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40+ Macho Dog Names for Male Chihuahuas, Maltese, & Other Tiny Dogs

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

Want a big, tough name for your little Chihuahua or Maltese? Check out these ideas!

Want a big, tough name for your little Chihuahua or Maltese? Check out these ideas!

Tiny Dog Names with Big Impacts

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. (For example, Zit is not a good dog name. Just imagine trying to tell your dog, “Sit, Zit.”) 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?

Greek Gods

Name him after a Greek god, or at least someone from Greek history:

  • Zeus
  • Apollo
  • Achilles
  • Hercules (Herk)
  • Ajax
  • 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?

Historical Figures

Name him after some historical figure:

  • Brutus
  • Caesar
  • Vlad (The Impaler. Someone suggested that this would work best if the dog were wearing spikes on his leather collar.)
  • Kaiser
  • Castro

Or maybe characters that might have been in history:

  • Conan
  • Darth
  • Reacher
  • Mordor
  • Tarzan
  • 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
  • Truck
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You can always go for the names of great boxers:

  • Tyson
  • Lennox
  • Buster
  • Ali
  • Foreman
  • Frazier
  • Razor
  • Rocky (of course!)

Rocky might be a little too common; no one bothers to name their dog Rambo anymore.

Big Animals

Several large animals have good names:

  • Moose
  • Boar
  • Bear
  • Tiger
  • Mamba (a venomous snake)

Names That Just Sound Tough

There are plenty of names that just sound tough:

  • Spike
  • Gunner
  • Sarge
  • Major
  • Demon
  • Hulk

Other Suggestions

Here are a few other name ideas from the comments section:

  • From wetnosedogs: Zulu
  • From DS Duby: Loki
  • From themadimadimadi: Lionheart
  • From MamaTschet: Plato
  • From Bob Bamberg: Ripper and Slasher

And the Most Obvious Name Idea . . .

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.

Other Naming Tips

  • 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!
  • 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 an animal shelter and is not adopted, he may end up being killed.
  • Ask your vet about a microchip next time you take your dog in.

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

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Brandon on October 01, 2017:


Rocco on April 12, 2016:

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)

Kalvin Diver on November 27, 2015:

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

DS Duby from United States, Illinois on October 29, 2012:

Yes I did! And thank you Dr Mark

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 29, 2012:

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!

Deborah from Las Vegas on October 29, 2012:

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.

DS Duby from United States, Illinois on October 29, 2012:

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

Kimberly Vaughn from Midwest on October 29, 2012:

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!

MamaTschet from Northern Colorado on October 28, 2012:

I have two Old English sheepdogs: Minos and Plato.

They fit their names perfectly!

Bob Bamberg on October 28, 2012:

...and they hold a grudge, too.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 28, 2012:

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

Bob Bamberg on October 28, 2012:

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.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 28, 2012:

Thanks for your input! Already updated with these suggestions.

Madison Gardiner. from Denver, Colorado on October 28, 2012:

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 ;)

wetnosedogs from Alabama on October 28, 2012:

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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