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German Shepherd Dog Names: These Are the Most Popular

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Male & Female: Cute Puppy Names for German Dog Breeds 

Boxer, Doberman, Dachshund

Choosing a dog's name can be tricky and may take some time. Your pet's name should be unique enough that dogs aren't confused in dog parks, and we don't want to give our dogs the same name our friends use for their dogs. The name also requires durability, since most dogs live more than 10 years. 

There are so many smart and cute dogs of German ancestry and, well, it’s quite a bit of fun to give little puppies the “Richtig” name that matches their German lineage. Dogs really respond to German names and commands. If any pup won’t obey his/her master’s command to “sit”, the owner should try barking, “SitzenSieHund!” like a commandant. Somehow, the dog will understand Deutsch. Hey, German is not the language of romance.

Tips When Choosing a Dog Name

We recommend you to take the time when you see the list of dog names below. When one name interests you, save it first on your personal list.

You must have a little trouble choosing a name that is unique to your dog; a name that should be liked by the whole family. You'll have to narrow your search down to just three or four names, which will make things a lot easier for you.

German Dog Breeds

Here are just a few of the breeds of dogs that originated in Germany:

  • Affenpinscher (Affe means monkey)
  • Boxer
  • Dachshund
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • German Shepherd
  • Schnauzer
  • Great Dane
  • Pomeranian (and even the Poodle)
  • Rottweiler
  • Spitz

German Dog Names - Male and Female Names

If your dog's breed is of German origin, you might think about a german dog name. Finding good German Shepherd dog names is no easy task.

All of the names listed below are authentic German dog names.
German dog and puppy names:
  • Abelard
  • Adrian
  • Albrecht
  • Adalia
  • Adelfried
  • Anette
  • Axel
  • Ava
  • Apollo
  • Beraht
  • Berta
  • Brunhilde
  • Burke
  • Beata
  • Bianka
  • Carlchen
  • Caspar
  • Conrad
  • Claudia
  • Drinda
  • Dux
  • Dieter
  • Derek
  • Ebba
  • Eitel - male dog name
  • Eika
  • Edwina
  • Ellery
  • Falco
  • Frankfurter
  • Fritz
  • Fulbright
  • Holger
  • Herman
  • Hans
  • Iltza - female dog names
  • Imre
  • Klaus
  • Kerstin
  • Kaufman
  • Mayer
  • Medwin - Powerful friend
  • Janka
  • Johann
  • Mozart
  • Oskar
  • Otto
  • Meister
  • Orkan
  • Ottmar
  • Queck
  • Rudi - german dog name
  • Schufti
  • Waggoner
  • Warren
  • Zelda
  • Zigmoot
Enjoy our german dog names page! Unique German pet names.

Female Dog Names And Meanings

Here are some tough-guy-to-the-max names for German dogs of any size. Pick a few of these and try them out to see if the pup perks up at the sound:

No. Name Meaning
1 Axel Father of peace
2 Adler Eagle
3 Arno The eagle rules
4 Barrett Brave as a bear
5 Bismarck A royal family
6 Blitz or Blitzer Lightning
7 Bruno Brown
8 Bronson Brown’s son
9 Bing From kettle-shaped hollow
10 Falko Means falcon name of pop singer on “der kommissar”
11 Gerhard Brave spear pronounced gare-hart
12 Gunter Warrior pronounced “goon-ter”
13 Gunnar Battle
14 Gustav Royal staff goo-stoff
15 Hacket Little hacker
16 Helmut Means helmet pronounced hell-moot
17 Heinrich Home ruler highn-rick with a bit of spit at the end
18 Heinz Pronounced high-ntz
19 Kaiser King kigh-zer and a great german shepherd name
20 Karl Free man or maybe free dog
21 Klaus Victory of the people klow-ss
22 Kolton Coal town good for black dog
23 Kolby Dark haired
24 Luger Gun pronounced loo-gur
25 Ludwig Famous fighter lood-vig
26 Max Greatest
27 Manfred or Manfried Man of peace man-fred in english or mawn-freed in german
28 Meister Master migh-ster
29 Milo Merciful
30 Otto Wealth
31 Panzer Panther
32 Ruger Type of gun roo-gur nice rottweiler name
33 Rainer or Rayner Advisor warrior
34 Rolf Rudy or Rudolf Famous wolf
35 Rupert Shining
36 Siegfried Peace through victory seeg-freed
37 Saxon Dagger
38 Wagner Wagon-maker vog-ner
39 Wolfgang Wolf path pronounced voolf-gong in german

