Australian Shepherd Names: Cool Names for a Herding Dog

Australian Shepherd dog with one blue eye and one brown
Written by David Jones

Look up any list of the best herding dogs, and you’ll most likely find the Australian Shepherd breed on it. You have the right to be proud, but before you start enjoying the company of your new best friend, you have to go through the monumental task of choosing between the available Australian Shepherd names first. Naming working dogs like Australian Shepherds is more difficult than other dogs because you’ll be using their name very often as you work with them, so you’ll want a name that suits them perfectly.

Finding a good name is paramount because it recognizes the need for your dog to become an individual. Pets like the Australian Shepherd or Aussie have a commanding presence so their names should befit their stature and their working nature. You want a name that’s easy to say in the heat of the herding moment and easy for your dog to pick up on. If you need to find the perfect Australian Shepherd puppy names, you’re in the right spot because we have a few ideas for you.

Australian Shepherd dog eating dry food from a bucket

We have tips on how you can find a cool Australian Shepherd name for your new best friend so they will have a moniker that’s suitable for their breed. We have the perfect suggestions for all Aussies—be they males, females, adults or puppies. We have also categorized the names into several groups based on a specific Aussie trait.

Australia-Inspired Australian Shepherd Names

Aussies are not actually from Australia. They were originally brought to the United States by the Basque people who settled in Australia briefly before moving to the States. However, there is nothing wrong with finding inspiration in Australia.

Australian names are similar to British names but have their own distinct flavor thanks to the different culture Down Under. Check out these Australian-inspired names for both male and female Aussies, mates.

Female Australian Shepherd Names

Some of the female Australian Shepherd names we have below are inspired by famous Australian landmarks or locations.

Side view of a Female Australian Shepherd female

They all have one similarity, though—we made sure that they all sound feminine and perfect for a female dog.

  • Alive – small town in Victoria, Australia

  • Allora – town in Queensland

  • Brizzie — slang for Brisbane

  • Coorah – aboriginal word for woman

  • Isa – Mt. Isa in Queensland

  • Indigo – Indigo Valley, Victoria

  • Isla – for Australian actor Isla Fisher

  • Jarrah – aboriginal word for a type of eucalyptus tree

  • Jillaroo – female station hand

  • Karri — aboriginal word for a type of eucalyptus tree

  • Kylie – Western Australian word for boomerang

  • Miki – aboriginal word for moon

  • Moira – for the Shire of Moira in Victoria

  • Orange — region of New South Wales, Australia

  • Roo – slang for kangaroo

  • Sheila – Australian label for woman

  • Toni – for Toni Colette, the Australian actor, and musician

  • Vicky – Victoria

Male Australian Shepherd Names

We’ve got plenty of masculine Australia-inspired names as well.

Blue Merle Australian Shepherd in nature

Check out the male Australian Shepherd names below to see if any of them sounds perfect for your mate.

  • AJ – for actor AJ Kappa

  • Arlie – Arlie Beach, Queensland

  • Bikkie – slang for biscuit

  • Boomer – large male kangaroo

  • Brumby — a wild horse

  • Cobalt – perfect for Aussies with blue eyes

  • Dag – a humorous person

  • Elliot — for Port Elliot in South Australia

  • Grumps – somebody who is easily irritated, i.e., grumpy

  • Hunter – Hunter Valley in New South Wales

  • Hugh – for actor Hugh Jackman

  • Jackaroo – male station hand

  • Lincoln – Port Lincoln, South Australia

  • Logan – town in Queensland or Hugh Jackman’s famous character

  • Marlo – small village in Victoria

  • Nipper – slang for surfer/lifesaver

  • Ripper – for dogs that love tearing up everything

  • Russ or Russell – for Australian actor Russell Crowe

  • Ryde – city in New South Wales, Australia

  • Shepps – refers to a relative or close friend

  • Sydney – Sydney, Australia

  • Taz – mischievous cartoon character

  • Youri – Aboriginal word for “to hear.”

Australian Shepherd Names Based on Characteristics and Traits

Australian Shepherds are valued by stockmen for their versatility and trainability. They are primarily working dogs that are used as stock dogs and compete in herding trials. Aussies are generally eager to please, are very trainable and obedient, and have a lot of energy.

Australian Shepherd Puppy in his owners hands

Keeping these traits and characteristics in mind might help you find a suitable name for your Aussie. Using names that allude to their traits are probably some of the easiest ways to name your Aussie.

