800+ of the Most Badass Dog Names for Your Best Companion

Whether you have a tough-looking dog such as a Pitbull or Rottweiler or a smaller pup like a Chihuahua, the perfect name for your pooch may be on this list.

If your doggo is a tough guy or you’re looking for an ironic name for your scaredy-cat, we’ve compiled some of the most badass dog names for your best companion. Let’s check out the list!

a big brown Pittie sitting on the grass
A muscular Pitbull sitting outside a white house

How do you pick a badass name for your dog?

Before we get started, what makes a badass dog name?

The sound and meaning of the name, for one. You can have a name that simply means “tough” if you’d like.

Overall, you want to have strong, bold names that will show off your dog’s personality or breed.

Remember, when naming your pooch, try not to rhyme it with another pet’s name or command. Choose something your pup will respond to, which will be easy for everyone to remember.

Are you ready to name your doggo? Let’s begin the list.

What’s in a name? Who is the most famous badass dog?

an English Bulldog sitting on a porch happily
A senior English Bulldog smiling – Image source

What better way to honor some strong people in history by sharing their name with your dog. Let’s start with some strong female dog names from history.

  1. Amelia Earhart
  2. Boudicca
  3. Harriet Tubman
  4. Khutu
  5. Margaret Fuller
  6. Marie Curie
  7. Mary Seacole
  8. Maya Angelou
  9. Melita Norwood
  10. Rosa Parks

And here are some strong male dog names from history.

  1. Alexander the Great
  2. Edmund Hillary
  3. Hugh Glass
  4. Jesse Owens
  5. Marco Polo
  6. Napoleon Bonaparte
  7. Neil Armstrong
  8. Nelson Mandela
  9. Robert Falcon Scott
  10. Winston Churchill

If you want to name your pooch after a leader from history, then here are some dog names inspired by strong leaders to think about.

  1. Albright
  2. Caesar
  3. Charlemagne
  4. Che
  5. Cleopatra
  6. Davis
  7. Evita
  8. Ginsburg
  9. Grant
  10. Huey P.
  11. Joan of Arc
  12. Kenndy
  13. King
  14. Lincoln
  15. Mahatma
  16. Malcolm (X)
  17. Milk
  18. Obama
  19. Princess Di
  20. Roosevelt
  21. Thatcher
  22. Ulysses
  23. Winfrey

If you’re more into sports, then check out these badass dog names inspired by famous athletes and famous tough fighters.

a Pitbull Puppy enjoying the nature
Meet Brady, a happy Pitbull Puppy standing on a tree trunk – Image source
  1. Ali
  2. Brady
  3. Brock
  4. Cristiano
  5. Danica
  6. Dempsey
  7. Diamond
  8. Evander
  9. Faber
  10. Fedor
  11. Flair
  12. Giant
  13. Gordie
  14. Gracie
  15. Hogan
  16. Jab
  17. Jackson
  18. Jericho
  19. KO
  20. Lebron
  21. Liddel
  22. Machida
  23. McMahon
  24. Mick
  25. MJ/Jordan
  26. Oscar
  27. Peyton
  28. Rafael
  29. Rampage
  30. Razor
  31. Rocky
  32. Rousey
  33. Rowdy
  34. Savage
  35. Serena
  36. Silva
  37. Sonny
  38. Tiger
  39. Tito
  40. Tyson

If you’re more musically inclined, then there are some tough dog names for that as well.

Here are a few badass male and female dog names inspired by rappers, singers, and bands.

  1. 2Pac
  2. Akon
  3. Arcade
  4. Bruno
  5. Busta
  6. CeeLo
  7. Dido
  8. Fergie
  9. Jayzee
  10. Ke$ha
  11. Linkin
  12. Neyo
  13. Outkast
  14. Pitty
  15. Shaggy
  16. Tayo
  17. Twisted
  18. Usher
  19. Waylon
  20. Wyclef
  21. Youngbloodz

There are also strong dog names inspired by pop culture.

