Hunting Dog Names – Over 225 Names For Your Hound

So, you are looking for hunting dog names, but, where do you start your search?

From hounds to terriers, and every hunting dog breed in-between, we have over 200 of the most amazing names for your hound.

All of these names have been chosen because they reflect the traits of a hunting dog, whether that is their loyal nature, their fearlessness, their endurance, or their intelligence.

Whether you are hoping to find a gender-specific name for your new hunting hound, something more unique, or something completely badass – the ideal hunting name is here!

Hunting Dog Names

Female Hunting Dog Names

Every hunting dog is tough and powerful, especially female hunting dogs.

Female hunting dogs are of similar ability to male hunting dogs, so do not let the idea that males might be better deter you as you choose between the two genders.

This list of female hunting names has been carefully selected to reveal the gender of your dog while reflecting her strength, agility, and intelligence.

Read on to find some paw-sitively perfect hunting dog names.

Our Favorite Name

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Artemis

Naming your pup after the Olympian goddess of the hunt seems like the perfect idea

  • Abita
  • Addie
  • Alma
  • Andromeda
  • Arya (Stark)
  • Aspen
  • Athena
  • Aurora
  • Babe
  • Beretta – The Italian firearm company would make a strong name
  • Blaze
  • Cupid
  • Dawn
  • Diana
  • Dixie – a popular hunting region in the south of the United States
  • Doe
  • Echo
  • Fawn
  • Fern
  • Forest
  • Guinevere
  • Hera
  • Huntress
  • Ivy
  • Justice
  • Katniss – After The Hunger Games protagonist
  • Lara – After the action hero Lara Croft
  • Liberty
  • Maple
  • Meadow
  • Merida – The Disney cartoon hero-princess
  • Nikita
  • Nyx
  • Nyx – Greek goddess of night
  • Olympia
  • Raven
  • Sage – Perfect if your new female hunting dog is wise and calm
  • Sky
  • Sundance
  • Sunny
  • Wonder
  • Xena – The warrior princess

Male Hunting Dog Names

Male Hunting Dog Names

We know they are many hunting dog breeds and sizes, from smaller breeds, such as English Cocker Spaniels, to bigger breeds, like American Foxhounds.

The names below are suitable for any breed of hunting dog, acknowledging that all hunting dog breeds are powerful and skilled in retrieval.

These male hunting dog names aim to reflect those attributes, and one will be absolutely paw-fect for your new hunting buddy.

Our Favorite Name

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Orion

Name your male hunting dog after a constellation and the mythological giant Greek hunter

  • Ace
  • Alfred
  • Apollo – The Olympian god of the sun
  • Archer
  • Arrow
  • Ash
  • Atlas
  • Baxter
  • Bear
  • Bill
  • Bond
  • Boone – Name him after the FBI agent from the TV show ‘Bones’
  • Browning
  • Bruce
  • Buddy – Your hunting partner is your buddy for life
  • Chuck
  • Colt
  • Conan
  • Dakota
  • Danny
  • Finn
  • Hunter
  • Huntley
  • Jack
  • Jag
  • Jake
  • Mac
  • Mack
  • Max
  • Midnight
  • Moose – If your male hunting dog is giant, this would be a great name
  • Oakley
  • Orion
  • Rex
  • Ripley
  • Scooter
  • Scout
  • Target
  • Wright
  • Wyatt
Three Hunting Dogs
A Labrador Retriever is the most popular hunting dog and they are widely used as family pets.

Good Hunting Dog Names

The hunting dog names on this list are far more gender-neutral than the previous two lists.

Some of them reflect various aspects of hunting – like ‘Bullet’ or ‘Boomer’ while others are traditional, like ‘Winchester’, bestowing steadfastness in your new hunting dog.

But no matter what breed of dog you have, all of these dog names will suit your hunting partner.

Our Favorite Name

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Eagle

Is your new hunting dog known for their good eyesight? Name him/her Eagle

  • Ajax
  • Alpha
  • Apache
  • Bay
  • BB
  • Benelli – An Italian arms company
  • Birch
  • Birdy
  • Blitz
  • Boar
  • Bones
  • Boomer – Name your dog after the sound of your gun
  • Brook
  • Bullet
  • Caliber
  • Camp
  • Chevy
  • Chopper
  • Colt
  • Copper
  • Cougar – Vicious and stealthy, a worthy animal to name your dog after
  • Crusoe
  • Drake – A male duck
  • Finch
  • Fox
  • Jazz
  • Jekyll
  • Koda
  • Leo
  • Link
  • Lion
  • Lynx
  • Miles
  • Mulie
  • Musket
  • Porter
  • Ruger – An arms company
  • Smoke
  • Snow
  • Tank – For the pup that keeps on going no matter what
  • Trapper
  • Whiskey
  • Whistle
  • Winchester

Rare Hunting Dog

Unique Hunting Dog Names

If you like to take the road less traveled, either in terms of hunting routes, and name-selection, this is the section for you!

