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.

Name Meaning
Ammo Short for the “ammunition” that is used in hunting
Apollo If you need two dog names, you could name them Apollo and Zeus.
Arrow A hunting weapon; perfect for very precise dogs
Artemis Goddess of the wilderness.
Bailey This is my chocolate Labrador Retriever’s name. Visit our Labrador dog names list if you have a Lab of your own.
Banshee A mythological creature deemed as the “messenger of death”; may be too gothic but perfect name, nonetheless
Bear A big and hairy predator
Beast A bigger and hairier predator than the bear, bordering scary
Benelli Gun manufacturer.
Bramble Rough and prickly, like most shrubs
Brutus Founder of the Roman Republic; assasinated Julius Caesar
Buck My sister’s Black Labrador Retriever is named Buck. This is also a favorite among one syllable dog names.
Buckshot A large shotgun shell that can kill large game
Bud Good friend; hunting partner
Buddy Also good friend; hunting partner
Buffy As in, Buffy the vampire slayer.
Bullet The projectile that comes from firearms
Cabela Hunting accessory store.
Capone Popular US gangster Alphonse Gabriel “Al” Capone
Chase Pursuinbg someone or something
Conan For Arnold Schwarzenegger fans, as in Conan the Barbarian.
Cujo Remember the Stephen King movie?
Dakota Great and unbeatable fighter
Dixie Refers to the south states of the US
Drake Male mallard.
Duke My favorite cowboy – John Wayne.
Dutch I like the sound of this name. Reminds me of an old wrestler named Dutch Savage.
Finch Taking something in a sly yet charming fashion
Gauge Slang for “shotgun”
General The commander of the army, pack leader, leader of the band, etc.
Granite Something very hard and impenetrable
Griswold An fast automobile manufacrtured in Detroit
Gunner Someone who is in charge of a group
Hawk Possessing keen senses for hunting
Hogan American professional wrester Hulk Hogan
Hunter Maybe the reason for this name is a little too obvious?
Jag A good choice among one syllable dog names.
Jager German word for “hunter” (if you want to get fancy)
Killer Someone who kills. No other definition needed here
King Somone regarded as the finest and most important of the group
Klondike A source of valuable material
Kody This was the name of our second German Shepherd. Actually, it was Kodiak. Visit our German Shepherd dog names list for more suggestions.
Kona If you love Hawaii or coffee, this is a great name. But it’s also very popular among hunting dog names.
Lady Female with superior position; great name for a female hunter dog
Lead The leader; someone who leads
Loki A mischievous and sometimes evil god
Magnum Something that is larger than normal
Orion Greek mythology
Outlaw A law-breaker; criminal
Pepper A hot and pungent spice used to season food
Pistol A firearm designed to be operated with one hand
Popeye The popular sailorman who’s “strong to the finish” because he eats his spinach
Predator An appropriate name as a hunter, but three syllables may be to many for some tastes.
Rambo Fictional character of an action thriller film
Ratt Name of my friend’s Black Lab hunting dog. Also see Tuff.
Raven The act of hunting for prey
Reload To recharge or load anew, like a gun
Remington Gun manufacturer.
Rip No special meaning behind this one. I just like the sound of it and I like one syllable dog names.
Rosco Another term for pistol
Ruger Gun manufacturer.
Samson The Israelite leader who was famous for his immense strength
Savage Fierd, violent, and uncontrolled
Scout One of my favorite hunting dog names. Also good for those who like one syllable dog names.
Shiloh The historic site of a major Civil War battle in Tennessee
Snuff Inhales or sniffs to catch prey or game
Sparkey Someone who’s full of spark
Todd Remember the movie, Fox and the Hound? This is a great hunting dog name.
Trigger Name of Roy Rogers’s horse. Also part of a gun (yes, you already knew that).
Trapper Traps wild animals for game
Tuff Name of my friend’s Black Lab hunting dog. Also see Ratt.
Van Hellsing Vampire hunter.
Walker Somone who walks for exercise, enjoyment, or — In this case — hunting
Winchester One of the most famous gun manufacturers.
Wolf Good and keep hunter
Wyatt As in Wyatt Earp
Zeke Short for the biblical name “Ezekiel”
Zero As in, aim or “zero in.”
Zeus The 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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