Clever Dog Names: The Complete List Of 500+ Smart Names for Dogs

Clever Dog Names

All dog owners like to claim that their dogs are intelligent, and guess what – they are all correct.

Canines are highly intelligent and talented pets that have often been ranked as having the same intelligence as very young children.

If you think your dog is smart, then it’s quite natural to want to find clever dog names to reflect their intelligence.

A sophisticated dog title would also give your pet an air of seriousness and gravity.

So are you looking for your next bright pooch name? Then check out our list of over 500 choices below!

Best Clever Dog Names

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Tried and tested clever dog names are never a bad idea!

There are plenty of ways of coming up with intelligent titles, and our list is here to help.

We’ve decided to draw on famous people who have been renowned for their intelligence (such as Tesla) or a specific talent (like Beethoven).

This is a great way to draw inspiration from figures that you may look up to; you could also base these choices on your pet’s unique interests and abilities.

Don’t be afraid to do some research around topics that fascinate you, as that could lead to some brilliant words which you can use for names.

Our Favorite

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Richter

Richter
after Sviatoslav Richter, the Soviet-German pianist who was considered to be one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century.

  • Abraham
  • Albus
  • Amadeus
  • Amerigo
  • Archimedes
  • Aristotle
  • Armstrong
  • Asimov
  • Babbage
  • Beethoven
  • Boole
  • Brahms
  • S. Lewis
  • Carroll
  • Champlain
  • Chopin
  • Churchill
  • Cobain
  • Columbus
  • Copernicus
  • Cortes
  • Da Gama
  • Da Vinci
  • Dali
  • Darwin
  • De Gaulle
  • Debussy
  • Descartes
  • Drake
  • Duchamp
  • Dumbledore
  • Edison
  • Einstein
  • Emerson
  • Erikson
  • Euclid
  • Faraday
  • Faulkner
  • Fermat
  • Fitzgerald
  • Franklin
  • Franz
  • Frida
  • Galileo
  • Gauguin
  • Gauss
  • Germain
  • Glenn
  • Hawking
  • Hawthorne
  • Hemmingway
  • Hilbert
  • Hitchcock
  • Isaac
  • Johan
  • Johannes
  • Kahlo
  • Kennedy
  • King Luther
  • Lennon
  • Lennox
  • Leonardo
  • Lincoln
  • Listz
  • Lovelace
  • Ludwig
  • Magellan
  • Mandela
  • Matisse
  • McCartney
  • Melville
  • Michelangelo
  • Monet
  • Morrison
  • Newton
  • Pascal
  • Pasteur
  • Picasso
  • Poe
  • Ptolemy
  • Pythagoras
  • Ravel
  • Roosevelt
  • Rubinstein
  • Salinger
  • Salvador
  • Schubert
  • Sebastian
  • Steinbeck
  • Tolkien
  • Turing
  • Turner
  • Twain
  • Van Gogh
  • Vancouver
  • Vespucci
  • Warhol
  • Whitman
  • Winston
  • Wolfgang

Clever Dog Name Puns

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Now we have come to the more exciting part of our list of clever dog names that encourages you to express yourself and stretch your imagination as far as possible!

Coming up with clever dog titles is one thing, but finding ones that double up as dog puns is another!

It can not only be tricky but also rather time consuming to look for pun-based titles, in order to come up with good puns, you need a solid eye for detail and a quick-witted mind.

We have put together a few of the most exciting pun names that we think would suit an intelligent furry canine.

Our Favorite

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Beowoof

Beowoof
a play on the famous Beowulf, a popular figure in Medieval English literature.

Here are some more clever dog name puns which you will love:

