Release The Hounds Top Dog Names of 2021


Newborn babies aren’t the only living things that go through lots of name suggestions by their parents. In fact, there’s a range of owners who have spent some time pondering on the potential names they could give their new canine companion.

If you’re one of those people, hang on tight. At Release The Hounds, we have over 2000 dogs in our database; we’ve rounded up Release the Hounds’ most popular dog names to celebrate all the great dogs we’ve had the pleasure of taking care of. 

To save you time looking through lots of lists, we have you covered with the best names by gender, popularity and even how to pick the right name for your

Top 10 Male Dog Names [2021]

If you’re looking to get a male dog, you will want a name that fits its personality and appearance. The most popular name for male dogs is Charlie”! Charlie is actually a unisex name, short for either Charlotte or Charles and typically gives way to a warm-hearted, loyal companion with a bit of a goofy side. Great for any breed or size, Charlie is always a classic. 

After Charlie, the other top names are:

  • Max
  • Cooper
  • Buddy
  • Dexter
  • Jack
  • Jake
  • Rufus
  • Kona
  • Bailey

Top Boy Dog Names

Now the list above is strictly for males. If you want to buy a dog and raise them from a puppy, you may want something that fits their personality a bit more. Well, as per The American Kennel Club, some of the best boy dog names are:

  • Kobe
  • Oscar
  • Teddy
  • Milo
  • Ollie
  • Bailey
  • Harley
  • Otis

Top Girl Dog Names

You didn’t think we’d only give you male and boy names? We know how much value female dogs can bring into your life. To help you name a female dog, as recommended by the American Kennel Club, here are some of the best girl dog names:

  • Luna
  • Daisy
  • Cleo
  • Dolly
  • Bella
  • Oliva
  • Fiona

Unique Dog Names

If you’re a cool person and want your dog to stand out amongst the rest, you may opt for a unique dog name. Simply having a cool dog name may generate a lot of attention and affection from strangers for your dog. To help give you an idea, here are some unique dog names:

  • Pennie
  • Phoebe
  • Klaus
  • Nadia
  • Moon
  • Keira
  • Arwen 
  • Shelly
  • Midge
  • Pickle

Yeah, we get it; seeing this list many other people may have selected one of these unique names for their dog. In fact, so many people probably spend a long time searching the internet for an interesting name, but the reality is others are just as likely to have it.

Now, you might be wondering how to make a unique dog name?

Well, rest assured, it’s not as hard as you think. Consider your interests and hobbies; you might want to name your dog after a sport you like. For example, if you do karate, you could name your dog Belt or Gi; likewise, you could name your dog Turner after a page-turner if you like reading.

The possibilities are endless! Another great way to pick a unique dog name is by using a tv show, film or book as a reference. You may wish to name it after a character you like to add value to your dog’s name. Similarly, if you admire a historical figure, you can always name your dog after them too!

How Do I Pick A Good Dog Name?

Now, if you’ve not got the time to come up with a unique dog name or you’re simply overwhelmed by the many types of dog names out there, we can help you. First of all, it’s easier for dogs to respond to their name if it sounds short. Therefore it’s best to pick a name with only two syllables and preferably one that ends using a vowel.

Likewise, you will want to pick a name that does not sound like any type of command. That way, your dog can’t get confused and will respond easily. Finally, when you select a name, you should use it for a few days and see how your dog reacts to it. If there’s a good response, then that name is good for your dog; if not, you may want to try something else. 

To know more about popular dog names nationwide, visit to compare our list to Dog Times’s database. Did your dog make the list?

Just like human names, dog names are constantly evolving. Who knows what trend or popular celebrity name will tip the scale next year, but we’re looking forward to meeting all the new pups in 2021-2022.


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