Search and Rescue Dog Names

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Introduction

 Search and rescue dogs have been helping us find missing people and other animals for centuries, with the earliest records of canines dedicated to the job of rescue being the dogs bred and trained in the late seventeenth century at a hospice located in the Great St. Bernard Pass. Since then, they have saved countless lives around the world, searching for people lost in avalanches, in the wilderness, and in the rubble of destroyed buildings. It takes a great deal of work and dedication on the part of the canine and their handler to earn the titles of search and rescue dog. For those that are willing to take on that responsibility, this list of names should provide ample inspiration for your new hero's name. 

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Search and Rescue Dog Name Considerations

There are many ways to choose a name for a new canine companion; some people choose names from particularly meaningful books, movies, or plays, while others may select a name based on the dog's physical appearance or their personality. If you are planning to train your pooch to be a search and rescue dog, their prospective job can provide another source of inspiration as there are many options for names that are particularly appropriate for these dogs. There are several names that actually mean rescue or salvation, such as Birger, Bjorg, or Xabat, while others may refer to the qualities that are needed for a search and rescue dog, like Pepin, meaning determined, or Connie, meaning steadfast. 

You can also honor search and rescue animals that came before, like Gandalf, who found boy scout Michael Auberry, or Appollo, Ana, or Trackr, dogs that helped locate and rescue people after the tragedy at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. One can consider Baillie, an elite urban search and rescue dog from Canada, or even heroic humans who have made rescuing others a priority, such as Dave Hahn or Ruth Harkness. If you already happen to know what type of search and rescue work that your dog will be doing you can even choose a name that fits, such as Ranger or Sahara for a wilderness search dog, or Tuhin or Haimati for an avalanche rescue dog.

Male Search and Rescue Dog Names

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Xabat
A Basque name which means rescuer or deliverer
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Tuhin
A name from India that means snow, an option for a search and rescue dog that specializes in avalanches
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Trackr
The German Shepherd responsible for finding the final survivor at the World Trade Center after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks
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Theron
A Greek name meaning hunter
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Sotirios
A Greek name that means rescuer
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Ranger
This name often refers to park and forest rangers, particularly appropriate for wilderness search dogs
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Radar
Radar technology is often used to find things
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Prospero
A name seen in Spain and Italy that means fortunate or successful
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Pepin
A German name that means determined
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Osias
A name that means salvation in Greek
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Onni
A Finnish name that means luck
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Maddox
An English surname that means little lucky one or little good one
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Lucky
No matter how skilled your dog is, a little luck goes a long way during a rescue
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Hunter
The dogs hunt through all sorts of conditions for missing people and pets
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Homer
Search and rescue dogs are often trying to bring people and animals home
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Gandalf
A search and rescue dog made famous by locating missing boy scout Michael Auberry in the North Carolina woods
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Felix
A Latin name that means happy or lucky
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Dave
Dave Hahn has received many awards for performing helicopter rescues from many of the highest peaks in the world
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Dakota
Search and rescue dog Dakota has responded to over one hundred missions, including the search for the astronauts from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster
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Chase
Dogs with a strong instinct to chase the ball often make excellent search and rescue dogs
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Caleb
This name means faithful or dog and can refer to the Caleb from the Bible who accompanied Moses in the wilderness
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Birger
A Norwegian name that means rescue
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Bernard
One of the main characters in the children’s book and subsequent movie, The Rescuers
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Barry
Barry is a Celtic name that means marksman, also the name of historical Search and Rescue dog Barry der Menschenretter of Switzerland
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Arnost
A name from the Czech-Republic that means determined or stubborn, a positive trait for a search and rescue dog
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Appollo
A well-known search and rescue dog who received a Dickin Medal on behalf of all the dogs like himself who worked the World Trade Center after 911 attacks
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Nimshi
An Israeli name that means rescued from danger
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Naji
An African name meaning saved or rescued
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Moko
A bottle-nosed dolphin who made headlines by coming to the rescue of a stranded whale
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Kibou
A Japanese name meaning hope

Female Search and Rescue Dog Names

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Kit
A name meaning hopeful in Greek
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Kaimi
A name from New Zealand that means seeker
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Hope
Search and rescue dogs often provide hope
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Haimati
A name from India that means snow queen, an option for a search and rescue dog that specializes in avalanches
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Frida
A well-known and much loved rescue dog from Mexico
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Freedom
Search and rescue dogs often free the people they find
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Felice
An Italian name derived from the name Felix, meaning happy or lucky
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Destiny
An English name which refers to fate and fortune
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Connie
A derivative of Constance, meaning steadfast or constant, a trait that is very beneficial for a search and rescue dog
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Bjorg
An Icelandic name that means salvation
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Bianca
One of the main characters in the children’s book and subsequent movie, The Rescuers
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Bayo
An African name that means to find joy
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Baillie
An elite urban search and rescue dog with the Canada Task Force 2 Disaster Response Team
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Andromeda
A name from Greece that means rescued
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Ana
The first search and rescue dog to be deployed to the World Trade Center after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack
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Zita
A Spanish name that means seeker
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Xingjuan
A name from China meaning fortunate beauty
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Wijida
A Muslim and African name that means finder or excited
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Ushara
A Hebrew name that means fortunate
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Urbain
A French name which means urban, great for an urban search and rescue dog
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Treasure
Search and rescue dogs are treasures for all of us
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Takuya
A Japanese name that means forerunner or pathfinder
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Scout
Search and rescue dogs scout for their quarry
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Scanner
Scanners are often used to find lost or hidden objects
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Sahara
A name from Arabia that means wilderness
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Ruth
Ruth Harkness was a socialite who traveled to Shanghai, mounted a successful panda expedition, and ushered in a new era of panda conservation in the United States
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Questa
A Latin American name that means seeking
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Nadia
A Slovakian name meaning hopeful
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Laser
Search and rescue dogs should have laser focus when on the job
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Laima
A Lithuanian name that refers to a goddess of fortune

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