Big Dog Names: For Your Larger-Than-Life Pooch

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John Walton
Written by John Walton

Cute isn’t a tag you would use for a big dog, but they can be protective and highly intelligent as well. The saddest thing would be to have a dog that fits that description and not having something unique to call him/her. Of course, we don’t want you to be stuck in that position. Why else would we have come up with an absolute list of the best big dog names that would live up to your pooch’s greatness?

We have traversed a lot of cultures, backgrounds, and categories when coming up with this list. That is the only way we can assure you with confidence that you would be getting something not only unique but also absolutely pleasant and reflective of your dog’s personality and characteristics.

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Whether it is a male or a female dog, you are sure to find what you are looking for in here. In the end, you might be stuck with more than one name for your buddy.

How about we leave the talking and get to suggesting names for your jumbo-sized pet? You can start by browsing our selection of big dog names separated by gender, then move on to names inspired by some of the biggest animals to have ever graced the surface of the earth.

Big Dog Names by Gender

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First of all, we will provide you with a good number of gender-specific names. Whether your big dog is male or female, we’re sure the best name for them is waiting right below.

#1: Male

Male big dogs tend to be awarded the position of alpha of the pack, so here are some of the toughest-sounding and coolest big dog names male worthy of your magnificent champion.

  • Arnold – Inspired by the one-time governor of California and bodybuilding maniac.

  • Atlas According to Greek mythology, Atlas is a giant that holds up the earth. Even though science would call that giant ‘orbital force’ these days, your dog won’t know that, and his friends would be none the wiser too.

  • Beowulf If you don’t know why this name made the list, we need to recommend the movie to you right now. You won’t be the same after watching that.

  • Big Mac Who doesn’t love a good hamburger? They are very filling yet can make you look forward to another one. While you might not be biting into your big dog anytime soon, this name is still apt because we can never get enough of our dogs.

  • Blimp – A large airship.

  • Bluto – From Popeye cartoons, Bluto was that very big bully who motivated Popeye to eat spinach.

  • Boomer – This is what you would call a very big ship. Those that have a job description that’s related to big bodies of water can use this for a more personal feel.

  • Cadillac A great name if your dog is equally as fast and built as one of these handsome speed devils.

  • Chief Let’s give the important dog an important name, shall we?

  • Colossus Simply because the name means ‘huge’.

  • David – Inspired by Harley Davidson. A great name for a fast dog. If your dog can still become faster, train him using this dog agility equipment DIY.

  • Diesel The good news is that you can choose this name based on two lines of thought. It could refer to a large engine—such as the one powered by diesel—or it could be a name inspired by the Hollywood star, Vin Diesel. Of course, we don’t need to remind you where the resemblance comes in.

  • Dwarf – Your dog is big anyway, and everybody knows that, so why not play a joke on him instead?

  • Eastwood – It’s rare to see a tough guy that manages to keep that image even so far into their old age.

  • Eiffel After the large tower in Paris. For a big male dog, it speaks of his size. For the females, it speaks of their beauty—as is associated with the tower and the city it is in.

  • Frankie – Short for Frankenstein. For those who don’t know, that’s the name of the giant monster made by a scientist who had the same name.

  • Giga – A bigger measure of weight for a bigger dog.

  • Godzilla Thankfully, this large creature is fictional.

  • Goliath – After the large biblical giant that fell to a stone from David’s sling.

  • Hagrid – Harry Potter lovers will remember this half-giant who was the groundskeeper. It is even sweeter that he also had a big dog.

  • Harley A brand of motorcycles that have made a name for themselves due to their monstrous size.

  • Hercules – Herc for short, he’s the son of Zeus known for his extraordinary strength.

  • Hulk – Your dog may not be green, but he is still the largest pooch in the area.

  • Iceberg – Because even though your dog is big on the outside, there is a much bigger heart under the surface.

  • Kilo A measure of weight, and not small weights too.

  • Krypto –Superman’s dog. Need we say more?

  • Magnum A suitable name for your big dog.

  • Magnus – Some people will prefer this to Magnum. Both names convey an equal amount of raw power.

  • Manhattan A very large city.

  • Mufasa – A very royal name for your big dog. Inspired by Simba’s father from Disney’s animated movie The Lion King.

  • Nemesis The ultimate enemy in Resident Evil that always catches up to everyone. Not only will it announce your dog as being large, but it’s effective for scaring off intruders too.

  • Rambo You all remember that super tough guy from Sylvester Stallone’s debut in the film industry? Do you also, by chance, remember how big he was?

  • Rex – What name can be better used to emphasize your dog’s size than that of the king of dinosaurs?

  • Rocky Another Sylvester Stallone character.

  • Shrek Again, your dog doesn’t have to be green before he can take on the name of one of the largest animation characters. To complete the semblance, your dog has a big heart too.

  • Simba – Another character from The Lion King movie that quickly grew out of his childhood to become a very big, strong lion. He also has a good heart.

  • Sumo – A large Japanese wrestler.

  • Taft Inspired by the rather massive American President.

  • Tank – Inspired by those massive war machines made of steel that will trample upon anything that stands in their way.

