100+ Tough Dog Names: Ideas for Strong & Wonderful Dogs

If you’ve recently become the proud owner of a skilled and hardy pet dog, you might want to give him a tough dog name that does justice to his tough demeanor and sturdy build. When you look for tough dog names, you do not necessarily need to look at names that infer physical strength, though it may be the best way to describe his personality. 

Or maybe your pup looks tough but is soft as pudding inside. A tough name could be the irony you’re looking for. The following list of tough dog names was put together to make your decision making easier since we know this big choice can be tougher than crate training! Don’t waste another minute, scroll down, and select the perfect tough name.

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Tough Female Dog Names

  • Sabrina
  • Elektra
  • Quinn
  • Rebel
  • Ursa
  • Zelda
  • Rogue
  • Mystique
  • Shadow
  • Onyx
  • Raven
  • Sparky
  • Priscilla
  • Delilah
  • Storm
  • Diva
  • Athena
  • Hera
  • Ivy
  • Matilda
  • Alexandra
  • Star
  • Queenie
  • Sheba
  • Elizabeth
  • Sabre
  • Joan
  • Xena
  • Vixen
  • Tigress
  • Victoria
  • Maia
  • Yukon
  • Anastasia
  • Cleopatra

Tough Male Dog Names

  • Bruiser
  • Hellhound
  • Zeus
  • Kong
  • Storm
  • Barbarian
  • Ryder
  • Beast
  • Zombie
  • Rambo
  • Marine
  • Bruce
  • Maximus
  • Julius
  • Samson
  • Bronson
  • Maverick
  • Damien
  • Lightning
  • Maniac
  • Brick
  • Balto
  • Demon
  • Bullet
  • Buzz
  • Slayer
  • Durden
  • Axel
  • Diesel
  • Holt
  • Jett
  • Ares
  • Pistol
  • Bruiser
  • Brutus
  • Jax
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Tough Girl Dog Names

Not all names fit on a girl puppy, even though they may grow into the name. This list below is of our favorite dog names for little girl pups.

  • Champ
  • Harley
  • Spike
  • Scrapper
  • Mary
  • Bullseye
  • Medusa
  • Moana
  • Elsa
  • Chica
  • Nina

Tough Boy Dog Names

Just like with the little girl pup names, some names are just more suitable for little boy pups. When they get older, you won’t change their name, of course, but it’s better to pick a name that suits from day one.

  • Chompers
  • Bugsy
  • Nitro
  • Rocky
  • Buck
  • Bolt
  • Bamm Bamm
  • Mufasa
  • Jaws
  • Bruno
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Tough Pitbull Dog Names

Chances are if you’re looking for a tough dog name, you’ve adopted a Pitbull pup. They may seem tough on the outside, but they are so lovable and caring, that a name too tough just won’t fit. Below are our favorite tough but fair names for Pitbull dogs.

  • Chopper
  • Augustus
  • Hooch
  • Gunner
  • Knight
  • Caesar
  • Ammo
  • Spook
  • Knox
  • Diablo

Bonus: One Tough Dog

One of the toughest dogs in history is the Russian pup that was one of the first animals to leave Earth and go to space. She was a stray from the streets of Moscow and entered orbit on 3 November 1957. The story didn’t end happily ever after for the pup, but her sacrifice has been immeasurable to space discovery. If you want to honor this pup, or just have a real tough dog name, think about naming your pup:

  • Laika
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Finding the Right Tough Name for Your Dog

If you have been lucky enough to own a dog whose breed is strong, or you can just see your new pup’s toughness in their eyes, then one of the names on this list will surely be what you’re looking for.

That being said, we know this is a difficult task that needs a lot of processing, so we’ve got plenty more lists for you to browse so you know that you’re making the best-informed decision. Some of them are below. Have a read if you’re still looking for the perfect name, or, congratulations on naming the most recent addition to your family!


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