Unique Hunting Dog Names

Updated on November 11, 2016
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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. | Source

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. | Source

Besides looking at his pedigree, you can also name him after some other type of animal. Where I live, hunting dogs are often called by the name of a prey they do not hunt. If you have a coon dog, you obviously do not want to name him “Coon”, but you can choose to call him something he would never go after. 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. | Source

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. | Source

Fighting aircraft also make great names:

  • Hawker
  • MIG
  • Mustang
  • Phoenix

Don’t forget about colors: Blue, Red, Yeller, and Whitey all make good names.

From Brazil, you can use:

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

Here are a few more that I have heard over the years. Maybe something will fit!

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, or Woody

Rules When 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!

Questions & Answers

    Any other great names for a hunting dog?

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        sara evens 2 weeks ago

        thank u so much!!!!

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        Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

        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!

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        Bob Bamberg 4 years ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

        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.

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        B A Tobin 4 years ago from Connnecticut

        Interesting! Food for thought. Thanks again Drmark61.