  • Terminator The tough guy character played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in a movie with the same name.

  • Tex In case you feel Texas is too long a name to always roll off your tongue whenever you want to summon your buddy.

  • Titan From Greek mythology, they were the ones that came before the gods. Likewise, the name is used to refer to the largest moon encircling Saturn.

  • Zeus – He rules over all the other Greek gods.

#2: Female

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Female dogs can be just as big and intimidating as the males, but they tend to have a feminine side too. She only becomes fierce when she has to protect someone important to her—like you. Such a dog deserves awesome big female dog names. Let’s get started, shall we?

  • Alaska – This region is the biggest state in the United States. It helps if your big dog is one of those sled dogs (Malamute, Siberian Husky, and the likes) or if she’s got a great deal of white on her fur (due to the snow and glacier in the region).

  • Amazon – This would be an ideal option for a large female dog. The name is used to represent an elite group of female warriors from Greek mythology. You can also use it to reference Wonder Woman.

  • Athena – A major Greek goddess. She is seen as the goddess of wisdom, art, and commerce.

  • Diana Aside from being the name of a brave Amazonian warrior, Diana also happens to be the name of a Roman goddess of the hunt.

  • Diana – Wonder Woman’s real name.

  • Duchess Because your big dog holds a big position in your heart.

  • Elizabeth Liz for short, this name is a great pick for a big dog that’s noble and elegant.

  • Eureka A term coined by Aristotle—commonly used by scientists when they discover something big.

  • Fiona – Like the princess who ended up becoming Shrek’s wife.

  • Freya – Norse goddess of love.

  • Heidi A cute name for a dog that enjoys playing games with you. Here’s an article on exciting games to play with your dog.

  • Hera – The wife of Zeus. A powerful woman that can sometimes be overly jealous. Perfect for a dog that wants to monopolize all of your attention.

  • Jupiter Revered as the biggest of all the planets. Some call it the king of the planets, but who says it can’t be a queen?

  • Peanut A beautiful suggestion for those who like the game of opposites.

  • Phoenix An ancient, mythological firebird. When it nears death, it will burn and rise again from its ashes. A great name for a dog that never gives up, no matter how tough the going gets.

  • Sahara A very large desert. One other thing that would make it a great fit for your dog is if she’s got a brown/golden coat, just like the sands that line the grounds of the desert.

  • Tsunami A giant wave produced by water currents. Perfect for dogs that love to swim. Perhaps you should prepare a DIY dog pool for her so she can swim all she wants this summer.

  • Venus – Roman goddess of love.

Big Dog Names After Big Animals

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Your dog deserves to be recognized not only in his/her own world but in all of the animal kingdom. That is why we have branched out to make sure your dog gets a well-rounded choice of other animal names to pick from.

In the case the real names are too commonplace for your buddy, you will find that we have included those from fictional characters too. Oh, don’t worry. They are big characters too, as you will soon find out.

  • Alligator – The best part of this name is that you can use it as ‘Ali’ for short. That name then points to the legendary boxer, Muhammad Ali. In literal terms, everyone knows that an alligator is one of the largest reptiles ever to grace the face of the earth.

  • Anaconda – A female dog would find the shortened form of this name, Ana, just cute.

  • Baleen – A type of giant whale.

  • Baloo If you’ve watched The Jungle Book, you will remember the large bear from the story. Great for lazy dogs. Does your dog belong to one of the laziest dog breeds?

  • Bear Does the name need further explaining?

  • Bengal A very large breed of tiger.

  • Big Horn – A special type of cattle. The ‘big’ in the name is not an understatement.

  • Blue – Another type of whale, and blue whales are said to be the biggest animals on land and in water.

  • Bruin – Another name that refers to a bear.

  • Buffalo – Your dog could prefer Buffy for short. No matter which it is, they still connote a big animal.

  • Dragon A mythical creature. They are believed to breathe fire and can be very ferocious. A great name for your intimidating guard dog.

  • Emu A type of flightless bird that is very large.

  • Hippo – Short for hippopotamus. The animal is just as big as its name is long.

  • Jumbo Regarded as the largest circus animal.

  • King Kong – No matter how you look at it, this name just screams “Big!”.

  • Kodiak Another breed of large bears.

  • Lycan Another name for werewolves. Does your dog belong to one of these wolf-like breeds?

  • Mammoth – A type of ancient elephant that has gone extinct. They were so big the term “mammoth” is today synonymous with “gigantic”.

  • Orca The killer whale. Great name for big and fierce dogs.

  • Pegasus The giant flying horse from Greek mythology which also happens to be the official ride of Hercules.

  • Puma One of the largest members of the wildcat family.

  • Rhino Short for rhinoceros.

Wrap Up

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Those were some great big dog name picks, wouldn’t you agree? There is very little chance that you will meet another dog in the park has any of those names. Try to call your dog with the name you picked, and see how he/she reacts.

We would like to share in your dog’s happiness and know which one of the above names you are going to give to your pal. Even if you end up picking a name outside the list, we’d love to meet up again with you in the comments section and get talking. Is your big dog a Boxer? If yes, you might want to check out this name suggestion article we created specifically for Boxer dogs.

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.