Hero Dog Names

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Introduction

When making a commitment to a new canine pal, you plan to have his back and hope that down the road he will have yours. Whether your new friend is large, small, or somewhere in between, a name that invokes courage and the ability to save the day is something to consider. It will be easy to feel warm and fuzzy about your pet when just saying or hearing his name reminds you of heroic actions.

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Hero Dog Names in Pop Culture

Old Yeller in pop culture

Hero Dog Name Considerations

The name of a hero dog may be appealing for numerous reasons. Perhaps your dog is the same breed or bears a physical resemblance to a particular heroic dog. A female Border Collie may bring to mind Lassie’s adventures and her ability to regularly save the day. Who would not want a dog with those skills by their side?

Certain breeds, particularly those that are larger, may evoke feelings of protection and potential heroism. The Newfoundland and Labrador, for example, have excellent swimming abilities and are able to rescue people from drowning, qualities that seem ideal for a potential hero. The actions or temperament of a particular dog may remind you of a heroic dog or bring to mind the potential to act heroically when necessary

Other breeds, like Toto, may be more quietly heroic. A dog may be trained as a service dog and his companionship can be life-saving. Some dogs are able to alert their human to a dangerous drop in his blood sugar, saving his life. While these dogs may not be risking their lives, their skills and deeds are heroic nonetheless.

You can also consider the name of a non-canine hero when naming your new friend. Giving your dog the name of a hero is likely to lead to positive feelings and confidence as your dog grows to be a more integral part of your world. 

Male Hero Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
12
Ace
This Border Collie mix was injured in a car accident with his human, yet managed to crawl up an embankment and get help
11
Yeller
Old Yeller was a hero several times over and ultimately gave his life for his humans
10
Dakota
A search and rescue dog by this name worked over 100 searches including the Columbia Space Shuttle
9
Scooby
An unlikely hero, Scooby Doo regularly saved the day without really even trying
6
Jet
A German Shepherd Civil Defence dog during WWII, he rescued people trapped under buildings in London
5
Keno
A Labrador Retriever who found a skier trapped in an avalanche in two minutes, allowing for a quick rescue
5
Shadow
This wise dog was able to save his canine brother from an attack
5
Thor
After the superhero with his hammer
4
Bilbo
The first full qualified surf lifeguard dog
4
George
A Jack Russell Terrier protected five small children from an attack by two Pit Bulls
4
Taz
This German Shepherd and Golden Retriever mix was with his human when she fell while hiking; he ran five miles to their truck and led rescuers to her
3
Chips
A German Shepherd highly decorated war dog, his story is documented in the movie Chips the War Dog
3
Echo
A Shepherd and Collie mix who saved his human by keeping him warm when his canoe capsized
3
Milo
A dog who dove into the ocean to rescue a canine friend
3
Rock'o
A Portuguese Water Dog who can detect even the smallest amount of peanut residue in the food his human is about to eat, ensuring she avoids anaphylactic shock
2
Angel
A stray Pit Bull noticed a woman and her young son being attacked by a man with a knife and came to their rescue
2
Appollo
The first dog to arrive at ground zero after the 9/11 attacks
2
Buddy
The dog in Air Bud who would regularly help his basketball team achieve victory
2
Dorado
A guide dog by this name was on the 71st floor of the World Trade Center on 9/11; after the planes hit he guided his owner down all 71 flights to safety
2
Dylan
A search and rescue dog by this name was a member of the Northern Ireland Search and Rescue Dog Team and saved the lives of four students lost in the mountains in poor weather conditions
2
Neo
A Siberian Husky whose diabetic human went into hypoglycemic shock; Neo fetched help to save his life
2
Rip
A mixed breed dog who is believed to have saved more than 100 people during the London Blitz of World War II
2
Toby
A Yellow Labrador who saved his owner from choking by jumping on her chest
2
Toto
Used his head to save his human in the Wizard of Oz
1
White Fang
Part dog and part wolf, he protects his human
0
Clark
After Superman’s alter ego
-1
Leo
A Terrier cross who saved four kittens when he refused to leave them during a fire
-2
Bruce
Batman’s alter ego
-2
Jake
This Black Labrador Retriever burrowed through hot debris looking for World Trade Center survivors as well as assisted during Hurricane Katrina
-3
Barry
A Saint Bernard mountain rescue dog who saved over 40 people
-4
Horton
While not a search and rescue “professional” Horton knew Quandry Peak Colorado so well that rescue teams would ask for his help when someone was lost in the area; the dog saved at least three people

