Despite their large and imposing look, large breed dogs like the Great Dane, Newfoundlands, Mastiffs and Irish Wolfhounds are really just big softies, good humored and well-behaved pups. Choosing a name for your large canine companion can be quite a tall order (pun intended!). The name you finally decide on should reflect your dog’s unique traits and characteristics.
Take the Great Dane for instance, he is a giant in appearance but a gentle one at that. They radiate elegance yet have an athletic physique and their temperament is calm and collected. The name chosen should highlight their strength and enormity. Alternatively, you can forego the physical and hone in on your pup’s behavior instead. Is he/she shy or reserved? Any odd traits? These too should be taken into consideration when choosing a name.
We have a list of categories comprising of over 227 names suitable for big or large breed dogs, drawing inspiration from pop culture, mythology, weather, geography, cartoons and much more!
Let’s check it out!
Top 10 Big Dog Names
We'll start off with this year's top 10 large dog names, their origin and meaning.
Knox ~ Scottish meaning "round hill", an imposing name for a large guard dog
Duke ~ English meaning "rank of nobility", fitting for a Dogue De Bordeaux
Bruno ~ German meaning "brown"
Diesel ~ German origin, fitting for a Great Pyrenees male dog
Indie ~ short form of India.
Grace ~ English meaning "virtue"
Molly - a cute name for fitting for a female large dog
Ruby ~ Latin meaning "deep red precious stone"
Bella ~ Italian meaning "beautiful" , a lovely dog name
Zoe ~ Greek meaning "life" fitting name for a dog with a lot of energy
Male big dog names
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Female big dog names
Giant dog names inspired by NFL
There’s no better inspiration than the world of NFL and great athletes to look for when choosing a fitting name for your new furry pal. We turn to the most athletic “big men” in history for this section who might be considered “overweight” yet were unbelievably athletic both in terms of agility and mobility for their size. Here’s our top favorites dog names if you have a big and athletic dog.
Big dog names inspired by weather
Weather terms are by far the most creative when it comes to picking an appropriate name for your big dog.
The choice of names for a large breed dog is extensive.
Here’s a comprehensive list of the most commonly used weather terms that make for great dog names for your big pooch.
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Creative big dog names inspired by geography
Geography is a rich topic full of great name ideas for your big pooch. Here are our favorite ones for you to consider.
Cartoon inspired names for big dogs
Giving your family dog a name after your favorite cartoon character or your kid’s favorite cartoon characters is a great idea. Many people want their new dog's name to reflect those happy and nostalgic times of the past. We can all remember Snoopy the lovable Beagle dog or Astro, the Great Dane of the Jetsons - it certainly brings back a lot of good memories for me. Here’s our top favorite cartoon names for big dogs
TV series inspired big dog names
Big dog names inspired by Mythology
Mythology has long had influence on pop and contemporary culture and in that mythology allows for plenty of dog name choices.
Mythology is fascinating and naming your dog after a figure, place or concept derived from myths will provide interesting and unconventional naming options for your doggo.
Remember though, the moniker you choose should reflect the qualities of the large canine companion you're going to share your life with. Here’s a list of here of some of the more intriguing male and female characters of Greek mythology with their meanings.
Mythology male big dog names
Mythology female big dog names
Now that you’ve gone through our comprehensive list of big dog names, your search for the perfect name will be a lot easier.
Remember that whatever name you give your dog, it will be the one he or she will be using throughout their lifespan. So, it is best to give your canine companion a great name that matches their unique personality.