DOG NAMES

Police Dog Names: Interesting Names to Call Your K9 Buddy

A puppy dressed as a police offcer dog
John Walton
Written by John Walton

Strong and courageous—these are just some adjectives that come to mind when you see a police dog. We all know that they serve our nation not only to help catch the bad guys but also to detect threats before they even happen. Perhaps you want to name your new pup after a famous police dog so they will grow up to be just as courageous. Or perhaps you really have a police dog. Either way, it can be difficult to find names that do them justice. Luckily, we have a list of police dog names you can check out.

Your partner should have a name that is worthy of their proud heritage as courageous dogs. While it is alright to call them names like Fluffy or Cookie, it would be best to go for ones that are worthy of their strength, intelligence, and bravery. You need a name that does not only honor their position but also give them dignity. If your dog will enter the law enforcement field, when they are introduced to the public, you want people to remember the name and think: “that’s one brave police dog.”

K9 police dog lying down near a water

In this article, we will talk about names that you can give your K9 friend. We have names that fit their personality, characteristics, and names that we think are befitting their position. In some cases, K9s already have names given to them when they were in training, but the names we are about to suggest to you will suit a household pup just as well.

The Best Police Dog Names

They have many duties such as sniffing out bombs and contraband. They also aid in rescuing and finding survivors during disaster situations. Police dogs are chosen because they exhibit great intelligence, stamina, strength, and loyalty. They work alongside their human partners to complete dangerous missions quickly and safely. They are even deployed in war zones to help soldiers during combat.

A police dog in a leash and his owner

If you’re on the hunt for cool and tough-sounding police dog names, your chase ends here. Check out our list below. We divided our name recommendations into several categories to better suit your needs

Police Dog Names by Gender

Do you have a male dog or a female dog? Don’t worry because we have a list of names for both boy and girl police dogs, as well as some gender-neutral ones.

Dog Names by Gender #1: Male

Male police dogs are gallant, fearless, and handsome.

Meet Gavel, the German shepherd police dog

Strike fear into the hearts of criminals with intimidating police dog names male such as:

  • Bane

  • Bolt

  • Bomber

  • Boss

  • Bruiser

  • Caesar

  • Duke

  • Hulk

  • Hercules

  • Hunter

  • Mack

  • Rambo

  • Ranger

  • Rex or King

  • Tank

  • Thor

  • Zeus

Dog Names by Gender #2: Female

Not all police dogs are male. There are also many police dogs that are female. There are plenty of great names for female dogs that have training in tracking, narcotic detection, rescue and even personal protection. When people hear these police dog names female, they will know that your dog is intelligent, confident, and strong.

Police female dog and her owner

Here are some female police dog names suggestions that you can consider using for your buddy. They evoke respect and integrity.

  • Honor

  • Liberty

  • Justice

  • Freedom

  • Fidelity

  • Faith

  • Glory

  • Laurel

  • Star

  • Joy

  • Verity

  • Truth

  • Alaska

  • Diva

  • Echo

  • Jinx

  • Olga

  • Rebel

  • Rogue

  • Sable

  • Sheba

  • Vixen

  • Zelda

Dog Names by Gender #3: Gender-Neutral

If your focus is on tough-sounding police dog names and you’re not all that concerned about gender, some of the names below may be of use because they are not gender specific.

Four-year-old police dog lying on the grass

These are honorable names for good boys and good girls who are working hard to help keep the peace.

  • Chief

  • Lieutenant

  • Captain

  • Commander

  • Sarge

  • Agent

  • Major

  • Deputy

  • Rookie

  • Enforcer

  • Officer

  • General

  • Admiral

  • Partner

  • Vice

  • K9

Police Dog Names by Coloring

Picking names by the dog’s coat color is an easy way to name your police dogs. However, always remember that you want to honor your dog’s work and want to preserve their dignity.

Belgian Shepherd Dog running on the grass

Consider avoiding names like “Cutie” or “Pixie.” These are good dog names but not really appropriate for animals that work to preserve your safety.

