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Tough Dog Names
More than 200 Names for a Tough Dog

Got a tough dog? Here are more than 200 tough dog names to consider.

If your dog will be guarding you and your home, perhaps giving him an equally tough name will emphasize his toughness a little more.

And, perhaps people will steer clear of you and your dog once they hear you calling your pet’s name out loud. There are just so many names associated with toughness that you can pick from.

A very helpful inspiration for tough names is to borrow from tough leaders. Names like "Leonidas," "Stalin," "Julius," "Caesar" (or just combine the two and name him "Julius Caesar"), or "Vlad" would be a good way to emulate just how tough your dog is.

You can also take inspiration from Greek or Roman gods. With their power and finesse, surely they would be considered tough. Some of the most popular gods include "Zeus," "Thor," "Achilles," "Apollo" or "Hercules."

Another option for tough dog names is to consider another tough animal. Take your pick from "Panther," "Tiger," or "Lion." Heck, you can even name him after a tough fish. Does "Shark," "Killer Whale" or "Piranha" sounds good to you?

Tough Dog NamesYou can also give your puny and cute little pooch such a name. Tough dog names are not just for tough dogs. Because, really, who says you can’t? Imagine calling your dog "Storm" or "Hurricane" or "Wolf" and see the surprise faces of the people as they see a Chihuahua or a Pekingese running to you.

An important tip to remember when naming your dog (even if he doesn't look so tough) is to consider their personality. A dog's personality can often be discovered early in their life, so don't be in a hurry.

One of the first concerns when keeping a dog is giving it suitable name. Have fun exploring! And, if you want to explore some of our more popular dog names lists, take a look at these:

Below is a list of more than 200 tough dog names for your dog. Browse or study the list and have fun. If you don't find a name you like, return to the main puppy names page for more than 4,000 fun and interesting options.

