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124 Military Dog Names: Popular Choices for Tough Canines

Written by: Ed Malaker

Last Updated on April 15, 2024 by Dogster Team

Military Dog Names

124 Military Dog Names: Popular Choices for Tough Canines

Dogs make great companions that can help us through the good and bad times. Their unwavering loyalty and dedication also make them valuable to the military and police force, where they help out in many ways.

Many people like to give their pet a military name, but finding one that suits your dog perfectly can be challenging. Keep reading for a list of some of the most popular names so you can find the right one for your pooch.


General Military Dog Names

If you’re looking for a classic military-inspired name for your pooch, here’s a list of some of the most common options. Some of these are from popular movies and others  inspired by the military in general.

  • Cadet
  • Colonel
  • Commando
  • General
  • Gunner
  • Major
  • Maverick
  • Pilot
  • Recon
  • Sergeant
  • Sniper
  • Trooper
  • Warrior
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Rank and Title Dog Names

Giving your dog a name based on military rank or title is a great idea for tough pooches. There are a ton to choose from, and hopefully one of the names below is the perfect choice.

  • Admiral
  • Baron
  • Baroness
  • Captain
  • Chief
  • Duchess
  • Duke
  • King
  • Marjorie
  • Marshal
  • Prince
  • Princess
  • Private
  • Queenie

Heroic Dog Names

There have been many heroic dogs throughout history, both in the military and among civilians. Naming your dog with a heroic moniker can be a fantastic nod to the military.

  • Allegiance
  • Braveheart
  • Courage
  • Freedom
  • Glory
  • Hero
  • Honor
  • Justice
  • Liberty
  • Patriot
  • Valor
  • Victory
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Weapon and Gear Dog Names

The military is synonymous with specialized weaponry and gear, and this can provide a lot of inspiration when choosing a name for your tough dog.

  • Ammo
  • Archer
  • Beretta
  • Blade
  • Bowie
  • Bullet
  • Colt
  • Dagger
  • Falcon
  • Glock
  • Magnum
  • Remington
  • Rocket
  • Scud
  • Tank
  • Wesson

Military Vehicle Dog Names

Like weapons and gear, there are loads of unique vehicles in the military too. These can also provide a unique perspective in naming your pooch.

  • Apache
  • Carrier
  • Cruiser
  • Delta
  • Falcon
  • Fighter
  • Havoc
  • Humvee
  • Jeep
  • Jet
  • Stealth
  • Tanker
  • Valkyrie
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Camouflage-Inspired Dog Names

Camouflage is essential within the military, and if your dog is prone to “disappearing” when let oof-leash in the woods, one of the names below could be a perfect fit.

  • Ash
  • Blaze
  • Camo
  • Forest
  • Gilly
  • Hunter
  • Mossy
  • Olive
  • Sandy
  • Scout
  • Shadow
  • Tiger

Codename Dog Names

Even humans love having codenames, so naming your dog with one is pretty cool in our opinion!

  • Alpha
  • Bravo
  • Echo
  • Foxtrot
  • India
  • Lima
  • Oscar
  • Papa
  • Romeo
  • Sierra
  • Tango
  • Victor
  • Whiskey
  • Yankee
  • Zulu
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Military Film and Literature Dog Names

  • Aragorn
  • Bond
  • I. Joe
  • Rambo

Military Geographic Dog Names

  • Dakota
  • Kodiak
  • Phoenix
  • Savannah

Branch Terms for Dog Names

  • Airborne
  • Gunny
  • Leatherneck
  • Marine
  • Pilot
  • Ranger
  • Seabee
  • Topgun
  • Zoomie
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Allied Country-Inspired Dog Names

  • Hiro
  • Monty
  • Patton
  • Vera
  • Winston

Mythological Military Dog Names

Mythology and history are full of military figures, and one of the following could be a great fit.

  • Ares
  • Athena
  • Freya
  • Mars
  • Odin
  • Thor


Tips for Choosing a Good Dog Name

Keep It Short and Simple

Choose a name that is easy to pronounce and remember. One- or two-syllable names are easier for your dog to recognize and respond to.

Avoid Confusion

Avoid picking a name that sounds like a command or another common word that might confuse the dog. Choose a name that you will only use to address your pet for the best results.

Consider Personality

Consider your dog’s personality traits and behavior, and pick a name that reflects their unique characteristics, whether they’re playful, loyal, energetic, or gentle.

Also, take your dog’s breed and size into account when choosing a name. Some names might be more fitting for certain breeds or sizes. That said, it can also be fun to choose something less fitting, like a long name for a small dog, etc.

Ask Family or Friends

Get input from family members or friends who will also interact with the dog. They may have great name suggestions that you didn’t think of or help you narrow down your choices.

Test the Name

Before finalizing a name, try saying it out loud to see how your dog responds. It’s a good sign if they seem to react positively to it, and you can even try out a few names to see if there is one that they are particularly fond of.

Avoid Negative Associations

Be cautious of names that may have negative connotations or associations. You want your dog’s name to evoke positivity and warmth throughout their lives, not attract negative attention.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When Should I Start Using My Dog’s Name After Bringing Them Home?

Start using your dog’s name as soon as you bring them home. Consistently use their name in fun contexts, like during playtime or when offering treats, to create a positive association.

Can I Change My Dog’s Name If They Already Have One?

Yes, dogs can learn a new name, but it requires patience and consistent training. If you change your dog’s name, use positive reinforcement to help them adjust to their new name.

What If My Dog Doesn’t Respond to Their Name?

If your dog doesn’t respond to their name, it could be due to various reasons, such as distractions or confusion with similar-sounding words. Puppies can also be quite active, making it hard to tell if they are having trouble recognizing the name or are just ignoring you. Consider training them with positive reinforcement to strengthen their response to their name.

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Can I Use a Human Name for My Dog?

Yes, many people choose human names for their dogs. Dogs respond to the tone of a person’s voice rather than the actual word, so any name can work as long as you use it consistently and positively.

What If I Can’t Decide on a Name for My Dog?

Take your time, and try out a few names to see how they fit your dog’s personality. Involve family or friends, and consider waiting until you find the perfect name.



There is no shortage of military-style dog names to choose from, and there are many more than what’s listed here. Our favorites include Major, Monty, Bravo, and Hunter, but the one that suits your pet best may be different! Take your time choosing, get the family involved, and try out a few names to see if one gets a reaction out of your pet.

In many cases, the right name will simply fall right into place.

Featured Image Credit: Altino Dantas, Unsplash

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