500 German Shepherd Names – For Boy and Girl Dogs!

By Kevin Myers | 2020 Update

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.

Apollo

Julius (Caesar)

Caesar

Achilles (of Troy)

Bert (short for Albert Einstein)

Huck (Finn)

Teddy (Roosevelt)

Thor (Norse god)

Stallone (Sylvester)

Rambo

Aladdin (Disney)

Rocky (from the movie)

Zorro (Legend of)

Zeus

Adalard (“brave”)

Agustine (“majestic”)

Alaric (“noble leader”)

Dolphus (“noble wolf”)

Fonsie (“noble and eager”)

Fremont (“noble protector”)

Gregor (“vigilant watchman”)

Hubbard (“bright mind”)

Kaiser (“long haired”)

Kort (“bold”)

Otto (“wealthy”)

Fido

Furball

Fireball

Freddy

Gusto

Grover

Goliath

Hawk

Hudson

Hercules

Harley

Hammer

Higgins

Hansel

Indigo

Jack

Josh

Keanu

Kip

Kuma

Larry

Lucas

Mister

Max

Major

Monkey

Maui

Marshall

Mason

Matrix

Milo

Nova

Neutron

Nugget

Newton

Napoleon

Oakley

Omar

Owen

Otto

Orion

Omega

Polo

Pepper

Prince

Pugsley

Pluto

Popeye

Romeo

Radar

Rudy

Ross

Rocky

Rusty

Renegade

Rex

Ruckus

Roofus

Sunny

Scrappy

Scooby

Skipper

Spud

Scruffy

Tarzan

Thor

Tzar

Tornado

Triple

Val

Viper

Vodka

Viking

Wilson

Wizard

Yoda

Yang

Yogi

Zorro

Zade

Duke

Dino

Dimitri

Dakota

Epic

Ernie

Fletch

Falcon

Fudge

Flash

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.

Angel

Aaliyah

Aba

Abbagail

Annabelle

Abey

Ashley

Athena

Annie

Anya

Alexandra

Amber

Asia

Ava

Autumn

Blair

Baba

Blondie

Bonnie

Brandy

Belle

Brownie

Breeze

Buttercup

Chloe

Cassie

Cleopatra

Champagne

Coco

Coral

Charm

Cookie

Cuddles

Courtney

Chocolate

Diamond

Daphne

Dixie

Dawn

Destiny

Dutchess

Desiree

Elle

Elsa

Elexis

Erika

Evita

Faith

Flower

Foxy

Fluffy

Finger

Gloria

Gwen

Gretel

Helena

Ida (“hard working”)

Joli (“pretty”)

Mady (“maiden”)

Minne (“resolute protector”)

Hedi

Heaven

Hailey

Isabella

Jasmine

Jewel

Kiki

Kasha

Krissy

Lucy

Lady

Lovely

Lexus

Leena

Marie

Millie

Mia

Maxie

Missy

Muffet

Meodow

Mya

Nikita

Nancy

Nora

Olive

Opal

Petra

Puddles

Princess

Pumpkin

Ethel (“noble”)

Felisberta (“intelligent”)

Githa (bright and shiny”)

Schatzi (“sweetheart”)

Queen

Roxy

Rachel

Ruby

Rose

Roxanne

Sara

Sady

Sabrina

Sage

Tasia

Tamra

Taffy

Ursula

Violet

Venus

Val

Ada (“noble and serene”)

Bathilda (“heroine”)

Erma (“warrior)

Holle (“beloved”)

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.

Rin-Tin-Tin

Bullet

Buddy

Charlemagne

Beethoven

Bach

Einstein

Mozart

Handel

Brahms

Dirk (Nowitzki)

Waldo

Adler

Aldo

Alpina

Annika

Arvin

Astrid

Audi

Axel

Bach

Beatrix

Beck

Beemer

Beethoven

Benz

Blitz

Bock

Brahms

Britta

Bruno

Buddy

Bullet

Charlemange

Deutsche

Diesel

Dieter

Dirk (Nowitzki)

Donner

Dunkel

Einstein

Elke

Franz

Fräulein

Frederik

Frieda

Fritz (an old nickname for Friedrich)

Fritzi

Gisela

Greta

Gretel

Gumpert

Günter

Handel

Hans

Hansel

Heidi

Heinz

Helga

Hermann

Hessia

Hund

Gremlin

Tater Tot

Tudball

Mudbug

Ruger

Chewy

Bugsy

Nipper

Zippy

Bowser

Ilse

Ingrid

Jaeger

Kaiser

Kasper

Katrin

Klaus

Kurt

Luther

Manfred

Marta

Mercedes

Mischa

Moose

Mozart

Nadine

Nia

Opal

Otto

Petra

Porsche

Ranger

Rocky

Sabine

Sabrina

Schnapps

Schnitzel

Stein

Susanne

Waldo

Wolfgang

Ice

Maverick

Mr. Freeze

Rico Sauvé

Dash

Arrow

Dude

Titus

Axle

Ferris

Zarr

Kai

Blaze

Black German Shepherd Names 

Top German Shepherd Names ( Male & Female )

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!

Sarge

Scout

Blue

Tracker

Duke

Hooch

Chip

Gunner

Boots

Flash

Storm

Buzz

Ritz

Blitz

Rango

Ranger

Tazz

Bells

Captain

Snoop

Ember

Ash

Knight

Midnight

Moonshine

Bear

Panda

Tophat

Panther

Shade

Thunder

Tornado

Jet

Smoke

Shadow

Pebbles

Rocky

Black Top

Pumice

Vulcan

Twilight

Arris

Cairo

Monticello

Forge

Kylo

Gunther (“Gunny” for short)

Big Ben

Berlin

Bangor

Peru

Taj

Hollywood

Macchu

Ethan

Ekon

Zale

Neron

Takeshi

Angus

Barrett

Bernard

Brian

Denzell

Steele

Training A German Shepherd Puppy to Know His Name

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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.

Training Tips

  1. Pick a name that your dog can easily recognize. Pets respond better to one or two-syllable names.
  2. 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”!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. Popular historical figure names and foreign name categories can also assist.
  7. Studying your pet’s behavior and temperament can help pick the right name. The Personality, Affectionate, and Appearance categories may assist here.
  8. 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.

Don’t Forget:

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.

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