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Macho Dog Names

Updated on February 6, 2016
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Dr Mark is a veterinarian in Brazil. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

Every Chihuahua deserves a Macho dog name.
Every Chihuahua deserves a Macho dog name. | Source

If you have a new one pound Chihuahua, a two pound Maltese, or even a real dog like a frizzy headed Bichon Frisé, you need to pick a great name. A name should be something that will define his personality. It should be something that makes all the other dogs at the park cower in fear!

When you pick a name, it should be one or two syllables so that your dog can identify it easily. You should not pick a name that sounds a lot like one of the common commands, however, as this might be too confusing for your dog. (Okay, just imagine you are telling your dog “Sit, Zit”. Zit is not a good dog name.) If you choose a longer name you need to be sure that everyone uses the same nickname.

What should you name your new male puppy?

The Bichon Frisé can be macho if you give him the right name.
The Bichon Frisé can be macho if you give him the right name. | Source

Does your dog need to look macho when out cruising at the dog park? Get him a spike collar.

Name him after a Greek god, or at least someone from Greek history: Zeus, Apollo, Achilles, Hercules (Herk), Ajax, or Spartan. There are a lot of great Greek names that are too hard to pronounce and you are probably going to end up ignoring your dog if you name him one of them. “Agamêmnon, here boy” just doesn’t work, does it?

Name him after some historical figure: Brutus, Caesar, Vlad (The Impaler. Someone suggested that this would work best if the dog was wearing spikes on his leather collar.), Kaiser, Castro, or even Adolf (Well, maybe not. You want him to look tough but there is no reason to get into arguments at the dog park.).

Or maybe characters that might have been in history: Conan, Darth, Reacher, Mordor, Tarzan, and Cujo.

It might be a tough job: Butcher comes to mind. Killer would work, for those who are employed in a slaughterhouse.

Name him after a tool or tough piece of machinery: Sledge, Hammer, Bulldozer, Tank or Truck. The toughest piece of machinery, of course, is the Cat, but who wants to name their dog after that?

You can always go for the names of great boxers: Tyson, Lennox, Buster, Ali, Foreman, Frazier, Razor, and Rocky (of course!). Rocky might be a little too common; no one bothers to name their dog Rambo anymore.

Several large animals have good names: Moose, Boar, Bear, Tiger, and Mamba (a venomous snake).

There are plenty of names that just sound tough: Spike, Gunner, Sarge, Major, Demon and Hulk.

Here are a few others:

from wetnosedogs: Zulu, from DS Duby: Loki, from eHealer: Conan

from themadimadimadi: Lionheart, from MamaTschet: Plato

from Bob Bamberg: Ripper and Slasher

Of course, you could go for the obvious: Macho.

Just looking at a Maltese makes you think of hunting, mountain climbing, and chopping wood. He needs a macho name.
Just looking at a Maltese makes you think of hunting, mountain climbing, and chopping wood. He needs a macho name. | Source

Be sure not to name your dog something cute and fluffy! Kitty is a great name for a St. Bernard; for a Chihuahua, it is a terrible choice. Tiny is an excellent choice for a Great Dane; no Bichon should be stuck with a name like that. I gave my Maltese a French name and when he had his topknot up and dyed blue he was barely able to hold his head up in front of the other dogs at the grooming salon. “Mon dieu!”

Do you have any good macho dog names I have forgotten? Leave a comment and I will add them to this list!

Get your dog a tag as soon as you decide on a name. Lost dogs without tags will probably be lost forever, and if your dog ends up at at animal shelter and is not adopted may end up being killed.

Ask your vet about a microchip next time you take your dog in.

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      Rocco 15 months ago

      Ho from South Africa here, great Zulu king names "Shaka" "Dingaan". Also the Zulu spear is called "Assegaai" (you could also use a similar tough name like "Panga", not related to Assegaai)

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      Kalvin Diver 20 months ago

      The dogs are cute and some are big and some are small

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      DS Duby 4 years ago from United States, Illinois

      Yes I did! And thank you Dr Mark

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Hi DS! Did you see Loki´s photo in the "Dog Blog" hub? You picked a great name for him.

      eHealer, a Lhasa named Conan. That must have been perfect.

      MamaTshet and Kimberly: thank you both for the comments!

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Hi DrMark, great hub! Your photos are amazing and so compelling. I had a Lhasa male named Conan the Barbarian, Conan for short. Amusing and very interesting hub.

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      DS Duby 4 years ago from United States, Illinois

      My boxer I had for 12 years was named Hercules and my A.Bulldog is named Loki from Norse mythology the trickster god. Really cool hub and loaded with great names DrMark voted up, awesome, interesting and funny

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      What a cute hub with great ideas! My black lab came with a name whenwe adopted him as he was already one and a half years old. His name is Jack. Not nearly as thought provoking at your suggestions but it does the job. And, I thought it would be confusing to him if I changed it!

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      MamaTschet 4 years ago from Northern Colorado

      I have two Old English sheepdogs: Minos and Plato.

      They fit their names perfectly!

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      Bob Bamberg 4 years ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

      ...and they hold a grudge, too.

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      You´d have to be careful and never use Bubbles in public. "The shame, the shame". Those Maltese can be so melodramatic.

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      Bob Bamberg 4 years ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

      I'd name the Bichon "Ripper" but when no one was around, he'd be "Marshmallow" and I'd name the Maltese "Slasher" but when no one was around he'd be "Bubbles." Very entertaining hub...a fun read.

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thanks for your input! Already updated with these suggestions.

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      Madison Gardiner. 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      These names are perfect. I always thought if I got a male dog I'd name him after Conan the Barbarian or perhaps call him Lionheart ;)

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      the humane society named my dogs and I kept those names. Nothing ferocious about the names. I do know of a dog(not sure the breed, but on the smaller side) named Zulu (the warrior.) Great name for the gentle dog.

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