Name Meaning
Abram Abraham's birth name from the Old Testamanet was Abram
Ace As in, the best. Top of the heap.
Adonis Originally a Phoenician god and was known in Greek mythology as a favorite of Aphrodite. A favorite among tough dog names - especially for big dogs.
Adrian Is a form of the Latin given name Hadrianus
Aesop Was born a slave and was known for his famous fables 
Alistair Greek origin and means "man's defender"
Alize A trio based in Ithaca, New York
Ambassador The highest ranking diplomat who represents a nation and is usually accredited to a foreign sovereign or government
Ammo Short for ammunition
Apollo One of the most important and diverse of the Olympian deities in Greek and Roman mythology. Names of Greek gods make great tough dog names.
Archer An archer is a person who uses a bow and arrow
Ares The Greek god of war
Aristotle A Greek philosopher, a student of Plato and a teacher of Alexander the Great
Arnaldo Spanish for "eagle power"
Arsenic The chemical element that has the symbol As. A poison.
Atilla Attila the Hun was the ruler of the Huns from 434 until his death in 453. Tough dog names from tough leaders.
Atlas In Greek mythology, Atlas was the primordial Titan who supported the Titans
Axle An axle is a central shaft for a rotating wheel or gear
Balba A name meaning stuttering and stammering
Bandit An outlaw who lives by plunder
Banshee The Banshee is a female spirit in Irish mythology, usually seen as an omen of death and a messenger from the Otherworld
Barack Barack Obama is the president of the United States of America.
Basil One of the many herbs and basil is especially found in Italian cuisine
Bear As in the animal. Great for the Big Dog Names list, too.
Bentley A very expensive car
Bismark The capital of North Dakota
Bison Another name for the American buffalo
Blaze Means "flame" as in "fire"
Bo A bo is a Japanese wooden staff weapon made in the shape of a walking stick
Boris A Japanese experimental rock band known for often combining and switching between different music genres 
Brahma The Hindu god of creation and one of the Trimurti, the others being Vishnus and Shiva
Brawler A fighter. Quite appropriate for the tough dog names list.
Bronx Is the northernmost of the five boroughs of the five boroughs of New York City
Brooklyn The most populous of New York City's five boroughs
Bruin Another name for a bear
Bruno A mockumentary comedy film directed by Larry Charles
Brusky Abrupt, bluff, blunt
Brutus Marcus Junius Brutus was a politician of the late Roman Republic. How could you leave this off the tough dog names list?
Buga An inactive volcano in the Philippines
Bullet A gun shoots bullets
Bundy Ted Bundy was an American serial killer in the 1970's
Buster Like Blockbuster
Butch A term to describe masculine traits
Caesar Caesar salad or Julius Caesar
Capo Clamp-like device used on the neck of a stringed instrument to raise the pitch. Sounds tough, too.
Capone A notorious American gangster.
Carlito Means "little Carlos"
Castor Castor oil is a vegetable oil obtained from castor
Champ Short for champion
Chico A city in California
Chief Leaders of Indian tribes are called Chiefs
Chopin A classical musician
Clarence Means "one that lives near the Rive Clare" and was created for a 14th century Prince's name
Colonel A military rank of a commisioned officer
Combat Another word for fighting
Comet A celestial object consisting of ice and dust
Conan Conan O'Brian has a late night T.V. show
Confucius Was a Chinese thinker and social philosopher
Coral Polyps that live in the ocean
Costello An English name that means "son of Oisdealbhach"
Crusher A machine designed to turn big rocks into small rocks
Cyanide Cyanide poisoning happens when aliving organism is exposed to a compound that produces cyanide ions
Dakota South Dakota and North Dakota are 2 of the 50 states in the United States. I just love this name in general, but it belongs with other tough dog names.
Damian Means "to tame"
Delphi An archaeological site and a modern town in Greece
Demona A character in the show Gargoyles. She was consumed by hatred fo humanity and attempts to destroy it time after time
Desmond Means "Man from south Munster"
Dexter Means "right-handed, fortunate; one who dyes"
Diablo A dark fantasy-themed action role-playing game
Digger The Diggers were an English group of Protestant agrarian communists
Duke A university in North Carolina; a member of the nobility. Need two tough dog names? How about Duke and Dutchess?
Dutch Something from or related to the Netherlands. Also "Dutchess."
Dymond A town in Ontario; can also be a variation of "Diamond"
Erebus In Greek mythology, Erebus was the son of a primordial god, Chaos
Eugene One of the main cities in Oregon
Fang A long, pointed tooth and also known as a canine tooth used for biting and tearing flesh
Fidel Fidel Castro is a Cuban political leader and fomer communist revolutionary
Fitch Like the name brand Abercrombie and Fitch
Gaspar Means "treasure keeper"
Genghis Genghis Khan was the founder of the Mongol Empire which became the largest contiguous empire in history after his death
Gia Gia Carangi was an American fashion model during the late 1970's
