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Introduction

A new addition to the family is always a happy event. Sometimes the most logical way to begin the naming process for your new pup is to consider their breed. The Border Collie is an intelligent, active, affectionate breed that is known for their work as farm dogs. Using commonly recognized breed characteristics like temperament, intelligence, and activity levels can be a great way to inform your name selection process. Don't forget to keep it fun, after all the Border Collie is a very fun dog to own!

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Border Collie Name Considerations

When naming your Border Collie, you may wish to take into account all of their breed characteristics as a basis for choosing the perfect name. You can consider things like their place of origin and the purpose of the breed, their temperament, and their physical traits in your naming process. This breed comes from Scotland is a determined herding dog. They are happiest when they have a job to do, and will herd just about anything that moved. You could pick a name that pays homage to your Border Collie’s Scottish heritage, or you could choose something that recognizes the breed’s skills as a working dog. You could simply pick something that relates to farming, which is where these dogs are often found.

Personality and appearance are other great inspirations for naming your pup. Just one gaze into your new dog’s eyes could give you all the information you need. A name like Charm could refer to how your dog warms your heart, or maybe you find something like Trouble more fitting for a mischievous puppy! Perhaps their long fur inspires a name like Shaggy, or their white paws something like Socks. Picking the right name could prove challenging, or it may come to you in an instant. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Male Border Collie Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
7
Jake
The 73rd most popular baby name in Scotland
7
Swift
Perfect name for a speedy dog
6
Houdini
A famous escape artist, just like your Border Collie when bored
6
Alec
A Smart Alec is a person who knows everything and likes to show off
6
Chaos
For their boundless energy
6
Astro
An out of this world name, for an out of this world pup
5
Patch
Border Collies often have a dark patch of fur over one or both of their eyes
5
Pepe (Le Pew)
Because of their black and white coloring, these dogs can resemble the famous skunk, Pepe Le Pew, from Looney Tunes
4
Sonny
You will likely feel a parental-type kinship with your Border Collie
4
Ziggy
A quirky name to fit the breed’s playful personality
3
Pal
These dogs are truly devoted to their owners
3
Sport
Border Collies are exceptional athletes
3
Bandit
A stray Border Collie adopted by Laura Ingalls on the TV show Little House on the Prairie
3
Spot
These pups sometimes have spots on their head or legs
3
John
Farmer John is a popular brand of meat in California
2
Lightning
Border Collies are known for running very quickly
2
Mischief
When not properly exercised, Border Collies can be mischievous
2
Shep
Short for Shepherd, one that herds sheep
1
Kinsella
Ray Kinsella, the farmer played by Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams
1
Whisky
An ode to the signature liquor of Scotland
1
Hardy
A tough name for a tough pup
0
Einstein
Border Collies are known for their intelligence
0
Bolt
Usain Bolt is a famous Olympic runner
0
Chief
These dogs like to control their “herd”
0
Harry
A classic English name fit for a furry dog
-1
Jobs
These dogs love to have work to do
-1
Deanie
After James Dean, an iconic American actor who owned a Border Collie of his own
-1
Koda
Native American name meaning “ally;” fitting for man’s best friend
-2
Chase
For their propensity to chase moving objects
-3
Ranger
This farm dog feels at home on the range

Female Border Collie Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
7
Betsy
A Border Collie famous for learning more than 300 words
6
Athena
After the Greek Goddess of Wisdom; seems like a fitting name for these clever pups
5
Star
A nod to the Border Collie’s success in show biz
5
Oreo
A black and white cookie that's almost as sweet as this black and white dog
5
Amor
Spanish for “love,” which you will receive plenty of from this pup
5
Dora
Dora the Explorer loves adventures and so will your Border Collie
4
Scout
Scout Finch, from the book To Kill A Mockingbird is a famously scrappy and intelligent young tomboy, just like your Border Collie
4
Silky
A well-groomed dog has a silky, luxurious coat
4
Shadow
Border Collies love their humans and always want to be with them
3
Vita
Short for “Vitagraph,” the film studio that produced the first films with a canine star
3
Swirl
Created when two colors are mixed together
3
Pinta
Spanish for “patch”
3
Mandy
Short for “Amanda,” which means loveable in Latin
2
Amber
Fitting for a pup with amber eyes
2
Nana
A fitting name for a doting dog
2
Blaze
A white stripe on the face of an animal
1
Abbey
Means “intelligent and beautiful,” just like this breed
1
Victoria
Queen Victoria was a fan of this breed
1
Lady
A fitting name for this graceful breed
1
Heather
A commonly found plant native to Scotland
1
Mia
Mia Hamm, famous soccer player who loves playing ball almost as much as the Border Collie
1
Busy
An apt name for this workaholic breed
1
Honey
These dogs have a warm disposition towards people
1
Faith
For a loyal and devoted dog who will always have your back
-1
Amigo
Spanish for “friend,” which is what you will find in this pup
-2
Skye
An island in Scotland
-2
Panda
Another adorable black and white animal
-2
Bella
Means “beautiful” in Italian; fitting for a beautiful dog
-3
Happy
These dogs have an upbeat disposition
-3
Grace
For the breed’s graceful trot

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