  • Albus Dumbledog
  • Albus Puppledore
  • Andrea Pupccini
  • Arf Vader
  • Ariana Barkde
  • Bark Twain
  • Bark Wahlberg
  • Barko Rabanne
  • Bewagce
  • Bilbo Waggins
  • Bill Furry
  • Billie Holidog
  • Billy Howl
  • Bone-Z
  • Brad Treat
  • Bradley Woofer
  • Bruno Barks
  • Cara Waglavingne
  • Celine Dibone
  • Chewbarka
  • Chris Wagsworth
  • Christopher Bones
  • Coco Kennel
  • Colin Furth
  • Conor McGruffor
  • Daniel Wagcliffe
  • David Wooferfield
  • Dean Bones
  • DeBarcus Lawrence
  • Phil McGruff
  • Dwayne Borkson
  • Ella Fanggerald
  • Ellen DeGeneruff
  • Elton Bone
  • Fleetwoof Mac
  • Frederic Chewpin
  • Fyodor Dogstoevsky
  • George Bernard Paw
  • Gordon Ruffsay
  • Han Rolo
  • Harry Pawter
  • Indiana Bones
  • Edgar Woofer
  • K. Howling
  • Jabba the Mutt
  • Jake Gyllenpaw
  • James Bone
  • James Earl Bones
  • Jennifer Woofpez
  • Jimmy Waglon
  • Johann Sebastian Bark
  • Jude Paw
  • Justin Timberbark
  • Karl Barx
  • Kate Wiggleton
  • Kendrick Woofar
  • Kevin Duruff
  • Kim Barkdashian
  • Lady Wagwag
  • Lewis Hamiltreat
  • Ludvig Wag Beethoven
  • Mary Puppins
  • Michael Barkdan
  • Michael Wagson
  • Muttley Crue
  • Naomi Ruffbell
  • Napoleon Borkaparte
  • Oprah Woofrey
  • Owen Wagson
  • Ozzy Pawsborne
  • Pablo Escobark
  • Pablo Pawcasso
  • Paul McBarkney
  • Post Mabone
  • Rainn Wagson
  • Robert Bowney Jr.
  • Roger Fetcherer
  • Ron Fleasley
  • Ron Treatsley
  • Ryan Pawnolds
  • Ryan Wagcrest
  • Samuel L. Borkson
  • Santa Paws
  • Sarah Jessica Barker
  • Scarlett Howlhansson
  • Selena Wagmez
  • Sherlock Bones
  • Simon Howell
  • Sir Arhur Canine Doyle
  • Steven Spielbark
  • Sylvester Stabone
  • Tiger Wags
  • Tom Barks
  • Vera Fang
  • Victoria Barkham
  • Virginia Woof
  • Wag Smith
  • William Shakespaw
  • Winnie the Pooch
  • Woofie Goldberg

Clever Dog Names for Females

Clever Dog Names for Females

Female dogs are often more intelligent and cerebral than their male counterparts and can exhibit astounding qualities that demonstrate their uniqueness.

If you are after a good name for your intelligent pooch, then we would suggest looking at words that mean “intelligent” or “smart” in other languages.

A good example is Shannon, which is of Irish origin, and means intelligent.

You could also examine divine females who were associated with intelligence (for example, Athena, the Greek Goddess of wisdom).

Just make sure that you choose a nickname that your dog understands and is easily able to respond to!

Our Favorite

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Saga

Saga
the Norse Goddess of wisdom whose name likely means “seeress.” It’s a beautiful moniker for an intelligent female furry friend.

  • Adira
  • Akili
  • Akira
  • Alberte
  • Albertyne
  • Alohi
  • Anahita
  • Anira
  • Arinya
  • Assia
  • Bernadea
  • Bertha
  • Bree
  • Briana
  • Brigid
  • Brilliance
  • Canny
  • Carleen
  • Cerdas
  • Chika
  • Chista
  • Dara
  • Dareen
  • Eelin
  • Egeria
  • Erudite
  • Farzana
  • Fasaha
  • Felisberta
  • Fiksu
  • Frigg
  • Gabriela
  • Gayatri
  • Gift
  • Hecate
  • Huberta
  • Hui
  • Hye
  • Imala
  • Isis
  • Karasi
  • Kayla
  • Kyna
  • Magee
  • Matalino
  • Melinda
  • Metis
  • Michiko
  • Mika
  • Millicent
  • Min
  • Minerva
  • Minnie
  • Monica
  • Monique
  • Mudraya
  • Nascha
  • Nefertiti
  • Neith
  • Orinthia
  • Pallas
  • Pandaia
  • Phoebe
  • Prija
  • Providentia
  • Prudence
  • Rae
  • Ramona
  • Raymonda
  • Reina
  • Rishi
  • Sabio
  • Saffi
  • Sage
  • Sana
  • Saraswati
  • Satomi
  • Savitri
  • Sayaka
  • Sensibility
  • Seshat
  • Sia
  • Sonia
  • Sophia
  • Sophina
  • Talent
  • Thina
  • Tomoko
  • Tomomi
  • Umnaya
  • Umnitsa
  • Valentina
  • Veda
  • Vor
  • Wanaka
  • Wisdom
  • Zakiya
  • Zella
  • Zofia
  • Zosia

Clever Dog Names for Males

Clever Dog Names for Males

There are multiple avenues that you could explore when looking for a suitable name for your male dog.

We would recommend looking to other languages and finding names that inherently mean “wise” or “clever”. A great example of that would be Fitan – an Arabic name which denotes brilliance.

Feel free to draw on your favorite figures (whether real or fictional) that are hailed for their intelligence, such as Ozymandias from Watchmen.

By doing so, you will be able to imbue your much loved pets with the qualities of some of your greatest idols!

Check out our list below:

Our Favorite

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Conrad

Conrad
which in German refers to wise counsel. It would be a great choice for a serious, intelligent dog.

