Great Dog Names From Germany

Updated on January 2, 2018
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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

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

Do you have a German dog in need of a German name? There are several German breeds—some are not even thought of as German.

The Boxer is a popular breed of dog with a German origin. The Great Dane is known in this part of the world (and most others) as the German Mastiff and is 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, but there are good choices they are avoiding and Max and Spike are common choices. Some of the names they avoid are hard to pronounce, and if you check the internet you will find you sites that will list over 10,000 choices among the words that a dog will never respond to, but even among the shorter word 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

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

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

There are some German names for animals that make good dog names:

· Adler: The Eagle.

Most of them, however, 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:

· Keller: The basement. This is great if you have a puppy that hides out all the time.

You might find another that you like but this is my personal favorite.

A German Shorthaired Pointer holding still for a photo.
A German Shorthaired Pointer holding still for a photo. | Source

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:

· No: Nein

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

There are a few names that I thought too common and overused in people, and 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 not all the other dogs turning when they hear the name-the hardest part for your dog will be responding to a recall with a name like Max.

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

Questions & Answers

    Do you have more German names?

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        Hansel (Hans) 

        5 months 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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        Mimi 

        13 months ago

        Heel = Fuß

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        Frau Sandra 

        2 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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        ACS 

        5 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 

        5 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 Janet Farricelli 

        5 years ago from USA

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

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        carolina muscle 

        5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

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

      • DrMark1961 profile imageAUTHOR

        Dr Mark 

        5 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 

        5 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 

        5 years ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

        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 

        5 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 

        5 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 

        5 years ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

        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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