Goliath A figure in the Hebrew Bible who fought against David, the future king of Israel 
Grunt To utter a deep guttural sound, like a hog does. Tough dog names deserve tough sounds, too!
Gucci An Italian fashion and leather goods label
Hades Greek king of the underworld
Hampton Hampton is a brand of Hotels and Suites
Hannibal Was a Carthainian military commander and tactician who is credited as one of the most talented commanders in history
Harley Harley-Davidson motercycles
Hector In the Iliad, Hector's exploits in the war prior to the events of the book are recapitulated
Hercules Roman name for the Greek demigod Heracles, Son of Jupiter
Horace Quintus Horatius Flasccus, known in the English-speaking world as Horace was the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus
Hulk The emotional and impulsive super hero alter ego of the withdrawn and reserved Dr. Bruce Banner. A must for the tough dog names list.
Ice Frozen water. Think "cold," "calculating," and, well, tough.
Isis Was a goddess in Ancient Egyptian religious beliefs
Jasper One of the vampires in the Twilight books
Jaws A famous thriller film about sharks.
Jezebel The Phoenecian wife of King Ahab of Irael
Jimbo Jimmy Donal "Jimbo" Wales is an American Internet entrepreneur and co-founder and promoter of Wikipedia
Juniper Junipers are coniferous plants in the cypress family
Justice The concept of moral rightness based on ethics, rationality, law, natural law, religion, fairnes, or equality, along with the punishment of the breach of said ethics
Kahlua A Mexican coffee-falvored liqueur. Dense and sweet, with the distinct taste of coffee, from which it is made
Kane Glenn Thomas Jacbos is a Spanish born-American professional wrestler and actor known better by his ring name, Kane.
Kato The eleventh most common Japanese surname
Kenya The Republic of Kenya is a country in East Africa
Khan A title for a ruler in Turkic and Mongolian languages
Killa The first single by R&B American group Cherish from their second album The Truth
Killer This one goes almost without saying.
Kiloh More like a male name
King Another name for a Monarch
Klingon Klingons are a fictional warrior race in the Star Trek universe
Koa In Hawaiian, this name means Brave, Fearless and Bold. Yes, it belongs on the tough dog names list.
Koda Kumiko Koda, better known by her stage name Kumi Koda, is a Japanese singer and songwriter from Kyoto, known for her urban and R&B songs
Kush Kingdom of Kush is an ancient antion in northeastern Africa compromising large areas within present-day Egypt and Sudan
Leander From the Hero and Leander myth, is a character from Greek myth, and has given his name to several individuals, at least one city and a number of warships and warship classes of the Royal Navy
Lecter Dr. Hannibal Lecter is a famous fictional character in a series of horror novels by Thomas Harris 
Lennox A Scottish surname from Levenach
Leon Was the King of Sparta, leader of the Greek armies at the Battle of Thermopylae
Liberty A concept in political philosophy that identifies the condition in which human beings are able to govern themselves according to free will
Lucuis One of the small group of common forenames found in the culture of ancient Rome
Luna The Moon, known as Luna in other languages
Macho Describes a person displaying manly characteristics, such as domineering, fierceness, bravado, chauvinism, etc.
Mack Mack Trucks is a truck-manufacturing company
Magnus Means "Great" in Latin
Malouk Arabic name for a male dog
Maverick The callsign of the main character, played by Tom Cruise, in the movie Top Gun
Maxima Maxima and minima are the highest and lowest points of a function in calculus
Maximus Claudius Maximus is a 2nd century Stoic philosopher and teacher of Marcus Aurelius
Medusa In greek mythology Medusa was a Gorgon, a chthonic monster, and a daughter of Phorcys and Ceto
Meeko The raccoon sidekick of Pocahontas
Menace A threat or danegr that causes intimidation
Mitis Also "Mathis" which means "gift of God"
Mitsu Could be short for Mitsubishi
Mohawk Like the mohawk hairstyle
Mojo A supervillain in various Marvel Comics publications
Moray One of the 32 council areas of Scotland
Mustang A free-ranging feral horse breed
Napalm A thickening/gelling agent generally mixed with gasoline or a similar fuel for use in military operations
Nicho An object of Latin American folk art
Nightmare A dream that can cause a strong negative emotional response from the sleeper, typically fear and/or horror
Nitro Nitroglycerin is an explosive chemical compound
Nova A nova is a cataclysmic nuclear explosion caused by the accretion of hydrogen on to the surface of a white dwarf star, which ignites and starts nuclear fusion in a runaway manner
Octavius Gaius Octavius was an ancestor to the Roman Emperors of the Julio-Claudian dynasty
Odin A major god in Norse mythology and the ruler of Asgard
Omen An omen is a phenomenon that is believed to foretell the future, often signifying the advent of change
Oswald Like Oswald Chambers, the early 20th century Scottish Protestant Christian minister and teacher
Patton U.S. General George S. Patton of World War II fame. Appropriate for the tough dog names list.