  1. Alien
  2. Andy Warhowl
  3. Brando
  4. Callahan
  5. Chopper
  6. Clubber
  7. Corleone
  8. Drax
  9. Durden
  10. Dutch
  11. Groot
  12. Hooch
  13. Indiana Bones
  14. Jaws
  15. Joplin
  16. Katniss
  17. Lolita
  18. Luke
  19. Quint
  20. Red
  21. Riggs
  22. Snake
  23. Snarls Barkley
  24. Strummer
  25. Washington

If you have a really feisty doggy, then here are the most famous aggressive dog names for you to think about.

a Rottie training to be a guard dog
A badass Rottweiler on aggressive mode – Image source
  1. Atticus
  2. Bender
  3. Bourne
  4. Bundy
  5. Chop
  6. Coffin
  7. Dahlia
  8. Ivy
  9. Luca
  10. Nemesis
  11. Raider
  12. Reaper
  13. Robotnik
  14. Siege
  15. Storm

If you would like some more inspiration, take a look at these five famous badass dogs on instagram.

  1. Ser.jorah.pawmont
  2. Ghost.thesuperhusky
  3. Sansagolden_doodle
  4. Nedthewhippet 
  5. Snowbee_the_mutt

The best badass dog names

a wrinkly English Bulldog on a walk
A wondering English Bulldog walking – Image source

Are you still looking for a name? Don’t worry; we have plenty more no matter your dog breed, whether it’s a Poodle, Doberman, Bulldog, or anything in between.

Let’s take a look at some of the best badass dog names.

Badass dog names inspired by TV and movie characters

If you have a soft spot for TV shows and movies, such as Game of Thrones, here’s a quick list of badass dog names inspired by superheroes.

  1. Asterix
  2. Conan
  3. Elektra
  4. Hawkeye
  5. Hulk
  6. Rogue
  7. Spidey
  8. Thor
  9. Wolverine
  10. Wonder Woman

We can’t forget about those villains! Here are some badass dog names inspired by movie villains.

  1. Bane
  2. Dr. Doom
  3. Gollum
  4. Hannibal
  5. Lex
  6. Loki
  7. Luther
  8. Norman
  9. Scar
  10. Vader

Or, if you’re looking for a unique name that’s more on the classy side, here are a few badass dog names inspired by classic action films.

  1. Butch
  2. Dominic
  3. Duke
  4. Floyd
  5. Gus
  6. Rambo
  7. Rocco
  8. Spike
  9. Vinnie

What about these badass dog names inspired by TV characters?

  1. Andre (Dre)
  2. Carlton
  3. Chandler
  4. Fonzie
  5. Frasier
  6. Magnum
  7. Marshall
  8. Rufus
  9. Tyrion
  10. Walter

If you love TV, you’ll enjoy these badass dog names inspired by The Boys Next Door.

  1. Bill
  2. Clark
  3. Craig
  4. Derek
  5. Hank
  6. John
  7. Nathan
  8. Rick
  9. Roger
  10. Steve

Dogs names inspired by famous prisons and jails

a strong Bully standing on the grass
A brawny looking Bully with gold chain – Image source

You can’t get tougher than a dog named after prison or jail, can you?

  1. Chino
  2. Folsom
  3. Hatfield
  4. Lompoc
  5. Parchman
  6. Raiford
  7. Rikers
  8. Sing Sing
  9. Yodok

Or what about these badass dog names inspired by real criminals?

  1. Bonnie
  2. Borden
  3. Capone
  4. Cassidy
  5. Clyde
  6. Genghis
  7. James
  8. Kojak
  9. Robin Hood
  10. Villa
  11. Vlad
  12. Zod

And here are some more outlaw and gangster dog names.

  1. Bugsy
  2. Colombo (crime family in New York)
  3. Dillinger
  4. Escobar
  5. Gambino
  6. Gotti
  7. Hickok
  8. Lansky
  9. Vito
  10. Wyatt

Badass working-dog names

a Cane Corso Mastiff sitting while wearing a chain
A strong Cane Corso adorably sitting – Image source

There are many working dog breeds, and those pups are tough.