  • Aldo
  • Aldrich
  • Alger
  • Alvis
  • Apollo
  • Aqili
  • Basir
  • Bertrand
  • Boman
  • Cato
  • Cecrops
  • Clyfar
  • Coeus
  • Confucious
  • Conroy
  • Cuthbert
  • Daichi
  • Dono
  • Eimantas
  • Eldridge
  • Enki
  • Esperto
  • Ethan
  • Fabulinus
  • Fitan
  • Frodi
  • Gamayun
  • Ganymede
  • Gyan
  • Helios
  • Heller
  • Hendry
  • Hermes
  • Higgins
  • Hubert
  • Hughes
  • Hugo
  • Hutchings
  • Jakintsu
  • Kavi
  • Kayne
  • Keen
  • Kendry
  • Kenji
  • Kenzou
  • Klok
  • Kuebiko
  • Lambert
  • Laozi
  • Loki
  • Maalamon
  • Manjushri
  • Manu
  • Mergen
  • Mudriy
  • Nabu
  • Nakos
  • Nestor
  • Nko
  • Noah
  • Odin
  • Okos
  • Olander
  • Omoikane
  • Osbert
  • Oye
  • Pandai
  • Phoebus
  • Pinter
  • Quain
  • Rainer
  • Ramiro
  • Raymond
  • Redmond
  • Reginald
  • Reynaud
  • Sabino
  • Senan
  • Shanahan
  • Shukra
  • Solomon
  • Solon
  • Sprytny
  • Tark
  • Tenjin
  • Thanh
  • Thoth
  • Tir
  • Ugo
  • Umniy
  • Uso
  • Vanir
  • Ved
  • Viisas
  • Vitur
  • Wanzeru
  • Wayo
  • Weise
  • Wilbur
  • Zeki

Clever Redneck Dog Names

Redneck Dog Names

If you’re looking for more homely, familiar names for your intelligent dogs, then why not consider giving them a clever redneck title?

Despite the unfavorable stereotyping of the word in mass media, the term redneck carries many positive connotations that refer to the Southern United States.

That part of the country possesses a lot of traditional, historical wisdom that can be shared with others in the form of words and pet names.

To find fitting redneck appellations, you could look at long-established country-related things, such as the kind of activities that people in the South often engage in (for example, you could call your dog Hunter).

Our Favorite

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Harley

Harley
which refers to the famous motorcycles that are so popular in most parts of America.

  • Alabama
  • Allen
  • Angus
  • Appalachia
  • Arlington
  • Atlanta
  • Austin
  • Avery
  • Bandit
  • Baptist
  • Bear
  • Beverly
  • Blanche
  • Bluegrass
  • Bourbon
  • Cajun
  • Carolina
  • Cassidy
  • Charleston
  • Charlotte
  • Chase
  • Chatanooga
  • Chesapeake
  • Chief
  • Clementine
  • Creole
  • Cricket
  • Dakota
  • Dallas
  • Daytona
  • Diesel
  • Dolly
  • Duke
  • Eudora
  • Farmer
  • Forrest
  • Georgia
  • Gospel
  • Gunner
  • Gus
  • Gypsy
  • Hank
  • Independence
  • Inverness
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Koda
  • Lady
  • Lafayette
  • Lauderdale
  • Liquor
  • Loretta
  • Louisiana
  • Mabel
  • Mackenzie
  • Macon
  • Marley
  • Mason
  • Maverick
  • McCoy
  • Memphis
  • Mississippi
  • Missy
  • Montgomery
  • Moose
  • Nascar
  • Nashville
  • Oakley
  • Oklahoma
  • Orlando
  • Orleans
  • Paisley
  • Penny
  • Raleigh
  • Ranger
  • Redeemer
  • Rex
  • Richmond
  • Rock n’ Roll
  • Rover
  • Ryder
  • Salem
  • Savannah
  • Sazerac
  • Scarface
  • Scout
  • Sheba
  • Springfield
  • Summer
  • Tallahassee
  • Tampa
  • Tank
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Tyson
  • Western
  • Whitney
  • Wilmington
  • Woody
  • Wynonna

Summary

We hope that you’ve found our collection of clever dog names helpful.

To make this list complete we gathered a lot of different monikers that would suit intelligent male and female pooches, as well as pun-based titles that would put a smile on everyone’s face!

Our approach was to look at words and people or other human-like figures (such as religious deities and mythical characters) that relate to wisdom, intelligence, and prudence.

What is your favorite choice out of our list? Comment down below to let us know!

David Woods Autho Bio Picture
David is the pet lover behind My Pet's Name. He is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America, holds two degrees and has studied Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare. As well as writing, David has helped over 50,000 people choose the best name for their pet.

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