Female Hero Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
10
Amelia
For Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly alone across the Atlantic Ocean
8
Jasmine
A Greyhound who was a surrogate mom to over 50 orphaned or abandoned animals to include foxes, badgers, chicks guinea pigs and rabbits
8
Laika
The first dog to go to space
7
Leia
Helps bring about the destruction of the Empire in Star Wars
7
Organa
Princess Leia’s last name
7
Raven
A key member of the superhero team Teen Titans
6
Jade
Green Lantern’s daughter who has worked with the Justice League
5
Joan
Joan of Arc led her army to victory in the 15th century
5
Sabi
An Australian military dog who was missing in action for 14 months
5
Velvet
A Labrador Retriever that helped save the lives of three climbers on Mount Hood
5
Xena
The Warrior Princess
4
Judy
An English Pointer taken as a Prisoner of War during World War II
4
Lassie
This famous dog had plenty of opportunities for heroic actions
4
Ruby
Ruby Bridges was the first African American student to attend an all-white school in the South
4
Storm
Also known as Ororo Munroe, this comic book character can control the weather and atmosphere
3
Katniss
Saved her sister from death and won the Hunger Games
3
Rey
The last Jedi in Star Wars
3
Sandra
After Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court
2
Amazon
After the Amazons of Wonder Woman
2
Tigra
A comic book crime fighter
2
Wilma
Wilma Rudolph, winner of three gold medals in the Olympics
1
Diana
The alter ego of Wonder Woman
1
Irma
A war dog who rescued people that were trapped under blitzed buildings in London during the second World War
1
Mulan
Disguised herself as a man to go to battle against the Huns
0
Berry
Protected her owner, who was pregnant, from a moose who came charging at her
0
Buffy
Buffy takes care of the vampires in her television series
0
Clara
For Clara Barton, a nurse who treated the injured on the front lines during the Civil War
-1
Harriet
In honor of Harriet Tubman who escaped slavery and helped others to freedom through the underground railroad
-1
Rosa
For Rosa Parks who sparked the Civil Rights Movement
-2
Coretta
Coretta Scott King, known as the first lady of civil rights

Dogs with Hero Names

Cadence's name story for Hero Dog Names
Cadence
Male
American Bulldog
Columbus, MS

My dogs' name is inspired by the Army training, they call Cadence. I've been around military life since 1981. I love the Cadence song they do, when they are marching. They would be singing left, right, left.That was the first name I thought of when i got him. He was eating and he go left, right, left to each bowl. I thought of that name right then. He's 3 years old.q

Flash's name story for Hero Dog Names
Flash
Male
Greyhound
New Haven, VT
Personality
Hyper
Active
Playful

We named our puppy Flash after the DC superhero. We adopted him as a puppy, and he has always loved to run and play. He either goes on a run with me, or spends time at the dog park and plays fetch. He’s super fast and likes to run laps around the other dogs that can’t keep up! “Flash” ended up being the perfect name for him, and it’s always fun to meet fellow DC comic lovers when we take him out!

Kent's name story for Hero Dog Names
Kent
Male
Boxer
Denver, CO
Personality
Confident
Intelligent
Brave
Devoted

We named our Boxer puppy Kent after my favorite super hero Superman's true identity Clark Kent. Boxers are a strong breed and we thought this name was fitting since Superman is the "Man of Steel".

Anna belle's name story for Hero Dog Names
Anna belle
Female
Border Collie
Columbia, SC
Personality
Princess

We adopted her as Anna belle