100+ African Dog Names: Ideas for Exotic and Unusual Dogs

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Rhodesian Ridgeback

Africa is a diverse continent with an incredible cultural heritage. It’s also home to quite a few dog breeds, including the Rhodesian Ridgeback, Azawakh, and Basenji. Whether or not you own one of these breeds, why not consider an African name for your new best friend?

We’ve put together this comprehensive list of over 100 African dog names, ranging from the familiar (Safari) to the more exotic (Xolani). Keep reading to find your furball’s interesting new name!

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Female African Dog Names

  • Safari
  • Titi
  • Neema
  • Aaliyah
  • Kwini
  • Benya
  • Sabra
  • Pula
  • Kanzi
  • Nata
  • Fayola
  • Sonto
  • Adanna
  • Oba
  • Sarafina
  • Abena
  • Siti
  • Ama
  • Ami
  • Eshe
  • Kali
  • Asha
  • Ode
  • Maha
  • Jambo
  • Zula
  • Bonolo
  • Jina
  • Buhle
  • Alika
  • Mosa
  • Nala
  • Jamila
  • Reta
  • Sarabi
  • Sassandra
  • Ramla
  • Ada
Basenji
Basenji | Image credit: Fugzu, Flickr

Male African Dog Names

  • Akeen
  • Cebo
  • Kayin
  • Chike
  • Zibu
  • Roro
  • Jaafan
  • Mandla
  • Ade
  • Dada
  • Chana
  • Jengo
  • Leki
  • Timon
  • Roho
  • Isa
  • Mufasa
  • Delani
  • Sipho
  • Jama
  • Shenzi
  • Rafiki
  • Barack
  • Menzi
  • Oringo
  • Bobo
  • Masozi
  • Kasim
  • Limbani
  • Moyo
  • Ogbo
  • Zazu
  • Cebo
  • Kendi
  • Moriti
  • Faa
  • Farai
  • Banzai
  • Kgosi
  • Dumi
  • Kafi
  • Pumbaa
Boerboel
Boerboel | Image credit: 947051, Pixabay

South African Dog Names

South Africa is both a country and an African region, and the area’s colonial history has resulted in a unique language (Afrikaans) and set of popular names. Let’s take a look!

  • Mandla
  • Rudo
  • Kaya
  • Arno
  • Imka
  • Yamikani
  • Tumbelo
  • Xolani
  • Retha
  • Thabo
  • Pulang
  • Tapiwa
  • Simba
  • Lerato
  • Nontle
  • Neo
  • Tau
  • Annika
  • Zikomo
  • Palesa
  • Zodwa
  • Jabulani
  • Zola
  • Luan

Finding the Right African Name for Your Dog

When you’re considering African dog names, why not go beyond the characters in Disney’s Lion King? We hope this list of unusual and beautiful African names has helped you find your puppy’s new name.

Not feeling inspired? Try one of our other lists:


Header image credit: Rhodesian Ridgeback by du_weist_schon_wer, Pixabay