Russian Dog Names: An Eastern Name for Your Perfect Dog

Image showing the white russian Borzoi
Written by David Jones

From movies and popular culture, Russia is shown as a harsh country. However, that isn’t the typical characteristics shown in their dog breeds. Russian dogs—such as the Black Russian Terrier, Borzoi, Samoyed, Siberian Husky, Laika, and Bolonka—are usually hard working, friendly, emotional, and highly adaptable to changing environments. If you have just adopted a Russian dog breed, there is no better way to respect the dog’s proud heritage than by choosing what you want to call them from our list of the best Russian dog names.

Giving your dog a Russian name will not only benefit him but you as well. If you live in countries other than Russia—such as the United States—Russian names are not common. Therefore, if you call out to your dog in a crowded dog park, your dog will respond immediately since no other dog has a name like his. Also, Russian names roll off the tongue really nicely. If you keep your dog as a working or guard dog, they will be able to respond to your commands faster with such a distinctive and authoritative name.

Image presenting the Black Russian Terrier

With that being said, in this article, we’re going to talk about how to name your dog and give you a list of male and female Russian dog names. If you’re into all things Russian, then you’ll be able to pay homage to the Russian culture with a strong and confident Russian dog name. You’ll be able to name your dog after your favorite Russian historical figure, character or thing.

The Best Russian Dog Names

If you’ve decided that you want to give your dog a Russian name, we believe that you were inspired for a reason. There’s no rule when it comes to naming your dog, even if their breed isn’t from Russia—though Russia does have a fair amount of breeds; the country is huge, so there’s enough room for different breeds to develop.

We want you to find the best Russian name for your dog. So, we’ve made a list, compiling the best Russian names out there. Whether you have one of those famous Russian breeds such as the Siberian husky or you just want to give your dog a Russian name, we have a good selection of names for you to choose from.

Cute fluffy little dog looking at the camera

We’ve broken our list down into two categories: female and male Russian dog names. This makes them easier to read through. However, we do recommend that you go through both lists regardless of the gender, since some names are unisex.

Now, we then suggest you go through the names a second time, writing down on a piece of paper the names which appeal to you. Don’t focus on trying to find one name. You want to have a couple of names written on your list, just in case your dog doesn’t respond well to the first name you chose. Now that you know how to choose a name for your dog, it’s time that we showed you Russian dog names male and female.

Male Russian Dog Names

If you’re planning to give your dog a Russian-inspired name, then it’s clear that you want to name your dog after something or someone strong, heroic, and proud. Though your dog may not understand why they’re given this name, what’s important is that you like it and they respond well to it.

side view of a Russian Black Terrier

Here’s a list of the best Russian dog names male. All of the names below will have connotations to something in Russian, whether it’s through history, film and TV, or culture.

  • Amur — a river in Siberia.

  • Bolshoi — this name literally means ‘big.’ A perfect name for a big beautiful pup.

  • Barhat — a great name for a dog with fur as soft as velvet. Barhat means velvet.

  • Baron

  • Bars — if you have a dog that loves the snow or is a Northern breed, name them Bars which means snow leopard.

  • Boris — a classical Russian name.

  • Boyarin — an aristocrat in medieval Russia.

  • Bunin — Nobel prize winner for writing.

  • Chekhov — famous Russian writer.

  • Chernouh — if your dog has the unusual characteristic of colored ears, name them Chernouh which means black-eared.

  • Chernysh — a cute and different name if you’re trying to name them after a certain characteristic they have. Cherynsh means black.

  • Chita — a Siberian city.

  • Don

  • Druchok — if you want an equivalent to Buddy, this is the one.

  • Drug — it’s the Russian word for friend.

  • Fayina — it means ‘the free one.’

  • Filya — for a dog that can’t seem to get themselves on their feet, Filya means ‘clumsy’ in Russian.

  • Gagarin — the last name of the first man in space.

  • Gorky — though the name is after a serious author and political activist, it has a quirky tone to it.

  • Grom — maybe your dog is a heavy walker; why not name them “thunder.”

  • Groznyi — not all dogs are angels. Groznyi means ‘terrible’ in Russian.

  • Kapitan — no matter where you go in the world, people love to name their dogs ‘Captain’.

  • Kashmir — for dogs with extra soft fur/hair, name him/her Kashmir.

  • Kazbek — a Caucasian mountain.

  • Koshmarik — while you’re training your puppy, he’s going to terrorize you. Koshmarik means ‘little nightmare’ in Russian — not a bad fit, right?

  • Kosmo — in Russian it means ‘outer space.’

  • Lev — if your dog has a wild mane, name them Lev which means ‘Lion’ in Russian.

  • Mavra — if your dog has dark fur or hair, Mavra means ‘dark.’

  • Ohotnik — means ‘hunter’ in Russian, great as a traditional hunting dog name.

  • Ponchik — some dogs love food so much they start to look a little pudgy. Ponchik is Russian means ‘donut’.

  • Pushkin — famous Russian poet.

  • Rahil — maybe your pup is gentle and kind-hearted. Rahil means ‘little lamb’ in Russian.

  • Rasputin — a lover of the Russian queen.

  • Sasha — means defender of man.

  • Shmel — means ‘bumblebee.’

  • Spassky — it’s a quirky name, but it is derived from the former world chess champion Boris Spassky.

  • Tatar — specific group of people that inhabit Central/Southern Russia.

