50 Badass Dog Names for Creatures Large and Small

You're a badass, but your dog's more of a badass — give her a name that counts.

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No creature is so small that it doesn’t deserve a rad name — something you’re comfortable shouting out in the dog park but that might also turn heads at the Westminster Dog Show. In short, a badass dog name. If the name feels right, you probably can’t go wrong — your dog’s own uniquely rad personality will make any name you choose inherently badass. Take Fido. As a name, Fido may have lost some its luster over the centuries through overuse, but it’s a name with a badass pedigree — Fido was Abraham Lincoln’s most beloved dog, and also Italy’s most famous canine during World War II (true to his name, Fido waited faithfully for his deceased person for years after the war).

Male or female, from the grandest Dane to the most minute Chihuahua, this list of wild, surprising, and badass names provides plenty of fodder. Whether you’re into art, music, history, politics, or just the ring of the unusual, we’ve found some of the indisputably coolest dog names for small dogs, big dogs, and every dog in between.

Badass Dog Names From Music

  • Elvis
  • Johnny
  • Sandman
  • Cobain
  • Crotchet
  • Otis
  • Stallion
  • Orville
  • Patsy
  • Gina

From the Arts

  • Venice
  • Sistine
  • Vinci
  • Dada
  • Painter
  • Canvas
  • Surry
  • Vincent
  • Kahlo
  • Googie

From Movies

  • Rosebud
  • Rebel
  • Joker
  • Hemsworth
  • Tombstone
  • Rat Pack
  • Cheadle
  • Marlon
  • McQueen
  • Redford

From Pop Culture

  • Torta
  • Rita
  • South Bend
  • Mirage
  • Gawker
  • Light Beer
  • Bezos
  • Recon
  • Oppo
  • Ratio

Badass Pet Names From Politics

  • Filibuster
  • Georgia
  • Caucus
  • Runaway
  • Warren
  • Minnie
  • Lightfoot
  • Whitmer
  • Precinct
  • White House

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