The Most Popular German Shepherd Names of 2017

What is in a dog name? People tend to name their dog according to certain things; of course, whether it is male or female, the type of dog it is will play a factor, for instance, it is hard to imagine a big, strong, strapping dog named something too “cutesie,” such as Bubbles or Tinkerbell. Typically owners try to fit the name to the size and build, as well as characteristics of the dog, which often play a role. And then of course, if you just plain like the name. German Shepherds are obviously a big breed of dog, both males and females, and they are often given names with meaning, or strength. But dog names do widely vary for the German Shepherds, some names trend in an out, while others stick around as common GS names, year-after-year.

Why is choosing a name difficult?

Deciding on a name can be tough because you know it is going to be their name for the rest of their life. It is a name that you will be saying over-and-over again, every day and for years. You want it to sound nice, yet be a name that is easy to say when you call your dog, praise your dog, or discipline your dog. If the name is too hard, long, or confusing, it may be difficult to train your new puppy since puppies understand things in simple terms. You also want other people to understand the name, such as when you are calling your veterinarian clinic to schedule and appointment. A long, difficult name may be hard for the doctor and staff to understand or say when you bring your dog in. When deciding on a name for your German Shepherd, keep in mind, too, that the breeder may require you follow certain guidelines with naming your dog in order to continue on the family lineage and get him registered with the AKC.

If you are considering getting a German Shepherd and want some good ideas of what you can name your dog, these are the most common names trending for GS’s for 2017. You will find that some are quite feminine, while others are on the fun side, and still others might demonstrate a bit more strength, such as Athena, Asia, or Venus. Keep an eye out for your female German Shepherd to either be a bit shy and friendly, or maybe she’ll be energetic and spunky. This may help you decide on the perfect name.

Here are 20 of the most common names for female German Shepherds for 2017:

  1. Aaliyah
  2. Athena
  3. Asia
  4. Charm
  5. Chocolate
  6. Dutchess
  7. Jasmine
  8. Kiki
  9. Kasha
  10. Lady
  11. Millie
  12. Nikita
  13. Roxy
  14. Ruby
  15. Sady
  16. Sage
  17. Tasia
  18. Taffy
  19. Violet
  20. Venus

Whether your male German Shepherd is going to be friendly and out going or frisky and high energy, you can choose from a wide range of names. Here are 20 names that are among the most popular names for male German Shepherds in 2017:

  1. Armaggedon
  2. Axel
  3. Augustus
  4. Ace
  5. Caesar
  6. Casanova
  7. Duke
  8. Kip
  9. Max
  10. Nova
  11. Napoleon
  12. Otto
  13. Prince
  14. Rex
  15. Rocky
  16. Rufus
  17. Thor
  18. Yogi
  19. Zeus

When it comes to choosing a name, many people like to have the puppy for several days to watch their personality traits; get to know the dog, to see if they can find key points in their personality that will help them choose a name. Matching a name to your dog’s personality is often easier than just picking one out of a hat, and it is often more gratifying to know you gave your German Shepherd a name that fits him. A good name can also help with the bonding experience. You find that you want to call his name, you enjoy saying it, and you find that your dog responds well to his name.

Whatever name you choose, the more you bond with your dog by using his or her name in a loving and playful manner, the more your dog will grow to love their name and it will be the biggest point of connection in your relationship with your German Shepherd.


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