So, you’ve brought home a German Shepherd Dog.
First of all: Congratulations! You’ve made the right decision.
German Shepherds are handsome, active family dogs with boundless energy and loyalty. I have adopted one myself, and she’s a beautiful creature. When you decide to bring one of these adorable dogs home, you have a critical decision to make: their name!
When I adopted my dog, I had a long list of names ready. From our long-drive from the shelter to our home, we tried several names to see if one would fit. From Frieda to Freyja, none of them worked. So, I started to search for different databases and came up with the winner: Luna.
In this guide, I’ve listed popular names for your unique GSD mix. If you’re searching for a name that stands out, look no further. Let’s get started with unique German dog names.
Our Favorite German Shepherd Names
Male German Shepherd Names
German Shepherds are pack animals famous for their loyalty, kindness, and reliable nature. There are plenty of heroic male figures in history that you can name your dog after. You should choose a name that resonates with your dog’s intelligence and strength. Here’s a list of unique male German Shepherd names.
Achilles (of Troy)
Bert (short for Albert Einstein)
Thor (Norse god)
Rocky (from the movie)
Zorro (Legend of)
Alaric (“noble leader”)
Dolphus (“noble wolf”)
Fonsie (“noble and eager”)
Fremont (“noble protector”)
Gregor (“vigilant watchman”)
Hubbard (“bright mind”)
Kaiser (“long haired”)
Female German Shepherd Names
Your precious German Shepherd needs a name that resonates with her intuitive, energetic, and unique personality. Here are some of the most popular female German Shepherd names.
Ida (“hard working”)
Minne (“resolute protector”)
Githa (bright and shiny”)
Ada (“noble and serene”)
Unique German Shepherd Names
To draw more inspiration for German Sheperd Dog names, consider these unique options from Bavarian life and culture – including one of Germany’s most popular exports, beer.
Deutsche: The word for ‘German,’ in the language.
Donner: This means ‘thunder’ in German.
Hansel: Famous nursery rhyme character from German anecdote; the brother of Gretel.
Gretel: Famous nursery rhyme character from German anecdote; the sister of Hansel.
Heinz: Translates as ‘ruler of the home’ and refers to the English name ‘Henry.’
Hund: The German word for dog.
Schnapps: Meaning ‘Spirits’, in German
Bock: A kind of lager-style beer
Jaeger: Translates to ‘Hunter’ in the German Language. While Shepherd is more of a herder than a hunter, the name is a unique choice for GSDs.
Kaiser: A German word meaning ‘ruler.’
Dunkel: Term for a dark German beer
Beck: German brewery in Bremen
Stein: A German beer mug
Cute German Shepherd Names
All puppies are adorable, regardless of their breed. Your German Shepherd won’t stay young forever, but you can give them a name that will preserve their cuteness!
If you’ve adopted a cute puppy, consider these names for your furry-friend.
Fritz (an old nickname for Friedrich)
Black German Shepherd Names
If there ever was a sober dog, it has to be the German Shepherd Dog. With their noble profile and stoic physique, German Shepherds ooze confidence and style.
If you’ve adopted a black German Shepherd Dog, consider these names for your strong and loyal friend!
Gunther (“Gunny” for short)
Training A German Shepherd Puppy to Know His Name
Naming a puppy is a personal journey. For my family, choosing the name was neither swift nor straightforward. Despite being the family research queen, I found it the process to be quite complicated. You have to form a bond with your dog and train them to know their name. Remember that the dog-name you choose will be used dozens of times every day to call, praise, and sometimes scold.
Training your dog is an art, and here are some tips to help you with the process.
- Pick a name that your dog can easily recognize. Pets respond better to one or two-syllable names.
- Select a name that’s both easy to call out and one that you are happy saying. For instance, calling out “Zelda” or “Zoe” in the park may be far less embarrassing than calling out “Dead Breath”!
- Avoid names that sound like standard commands such as ‘No, Stay, Sit, Come, down or fetch.’ For example, “Joe” is similar to “No.” It can be challenging for dogs to distinguish between similar-sounding words.
- Keep a shortened version for long names that are hard to pronounce. A problematic name will inevitably be shortened, but it may change what you were initially looking for.
- The pet’s breed and heritage can provide some useful inspiration. For example, German (Shepherds, Dachshunds and Schnauzers), Orientals (Siamese and Burmese), French (Poodle), Irish (Wolfhounds and Setters) and Scottish (Terriers).
- Popular historical figure names and foreign name categories can also assist.
- Studying your pet’s behavior and temperament can help pick the right name. The Personality, Affectionate, and Appearance categories may assist here.
- Pick a name that will grow with your dog. For example, “Fluffy” may be less appropriate for a full-grown shepherd.
Other than this, be adventurous!
To get you started, I have shared my favorite method to train your dog with their new name.
The Toy Method
STEP 1 – Choose toys
To begin, choose any of your puppy’s favorite toys. If your puppy enjoys playing with different types of toys, then choose three kinds. For example, one tug-toy, one chew-toy, and a ball.
STEP 2 – Say the name
Hide the toys somewhere close by, away from your puppy’s sight. You can hide them behind your back or in your pocket. Stand in front of your puppy and say their name. Once they see you, offer them a toy to play with.
STEP 3 – Offer a new toy
Call their name again and offer a new toy. Let your dog play with their new toy for some time. While you are playing with your canine, hide the first toy again.
STEP 4 – Repeat
Repeat this process for at least twenty times throughout the week. If your pet becomes bored during a training session, try again later and choose three new toys.
STEP 5 – Test
When you have played with your puppy at least twenty times, say their name when they are not looking at you or expecting it. Moreover, you should do this in a calm environment with no distractions. If they look back at you, praise them or offer a toy. If they don’t look at you, then practice saying the name longer. After a few more days of practice, try repeating the name when your dog is looking away. Repeat this until your German Shepherd remembers their name.
STEP 6 – Add distractions
To add distractions, give your dog something mildly distracting to sniff. While they’re distracted, call put their name. If they look at you, then praise them and offer a toy. You can also play with your dog if they want to play. If they don’t want to play, allow them to return to the activity. If you’re confident, your dog heard you but refuses to look at you when you repeat their name, go over to them. While standing next to your dog, make a noise. When your dog looks up to you, say their name, and reward them. Practice this until your dog consistently moves away from the distraction when you say the name.
STEP 7 – Increase difficulty
When your dog starts to consistently move away from mild distractions to acknowledge their new name, it’s time to introduce more distractions. Practice near distractions that are hard to look away from and continue to gradually increase the difficulty of these distractions as your dog learns.
Always let your dog get back to their toys for play after they’ve acknowledged you. That way, you’re preventing them from learning to ignore you. However, it is equally vital that you go over to your dog every time he ignores you.
In conclusion, you must insist that he looks at you, and realizes that the quickest way to toys is by paying attention to you.