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