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Introduction

To anyone out there who might think that bravery and courage are traits that are mutually exclusive to humans, please read this article. To anyone whose faith in humanity, or just the world at large, has dwindled over the years, please continue to read on. We're living in dark and trying times where it's become much easier to adopt an overtly cynical world view to cope with our wild and unforgiving world, but hopefully this article will remind you that life isn't all bad, in the same way that it's not all good. And just as, if not more, importantly, hopefully this article will show you that good things can come from the least expected places, people, and pets.

Heroic Dog Names In Pop Culture

Heroic Dog Name Considerations

As mentioned earlier, bravery and courage are not traits that are mutually exclusive to human beings. In fact, the sheer number of heroic dogs that have helped humans, as well as other animals, practically guarantees that you can find a heroic dog that's of the exact same breed as the canine you're currently caring for. Do you own a Golden Retriever? Consider naming your dog after the brave puppy Roselle, who stuck by her master's side during the tragic September 11th terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and guided him out of the fire and smoke despite the damage the she suffered in the process. 

Another great thing about these heroic dogs is that their exploits tend to shatter many of the negative, preconceived notions people have come to levy on certain dog breeds. For instance, Pit Bulls are often feared and treated with disgust or outright disdain due to the stories of this particular breed attacking people without cause. But in the same way that not all humans should be treated with disgust because some of us choose to become serial killers, not all Pit Bulls should be mistreated due to their propensity to save others from harm, rather than cause it. As you'll read on, you'll find plenty of examples of heroic Pit Bulls, any many other well known breeds, who put the lives of others before their own.

Male Heroic Dog Names

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Tot
Based on Tater Tot, a Pit Bull who saved a 4 year old human
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Stubby
Based on the WWI hero, Sgt. Stubby
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Chief
A dog who protected his owner from a snake
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Major
Another service dog who dialed 911 to save his owner
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Norbert
Based off of the emotional support dog from LA
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Stitch
A puppy who was born with a cleft lip
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Khan
Another dog who saved his owner from a snake attack
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Bosch
A Golden Retriever who saved people in the Philippines
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Kilo
A Pit Bull who took a bullet for his owner
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Danny
A service dog who helped his impaired owner get medical assistance
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Hero
The German Shepherd who saved a car crash victim
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Jason
Based off of the heroic leader of the Argonauts
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Hercules
The Roman name of one of Greece's greatest heroes
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Herakles
The proper Greek spelling of the name Hercules
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Theseus
The Greek hero who slayed the Minotaur
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Bellerophon
The Greek hero who slayed the Chimera
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Perseus
One of the only Greek Heroes to live Happily Ever After
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Achilles
The unstoppable warrior who was felled by an arrow to the heel
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Odysseus
A friend of Achilles and the title character of the Odyssey
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Alexander
Refers to Alexander the Great
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Cassander
Based off of an ancient Macedonian king
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Aeneas
A great hero in Trojan myth
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Barbad
A Persian Musician with great talent and heart
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Clark
As in Clark Kent, Superman's alternate alias
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Bruce
A reference to Batman, the Hulk, and Bruce Campbell
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Ash
A name that calls back to Ash Ketchum and Ash Williams
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Steve
The first name of Captain America's secret identity
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Jack
In honor of Tom Clancy's Jack Reacher
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Sly
The nickname attributed to Sylvester Stallone
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Arnold
Based off of Arnold Schwarzenegger

Female Heroic Dog Names

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Nellie
A black Lab whose great hearing earned her an award
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Roselle
A yellow Labrador who led her master out of the World Trade Center
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Nyla
A young dog who helped her master escape their burning home
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Belle
A Beagle who entered 911 into a phone when her master collapsed
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Patty
Another yellow Lab who saved her owner from drowning
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Shelby
A German Shepherd who saved a family from carbon monoxide
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Ginny
A brave dog who rescued multiple cats throughout her life
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Eve
A Rottweiler who pulled her master from a smoldering truck
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Honey
The winner of the 2006 Dog of the Year award
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Maya
A Pit Bull who earned the 2008 Dog of the Year award
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Shana
A half Wolf/half German Shepherd who saved a couple from a snow storm
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Katrina
A black Lab who received a standing ovation at the Genesis Awards
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Zoey
A Chihuahua who saved a child from a snake
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Layka
A military dog who took 4 gunshots for her owner
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Lilly
A brave Pit Bull who shielded her owner from a freight train
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Bretagne
One of the many dogs who helped during 9/11
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Frida
A specially trained dog who saved 52 people in Mexico
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Abbie
A dog who saved a choking baby's life by alerting her owner
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Molly
A blind dog who saved humans, cats, and dogs from a fire
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Maggie
A dog who snuck out of her kennel to care for a group of stray puppies
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Ballie
The name of a search and rescue Border Collie
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Dakota
A Pit Bull who helped with the Space Shuttle Columbia rescue mission
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Ana
A first responder dog for the World Trade Center
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Buddy
The first properly trained guide dog in the United States
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Trixie
The name of Dean Koontz's retired guide dog
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Wanda
The recipient of the 2004 Overall Guide Dog of the Year award
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Laika
This Russian stray dog became the first animal to orbit Earth
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Gabi
A German Shepherd who fought an escaped Jaguar at a zoo
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Susie
A dog whose suffering led to the passage of Susie's Law
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Lucy
A dog who shielded a woman from a knife wielding assailant

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