Spartan Dog Names In Pop Culture
King Leonidas' owner, Ryan McCawley is always eager to show his pride for his beloved American Bully dog and he's happy to tell people about one of the many experiences he and King Leonidas have been through over the years. Despite his name and muscular appearance, King Leonidas is a very friendly and sociable dog who likes to mingle with other dogs and humans whenever he's given the chance.
King Leonidas isn't the only noteworthy dog to have been named after a culturally significant Greek figure; a giant Mastiff by the name of Hercules also has been named after one of Greek culture's most well known and notable figures. Now we're well aware that the name Hercules is actually taken from Roman culture and that Herakles would be the proper way to spell the Greek version of the strongman's name. However, since Hercules and Herakles are essentially the same character (and most of us have become accustomed to the name Hercules thanks to pop culture,) we figure that might as well not split hairs on the matter.
Hercules is significant to Spartan culture because many Spartan Kings claimed to have descended from Hercules himself, citing that as the reason for their great strength and prowess in battle. Hercules the giant Mastiff, on the other hand may, very well have descended from Cerberus, the Great Hound of the Underworld, due to the mastiff's massive size and musculature. However, whereas Cerberus was charged with acting as a guard dog for the Underworld, Hercules is simply a gentle giant who loves to spend time with his family and lounge about when he isn't stunning bystanders with his massive frame.
Spartan Dog Name Considerations
While King Leonidas is undoubtedly the most famous Spartan king of them all, in large part due to his various appearances in movies, TV shows, books, and games, there are plenty of legendary Spartan's for you to name your dog after. The witty King Agesilaos is responsible for many of the pithy sayings that are associated with Spartans, while Queen Arachidamia helped the women of Sparta repel an invasion attempt by Pyrrhus of Epirus.