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50+ Great Names From German Dogs of All Sizes

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

German dog names that aren't too confusing or hard to pronounce.

German dog names that aren't too confusing or hard to pronounce.

German Names for Dogs

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 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.

There are good name choices owners avoid (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.

German Dog Names for Males

What are some of the great German names for male dogs?

  • 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.

German Names for Female Dogs

And if your new puppy is a female?

  • 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.
The Rottweiler is another German breed.

The Rottweiler is another German breed.

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
Weimaraners are a German hunting breed.

Weimaraners are a German hunting breed.

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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.

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.

Think Before You Pick!

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.

When you mention German, most people think of the German Shepherd Dog.

When you mention German, most people think of the German Shepherd Dog.

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Do you have more German names?

Margaret harris on June 16, 2020:

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

Elva on June 12, 2020:

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.

WEATOGUE on June 11, 2020:

Gunther MALE


Maxwell MALE

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on November 03, 2019:

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.

fenrir on November 02, 2019:

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

TheOldCrow on September 11, 2019:

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

Richard Shabman on June 04, 2019:


Gamesta on October 10, 2018:

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

Hansel (Hans) on March 11, 2018:

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.

Mimi on July 07, 2017:

Heel = Fuß

Frau Sandra on July 22, 2016:

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

ACS on April 13, 2013:

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

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

"King" is in German called "König"

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

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?

Adrienne Farricelli on February 10, 2013:

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

carolina muscle from Charlotte, North Carolina on February 09, 2013:

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

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 08, 2013:

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.")

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 08, 2013:

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.

Bob Bamberg on February 08, 2013:

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 :)

Theophanes Avery from New England on February 08, 2013:

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!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 08, 2013:

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.

Bob Bamberg on February 08, 2013:

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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