Phantom Like the Phantom of the Opera
Pharaoh A title used in many modern discussions of the ancient Egyptian rulers of all periods
Pilot A fighter pilot is a military aviator trained in air-to-air combat while piloting a fighter aircraft
Predator A 1987 American science fiction action film directed by John McTiernan
Prince Prince Rogers Nelson, otherwise known as Prince, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor
Rambo A series of action films starring Sylvester Stallone. This had to be on the tough dog names list.
Ramesses Is the name conventionally given in English transliteration to Egyptian pharaohs of the later New Kingdom period
Raptor Raptor bird, a naturalist term for a bird of prey
Rattler May refer to rattlesnake
Razor A razor is a bladed tool primarily used in the removal of unwanted body hair when shaving
Ripper May refer to Jack the Ripper, a pseudonym given to an unidentified serial killer
Rocky Like the Rocky movies with Sylvester Stallone. Tough dog names and Rocky Balboa. They just go together.
Roxy A very popular clothing brand
Ruger Short for "Ruggiero" meaning "famous spear." Also a gun brand.
Samson Like Samson and Delilah in the Bible
Sarge May refer to Seargant
Sativa Cannabis sativa is an annual plant in the Cannabaceae family. Humans use this plant as a drug
Seeley Special Angent Seeley Booth is a fictional character in the U.S. Television series, Bones
Senator A state senator is a member of a state's Senate
Shaka The shaka sign is a common greeting gesture often associated with Hawai'i
Smasher To smash something is to break something into pieces suddenly, noisily, and violently
Socrates Was a classical Greek Athenian philospher
Sparta Sparta or Lacedaemon was a prominent city-state in ancient Greece, situated on the banks of the River Eurotas in Laconia, in south-eastern Peloponnese
Spear A spear is a pole weapon consisting of a shaft, usually of wood, with a pointed head
Spike A fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel
Steele Michael Stephen Steele is an American politician who served as the first African-American chairman of the Republican National Committee
Stetson A well-known brand of hats, boots, apparel, eyewear, and frangrance
Storm Storm is a fictoinal character that appears in a number of comic books published by Marvel Comics
Stormy Subject to, involving, or characterized by violent disturbance or emotional outburst
Stryker An eight-wheeled, armored fighting vehicle
Sumo Like sumo wrestling. Also good for the Big Dog Names list.
Tank A tank is a tracked, armoured fighting vehicle designed for front-line combat which combines oerational mobility and tactical offensive and defensive capabilities
Terence Was a playwright of the Roman Republic, of Berber descent
Terror Fear; An emotional response to threats and danger
Tex Tex is a typesetting system designed and mostly written by Donald Knuth
Thaddeus Most likely derived from the Aramaic word meaning "breast," which would be a nickname for a close friend, as in "bosom buddy," or a younger brother
Thor In Norse polytheism, Thor is a hammer-wielding god associated with thunder, lightning, storms, oak trees, strength, destruction, fertility, healing, and the protection of mankind. Watch the Thor movie!
Thunder The sound of thunder can range from a sharp, loud crack to a long, low rumble
Titus Titus Flavius Vespasianus was Roman Emperor from 79 to 81
Tora The law of God 
Trampler Dave A. Trampier is a former artist and writer who worked on some of the earliest editions of Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game
Tyson Mike Tyson is an American boxer and was the undisputed heavyweight champion 
Ulrich A Germanic name meaning "heritage"
Ulysses Ulysses S. Grant was the 18th President of the United States
Uzi An open bolt, blowback-operated submachine gun
Vader Darth Vader is a central character in the Star Wars saga, and is one of the main protagonists in the story.
Vash A character on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Vega The brightest star in the constellation Lyra, the fifth brightest star in the night sky and the second brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere, after Arcturus
Viking Refers to the Norse explorers who raided, traded, explored and settled in wide areas of Europe and the North Atlantic islands from the late 8th to the mid-11th century
Viper A water viper is a venomous snake found in the eastern U.S.
Vulture A type of bird that scavenges on dead animal carcasses
Weston This name just sounds like it should be on the tough dog names list. It is regal sounding.
Wicked A novel written by Stephen Schwartz that a famous Broadway play is based loosely on
Wolf Gray wolves are social predators 
Xena A fictional character from Robert Tapert's Xena: Warrior Princess 
Xylon Means "Woods, Wooded"
Zada Means "Prosperous, Fortunate"
Zane Of Hebrew origin and means "God is gracious"
Zeke From "Ezekiel" meaning "God will strengthen"
Zeus In Greek mythology Zeus is the "Father of Gods and men" who ruled the Olympians of Mount Olympus as a father ruled the family
Zulu The Zulu people are an ethnic group of southern Africa

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