Hunting Dog Names

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Introduction

For as long as man has hunted for his meal, he has used the dog as a companion and assistant in the hunt. Dogs are likely the first domesticated animals. Dogs are pictured as hunting companions in some of the earliest artwork of humanity. As humans and dogs evolved together, eventually three types of dogs became the primary hunting companions - the terrier, the hound, and the gun dog. Hunters and their canine companions have chased fox, deer, elk, birds, and rabbits. Even today, when hunting is no longer necessary, many enthusiasts still enjoy chasing game with a hunting dog.

Hunting Dog Names in Pop Culture

Hunting Dog Name Considerations

Over time, three major groups of dogs evolved into the primary hunting dogs - terriers, hounds, and gun dogs. Terriers such as the Jack Russell Terrier, the Airedale, Rat Terriers, and Scottish Terriers are not overly large dogs, and they are quick, energetic, and highly adept at running down small prey. Although most terriers are generally companions and are no longer used for hunting, the terrier has not forgotten his instinct for chasing small prey. The terrier is lively and alert, and he is always entertaining. 

The hound is a traditional hunting dog. He is known for his keen sense of smell, and hounds generally have great stamina. Often the hound is pictured as lazily lounging on the front porch, but the hound is a loyal companion who loves adventure. Hounds are generally used to hunt larger prey such as deer. 

The gun dog includes Labrador Retrievers and English pointers. The gun dog seeks out hidden prey such as birds and foxes; he will often retrieve fallen game as well. 

The hunting dog is a faithful companion, both on and off the hunting grounds. He is loyal, athletic, and energetic. He is tenacious but obedient. His owners often name him according to his looks, but others will name him according to his personality. 

Male Hunting Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
7
Bullet
One of the obvious tools of the trade
6
Tank
A large dog who is not afraid to go through brush to get to a target
6
Chester
A nod to gun manufacturer Winchester
6
Ryder
Many young children learn how to shoot with a Ryder B.B. gun
5
Bear
A type of game; this name might also refer to a large dog
4
Arrow
A great name for a "pointer", such as the German Shorthaired Pointer
4
Duke
A noble name for a loyal hunting dog
3
Hunter
An obvious name, but, after all, the dog does hunt down the prey
3
Chase
Some hunters argue this is the most fun part of the hunt
3
Mack
A great name for a large hound; as in the Mack truck
2
Remington
A brand name of gun and corresponding ammunition
2
Sarge
An outdoorsman with a military background might give his dog this name
2
Tracker
This name is befitting of a dog with a great nose
2
Roscoe
Can refer to the lazy hound dog on "The Dukes of Hazzard"
2
Rambo
This Sylvester Stallone character hunted down corrupt military leaders
2
Ruckus
A hunting dog will often bark and "cause a ruckus" when he trees his prey
1
Monty
As in Montana, a state with a large area for hunting
0
Colt
A pistol used by many frontiersmen
0
Dakota
This name means "ally"; it can also refer to the states of North and South Dakota
0
Forrest
Much hunting takes place here
0
Doc
Real life hero of the OK Corral, Doc Holliday
0
Hawkeye
A hunting dog with great eyesight
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Wyatt
As in famous sheriff Wyatt Earp
-1
Trigger
Another good name for a pointer dog
-1
Boomer
Refers to a loud, deep, booming howl of the hound dog
-1
Colonel
Another great name for an outdoorsman with a military background
-3
Blue
Often refers to the coat color/pattern of a dog
-3
River
An outdoorsman who loves to fish and hunt may choose this name
-3
Ranger
This describes a dog who loves to track prey
-3
Zeus
A large, strong dog

Female Hunting Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
5
Scout
Harper Lee's character was on a journey, just as your hunting dog
5
Sage
A type of spice; this name is also associated with wisdom
5
Lady
A traditional dog name; can refer to the Disney film Lady and the Tramp
5
Cleo
A name meaning "glorious"
5
Dusty
Can refer to coat color
5
Gypsy
A dog that loves to wander would fit this name
4
Artemis
The Greek goddess of the hunt
4
Dixie
Perfect for a Southern hunting dog; works well for a Beagle or Treeing Coonhound
4
Camo
Hunters must wear camo in order to hide themselves from prey
4
Jess
A short name that is memorable and does not sound like a command
3
Foxy
Great name for an attractive female Fox Terrier
3
Brook
Perfect for the outdoorsy dog
3
Benelli
A type of firearm or firearm manufacturer
3
Finley
Meaning "white, fair warrior", this name would fit a light-colored hound
3
Molly
A variation of Mary; an easy, memorable name for a hunting dog
3
Honey
Can refer to coat color or the sweet personality of a dog
2
Diana
Roman name for the goddess of the hunt
2
Birdie
This name is perfect for a Retriever used for hunting waterfowl
2
Kit
As in Kit Carson, a popular frontiersman from Nevada
2
Nahla
Meaning "a drink of water", a beautiful and unique name
2
Daisy
As in Daisy Duke or the flower
1
Migi
Inspired by the MIG military aircraft
1
Blaze
Refers to a marking on the face of a dog; could also refer to the speed of a dog
0
Xena
The warrior princess, a famous television character
0
Savannah
As in Savannah, GA
-1
Shiloh
A location in many Southern states, particularly Tennessee (a deadly Civil War battle was fought there)
-2
Hemi
A type of engine found in a Dodge vehicle
-3
Dasher
One of the eight reindeer, denotes a fast dog
-3
Maggie
An all-around popular name for hunting dogs
-3
Ginger
Can refer to coat color

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