 

      7 years ago

      We named our male Rottie Kaiser, "Emperor." I always liked the sound of German commands.

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      carolina muscle 

      7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      This was an interesting read, and well thought out. Thanks!

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      Dr Mark 

      7 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      I think I must have driven through the Bamberg in South Carolina. That is what happens when you pick up the keys during Oktoberfest. (Remember back before Breathalyzers? "No, officer, I have not been drinking! Honest.")

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      Dr Mark 

      7 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Thanks Theophanes, I have seen a Doxie named Fritz, but I am still a fan of "Schatzi". Great meaning and it certainly sounds German.

      Dresden sounds great. It has a nice ring to it.

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      Bob Bamberg 

      7 years ago

      I hear it's a pretty good sized city, known for its beauty and its beer. It's got 8 breweries. I copied this off the net:

      It’s difficult not to be impressed by Bamberg, clearly one of Germany’s most beautiful cities. With a majestic centre, wonderful cathedral and superb palaces, this Unesco-listed place was built by archbishops on seven hills, earning it the sobriquet of ‘Franconian Rome’. Miraculously, Bamberg emerged from WWII with hardly a scratch. Pristine examples of architecture from the Romanesque era onwards survived, and a genuine charm and romance pervade the city.

      There's also a Bamberg, South Carolina. I have the feeling it's not quite as majestic and charming, although I personally am often described as majestic and charming :)

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      Theophanes Avery 

      7 years ago from New England

      I always thought Fritz was a great name for a little schnauzer. Standard poodles are actually German in origin too, back when they were working dogs. Anyway, loved the names. I didn't know most of those were even German. I am still waiting for a pet that fits Dresden. I just love the sound of it. :) Voted up!

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      Dr Mark 

      7 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      I was curious about that. Isn´t Bamberg one of those little towns on the Rhine? I think I drove through there once...or maybe not. It was during one of those Oktoberfests.

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      Bob Bamberg 

      7 years ago

      On the whole, I think the girls' names are better than the boys' names. My last name is German, but it wouldn't make a good name for a dog. It would for a city, though.


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