Last Updated on April 20, 2023
Some of the strongest dog breeds include the Saint Bernard, Doberman, Great Dane, German Shepherd, Pitbull Terrier, and the Rottweiler.
These dogs may look intimidating on the outside, but they might not always act high and mighty like the Chihuahua.
Regardless, the perfect name for your pooch may be on this list of tough dog names, whether it fits their personality or it’s ironic.
What are some tough dog names?
Whether you have a large breed that’s intimidating or a small dog breed that acts rough around the edges, a tough name might suit them perfectly.
All the names on this list have a few things in common: they all refer to being tough or symbolize being a guard dog.
When choosing the best tough name for your dog, take the time to get to know your pup and learn their personality. Also, try not to choose a name that sounds too similar to a command.
Inspiration is everywhere. Think of various Gods and Goddesses from Greek, Norse, or Roman mythology.
You can also think of heroes and heroines, villains and outlaws, fierce animals, and much more!
Choosing the perfect name for your dog matters so much because the name represents who they are.
Take a look at the list of tough dog names we compiled for you.
Famous tough dog names
First, some tough dog names inspired by pop culture and movies.
- Darth Vader
- Lara Croft
- Robin Hood
Here are some names for dogs inspired by villains in popular culture, including some Marvel characters.
Now, let’s look at some tough dog names inspired by history, such as fighters.
- Anderson Silva
- Andre, the Giant
- Anthony Joshua
- Benson Henderson
- Bruce Lee
- Coner McGregor
- Cris Cyborg
- Deontay Wilder
- Dwayne Johnson
- Fedor Emelianenko
- Floyd Mayweather
- Georges St. Pierre
- Gina Carano
- Holly Holm
- Hulk Hogan
- Ilima-Lei Macfarlane
- John Cena
- Josh Barnett
- Julia Budd
- Mike Tyson
- Neiman Gracie
- Rocky Marciano
- Ronda Rousey
- Rose Namajunas
- Ryan Bader
- Tyson Fury
If you have a girl pup, check out these tough female dog names from history.
- Amelia Earhart
- Harriet Tubman
- Margaret Fuller
- Marie Curie
- Mary Seacole
- Maya Angelou
- Melita Norwood
- Rosa Parks
Here are a few tough male dog names from history.
- Alexander the Great
- Edmund Hillary
- Hugh Glass
- Jesse Owens
- Marco Polo
- Napoleon Bonaparte
- Neil Armstrong
- Nelson Mandela
- Robert Falcon Scott
- Winston Churchill
Here are some tough dog names from Instagram if you want more inspiration.
The best tough dog names for your fearless canine
Need more names? Here are the top tough dog names for your new puppy.
Speaking of top names, these are the ten most popular dog names inspired by strength.
Tough dog names based on breed
You can also choose a name for your new dog based on their breed.
Tough dog names for Labrador Retrievers
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Tough dog names that rock
Are you a music buff? Take a look at these puppy names based on musicians, singers, and bands.
Tough dog names with meanings
If you’d like your dog’s name to have a tough meaning to it, then here are a few options.
- Ajej (Moroccan Arabic for sandstorm)
- Amell (German for power of eagle)
- Amir (Hebrew for powerful)
- Barrett (German for bear strength)
- Brendon (Gaelic for brave)
- Denzell (Cornish for powerful)
- Elda (Italian for warrior)
- Garvan (Celtic for rough)
- Gesa (Dutch for strength of spear)
- Gunner (Swedish for strong in battle)
- Isla (German for strong-willed)
- Kawan (Korean for strong)
- Lenna (German for lion’s strength)
- Lex (Greek for defender of men)
- Mildred (English for gentle strength)
- Nina (Native American for strong)
- Oz (Hebrew for power and strength)
- Ozzie (Hebrew for strong)
- Stalin (Hindu for man of steel)
- Takio (Japanese for strong as bamboo)
- Trudy (German for universal strength)
Tough dog names inspired by mythology
Mythology names are some of the most unique names to try on for size.
Tough guard dog names
You can choose an ironic name if you have a smaller dog with a big personality or choose a fitting tough name for your big dog breed.
Here are some of the top guard dog names to think about.
These names are tough-sounding guard dog names.
Check out these military-inspired guard dog names.
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Here are a few guard dog names based on mythology.
Of course, for an ironic name, here are a couple of unexpected guard dog names.
Police dog names
Police names and vocabulary are tough. Consider a police dog name for your K9.
Strong dog names
Here’s a quick list of strong names for female or male dogs.
If you want to be extra fancy, check out these dog names that mean strong in various languages.
- Abira (Hebrew for strong)
- Alcander (Greek for strong)
- Amari (African-Yoruba for strength)
- Andrei (Russian for strong, manly)
- Archard (German for strong)
- Audie (English for noble strength)
- Badu (African for one who is strong)
- Boris (Russian for fighter)
- Conall (Gaelic for strong wolf)
- Conley (Irish for strong-willed)
- Ekon (African for strong)
- Ethan (Hebrew for strong)
- Farris (English for iron strong)
- Filomena (Greek for friend of strength)
- Griffin (Welsh for strong lord)
- Hartman (English for strong, hardy)
- Jayce (Cherokee for strong)
- Jedrek (Polish for strong man)
- Kaori (Japanese for strong)
- Kari (French for strong)
- Karla (French for strong)
- Magnor (Norwegian for strong)
- Maiti (Irish for strong battle maiden)
- Makin (Arabic for strong)
- Maude (German for mighty battler)
- Neron (Spanish for strong)
- Oscar (Hebrew for divine strength)
- Remo (Greek for the strong one)
- Shylah (Irish for strong)
- Takeo (Japanese for warrior, strong bamboo)
- Valentina (Latin for strong, healthy)
Aggressive dog names
These names are perfect for aggressive girl and boy dogs.
Fierce dog names
Do you have a feisty doggo? Check out these fierce names for girl and guy dogs.
Badass dog names
You can always go with a good ol’ badass dog name.
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Scary dog names
A scary dog name is a way to go, especially if you love Halloween.
Cool names for your tough dog
Funny yet tough dog names
Have fun with your dog’s name, too. Check out these awesome, funny names.
- Bark Ruffalo
- Barky Rogers
- Clint Eastwoof
- Doger Watson
- Dogter Strange
- Hairy Pawter
- J.K. Growling
- Jabba the Mutt
- Kahl Dogo
- Luke Skywoofer
- Muttley Crew
- Ned Bark
- Pup Norris
- Sherlock Bones
- Tony Bark
- Uma Furman
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Punny names for tough dogs
- Andy Warhowl
- Arf Vader
- Boba Fetch
- Darth Maul
- Ernest Corgnine
- Indiana Bones
- L.L. Drool J.
- Snarls Barkley
Tough names for boy and girl dogs
If you haven’t yet found a moniker for your doggo, here are general female and male names to think about.
Tough female dog names
- Granite (perfect for a dog with a brindle coat)
Tough male dog names
- Buck (great for a Husky)
What tough name should I call my dog?
The perfect name may be hard to come by at first, but you’ll find it. Your pup will help decide what they want to be called as well.
Keep their breed and size in mind when choosing a name, and the right one will come along.
Which tough name is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
Cess is the Head of Content Writing at K9 Web and a passionate dog care expert with over 5 years of experience in the Pet Industry. With a background in animal science, dog training, and behavior consulting, her hands-on experience and extensive knowledge make her a trusted source for dog owners.
When not writing or leading the K9 Web content team, Cess can be found volunteering at local shelters and participating in dog-related events.