So, here are some female working dog names.

  1. Avery
  2. Blair
  3. Celine
  4. Cinder
  5. Daisy
  6. Delilah
  7. Delta
  8. Duchess
  9. Eliza
  10. Ella
  11. Emery
  12. Evelyn
  13. Faith
  14. Fern
  15. Fiona
  16. Florence
  17. Floss
  18. Ginger
  19. Giselle
  20. Hazel
  21. Heather
  22. Lassie
  23. Locket
  24. Mallory
  25. Mango
  26. Maple
  27. Meadow
  28. Mika
  29. Mocha
  30. Mystic
  31. Nova
  32. Nutmeg
  33. Ophelia
  34. Orchid
  35. Quinn
  36. Regina
  37. River
  38. Rye
  39. Serenity
  40. Sparkle
  41. Spirit
  42. Summer
  43. Tabitha
  44. Tamara
  45. Tillie
  46. Trixie
  47. Utopia
  48. Velvet
  49. Wren
  50. Zora

Of course, we added male working-dog names as well.

  1. Alvin
  2. Birch
  3. Boxer
  4. Bruce
  5. Chief
  6. Colin
  7. Colt
  8. Drake
  9. Elliot
  10. Everest
  11. Felix
  12. Flash
  13. Flint
  14. Hamilton
  15. Icon
  16. Igor
  17. Irving
  18. Judge
  19. Knight
  20. Kurt
  21. Lance
  22. Lucky
  23. Major
  24. Malfoy
  25. Marvel
  26. Master
  27. Maverick
  28. Oliver
  29. Oscar
  30. Patriot
  31. Pilot
  32. Quill
  33. Radar
  34. Roy
  35. Ryder
  36. Skipper
  37. Snapper
  38. Spade
  39. Tracker
  40. Tucker
  41. Ukele
  42. Viggo
  43. Vince
  44. Virgo
  45. Xavier
  46. Yarrow
  47. Yeti
  48. Yoshi
  49. Zane
  50. Zyron

Badass military dog names for your fearless pup

a GSD x Belgian Malinois wearing a K9 harness
A German Shepherd x Belgian Malinois K9 police dog – Image source

Are you into the military? Maybe you know a few veterans, or maybe you’re a World War history buff.

If so, these female military dog names might be for you.

  1. Alpha
  2. Bazooka
  3. Carnation
  4. Cerise
  5. Chestnut
  6. Destiny
  7. Glory
  8. Haven
  9. Honor
  10. March
  11. Missile
  12. Navy
  13. Scooter
  14. Viper
  15. Wera

You can check out these male military dog names as well.

  1. Admiral
  2. Bomber
  3. Boots
  4. Caliber
  5. Camo
  6. Colonel
  7. Combat
  8. Commander
  9. Dagger
  10. General
  11. Laser
  12. Private
  13. Rifle
  14. Sniper
  15. Trooper

Need more military dog names?. Pick one from these 400+ names.

Badass guard dog names

Is your doggy a good watchdog? What makes a good guard dog name for them?

Try to find a name that’s one or two syllables. You’ll be able to keep it short and sweet, all the while conveying enough emotion to your doggo.

Of course, a great name will also sound tough. 

What are some good guard dog names for you to name your pooch?

  1. Arma
  2. Beast
  3. Bench
  4. Blitz
  5. Brick
  6. Butcher
  7. Crash
  8. Cush
  9. Daga
  10. Diesel
  11. Dozer
  12. Erma
  13. Fang
  14. Fender
  15. Fera
  16. Fire
  17. Fury
  18. Gorilla
  19. Jager
  20. Jinx
  21. Juno
  22. Knuckles
  23. Kong
  24. Nails
  25. Pistol
  26. Pusher
  27. Saber
  28. Slash
  29. Stone
  30. Stryker
  31. Tala
  32. Tappaa
  33. T-Bone
  34. Zao
  35. Zeva

Badass hunting dog names

a German Shorthaired Pointer on a hunt
A proud German Shorthaired Pointer showing off his hunt – Image source

If you have a hunting dog, check out these badass hunting dog names.