  • Buff

  • Tan

  • Alaska

  • Cotton

  • Flax

  • Pearl

  • Coco

  • Dusty

  • Ginger

  • Java

  • Mudd

  • Rocky

  • Rusty

  • Angus

  • Bear

  • Coal

These are great names for solid-colored dogs, but not all dogs are solid-colored. Some police dogs are spotty or have mix colored coats. Consider names such as:

  • Camo

  • Dots/Dottie

  • Pocky

  • Sox

  • Spot

  • Tux (for black and white dogs)

  • Badger

  • Bandit

Police Dog Names by Personality

Dogs have different personalities just like their owners. Naming them after their personalities is a great way to show their traits to other people.

Close-up image of a German Shepherd

Most police dogs are trained to be strong and tough. Many of them are also very smart. Here are some name suggestions that have these characteristics in mind:

  • Roar, for intimidating dogs

  • Fang, for attack dogs

  • Maverick, for merciless dogs

  • King, for regal dogs

  • Alexander, as in Alexander the Great

  • Caesar, as in Julius Caesar

  • Beast, for instinctive dogs

  • Colt, for speedy dogs

  • Albert, for smart dogs

Police work is very serious. In some cases, dogs and their handlers are put in dangerous situations that put their lives and those of others at risk. The names mentioned above convey the grave peril dogs have to go through to serve and protect not only their masters but the community too.

Police Dog Names Inspired by Movies or Books

Dogs in movies can provide inspiration. Even though they may not be real K9 dogs, they are still smart and obedient.

The New Zealand Police Dog

Their stories inspire bravery, kindness, and knowing the differences between right and wrong—perfect for police dogs. You may also name your partner after your favorite dog character to convey your fondness.

  • Bull’s Eye – Bill Sikes’s dog in Oliver Twist.

  • Cujo – the 200 pound St. Bernard in Stephen King’s novel of the same name.

  • Huan – The Hound of Valinor in JRR Tolkien’s The Silmarillion.

  • Starsky – we can’t talk about names for police dogs without suggesting the name Starsky from Starsky and Hutch.

  • Hutch – Starsky’s partner.

  • Hank – can be in reference to Hank Schrader, the DEA agent in Breaking Bad.

  • Horatio or Cane – for Horatio Cane in CSI: Miami.

  • Briscoe – For Lenny Briscoe in Law and Order.

  • Argos – Odysseus’ loyal dog.

  • Dragnet – was the name of a TV show about 2 LA police detectives. In one episode, the main characters Joe and Bill were assigned to pursue a case of a purse snatcher. The duo was later surprised to find that the “mastermind” was a dog snatching purses.

  • Cagney — is for Christine Cagney of the Cagney & Lacey show during the 1980’s which focused on two female police detectives.

  • Lacey – the other half of Cagney and Lacey.

  • Pilot — Mr. Rochester’s dog in Jane Eyre.

Comic fans need not fret because we have a list of dogs names inspired by comics and cartoons too.

Police Dog in park

While we all love Odie in Garfield and Snoopy, we won’t limit ourselves to these names. Instead, we’ll go far and wide with:

  • Böwser – is a bulldog in The Ongoing Adventures of Rocket Llama.

  • Brainy Barker – a dog with telekinetic powers in Krypto the Superdog.

  • Cosmo – from Guardians of the Galaxy.

  • Electra — Cathy’s dog in Cathy.

  • Krypto – Superman’s dog.

  • Lucky – Barton’s Dog in Hawkeye. (Barton also makes a good name for a police dog).

  • Otto- Sgt. Snorkel’s pet in Beetle Bailey.

  • Rex – a dog that gets superpowers in Rex the Wonder Dog.

  • Sam – the detective dog from Sam & Max. Also could be in reference to Sam Winchester from Supernatural. We all know the Winchester brothers pretend to be cops often enough to warrant this.

  • Streak (the Wonder Dog) – canine companion to the Green Lantern.

  • Titus – Batman’s dog, introduced later in the series.

Names from comic books can be nostalgic for many dog owners and handlers. These names are usually associated with our childhood and can evoke many happy memories. These types of names are great to give to police dogs because it is important to remember happy childhood memories when you’re fighting crime.

Other Police Dog Names

Didn’t find anything that catches your fancy from the lists above? No worries! We’ve got some other suggestions for you.

Other Dog Names #1: Funny Names

How do you pick a good name for a police dog? Humans usually go for cute names or names of a favorite or sometimes their loved ones.

