100+ Australian Shepherd Names: Ideas for Energetic & Sporty Dogs

Funny enough the Australian Shepherd, otherwise known as the Aussie, is not an Australian breed at all! This dog has a Western United States heritage. Despite their complete lack of Outback roots, they do happen to have a very easy going and laid back personality. The Australian Shepherd is energized, loving, and a wonderful companion for families. Their instinctual nature makes them splendid herders, whether it be sheep or children, no job is to big! Additionally, they are great sport dogs – agility and dock diving are a few of the events they thrive in. 

The Aussie is blessed with a stunning coat, often blue or red merle, meaning they are dotted with patches of color throughout their usually white based coat, and a piercing set of eyes – some times even miss-matched. If you’ve adopted a pup from this beautiful breed, you are in for a life full of adventures! Now to find a name suitable for your new Australian Shepherd – below we have listed the most popular names for female and males, mini shepherd and puppy names, ironic Australian ideas, a few badass and unique suggestions, and finally, names that complement their lovely merle coats! 

Female Australian Shepherd Dog Names

  • Paisley 
  • Ivy 
  • Mila 
  • Maya 
  • Nola 
  • Layla 
  • Penny 
  • Hazel 
  • Mika 
  • Thena 
  • Sage 
  • Nova 
  • Bella 
  • Daisy 
  • Birdie 
  • Dixie 

Male Australian Shepherd Dog Names

  • Mac 
  • Rocky 
  • Leo 
  • Scout 
  • Copper 
  • Benji 
  • Mash 
  • Odin 
  • Juno 
  • Bodey 
  • Sulley 
  • Hank 
  • Pinto 
  • Dante 
  • Sawyer 
  • Miles 
  • Griffin 
  • Felix 
  • Harvey 
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Australian Shepherd Puppy Names

Of course, your Aussie puppy won’t be a baby forever but their sweet demeanor and bubbly personality will show that you can be young at heart forever. One of these names is sure to grow with your pup and make a lasting impression on whomever they meet! 

  • Molly 
  • Roscoe 
  • Buddy 
  • Annie 
  • Piper
  • Winnie 
  • Bingo 
  • Finn 
  • Teddy 
  • Willow 
  • Lucy 
  • Luna
  • Jasper 
  • Gus 
  • Benji Archie 
  • Ariel 
  • Maggie 
  • Moxie 
  • Cleo 
  • Ellie 
  • Gracie 

Australian Names for your Australian Shepherd

The Australian shepherd received its Aussie name reference as it resembled a breed originating from the Outback dating as far as the 1800s. The breed itself in fact originated in the Western United States! Despite the lack of Australian heritage, it still might be a fun idea to give your new pup a name inspired by this intriguing country. 

  • Bondi 
  • Aussie 
  • Barbie 
  • Melbourne 
  • Crikey
  • Irwin
  • Dingo 
  • Brisbane 
  • Arvo 
  • Joey 
  • Koala 
  • Taz
  • Orchy 
  • Dundee
  • Sydney 
  • Mandu 
  • Kiwi 
  • Tillie 
  • Perth 
  • Ozzie 
  • Mate 
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Mini Australian Shepherd Dog Names

The Mini Australian Shepherd is a separate breed all on its own that shares the same features, personality, and coat colors, only they are mini! With the same fun-loving and energetic traits, these little pups are great for someone who may not have the space to host a full-size dog! 

  • Peanut 
  • Chip 
  • Buttons 
  • Chewy 
  • Goose 
  • Basil 
  • Romeo
  • Josie 
  • Moose
  • Flick 
  • Bean 
  • Smalls 
  • Watson 
  • Karma 
  • Ella 
  • Gigi 
  • Pino 
  • Ruby 
  • Alfie 
  • Maisy
  • Reese 
  • Odie 
  • Mabel 

Badass Australian Shepherd Dog Names

The Australian Shepherd is known for its upbeat and cheerful attitude, so why choose a tough name? Well, Australian Shepherds are determined and motivated. They make competitive herding and sporting dogs, and truly excel in any activity they set their mind to. Truthfully, one doesn’t get more badass than that! 

  • Brutus 
  • Axel 
  • Xena 
  • Electra 
  • Danger 
  • Rebel 
  • Gunner 
  • Tonka 
  • Zeus 
  • Vixen 
  • Sarge 
  • Gamora 
  • Pyro
  • Joplin 
  • Harlow 
  • Diesel 
  • Power 
  • Nitro 
  • Viper 
  • Jinx 
  • Tank
  • Ammo 
  • Bones 
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Blue Merle & Red Merle Australian Shepherd Dog Names

Common coat colors among this breed include the gorgeous merled pattern in blue or red or a stunning combination of both. Pair this pooch with a set of striking light blue eyes and you’ll have one show-stopping pup! 

  • Comet 
  • Ashton
  • Cherry  
  • Pebbles 
  • Giada 
  • Foggy 
  • Esme 
  • Dottie 
  • Rush 
  • Fox 
  • Pretzel 
  • Cosmo 
  • Blu 
  • Merle 
  • Dusty 
  • Opal
  • Glory
  • Ginger 
  • Spot 
  • Pepper 
  • Afina 
  • Mottle 

Unique Australian Shepherd Dog Names

When it comes to naming a pup, one size fits all may not be the ideal option for everyone. Your Aussie is a true individual and name so unlike any other pup you’ve met might be the perfect match for your little beaut! 

  • Avalon 
  • Orion 
  • Sumo 
  • Jobie 
  • Fletcher 
  • Dino 
  • Mayo 
  • Xander 
  • Sepia 
  • Umber 
  • Ursa
  • Puck 
  • Lars 
  • Vanta 
  • Ritz 

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Finding the Right Name for Your Australian Shepherd

Adopting a new puppy is wildly exciting and choosing their name should be a fun addition to the process! Sometimes this step is overwhelming as the options are seemingly endless. Here we have a few tips sure to help you narrow down your search! 

  • Names that end with vowels are easier for dogs to learn. Names like Lucky, Fido, and Bella got their names on the top of the popular list for more than one reason. Dogs can distinguish frequencies ranges higher (and better) than we can (have you heard of the dog whistle?), so having the vowel ending adds an intonation that makes it very easy to hear and understand for your pup. That’s not to say it’s the only way, but it will give your puppy a bit of a leg-up in his puppy training.
  • One to two syllable names are easier to say. Really long names are a pain, especially during training, so just keep that in mind if you find one you love. A little “Queen Elizabeth the 3rd” may be the fitting name for your regal pup, but using that as her proper name and calling her Lizzie will probably serve you and her much better. 
  • Avoid offensive or negatively connotated words for names. Would you be comfortable telling your vet or your neighbor your dog’s name? How about calling your dog’s name at the dog park. Even words that may be funny, like “Fart Nugget” can be a bit on the tricky side for a proper name for your pet. Leave those for the cutesy nicknames and pick something you’ll be proud to share so your pup can wear it with pride too.
  • Do your best to avoid names that may be confused with commands. Imagine your little puppy learning to “sit” or “stay,” but their name is “Kit” or “Ray.” While the names are cute and we aren’t saying you can’t pick them, just keep in mind that learning the commands that sound similar will be a little trickier at first, so have a bit more patience if you’re set on the name. 

With these tips, you are sure to find something your new Aussie will absolutely adore. However, if none of these suggestions jumped out at you, take a peek at one of our other sites linked below: 


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