  1. Bronson
  2. Dunkirk
  3. Rhodes
  4. Rictus
  5. Rooster
  6. Scully
  7. Sinbad
  8. Skinner
  9. Sledge
  10. Taboo
  11. Tomoyuki
  12. Trinity
  13. Tron
  14. Ultimate Warrior

Don’t miss: The Best Hunting Dog Names for your fierce and loyal dog

Sled dog names for your Husky, Alaskan Malamute, or Samoyed

Here are some more working pups, female sled dog names inspired from Alaska.

  1. Aga
  2. Akira
  3. Amber
  4. Aurora
  5. Bailey
  6. Blue
  7. Crystal
  8. Dakota
  9. Eska
  10. Fable
  11. Freya
  12. Grace
  13. Hazel
  14. Irina
  15. Java
  16. Kayra
  17. Laika
  18. Miska
  19. Nova
  20. Odessa
  21. Pandora
  22. Qwin
  23. River
  24. Sky
  25. Snowflake (Snow)
  26. Suka
  27. Terra
  28. Tundra
  29. Ulva
  30. Winter
  31. Yumi

And here are the male sled dog names.

  1. Arko
  2. Arrow
  3. Aspen
  4. Balto
  5. Bolt
  6. Chase
  7. Dash
  8. Echo
  9. Frost
  10. Ghost
  11. Huner
  12. Ice
  13. Jiro
  14. Kenai
  15. Logan
  16. Moose
  17. Nanook
  18. Odin
  19. Polar
  20. Quake
  21. Siku
  22. Timber
  23. Togo
  24. Usk
  25. Willow
  26. Xanadu
  27. Yukon

Need more Husky names? Check out our list of 500+ Husky names here.

Scary dog names

Check out these scary dog names for your pooch.

  1. Bullet
  2. Cruella
  3. Evil
  4. Freddie
  5. Jabba
  6. Jafar
  7. Jigsaw
  8. Lecter
  9. Lucifer
  10. Orc
  11. Satan
  12. Sauron
  13. Spook
  14. Thanos
  15. Ultron

Funny yet strong dog names

an adorable Chihuahua looking up
A goofy Chihuahua standing – Image source

Here are a few funny yet strong dog names if you’re into puns.

  1. Bark Ruffalo
  2. Barky Rogers
  3. Beowoof
  4. Chewbarka
  5. Clint Eastwoof
  6. Dogtor Strange
  7. Dogtor Watson
  8. Hairy Pawter
  9. J.K. Growling
  10. Kahl Dogo
  11. Luke Skywoofer
  12. Muttley Crew
  13. Ned Bark
  14. Notorious D.O.G.
  15. Pup Norris
  16. Sherlock Bones
  17. Tony Bark
  18. Uma Ferman

Looking for more funny names? Check out our list of the best funny dog names here..

Dog names inspired by strong names from mythology

You can’t go wrong with badass dog names inspired by Greek mythology to ensure your dog sounds tough.

  1. Achlys
  2. Aries
  3. Artemis
  4. Athena
  5. Bacchus
  6. Ceto
  7. Erebus
  8. Eris
  9. Hades
  10. Hera
  11. Hercules
  12. Hermes
  13. Ippo
  14. Leo
  15. Maia
  16. Neptune
  17. Nyx
  18. Orion
  19. Poseidon
  20. Samson
  21. Shaitan
  22. Sparticus
  23. Talos
  24. Titan
  25. Xena
  26. Zeus

Badass dog names inspired by the universe

There are also these names inspired by the universe.

  1. Apollo
  2. Comet
  3. Haley
  4. Jupiter
  5. Luna
  6. Pluto
  7. Sirius
  8. Venus

Badass dog names inspired by music

Check out these few names inspired by music.

  1. Blondie
  2. Cardi
  3. Chance
  4. Elvis
  5. Hendrix
  6. Iggy
  7. Lizzo
  8. Motley
  9. Prince
  10. Sid Vicious

Badass dog names inspired by the letter A, for Awesome

Do you have more than one dog, and you’re looking to give them similar names? Check out these names inspired by the letter A.