  • Tolstoy — if your dog looks like he’s in constant deep thought, name him after the famous Russian writer Tolstoy.

  • Tsar — is the name of a Russian king.

  • Ugryum — maybe your dog has a naturally sad face. Ugryum means ‘gloomy’ in Russian.

  • Velikan — means ‘giant.’

  • Vityaz — is a ‘knight’ in Russian, a great name for a fearless dog.

  • Zver — if your dog is wild and looks like a beast, well, why not just name him ‘beast’?

Female Russian Dog Names

There are so many amazing names which are Russian. Whichever name you select for your puppy, it’s important that you like the name and your pup responds well to it.

The Samoyed dog is a pure white and very fluffy dog that originated in Siberia in the frozen east of Russia.

Below, we’ve selected the best Russian dog names female for you. All of the names below will have connotations to something Russian, whether it’s through history, film and TV, or culture.

  • Anastasia — meaning ‘to be reborn.’

  • Anya — meaning ‘to have grace.’ A good motivating name if your dog is very clumsy.

  • Bagira — if your dog is highly protective, name her Bagira which means ‘panther’ in Russian.

  • Baltika — means the Baltic sea.

  • Bella

  • Chaika — though the meaning is odd, it’s a cute name. It means ‘seagull’ in Russian. Great for a dog who loves to bark constantly.

  • Dasha — it’s a hypocorism for Darya.

  • Desna — a river that flows through Russia.

  • Dusha — in Russian, this means ‘soul.’

  • Grafinya — if your dog has a little bit of royal arrogance in her, name her Grafinya. It means countess in Russian.

  • Hurma — it’s a type of Russian fruit.

  • Irina — in Russian it means ‘peace.’

  • Jelena — a beautiful and soft name, it means ‘shining light.’ Great for a dog with a light-colored coat.

  • Kama — it’s a river in Russia.

  • Knopka — means ‘button.’

  • Knyazhna — if you’re dog thinks she’s a princess, well this is literally the name for her. It means ‘princess’ in Russian.

  • Kolyma — it’s a Russian river that’s highly known for their gold mining. Think of it as though your pup is your piece of gold.

  • Krasa — it means ‘beauty.’

  • Kroha — means ‘little one.’

  • Kukla — means ‘doll.’

  • Lapa — means ‘darling’ in Russian.

  • Lubmilla — means ‘loving.’ A great name for a house dog.

  • Mechta — if your dog always seems to have her head in the clouds, name her Mechta which means ‘dream.’

  • Metel — maybe you have a husky or another Northern breed, or maybe your dog is just hectic by nature. Why not name them Metel? It means ‘snowstorm’ in Russian.

  • Monetka — it means a ‘small coin.’

  • Muha — if your dog is always buzzing around and sticking their nose into everything, name them Muha. It means ‘fly.’

  • Oka — the Great Russian river. Oka literally means aqua.

  • Pavlova — one of the most famous Russian ballet dancers.

  • Tereshkova — the first woman to go to space.

  • Ural — a mountain which spans over Western Russia.

  • Urola — means ‘little bear.’

  • Zaneta — means the ‘gift from God’.

  • Zoya — for a dog that truly is full of spirit, name her ‘life’.

Wrap Up

When you bring home a new addition to your family—your puppy—you know that your life will never be the same. The moment you puppy enters your home, sniffing around, marking their territory, they’ve claimed it as theirs. From then on, it’s your job as their owner to make sure that they’re kept safe, loved, fed, trained, and groomed.

Making sure they’re fed and loved is the easy part. The real challenge is when you have to bond with your puppy. In order to train and bond with your puppy, they’re going to need a name. Of course, you’ll end up calling them ‘puppy’ for the first couple days or weeks, but eventually, you’ll have to decide on what you’re going to call them.

Trust us; it’s not that easy coming up with a name for your puppy. You want a name that’s going to represent their personality and really suits them. This is the name you’re going to be saying thousands of time over and over again, so it’s a name you two should both like. The name should roll off the tongue easily. It should be easy to catch so your dog will be able to focus and respond to you immediately.

gorgeous little puppy sitting and looking at the camera

Choosing a strong-sounding name for your puppy is especially important if you plan to keep them as a working dog or a guard dog—which is usually the case when one adopts a Russian dog breed. We’ve talked about the traits that Russian dog breeds commonly share. Russian dogs are known to be the sleigh-puller and intimidating K9 enforcers of the dog world. Russian dog breeds are often entrenched in high-tension situations where every second matters, so it’s important to give them a name you know they will have no problem recognizing instantly even if the two of you happen to be in a crowded and noisy dog park at the time.

Even if ten or twenty other dog owners are calling out to their dog at the same time you are, you know that none of those dogs have a name that even remotely resembles your pet’s—and you’ll soon learn that this is a very practical fact.

Image presenting three Russian Berzoi dogs in leash

We have provided you with a list of Russian names for both male and female dogs. Now, the next step is completely in your hands. You have to choose which name they’re going to have. Remember what we’ve told you: when picking a name, don’t forget to pick a couple and take your time testing them out one by one.

If they’re not responding to the name you’ve chosen after a couple of days, then try another one and see how they respond. This may take a couple of tries until you start to see them responding to their name. This is the name they’re going to have for life, so it’s important that they feel a connection to it.

Do you already have a dog with a Russian name? What do you think is a good Russian name for a dog? Or perhaps you’re interested in dog names from some other parts of the world? Let us know in the comment section below!

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