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160 Great Names for Border Terriers: Ideas for Tenacious Dogs

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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Anyone who owns or has had the fortune to meet a Border Terrier knows that these plucky dogs are tenacious, quick-witted, and loving. The Border Terrier is an old British breed that was bred to join fox hunts. Their long legs and compact bodies made them the perfect companions to follow the horses and dart into fox dens.

This little dog has a unique, grizzled face and sweet, dark eyes that peer out of a short, bearded, and bushy-eyebrowed face. Their scratchy beards and wiry coats can be colored a beautiful shade of brown or red, with black and white intermingled for a lovely, earthy palate. We put together this list for you to choose from some classic names, male & female names, and food & nature-inspired names.

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How to Name Your Border Terrier

So, how do you name such an extraordinary dog? Some names can reflect their brave and quick natures or warm, hairy faces. Others may reference their fox-hunting history or the place they originated. And, some terms are just so fitting for a dog like the Border Terrier that they will always make the list.

We considered every facet of this little dog’s personality, looks, and history to create a list of 160 amazing names for Border Terriers, so you can pick a name that will serve your Border Terrier amazingly well.

Classic Names for Border Terriers

cute purebred border terrier portrait
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These names have stood the test of time and are proven to stand up to the Border’s unique looks and personality, as well as being timeless classics for a canine species that everyone loves. Choose one of these classic names if you want a traditional or tried-and-tested name for your Border Terrier:

  • Bertie
  • Teddy
  • Pippa
  • Tilly
  • Cecil
  • Bobby
  • Scruff
  • Foxy
  • Olive
  • Chippy
  • Hunter
  • Fido
  • Rolf
  • Dodger
  • Buster
  • Ratter
  • Baxter
  • Zippy
  • Tiny
  • Twiggy

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Male Names for Border Terriers

border terrier sitting on shore
Image Credit: Katrinbechtel, Pixabay

If a traditional (or more unusual) male name is what you’re looking for, look no further. These titles are all male and reflect the breed’s personality while being some of the most popular male dog names in the world.

  • Harry
  • Jimmy
  • Basil
  • Woody
  • Elvis
  • Rocky
  • Elmo
  • Trigger
  • Tiger
  • Chase
  • Dash
  • Chico
  • Bruno
  • Rex
  • Dobson
  • Rico
  • Archie
  • Ashton
  • Brucie
  • Sammy
  • Henry
  • Laughlan
  • Jim
  • Bentley
  • Benson
  • Fenton
  • Finlay
  • Archie
  • Archer
  • Dillon

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Female Names for Border Terriers

border terrier dog lying on grass
Image Credit: JACLOU-DL, Pixabay

Sometimes, a softer, more girlish name is needed for female dogs. Equally, if your Border Terrier is a firecracker, you want a powerful yet feminine name for your girl. These names are more suited to a female dog and are all popular choices for all breeds, including the gorgeous Border Terrier:

  • Bunny
  • Billeigh
  • Mollie
  • Mabel
  • Sable
  • Titch
  • Lacey
  • Aileen
  • Lucy
  • Millie
  • Ella
  • Belle
  • Jemima
  • Betty
  • Casey
  • Ethel
  • Frenchie
  • Jilly
  • Harriet
  • Hattie
  • Iggy
  • Nora
  • Meg
  • Olivia
  • Penny
  • Remi
  • Shelly
  • Tallulah
  • Filly
  • Mimi
  • Jules
  • Brittany
  • Celeste
  • Diana
  • Ditzy

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Food-Inspired Names for Border Terriers

border terrier puppies
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With their wiry, earth-toned coats and chocolate-brown eyes, it’s no wonder why food-based names suit Border Terriers so well. From Fudge and Biscuit for the lighter coat colors to Coco and Oreo for the darker colors, you can base your Border’s name on their appearance or your favorite snack. The choice is yours!

  • Fudge
  • Raisin
  • Sugar
  • Honey
  • Toffee
  • Caramel
  • Biscuit
  • Ginger
  • Taffy
  • Nutty
  • Hazel
  • Truffle
  • Nutmeg
  • Coco
  • Bon-Bon
  • Minty
  • Scotch
  • Jameson
  • Chilli
  • Jammy
  • Clementine
  • Peanut
  • Cola
  • Praline
  • Herb
  • Olive
  • Chutney
  • Chive
  • Haggis
  • Sausage
  • Saffron
  • Peaches
  • Bellini
  • Coconut
  • Pumpkin
  • Pickles
  • Oaty
  • Oreo
  • Alfredo
  • Pistachio

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Nature-Themed Names for Border Terriers

side view of a border terrier's face
Image Credit: JACLOU-DL, Pixabay

Getting out into nature is in the Border Terrier’s blood. It was originally bred to assist fox hunters, and running through forests and fields is something all Border Terriers enjoy. A nature-themed name is fitting for any Border that can’t help but run when they’re out on a walk!

  • Ruby
  • Sapphire
  • Forest
  • Star
  • Sparkle
  • Twinkle
  • Sunny
  • Sonny
  • Petal
  • Blossom
  • Clover
  • Thistle
  • Rocky
  • Gem
  • Rose
  • Jasmine
  • Daisy
  • Copper
  • Jasper
  • Blue
  • Skye
  • Goldie
  • Bluebell
  • Finn
  • Marlin
  • Buttercup
  • Petunia
  • Moore
  • Shadow
  • Gemini
  • Summer
  • Rosie
  • Fern
  • Bud
  • Vulpus

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Final Thoughts

There are so many great names for a Border Terrier that looking through them all can seem like a task, so we hope that our list of the 160 most amazing names has helped you whittle down and hone your list of potential titles. Whether it’s a name that reflects the dappled color of your Borders coat or that tells the world what your favorite snack is, there’s no doubt that your Border Terrier will love whichever you pick.

Featured Image Credit: Colin Seddon, Shutterstock

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