  1. Ace
  2. Ajax
  3. Ansel
  4. Anson
  5. Apache
  6. Aphrodite
  7. Archer
  8. Ash
  9. Atlas
  10. Axel

Dog names inspired by strong-sounding words

a Cane Corso puppy sitting near a lake
A Cane Corso puppy on a riverside – Image source

Or here are some names inspired by strong-sounding words.

  1. Ammo
  2. Bouncer
  3. Bruiser
  4. Brutus
  5. Champ
  6. Crusher
  7. Hitman
  8. Kevlar
  9. Nitro
  10. Rhino
  11. Scandal
  12. Sniper
  13. Tonka
  14. Turbo

Badass puppy names from powerful words

If none of the words above tickled your fancy, what about these names from powerful words?

  1. Amir
  2. Brendan (Gaelic for “brave”)
  3. Carlo
  4. Colossus
  5. Faya
  6. Garvan
  7. Griffin
  8. Gunner
  9. Ozzie
  10. Porter
  11. Rebel
  12. Stalin
  13. Widow
  14. Zander

Badass dog names based on breed

Do you have a German Shepherd? Take a look at these badassGerman Shepherd pet names.

a GSD trying to reach something while jumping
A black German Shepherd on snow – Image source
  1. Goulash
  2. Harbin
  3. Heinko
  4. Karto
  5. Lothar
  6. Ludwig
  7. Nurem
  8. Otto
  9. Pilsner
  10. Raik
  11. Reissdorf
  12. Roth
  13. Rowland
  14. Rudolf
  15. Sauerkraut
  16. Saxon
  17. Stuttgart
  18. Ulf
  19. Ulrich
  20. Ureich
  21. Volker
  22. Walther
  23. Wenke
  24. Werner
  25. Willi
  26. Witten
  27. Wolf
  28. Wolfgang
  29. Wurst

Check out for more German Shepherd Names here!

If you have another breed, check out these badass dog names for Australian Shepherds.

Two Australian Shepherd standing on the snow
Meet Bessie and Joe, two cold-loving Australian Shepherds – Image source
  1. Ambush
  2. Arnold
  3. Ashanti
  4. Astra
  5. Auburn
  6. Aussie
  7. Bandit
  8. Bayou
  9. Beamer
  10. Begonia
  11. Belle
  12. Bertha
  13. Bessie
  14. Best
  15. Bina
  16. Brassy
  17. Brie
  18. Disaster
  19. Diva
  20. Dixie
  21. Erase
  22. Erupt
  23. Escapade
  24. Eureka
  25. Evict
  26. Exit
  27. Fedora
  28. Fifi
  29. Fighter
  30. Flame
  31. Fleak
  32. Flight
  33. Foxy
  34. Freeze
  35. Fright
  36. Geisha
  37. Harlequin
  38. Heart
  39. Italia
  40. Liara
  41. Liberty
  42. Lick
  43. Lightning
  44. Lilith
  45. Lottie
  46. Loyal
  47. Lula
  48. Lush
  49. Lyric
  50. Macy
  51. Magic
  52. Magnetic
  53. Majestic
  54. Mali
  55. Malia
  56. Malica
  57. Marcia
  58. Marnie
  59. Maya
  60. Melody
  61. Mercury
  62. Midnight
  63. Musk
  64. Nala
  65. Nevada
  66. Nia
  67. Rave
  68. Red
  69. Renee
  70. Rhonda
  71. Ria
  72. Role
  73. Role
  74. Roselyn
  75. Roxy
  76. Royal
  77. Ruby
  78. Rylie
  79. Sable
  80. Sabre
  81. Sacrifice
  82. Safire
  83. Saskia
  84. Scare
  85. Sienna
  86. Siobhan
  87. Talia
  88. Tanika

Check out for more Australian Shepherd Names here!

