Move over Rover, pet owners in the United States have broadened their choices for a favorite male dog name, and Rover no longer tops the list. So who is the pick of the pack now? Who’s the head hound? There are no set rules for naming your dog, but we’ll look at the names that are fast becoming the favorites, and learn a little about them. So, find your favorite fire hydrant or tree and let’s start panting.
Max – This is the number one male dog name across the country. Dogs with this name are usually fun-loving, trustworthy, happy dogs that enjoy a lot of attention and are very independent. They also like to be groomed, as well as, petted and loved. This name is Latin and means, A Salmon Basin or Large spring. The related names to Max include: Maximillian and Maxwell.
Jake- Coming in second, dogs with this name love to play. So, grab a tennis ball and head out to the back yard for a game of fetch. These dogs are also happy and fun-loving animals that enjoy sleeping and lounging around, taking advantage of a good afternoon nap. Jake is a Latin name and means, Supplanter; to fill the place of another.
Buddy- This name is given to mostly mixed breed male dogs that are strays, or have been rescued off the streets or from a bad situation. The owners of dogs with this name are usually males and make great companions for one another. Buddy is an American English name and means, Messenger man.
Bailey- Meaning, Trusted guardian, dogs with this name is usually loyal and good-natured. They can be very smart and they respond well to obedience training. They are also eager to please and enjoy spending time with their owners. This name is English and other related names include, Baillie.
Sam- Ranking fifth in the top ten, dogs with this name are mostly carefree and loyal. They have also been known as very kind animals with a great outlook on life. These are very enjoyable dogs anyone would love to own and spend a great deal of time with. Sam is a Hebrew name which means, Heard by God. Relations to this name include: Samuel, Samson, and Sambo.
Rocky- This is a great name for any size dog, rather they be short, fat, big or small. This name is usually given to male dogs that are dominating and have big, strong personalities. Pets with this name have also been known to be very playful. Rocky is of English origin and means, A Rocky Reef.
Buster- If your new puppy seems to have a big personality; this could be the perfect name. These dogs can be very sneaky and their owners sometimes dress them up in bandanas. This is a very popular name for small dogs. The name is of American English and means, Joy.
Casey- If you are searching for the perfect name for a guard dog, this is it. Dogs with the name are usually very smart and have excellent hearing. They tend to be very brave and protect their owners well. The name is of a french origin and means, Belonging to case and Brave and Watchful.
Cody- This name is great for mild-mannered male dogs. They are usually easy to please and enjoy a lot of attention and love. This name is also given to male dogs that are gentle and loyal. The name is of English origin and means, Reassuring.
Duke- Last on our list, but certainly not the least, male dogs with this name love keeping their owners within their sight. They are dominating, but also loving and loyal. Dogs with this name usually very strong and respond well with obedience training. The name Duke is Latin and means, Leader of the Herd; High Ranking Nobleman.
If you still haven’t decided on a name for the new member of your family, here are a few tips on finding the right name.
1. Wait a few days after getting the puppy. Watch them and look for certain details in their personality or appearance.
2. Try not to choose a name that has more than one or two syllables. This makes it easier for them to learn and recognize their names.
3. Try to avoid choosing a name that might sound like a command. You don’t want to confuse your new puppy by giving them a name that sounds like, “No,” or Fetch.