Greece, the paradise nation located in the middle of the Mediterranean has always keep people dreaming of their wonderful islands, beaches, landscapes, and history. The Greek islands are one of the top destinations in the world, and probably visiting Santorini and Mykonos is on many a bucket list. The wonderful people of Greece are known for their rich history and their incredible mythology, and world-changing philosophers are still influencing society. If any of this sounds attractive and interesting to you, then you won't have trouble finding a name for your dog in a Greek inspired theme!
Greek Dog Names in Pop Culture
Dogs are an important part of Greek mythology; you can find dogs in many Greek stories, and they are the god's favorite pets. One of the most well known mythological dogs is Cerberus, also known as the ‘Hound of Hades’. This was a gigantic three-headed dog that guarded the gates of the underworld, preventing the dead from escaping. Besides having three heads, Cerberus also had a serpent's tail, lion’s claws, and a mane of snakes. As one of his twelve labors, Heracles had to get Cerberus to the land of the living. This was imposed just because of the impossibility of the task, because the three-headed hound was a terrible, untameable monster. Nonetheless, Heracles succeeded, and brought out the dog. Cerberus also had a two-headed brother named Orthrus, who was in charge of the Geryon’s castle.
Another great mythical dog is Argos, which is the faithful hound in Homer’s Odyssey. Argos was a strong, fast, hound that belonged to Odysseus. Odysseus had to leave for Troy though, and it took him twenty years of wrestling over the seas to get back home. When he returned, Odysseus disguised himself as a beggar to avoid being recognized and make a surprise attack to regain his home. But Argos, living in terrible conditions after years of abandonment, recognizes his master as soon as he sees him. Although now old and incapable of moving, Argos drops his ears and moves his tails as he sees his beloved owner, and then let himself die, after waiting for twenty years for his master’s return. This represents a dog’s true loyal nature, depicted in one of the world's literary masterpieces.
And lastly, there is also Laelaps. A female hunting dog that belonged to Zeus, Laelaps, known as the "Golden Hound’ was given the job to protect baby Zeus, the future King of the gods. Later, when Zeus fell in love with Europa, he gave her Laelaps, the dog that never failed to capture her prey. Eventually, Laelaps was given the task to capture the Teumessian fox, a giant fox impossible to capture. This was the dog that always catches its prey, chasing the fox that couldn’t not be caught. This chase went on and on until Zeus decided to turn them both into stone, freezing them forever in their chase.
Greek Dog Name Considerations
Greek mythology tells us about incredibly powerful men and women: strong, tall, attractive people with magnificent powers who would rule the world and keep it functioning. Greek people have stood out since early time, and they are also known for their impressive philosophers that transformed the world. Not only they are known for their strength and looks, but also for their high intelligence. Additionally, this nation is known world-wide as a beautiful vacation destination, thanks to its awe-inspiring landscapes, its stunning islands, its relaxed atmosphere, and beautiful beaches.
When we think about what dogs would be a great fit for a Greek name, we can think of strong, burly dogs with a dignified appearance: the Afghan Hound with its incredible looks, the Borzoi with its refined features, the Neapolitan Mastiff with its strong, imposing presence, or the Irish Setter with its sleek delicate appearance. Also, super smart dogs like the Border Collie, Poodle, German Shepherd, or Akita would carry a Greek philosopher name well. On the other hand, since Greece is also known for its beaches and party ambience, a fun dog like a Corgi or a Beagle would match this country’s vibe and suit a Greek name.