If your new dog’s ancestors are German, why not name your pup with a word that matches their heritage? Here are 150 German dog names for your brand new hound.

By Karen Weir-Jimerson
August 24, 2020
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Do you have a German dog breed? You might without even knowing it! Germany is the third-largest producer of canine breeds. (Here’s a fun map that shows where dog breeds originated.) Dog breeds from Germany include a diverse mix of large, medium, and small dogs that were bred to do a wide range of activities from herding, guarding, hunting, and rat-catching. From the smiley Pomeranian to the reserved rottweiler, German dogs populate all the classifications of purebred dogs. 

Popular German and Austrian dog breeds include German shepherd, schnauzer, dachshund, Great Dane, Doberman, boxer, Weimaraner, and miniature pinscher. So why not give your dog a name that matches his or her heritage? From terms of endearments to Deutschland’s favorite beers, wines, writers, and musicians, here are 150 German dog names for your brand new hund

German Language Terms of Endearment

  • Schatz (treasure)
  • Liebling (favorite)
  • Süsser/Süsse (sweet)
  • Maus (mouse)
  • Perle (pearl)
  • Hase  (bunny)
  • Schatzi  (little treasure)
  • KnuddelbÄr (cuddle bear)
  • Fräulein (miss)
  • Frau (missus)
  • Herr (mister)

Names Inspired by German Composers

  • Ludwig
  • Beethoven
  • Wilhelm
  • Mahler
  • Johann
  • Bach
  • Gottleib
  • Sebastian
  • Franz
  • Wolfgang

Names Inspired by Sweet German Foods

  • Kuchen (cake)
  • Marzipan (almond paste)
  • Springerie (embossed cookie)
  • Stollen (fruit cake)
  • Streusel 
  • Gummi bear
  • Milka
  • Haribo

Names Inspired by German Cities/Geography

  • Baden 
  • Munich
  • Berlin
  • Hamburg
  • Rhine 
  • Cologne
  • Frankfurt
  • Dusseldorf
  • Berlin
  • Alsace
  • Essen
  • Bonn
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Names Inspired by German Wines

  • Riesling 
  • Kerner
  • Lemberger
  • Trollinger
  • Dornfelder 
  • Mosel
  • Sekt

Names Inspired by German Models

  • Heidi
  • Klum
  • Lena
  • Shiffer
  • Giselle

Names Inspired by German Writers, Artists, Scientists

  • Gunter 
  • Grasse
  • Bertolt
  • Brecht
  • Goethe 
  • Mann
  • Hermann 
  • Hesse
  • Albrecht 
  • Durer
  • Caspar
  • Friedrich
  • Max
  • Ernst
  • Einstein

German Boy Dog Names 

  • Kurt
  • Arno
  • Manfred
  • Lucas
  • Brock
  • Emil
  • Maximillian
  • Fritz
  • Dieter
  • Otto
  • Hans
  • Niklas
  • Heinz
  • Heinrich
  • Rolf
  • Gunther
  • Frans
  • Ernst

German Girl Dog Names 

  • Mitzi
  • Adele
  • Agatha
  • Clara
  • Ingrid
  • Petra
  • Nadine
  • Sabine
  • Katrina
  • Ilse
  • Ingrid
  • Ada
  • Brunhilde
  • Fritzi
  • Freida
  • Gretchen
  • Greta
  • Heidi
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Names Inspired by German Beers and Spirits 

  • Pilsner
  • Weisse
  • Dortmunder
  • Doppelbock
  • Lowenbrau
  • Boch
  • Kirsch
  • Schnaps
  • Jägermeister
  • Oktoberfest
  • Stein

Names Inspired by German Foods

  • Pumpernickel
  • Pretzel
  • Sauerbraten (roast beef stew)
  • Bratwurst 
  • Sauerkraut 
  • Spätzle (egg noodles)
  • Frankfurter 
  • Wurst
  • Sausage
  • Braunschweiger
  • Schnitzel
  • Wiener
  • Emmentaler
  • Limburger

Names Inspired by German Cars

  • Audi
  • Beamer (BMW)
  • Mercedes
  • Porsche
  • Cayman
  • Cayenne
  • Opel
  • Volkswagen
  • Jetta
  • Karmann 
  • Giha
  • Touareg
  • Bug
  • Beetle

Strong Descriptive German Names

  • Blitz (lightning)
  • Ahren (eagle)
  • Swartz (black)
  • Bruno (brown)
  • Kaiser  (emperor)
  • Albrecht (noble)
  • Aldo (old, wise)