Hunting Dog Names – Favorite Names for your Favorite Dog

The hunting dog names list includes some of my favorite names for your gun dog, pointer, flusher, retriever and more. The list also includes many of my favorite one syllable dog names.

Some of the names are tied to gun manufacturers, old movie actors or hunting commands. Some are here just because I like how they sound.

I’m sorry, but names like Fifi or Fido just don’t get it for me. When I added every name to the list, I envisioned myself calling a hunting dog by that name.

If the name didn’t sound right to me, it didn’t make the list. Nothing personal to those of you hunting with Fluffy, Powder Puff or Precious (sorry, Lord of the Rings fans!).

Three of my favorite names are Dutch, Kody and Scout. In my case, Kody actually stands for Kodiak, which was the name of my second German Shepherd (the first Shepherd was named Baron).

Hunting Dog NamesI also have a thing for one syllable dog names. Some people warn against using one syllable names because they could be confusing to the dog. For example, Neal sounds like “heal” and Beau sounds like “No.”

This advice is warranted, but should not rule out one syllable hunting dog names. One of the best hunters I know uses one syllable names exclusively. Two of my favorites were Ratt and Tuff.

Below is a list of more than 70 of my favorite hunting dog names, many with explanations of why I chose them. Browse or study the list and have fun.

If you don’t find a name you like, visit our Dog Names by Breed page or one syllable dog names list to see more options. For even more names, search our list of more than 4,000 puppy names.

AmmoShort for the “ammunition” that is used in hunting
ApolloIf you need two dog names, you could name them Apollo and Zeus.
ArrowA hunting weapon; perfect for very precise dogs
ArtemisGoddess of the wilderness.
BaileyThis is my chocolate Labrador Retriever’s name. Visit our Labrador dog names list if you have a Lab of your own.
BansheeA mythological creature deemed as the “messenger of death”; may be too gothic but perfect name, nonetheless
BearA big and hairy predator
BeastA bigger and hairier predator than the bear, bordering scary
BenelliGun manufacturer.
BrambleRough and prickly, like most shrubs
BrutusFounder of the Roman Republic; assasinated Julius Caesar
BuckMy sister’s Black Labrador Retriever is named Buck. This is also a favorite among one syllable dog names.
BuckshotA large shotgun shell that can kill large game
BudGood friend; hunting partner
BuddyAlso good friend; hunting partner
BuffyAs in, Buffy the vampire slayer.
BulletThe projectile that comes from firearms
CabelaHunting accessory store.
CaponePopular US gangster Alphonse Gabriel “Al” Capone
ChasePursuinbg someone or something
ConanFor Arnold Schwarzenegger fans, as in Conan the Barbarian.
CujoRemember the Stephen King movie?
DakotaGreat and unbeatable fighter
DixieRefers to the south states of the US
DrakeMale mallard.
DukeMy favorite cowboy – John Wayne.
DutchI like the sound of this name. Reminds me of an old wrestler named Dutch Savage.
FinchTaking something in a sly yet charming fashion
GaugeSlang for “shotgun”
GeneralThe commander of the army, pack leader, leader of the band, etc.
GraniteSomething very hard and impenetrable
GriswoldAn fast automobile manufacrtured in Detroit
GunnerSomeone who is in charge of a group
HawkPossessing keen senses for hunting
HoganAmerican professional wrester Hulk Hogan
HunterMaybe the reason for this name is a little too obvious?
JagA good choice among one syllable dog names.
JagerGerman word for “hunter” (if you want to get fancy)
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KillerSomeone who kills. No other definition needed here
KingSomone regarded as the finest and most important of the group
KlondikeA source of valuable material
KodyThis was the name of our second German Shepherd. Actually, it was Kodiak. Visit our German Shepherd dog names list for more suggestions.
KonaIf you love Hawaii or coffee, this is a great name. But it’s also very popular among hunting dog names.
LadyFemale with superior position; great name for a female hunter dog
LeadThe leader; someone who leads
LokiA mischievous and sometimes evil god
MagnumSomething that is larger than normal
OrionGreek mythology
OutlawA law-breaker; criminal
PepperA hot and pungent spice used to season food
PistolA firearm designed to be operated with one hand
PopeyeThe popular sailorman who’s “strong to the finish” because he eats his spinach
PredatorAn appropriate name as a hunter, but three syllables may be to many for some tastes.
RamboFictional character of an action thriller film
RattName of my friend’s Black Lab hunting dog. Also see Tuff.
RavenThe act of hunting for prey
ReloadTo recharge or load anew, like a gun
RemingtonGun manufacturer.
RipNo special meaning behind this one. I just like the sound of it and I like one syllable dog names.
RoscoAnother term for pistol
RugerGun manufacturer.
SamsonThe Israelite leader who was famous for his immense strength
SavageFierd, violent, and uncontrolled
ScoutOne of my favorite hunting dog names. Also good for those who like one syllable dog names.
ShilohThe historic site of a major Civil War battle in Tennessee
SnuffInhales or sniffs to catch prey or game
SparkeySomeone who’s full of spark
ToddRemember the movie, Fox and the Hound? This is a great hunting dog name.
TriggerName of Roy Rogers’s horse. Also part of a gun (yes, you already knew that).
TrapperTraps wild animals for game
TuffName of my friend’s Black Lab hunting dog. Also see Ratt.
Van HellsingVampire hunter.
WalkerSomone who walks for exercise, enjoyment, or — In this case — hunting
WinchesterOne of the most famous gun manufacturers.
WolfGood and keep hunter
WyattAs in Wyatt Earp
ZekeShort for the biblical name “Ezekiel”
ZeroAs in, aim or “zero in.”
ZeusThe supreme god; protector and ruler

Can’t find the name you like on the Hunting Dog names list? Don’t give up. Visit our Dog Names by Breed list or one syllable dog names list to do some more hunting (pun intended). If you have a great name, tell us about it!

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