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101 Boy Puppy Names (and Advice on Adopting a Puppy)

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Tatiana has been an online writer for over five years. Her articles focus on everything from pet care to relationship advice.

To get a puppy, or not to get a puppy? That is the question. Well, it’s actually a very good question and one that should be asked many times over before actually committing to the decision of “yes.” Dogs are a lot of work, and—like raising a child—they’re pretty expensive!

The first dog who played Lassie wasn't actually named "Lassie"! His real name was "Pal."

The first dog who played Lassie wasn't actually named "Lassie"! His real name was "Pal."

Things to Consider When Adopting a Puppy

Expenses

When you decide to get a puppy, you are taking on many new expenses, not just the cost of the dog. There are the expenses of getting them neutered/spayed, veterinary checkups, vaccinations, medicine if they get sick, food, and accessories such as tags, collar, leash, kennel, food bowls and so on. It’s not cheap, by any means! But it doesn’t mean it’s not “worth it” because dogs have this sweet little way of stealing your heart.

Time and Patience

The cost of owning a dog is not the only thing that should be considered, though; dogs require a lot of time, patience and love to boot! These three things go hand-in-hand; time requires patience, and patience requires love. Without having these three things, you cannot possibly raise a dog; after all, they cannot train themselves, and dogs need love as much as they want to give it!

Lots of Love

If you are able to provide a loving home for a puppy and have the time to teach them the ins and outs of living with humans, then adopting a dog seems like a great option for you! Now it’s just a matter of figuring out the breed, gender, and where you wish to adopt from, whether it be a breeder, pet store, or animal shelter!

Bulldogs make great companions, just ask Adam Sandler! He has a bulldog named "Meatball."

Bulldogs make great companions, just ask Adam Sandler! He has a bulldog named "Meatball."

Choosing a Dog Breed

If you are trying to decide what breed of dog would be a good fit for you and your family, try using the process of elimination by asking yourself the following questions:

  • Does your neighborhood or residence have deed or breed restrictions?
  • Do you have enough land and interior space to house a large breed?
  • Can you handle a lot of drool?
  • Do you have time to vacuum every day after a breed that sheds a lot?
  • Do you have enough funds to afford grooming, or can you groom a dog that needs it?
  • Do you want a high-energy dog, or one that calms down a bit with age?
  • Do you want a dog for protection?
  • Does it have to be a purebred?

Once you decide what type of dog you want to get, try calling around to local animal shelters or dog rescues first to see if they have any that you can visit with.

There are many dogs and puppies in animal shelters that need love, adopting from an animal shelter is not expensive, the animals are typically already spayed or neutered, and already have the shots required for the age of the pet. Best of all, you will be saving a dog from being euthanized!

The shar-pei dog has a bluish-black tongue!

The shar-pei dog has a bluish-black tongue!

Naming Your New Puppy

So you’ve decided to adopt a male puppy, great! What will his name be? Well, that one can be tough. Like people, each dog has its own personality which can help you in the naming process. If you need help thinking of puppy names for boys, read through the following categorized list of 101 puppy names for boys.

Popular Dog Names

These names are timeless classics. They're common, but that's because they all make great puppy names for boys!

Paws

Rocky

Otis

Shaggy

Lucky

Bruno

Milo

Sparky

Spike

Maximus

Buck

Skipper

Beethoven

Sampson

Scout

Boots

Beau

Scooter

Bud

Hunter

Badass Dog Names

A badass dog deserves a name as badass as he is.

Calibur

General

Blazer

Gunner

Trigger

Jet

Torq

Thor

Bullet

Mace

Drill

Killer

Rocket

Mason

Thunder

Sergeant

Magnum

Fighter

Blade

Ammo

Funny Dog Names

Got a sense of humor? Why not give your dog one, too, with a hilarious name!

George Michael

Fuzzy Wuzzy

John Travolta

Big Mac

Jolly Roger

Noodle

Hobo

Fatboy

Milkshake

Flamer

Bozo

Wonka

Pancake

Monster

Poe-Poe

Canada

T-Bone

Gizmo

Satan

BJ

Cartoon/Comic Book Names

Well, you really can’t go wrong here. And what better way to pay homage to the Simpsons than to name your pup "Homer"!

Superman

Skeeter

Porky

Mr. Garrison

The Hulk

Snoopy

Scooby Doo

Wiley

Wolverine

Odie

Popeye

Joker

Homer

Stimpy

Flanders

Foghorn

Taz

Bart

Batman

Grover

Manly Dog Names

And last, but not least, 20 super-masculine names for your super-masculine dog!

Zeus

Xerxes

Gauge

Brock

Thurman

Emit

Jaws

Captain

Bruce

Tank

Harley

Talon

Axel

Ryder

Dakota

Hank

Colt

Jagger

Rocky

Sawyer

Loving Your New Puppy!

And because I promised you 101 names, here is 101, my personal favorite: "Mike Wazowski!"

Naming your puppy might be a hard task, but there is no doubt it will get done.

Your puppy will love you no matter what; they don’t call ‘em “man’s best friend” for no reason!

Cute Puppy!

Comments

No one on June 06, 2020:

I might be getting a puppy!

Adult on July 08, 2019:

Way to much ads, names are very hideous. Ammo ?? What name is that

Boy on March 20, 2019:

Puppy name

Vito and Ceaser on July 23, 2018:

Were getting two american pitbull puppies!!

Me on June 25, 2018:

Not good names on here.... I only found 3 names I would have a slim chance of liking to name my dog. To many ads not enough information. Thank you though, it gave me some help but not enough.

H on June 24, 2018:

How about Lobo? That was the name of my pitbull many years ago; he was a great dog and I still miss him after all these years!

Jan on June 01, 2018:

Need a pit bull name for a. It any suggestions?

Tom on August 22, 2017:

Can some one help me wit a name I got a light brown wit white red nose pit wit green eyes

Marcos on July 21, 2017:

I have a brown and white pit with blue eyes but idk what to name it any suggestions

Tiffany on June 14, 2017:

Smokey

Drucilla on May 13, 2017:

I have a blue and white pitbull but i dont no what to name him sarge or something else

richard herndon on March 10, 2017:

a good name for a male pit is buckshot