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100+ Tough Dog Names: Fierce, Strong & Intimidating Ideas

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By Nicole Cosgrove

Tough Dog Names

If you’ve recently become the proud owner of a skilled and hardy pet dog, you might want to give him a tough dog name that does justice to his tough demeanor and sturdy build. When you look for tough dog names, you do not necessarily need to look at names that infer physical strength, though it may be the best way to describe his personality. 

Or maybe your pup looks tough but is soft as pudding inside. A tough dog name could be the irony you’re looking for. The following list of tough dog names was put together to make your decision-making easier since we know this big choice can be tougher than crate training! Don’t waste another minute, scroll down, and select the perfect tough name.

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Tough Female Dog Names

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Looking for the perfect tough name for your female dog – you are sure to find one suitable on this list!

  • Sabrina
  • Elektra
  • Quinn
  • Rebel
  • Ursa
  • Zelda
  • Rogue
  • Mystique
  • Shadow
  • Onyx
  • Raven
  • Sparky
  • Priscilla
  • Delilah
  • Storm
  • Diva
  • Athena
  • Hera
  • Ivy
  • Matilda
  • Alexandra
  • Star
  • Queenie
  • Sheba
  • Elizabeth
  • Joan
  • Xena
  • Tigress
  • Victoria
  • Maia
  • Yukon
  • Anastasia
  • Cleopatra

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Tough Male Dog Names

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Each of these names is burley and bold – these are our favorite tough names for male dogs.

  • Bruiser
  • Zeus
  • Kong
  • Barbarian
  • Ryder
  • Beast
  • Zombie
  • Rambo
  • Marine
  • Bruce
  • Julius
  • Samson
  • Bronson
  • Maverick
  • Damien
  • Lightning
  • Brick
  • Balto
  • Demon
  • Bullet
  • Buzz
  • Slayer
  • Durden
  • Axel
  • Diesel
  • Holt
  • Jett
  • Ares
  • Bruiser
  • Brutus
  • Jax

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Tough Girl Dog Names

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Not all names fit on a girl puppy, even though they may grow into the name. This list below is of our favorite strong dog names for little girl pups.

  • Champ
  • Harley
  • Spike
  • Scrapper
  • Mary
  • Bullseye
  • Medusa
  • Moana
  • Elsa
  • Chica
  • Nina


Tough Boy Dog Names

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Just like with the little girl pup names, some strong dog names are just more suitable for little boy pups. When they get older, you won’t change their name, of course, but it’s better to pick a name that suits them from day one.

  • Chompers
  • Bugsy
  • Rocky
  • Buck
  • Bolt
  • Bamm Bamm
  • Mufasa
  • Jaws
  • Bruno

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Tough Pitbull Dog Names

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Chances are if you’re looking for a tough dog name, you’ve adopted a Pitbull pup. They may seem tough on the outside, but they are so lovable and caring, that a name too tough just won’t fit. Below are our favorite tough but fair names for Pitbull dogs.

  • Chopper
  • Augustus
  • Hooch
  • Gunner
  • Knight
  • Caesar
  • Ammo
  • Spook
  • Knox

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Strong Dog Names

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If your dog is built like a mac-truck (or will be as they grow!) choosing a strong dog name could be a great fit. A match that is as grand and powerful as their stature, a strong dog name will command just as much respect as the muscles on your fur-baby. 

  • Nitro
  • Medusa
  • Pistol
  • Vixen
  • Maximus
  • Sabre
  • Storm
  • Xena


Scary Dog Names

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You could be interested in a scary dog name if your pup happens to be a touch intimidating upon first meeting them, or simply because you get a chuckle out of the irony of giving a mean dog name to a pooch that’s as sweet as pie. Either way, we think this set of scary dog names will suffice!

  • Demon
  • Lucifer
  • Diablo
  • Evil
  • Maniac
  • Hellhound
  • Goblin
  • Banshee
  • Fang

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Hood Dog Names

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One might choose a hood dog name for a pooch who is slightly ruff around the edges – a dog whose bark is truly worse than its bite or perhaps one who picks fights with all of the neighborhood canines.

  • Hooligan
  • Banger
  • Goon
  • Hoodlum
  • Delinquent
  • Rowdy
  • Racketeer
  • Scoundrel
  • Thug

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Bonus: One Tough Dog

One of the toughest dogs in history is the Russian pup that was one of the first animals to leave Earth and go to space. She was a stray from the streets of Moscow and entered orbit on 3 November 1957. The story didn’t end happily ever after for the pup, but her sacrifice has been immeasurable to space discovery. If you want to honor this pup, or just have a really powerful dog name, think about naming your pup:

  • Laika

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Finding the Right Tough Name for Your Dog

If you have been lucky enough to own a dog whose breed is strong, or you can just see your new pup’s toughness in their eyes, then one of the powerful dog names on this list will surely be what you’re looking for.

That being said, we know this is a difficult task that needs a lot of processing, so we’ve got plenty more lists for you to browse so you know that you’re making the best-informed decision. Some of them are below. Have a read if you’re still looking for the perfect name, or, congratulations on naming the most recent addition to your family!

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