Groenendael Belgian Shepherd Dog

But dogs are another matter. Dogs want their names to be distinct, short, and if possible, sharp. Now you may be wondering what we mentioned sharp-sounding names for when this list was supposed to be for funny names, but funny names can inspire authority as well!

  • Donut – police officers are always depicted as donut-loving individuals, and this name pokes fun at their favorite snack.

  • Fritter – a type of donut.

  • Coffee or Java – a favorite companion of the donut.

  • Po-po – slang for police.

  • Fuzz – also another slang.

  • Gum Shoe – slang for detectives.

  • Deputy Dawg – deputy sheriff in Mississippi who happens to be a dog.

  • Chief Wiggum – bumbling police in The Simpsons.

  • Five-O – for the show Hawaii Five-O.

K9 and their handlers often face dangerous situations when they’re on duty, and some funny names can help ease the tension. We know that police work is serious but as they say, “laughter is the best medicine” and some of us can use a good laugh to diffuse the situation.

side view of a sherif dog

These names are quirky and entertaining, but it’s always prudent to ask permission from the higher-ups first, especially if you’re renaming a highly trained K9 buddy. If you want to name a police dog a funny name, just remember that you need to preserve their dignity so that your K9 partner does not lose face especially if you call them in front of other people.

Other Dog Names #2: German Names

Why German, you ask? Why, because the most iconic police dog breed is the German Shepherds, of course. The list of names below is carefully selected for this intelligent and loyal dog breed. Let’s hope that you can find a name that befits your GSD.

  • Eda – Old German, meaning happy.

  • Elma – meaning helmet, protection.

  • Ida – work, labor

  • Silke – short for Cecilia

  • Trudi — spear of strength

  • Erwin – derived from army and friend in German

  • Bert – bright

  • Bruno – from the German word brun, meaning brown.

  • Gero – spear

  • Egon – edge of a sword (you can also use G.R.R. Martin’s spelling Aegon, but these words don’t have the same meaning)

  • Kuno – clan or family

  • Otto — wealth or fortune

  • Sven – boy

  • Wulf – meaning wolf

Just remember that there is no wrong or right way to name your German Shepherd. You can also choose names that are not German in origin. You can be as creative as you want for your police dog’s name.

It is also good to note that police dogs come in different breeds. While GSDs, Rottweilers, Labs are common, smaller dogs like beagles, cocker spaniels, and schnauzers are also used by law enforcement agencies around the world.

A side view of a police dog sitting

For example, good tracking dog breeds (used to hunt down fugitives) include Bloodhounds, Collies, and Australian Shepherds. These dog breeds are also used as cadaver-sniffing dogs.

Schnauzers (all sizes), basset hounds and beagles sit with their handlers in airports around the world sniffing passengers from afar to find traces of any illicit substances. These breeds can detect illegal drugs, explosives, and banned foreign food items.

Wrap Up

Dogs have been used in law enforcement since the middle ages. In some villages, the community was poor and did not have enough money to pay men to guard their properties. In some instances, the parish constable’s bloodhounds were used to hunt down outlaws. During the rapid urbanization of London, crime skyrocketed, and the city was forced to employ night watchmen. These employees were given weapons and guard dogs to protect themselves from criminals.

We have come a long way from the middle ages. Technology has advanced law enforcement, but the loyal guard dogs remain. We want to call our best friends a name that inspires respect and honor because they have very difficult jobs to do. Finding the right name is easy, especially if you know how.

puppy-k-9-police-dog and a woman police officer

Some owners and handlers have their names picked out years ago, but you can find inspiration anywhere or just use your imagination. Just remember that police dogs are trained animals that assist police and other law-enforcement personnel when they are working.

These dogs are usually selected because of their intelligence, loyalty, and stamina. You want to pick out a name that represents their ability to protect you or the community. Choose names that evoke respect and show that your K9 buddy is strong and brave.

What do you think of our list of names for police dogs? We’re sure we missed plenty of cool police dog names because the possibilities are endless. If you have any good ones you’d like to suggest, please do so by leaving a comment below.

About the author
John Walton
John Walton

John Walton lives in Somerville, MA, with his two dogs, two sons, and very understanding mate. He is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer, a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, a mentor trainer for the Animal Behavior College, an AKC Certified CGC Evaluator, and the Training Director for the New England Dog Training Club.

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