Work Capability

Aussies belong to the working dog breed. As a dog breed, this group is diversified, and these types of dogs can do a lot of things like herding, hunting, rescuing, and guarding. They are usually large, intelligent and are protective of their masters.

Three Australian Shepherd Dogs Playing

As such, they are viewed as assets by their owners and need a name that highlights this type of trait. If your Aussie is male and you’d like to highlight their diligence or versatility as a working dog, here are some ideas for you:

  • Arrow

  • Archie

  • Blitz

  • Baloo

  • Bailey

  • Casey

  • Chase

  • Chip

  • Dash

  • Digger

  • Dusty

  • Elvis

  • Fletch

  • Flash

  • Fly

  • Gunner

  • Iggy

  • Jack

  • Jet

  • Kato

  • Kelsey

  • Kit

  • Magic

  • Mani

  • Marley

  • Ninja

  • Nugget

  • Oz – another slang for Australia

  • Raleigh

  • Ransom

  • Reed

  • Saber

  • Speedy

  • Sprint

  • Taj

  • Tango

  • Trey

  • Uno

  • Vegas

  • Woodstock

If your Aussie is female yet she does not lose out to male dogs in terms of work capability, then you’ll want to give her suitably hardy names such as

  • Abby
  • Akira

  • Anya

  • Bebe

  • Belle

  • Cadence

  • Cali

  • Daisy

  • Dakota

  • Electra

  • Elke

  • Fiona

  • Frankie

  • Gia

  • Gracie

  • Haley

  • Jade

  • Jarrah

  • Jinx

  • Karma

  • Kona

  • Kyra

  • Lady

  • Liberty

  • Miki

  • Mindy

  • Nell

  • Nike – Greek goddess of victory

  • Pearl

  • Rain

  • River

  • Rose

  • Sadie

  • Sierra

  • Talia

  • Tiara


Australian Shepherds are intelligent, learn quickly, and like to play. Because of this intelligence, Aussies are highly trainable which is why stockmen use them for herding, and they often compete in herding competitions.

Red Australian Shepherd Dog and Puppy

Here are great name suggestions for smart dogs.

  • Alex – Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone

  • Amelia – first woman to fly across the Atlantic

  • Atom – building block of matter

  • Biggs — John Biggs, science writer

  • Bradbury – Ray Bradbury, author, and screenwriter

  • Brain – dog in Inspector Gadget

  • Brainy – because he’s smart

  • Byte – unit of digital information

  • Chopin — composer and virtuoso pianist

  • Cosine — one of the basic functions in trigonometry

  • Cipher – secret way of writing

  • Dr. No – well-known evil genius

  • Digit – numeric symbol

  • Fleming – Alexander Fleming, inventor of penicillin

  • Frank – Ben Franklin, the inventor, politician and ladies’ man

  • Freud – Sigmund Freud, psychologist, and really smart guy

  • Gamma – rays that created superheroes like Hulk and Captain America

  • Hal – super smart computer in 2001 A Space Odyssey

  • Halo – disc or circle of light

  • Hedron — a combining form meaning “face.”

  • Hedy — Hedy Lamarr Austrian-born American film actress and inventor

  • Hurricane – intense weather phenomenon

  • Iris – colored part of the eye

  • Ida — Ida Noddack the first to mention the idea of nuclear fission in 1934, discovered rhenium

  • Jupiter – biggest planet in the solar system

  • Krypton – home of Superman and chemical element

  • Luna – the moon

  • Mercury – closest planet to the sun, also an element

  • Micron — one-millionth of a meter—really, really small

  • Mae – NASA astronaut, engineer and physician Mae Carol Jemison

  • Nina – theoretical physicist Nina Byers

  • Neon – a noble dog and the name of a type of gas

  • Nova – because Aussies are super

  • Rosa – Rosa Parks, one of the greatest ladies on the planet

  • Sylvia — marine biologist, explorer, author, and lecturer Sylvia Earle

  • Pi – the mathematical constant or a clever name play for your sweetie pie

  • Pixel – dots in digital imaging

  • Professor X – leader of the X-Men

  • Saturn – ringed planet and second biggest planet in the solar system

  • Sage – someone wise

  • Schroder – smarty pants from Peanuts

  • Thatch – Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s Iron Lady, and former Prime Minister

  • Vector – 2 lines that never meet or intersect, smart villain in Despicable Me 2

Movie buffs and book lovers can also find inspiration in their favorite smart characters from movies and books that they love.

