100+ German Dog Names: Ideas for Tough & Unique Dogs

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Have you always wanted to name your dog Sauerkraut, Heidi, or Jäger? You’re in the right place! The German language is full of interesting words, and if you or your dog has German heritage, a German name may be particularly appealing.

So how do you choose the best German name for your dog? That’s where we come in! We’ve put together this list of over 100 badass, unique, and classic German dog names. And if you have a German Shepherd, we’ve got a special list for you, too.

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Female German Dog Names

  • Anka
  • Frieda
  • Gabriele
  • Bernadette
  • Annette
  • Lena
  • Bertha
  • Heidi
  • Gretl
  • Astrid
  • Amelia
  • Alena
  • Brunhilda
  • Matilda
  • Maria
  • Bernice
  • Lorelei
  • Liesl
  • Sophia
  • Lara
  • Kaja
  • Brigitta
  • Klara
  • Ida
  • Ada
  • Helga
  • Hase
  • Gretel
  • Bavaria
Rottweiler
Rottweiler | Image credit: Pxfuel

Male German Dog Names

  • Hugo
  • Max
  • Felix
  • Damian
  • Alfred
  • August
  • Ernst
  • Arlo
  • Klaus
  • Gunther
  • Otto
  • Emmett
  • Frederick
  • Manfred
  • Bernard
  • Ferdinand
  • Dieter
  • Hendrick
  • Theobold
  • Donner
  • Arvin
  • Hamlin
  • Friedrich
  • Ellard
  • Rolf
  • Max
  • Adolph
  • Bismarck
  • Arnold
  • Bruno
  • Franz
  • Hans
Doberman in grass
Doberman | Image credit: dsd, PxHere

Badass German Dog Names

Germany is known as a pretty badass place, so why not choose a cool name like Jäger or Blitz? Some of the German breeds can be a bit badass too, even though they always do have a soft and lovable heart inside. Keep reading to find the most badass German dog names.

  • Kaiser
  • Berlin
  • Wolfgang
  • Kölsch
  • Hefeweizen
  • Schadenfreude
  • Jäger
  • Düsseldorf
  • Kamerad
  • Prost
  • Schnitzel
  • Axel
  • Prinz
  • Einstein
  • Goulash
  • Sauerkraut
  • Blitz
  • Uber
  • Blut
  • Bratwurst
Dachshund
Dachshund | Image credit: mristenpart, Pixabay

Unique German Dog Names

Is your puppy extra unique? Or maybe you just want a name that will stand out at the dog park. Either way, we’ve hand-picked some of the most distinctive German dog names that are sure to set your pup apart from the crowd. Scroll down to find the most unique German dog names.

  • Beethoven
  • Brezel
  • Duxi
  • Heinz
  • Munich
  • Danube
  • Bach
  • Clovis
  • Märzen
  • Bock
  • Dirk
  • Cayden
  • Gesundheit
  • Garin
  • Frido
  • Frau
  • Deutsche
  • Hund
  • Dedrick
  • Mozart
  • Aulf
Two German Shepherds
Image credit: PickPik

German Shepherd Dog Names

If you have a German Shepherd, why not honor their heritage with a German name? We think any of these names below would be perfect for a German Shepherd. 

  • Fritz
  • Leona
  • Marta
  • Tag
  • Milo
  • Morgen
  • Schäfer
  • Katrine
  • Kurt
  • Leopold
  • Luther

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Finding the Right German Name for Your Dog

We hope you’ve found the perfect German name for your new puppy. Whether you choose something traditional, badass, or unique, your dog is sure to appreciate a name that’s perfekt. And if you have a German Shepherd, we’ve got you covered with a special list. 

Need some dog naming tips? We recommend that you test any name out before committing to it. Say it out loud, shout it from the rooftops, and most of all, make sure you know how to pronounce it. Even the coolest name won’t work if you can’t say it.

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