This list is specially catered to those with a more unique hunting dog.

One of our favorites from this section is ‘Boba Fett’, the ruthless bounty hunter from Star Wars. This name is perfect for a tracking hunting dog, like a Beagle or Bloodhound.

From movie references to historical figures, this list has plenty of suggestions:

Our Favorite Name

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Neptune

Look to the skies to find your perfect hunting dog name

  • Ammo
  • Aragorn
  • Bacon
  • Boba Fett – Name your dog after the ‘Star Wars’ bounty hunter
  • Boots
  • Camo
  • Chance
  • Chaucer
  • Churchill
  • Cliff
  • Courage
  • Dash
  • Davy Crockett – The nineteenth-century folk hero
  • Decoy
  • Diesel
  • Dogwood
  • Fetch
  • Gandalf – the ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Wizard
  • Hansel
  • Huckleberry
  • Hulk
  • Indiana – Name your dog after the straight-shooting Indiana Jones
  • Legolas
  • Moose
  • Neptune
  • Nero
  • Robin – After Robin Hood
  • Rocket
  • Seal – The Navy SEALS are tough, just like your new partner
  • Shiloh
  • Skywalker
  • Stormy
  • Teddy
  • Texas
  • Thor
  • Thunder
  • Ulysses
  • Willow
  • Yoda
  • Yukon

Retriever Hunting Dogs

Best Hunting Dog Names

This list is our collection of the best hound names we could find.

These kinds of names will only suit the most powerful and alpha hunting dogs.

In fact, lots of these names are more like military ranks and titles (e.g. ‘Major’ or ‘Duke’).

Perhaps an authoritative name would give even the most playful young hunting pup a sense of responsibility!

Our Favorite Name

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Captain

Give your new hunting dog the authority he/she deserves

  • Ace
  • Blackie
  • Buck
  • Captain
  • Chase
  • Chaser
  • Collins
  • Deputy
  • Duke
  • Emperor
  • Falcon
  • Gauge
  • Glock – Name your dog after the famous gun
  • Gunner
  • Hammer
  • Huntington
  • Legend
  • Magnum
  • Major
  • Muzzle
  • Outlaw
  • Pistol
  • Powder
  • Radar
  • Ranger
  • Remington
  • Revolver
  • Ripley
  • Rocky
  • Ryder
  • Sarge – a short, but, strong name
  • Shadow
  • Sheriff
  • Tanner
  • Timber
  • Trigger
  • Troy – Name your hunting dog after the Trojan Empire capital
  • Wilder

Badass Hunting Dog Names

Badass Hunting Dog Names

This final list consists of the most hard-core, intimidating, and ruthless hunting dog names.

Badass names like ‘Bane’ would make every hunting trip more exciting, as it would become an adventure.

This being said, if you have a smaller, or more playful hunting dog, perhaps you could use one of these names ironically.

Our Favorite Name

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Goliath

The massive biblical figure and associated with Lydian King Alyattes

  • Bane
  • Beast – For the biggest, most wolf-like dogs
  • Beta
  • Blade
  • Brutus
  • Bulls-Eye
  • Bullseye
  • Cerberus
  • Chunk
  • Czar
  • Fang
  • Fireball
  • Ghost
  • Goliath
  • Hades
  • Hawkeye – The Marvel superhero is a skilled marksman
  • Hercules
  • Huntsman – Like the deadly spider
  • Khan
  • Killer
  • King
  • Legend
  • Logan
  • Maverick
  • Maximus
  • Nighthawk
  • Onyx
  • Phantom
  • Predator
  • Punisher
  • Rambo – Name your hunting dog after John Rambo
  • Rebel
  • Riptide
  • Rogue
  • Ryder
  • Spartan
  • Spike
  • Tank
  • Terminator
  • Tiger
  • Tyger
  • Wolf

Hunting Dog History

The Long History of Hunting Dogs

The domestication of hunting dogs was a long process and began 20,000 years ago when man depended on hunting and gathering for survival.

Around 9,000 years ago dogs were used for livestock control, protecting flocks from predators and finding strays.

Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome were the first cultures to intentionally breed dogs into hunting roles.

Dogs were trained to hunt predators for both protection and sport.

In these cultures, hunting with dogs was an elite sport, but finally, during the Middle Ages, hunting dogs became used widely. At this point, breeds such as Sight Hounds, Retrievers, Pointers, and Scent Hounds came into existence.


We hope you have learned a bit about hunting dogs and decided on the perfect name for your beloved hound.

Our favorites were Goliath and Hera. Both names have deep roots – Goliath from the bible and Hera from Greek mythology. They also reflect the strength and amazing ability possessed by all hunting dog breeds.

Remember, finding your dog’s name is an important task, don’t rush it, but, we hoped this article helped you on your search. Leave a comment below telling us your favorite hunting dog names.

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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 2 million people choose the best name for their pet.

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