Australian Shepherd Dog playing in park with leafs

Here are some clever ideas:

  • Akeelah — overcomes personal challenges to reach her goal of being a spelling bee champion in Akeelah and the Bee

  • Betty — from Ugly Betty, a girl with an impressive work ethic and loads of self-confidence.

  • Brain — Biological Recombinant Algorithmic Intelligence Nexus a.k.a Brain from Pinky and the Brain.

  • Calpurnia – from The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. She was curious about science and the natural world.

  • Dexter – smarty pants cartoon character or forensic blood spatter analyst from the series “Dexter.”

  • Dr. Gregory House – cranky but very intelligent infectious diseases doctor from House.

  • Elle – sorority girl turned law student in Legally Blonde.

  • Hermione – smartest girl in Hogwarts who uses her brains to help defeat Voldemort.

  • L – highly intelligent character from Death Note.

  • Leia – another princess and Resistance General who uses her strategic mind to bring peace back to the galaxy.

  • Leslie — turns a minor job in a small-town Parks and Rec department into an impressive political career.

  • Moriarty – intelligent and a criminal mastermind and one of Sherlock’s enemies

  • Mulan – Disney princess who uses her resourcefulness and ingenuity to stand out in an army of men.

  • Mycroft – Sherlock’s brother with deductive powers exceeding even those of his younger brother.

  • Sheldon – theoretical physicist from the Big Bang Theory.

  • Sherlock – probably one of the smartest detectives in the fictional universe.

  • Spencer — schizophrenic with a photographic memory working for the BAU in Criminal Minds.

  • Tyrion – he’s not a fighter, but he is also one of the smartest and wittiest men in Westeros.

  • Violet — mechanically minded 14-year-old who uses her sharp intellect to get herself and siblings out of tricky spots in A Series of Unfortunate Events.

  • Watson – Sherlock’s sidekick.

Coat and Coloring

Aussies come in different colors. Recognized colors include solid black, solid red, blue merle, and red/liver merle.

border collie australian shepherd mix lying down next to shoes

These colors can also have copper or tan points or white markings on the chest, legs, and face. Since Aussies are colorful, you can also find plenty of names that highlight this trait.

  • Ashes

  • Auburn

  • Autumn

  • Barcode

  • Blackula

  • Coal

  • Copper

  • Crimson

  • Domino

  • Dusky

  • Flint

  • Freckles

  • Ginger

  • Gray

  • Hades

  • Licorice

  • Mahogany

  • Merlot

  • Moo

  • Muffin

  • Nickel

  • Ochre

  • Onyx

  • Orange

  • Panther

  • Polky

  • Rusty

  • Scarlet

  • Sheba

  • Shiraz

  • Smudge

  • Sootie

  • Tar

  • Trey

  • Trixie

  • Trooper

  • Vader

  • Zorro

Going by hair color is probably one of the safest and easiest ways to give dogs names. Coat or color-based names should probably be in the cheat-sheet for dog naming manuals. But don’t just settle for common names like Dottie, Spotty or Patches.

These names are cute, but they are also easy and popular. You might end up calling the name of several dogs when you’re at the vet or dog park. Try to find a unique coat-based name so that your Aussie can stand out.

Two Australian Shepherd Dog s playing together with a toy

Let your imagination wander and don’t be afraid to give the name or names a try. Remember that the name you choose should befit your dog so that you won’t be embarrassed to call his name aloud in public.

Wrap Up

We all know how important names are—not just for us but also for our dogs. A name sets them apart from other dogs. Names give them an identity. Names help to make them somebody’s best friend. But it can be very hard to name a dog.

Giving and receiving a name is a major life event. For human beings, finding the right name for your child starts when mothers find out they are pregnant. However, getting a dog or dogs is not always a planned event. Sometimes spur of the moment decisions happen and sad to say not all of us have names ready for our new best friend.

When you‘re trying to think up a good name for your pet, it is always best to first take a look at them properly. You should also observe their behavior because puppies already have their own personalities. This can make it easier for you to find a good name for your pet.

Australian Shepherd Dog sitting outside in the snow in winter time

Just make sure that the name you decide is dignified and befitting of their status as working dogs. Choose a name that you will always be proud to call out, and your dog will be happy to hear. Remember, Aussies are smart and can probably understand a lot more than you think. It is best to give them a name that is worthy of their breed.

What color is your Aussie? Do you plan to name them after their physical traits or personality? Perhaps you’ve come up with an awesome name that we didn’t mention in this article? The sky is the limit when it comes to names, and it’s always fun to see where a person’s creativity could take them, so please share the names you’ve thought up in the comments section below!

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