German Shepherd Female Dog Names

Many German names for girls just don’t translate well into English. The sound is too large and harsh. On the other hand, Berta is just so darn cute and suited to a big Rottweiler, Boxer, or Schnauzer.

No. NameMeaning
13 Berta or Bertha Famous and bright in english pronounced burr-tah or burr-thah in german both are bear-tah
14 Binga From the kettle-shaped hollow
15 Brunhilde Battle armor pronounced brun-hill-dah
16 Dagmar Dear great
17 Dotzi ---
18 Dina Spear ruler deena
19 Elke Noble pronounced ell-kee in english ell-kuh in german
20 Elda Warrior
21 Frieda Peace pronounced free-duh
22 Gretchen Greta or Gretel Pearl
23 Heide Noble one pronounced high-dee
24 Helga Holy
25 Hilda Battle war
26 Petra Stone pronounced like pet
27 Pawla Small polish/german name
28 Trudi Spear maiden short for gertrude
29 Tildy Battle mighty
30 Ulla To fill up oo-la
31 Ursula Little she-bear

Cute Cool Small Dachshund Names

These names (actually, all the names on this list) can be used for huge dogs or tiny pups. However, the following names (and nicknames) can be especially awesome, adorable, or funny on a Standard Dachshund, Miniature Dachshund, Mini Schnauzer, Pomeranian, or any other small pooch.

No. NameMeaning
1 Adolf Noble wolf sometimes this can be a funny name for a dachshund because he’s a little german guy who thinks he’s a big-shot
2 Arnold Eagle ruler like schwartzenegger
3 Baldwyn or Baldo Brave friend good for hairless bald dog
4 Bettler Beggar
5 Bratwurst For a dachsund or a bratty pup
6 Bruder Brother pronounced brew-der
7 Bitte Please pronounced bittah
8 Danke Thanks pronounced don-kuh
9 Frankfurt Excellent dachshund puppy name
10 Freitag Friday pronounced fry-tog as in “thank god it’s freitag!
11 Friedrich Peaceful ruler pronounced freedrichk try to gargle a bit when saying the “r” sound his nickname would be fritz
12 Fritzi Girl’s version of fritz
13 Hans or Hansel Nicknames for johan pronounced hawnz
14 Hündchen Means doggy hoond-chen
15 Kleiner Shorter pronounced kligh-ner
16 Klinger Lives in valley
17 Kringle Pretzel
18 Lump or Lumpchen Rogue scoundrel
19 Liebe Love pronounced leeb-uh
20 Lulu Pronounced loo-loo
21 Liebling Lover sweetie pronounced lee-bling often for boys
22 Mitzi Nickname for mary or miriam
23 Morgen Morning
24 Schnapps Dry liquor shnops
25 Schnell Faster quickly active pronounced shnell
26 Schatzi Darling or sweetie say it as shot-zee
27 Schnitzel Fried steak
28 Strudel Pastry
29 Winken Wave hello pronounced ving-ken auf deutsch though cool in english pronunciation too
30 Waldo Nickname for oswald waldemar etc.
31 Zeiger Pointer tzigh-ger
32 Zucker Sugar pronounced tzook-er

A dog doesn’t have to be a German breed to have a Teutonic name. Some dogs just respond to the bark-like quality of Germanic pronunciations. On the other hand, many German Pointers, German Shepherds, Dachshunds, and Rotties feel quite at home with their mother tongue.

Resources & Recommended Links

Currently, we have collected a list of sites to find other puppy names that are highly recommended for you, including:
Hopefully, this list of tips helps choose a great dog name! If you have any other tips or suggestions, please leave a comment below.

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