How about these badass dog names for Golden Retrievers?

a Golden Retriever looking so happy
Meet Harper, a Golden Retriever smiling heartily – Image source
  1. Ally
  2. Althea
  3. Annie
  4. Anya
  5. Ariel
  6. Audry
  7. Bella
  8. Buffy
  9. Chloe
  10. Ella
  11. Emma
  12. Gwen
  13. Gypsy
  14. Harper
  15. Indie
  16. Jade
  17. Jasmine
  18. Jenny
  19. Julie
  20. June
  21. Katie
  22. Linda
  23. Lizzie
  24. Lola
  25. Lucy
  26. Marilyn
  27. Mary
  28. Maya
  29. Mia
  30. Rose
  31. Sadie
  32. Sasha
  33. Sia
  34. Sophie
  35. Stella
  36. Sue
  37. Summer

Check out more Golden Retriever names here!

Badass dog names by nationality

Honor your roots by naming your doggo after your nationality. Here are some badass Russian dog names.

  1. Aleksi
  2. Annushka
  3. Boris
  4. Chernouh
  5. Domonika
  6. Faddey
  7. Gavrilla
  8. Jelena
  9. Konstantin
  10. Polina

Check out these badass Irish dog names.

  1. Aisling
  2. Anlon
  3. Breen
  4. Brosnam
  5. Cashel
  6. Charm
  7. Dagda
  8. Emerald
  9. Fallon
  10. Molly

And here are a few badass Italian dog names.

  1. Anita
  2. Antoinetta
  3. Beatrice
  4. Belinda
  5. Bianca
  6. Cara
  7. Carmela
  8. Elena
  9. Gabriela
  10. Gemma
  11. Gianna
  12. Giovanna
  13. Liliana
  14. Lunetta
  15. Margherita
  16. Maria
  17. Natala
  18. Paola
  19. Pippa
  20. Rita
  21. Roma
  22. Trista
  23. Venice
  24. Verona
  25. Virginia

Badass dog names inspired by just being badass

a Chorkie wearing a denim jacket and beret
Meet Penny, a fashionable Chihuahua x Yorkie saying hi – Image source

Are you still looking for a name? Why not consider one of these badass dog names inspired by just being badass?

  1. Bedlam
  2. Boomer
  3. Chaos
  4. Cyclone
  5. Damien
  6. Hurricane
  7. Inferno
  8. Malice
  9. Maximus
  10. Mayhem
  11. Pyro
  12. Renegade
  13. Tank
  14. Tempus

Badass dog names inspired by booze

Give your pet a unique name inspired by booze.

  1. Barley
  2. Bud
  3. Captain
  4. Jameson
  5. Kendall
  6. Spudz
  7. Whiskey

For more alcohol-inspired dog names, check out here!

Badass dog names inspired by the importance that requires formality

Give your pup a title with these important names that require formality.

  1. Doc Savage
  2. Dr. Demon
  3. Dr. Drool
  4. Dr. Pepper
  5. Mr. Mackey
  6. Mr. Miyagi
  7. Mr. Wonderful
  8. Mz. Manners

Best male and female badass dog names

a Basenji wearing a sweater sitting with her friend
A Basenji with her best friend looking up – Image source

Are you still torn between a couple of names? Why not narrow it down by gender?

Female badass dog names

Here are some badass girl dog names.

  1. Arya
  2. Attila
  3. Cersei
  4. Daenerys
  5. Gamora
  6. Harley
  7. Huntress
  8. Justice
  9. Leia
  10. Medusa
  11. Mystique
  12. Queenie
  13. Ripley
  14. Sassy
  15. Sheba
  16. Starbuck
  17. Vixen

Male badass dog names

Check out these badass names for boy dogs.

  1. Blaze
  2. Boss
  3. Danger
  4. Goliath
  5. Riptide
  6. Viper

What should I name my badass dog?

a close-up image of a French Bulldog
A cute Frenchie wearing a studded collar – Image source

It’s not easy to come up with the perfect name for your pooch. Once you get to know their personality a bit and keep their breed in mind, it’s easy to find a unique name.

Which names on this list are your favorites? Let us know in the comments below.

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