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Unique Hunting Dog Names


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

Hunting with dogs will allow you to get close to nature.

Hunting with dogs will allow you to get close to nature.

Best Hunting Dog Names

There are several ways you can name your new hunting dog. You can look at his pedigree, pick a name that shows off his lineage, and then maybe use a nickname for his “official” name when you call him for obedience training or just around the house.

  • Ask everyone in your family what they think of it.
  • Call your dog a few times and see how you like his new name, and of course, how he responds!
An English Setter after a days work.

An English Setter after a days work.

Besides looking at his pedigree, you can also name him after some other type of animal. How about “Dillow” for “armadillo”? Here are a few more ideas:

  • Birdie
  • Buck
  • Coon
  • Drake
  • Eagle
  • Falcon
  • Goose
  • Hawk
  • Mallard
  • Possum
  • Rabbit
  • Sloth-I really like this one but your new dog may not care for it too much!
English Pointers are so good that they are known as "bird dogs" in the southern part of the US.

English Pointers are so good that they are known as "bird dogs" in the southern part of the US.

What about naming your dog for a gun or some ammunition? A lot of the new models are just letters and numbers, but some of the older guns have great names:




Browning (Brownie)








Mossberg (Mossie)



Remington (Remmie)









Wesson (Wessie)

Winchester (Chessie)


A pair of English Setters out for a stroll.

A pair of English Setters out for a stroll.

Fighting Aircraft Name Inspiration

  • Hawker
  • MIG
  • Mustang
  • Phoenix

Color Inspiration

  • Blue
  • Red
  • Yeller
  • Whitey

Brazil-Inspired Names

  • Branco (White)
  • Campos (Fielder)
  • Mico (a shy monkey—this would only be given to a very shy dog)
  • Preto (Blackie)
  • Onsa (Jaguar, one of the most powerful animals that exist)

More Popular Names

  • Ammo
  • Bagger
  • Bond (from James, of course!)
  • Brook
  • Bush
  • Cali (Caliber)
  • Cody
  • Elvis
  • Fetcher
  • Fielder
  • Forest
  • Frankie
  • Grover
  • Gunner
  • Hickok
  • Hunter
  • Jake
  • Jed
  • Kit
  • Marsh
  • Meadow
  • Osage
  • Rambler
  • Ranger
  • Sage
  • Scout
  • Skeet
  • Sport
  • Springer
  • Stag
  • Strider
  • Target
  • Teddy
  • Thorny
  • Trapper
  • Trekker
  • Woody

The Dos and Don'ts of Naming Your Dog

There are a few rules to follow when naming your dog.

  • Do not name him something that sounds like a command. Even dogs get confused, and if you give him a name that sounds like “sit” you shouldn´t be real surprised when you dog sits down instead of coming over to you.
  • Always choose a name that has one or two syllables. If you stick your dog with a name like “Bodacious” you can call him Bo; don’t get mad at him if he just stares when you try to use that long word.
  • Give your dog a name that commands some respect. You might think it is funny to name your dog “Scooter” after he has diarrhea, or “Barfy” after an accident in the car. It will not be funny later when you are out hunting with your dog, or when you are both competing.
  • Do not give your dog one of the overused names. Your dog is an individual, with a family history of competition. He deserves to have a unique hunting dog name!

Any other great names for a hunting dog?

Melissa on April 16, 2020:

Devil Whyitt for my Brittany. My cat named him Whyitt I said every name for weeks cat looked at me crying why then looked at the dog crying it .Whyitt woke up! He is a lil devil to.steals shoes and boots ! Hangs out at our V.F.D. (boots ) gone to church and has a account at Dollar general. Can open any door

sara evens on February 01, 2018:

thank u so much!!!!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 03, 2013:

Hi barbat79 thanks for reading. JRTs should be included in the "Hunting Dog Category"!

Bob, those Beagle names work for me, too. Up in Mass all of your hunting dogs go after birds and rabbits, but down here most of the hunting dogs are one-eyed because of the anteaters. Food for thought!

Bob Bamberg on June 02, 2013:

I know a guy who has 3 Beagles: Beau, Blue and Bear. Apparently those names work OK for him. He's among the elite at an area Beagle Club. At least I've heard others refer to him somewhat reverently and he's always winning ribbons. I don't know anything about hunting, but it's popular around here. I couldn't kill an animal, although I have no trouble eating them. Entertaining read...voted up and interesting.

B A Tobin from Connnecticut on June 02, 2013:

Interesting! Food for thought. Thanks again Drmark61.