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Names for German Shepherds
German Shepherd Dogs
German Shepherds, or Alsations, have only been around for a little more than a hundred years, yet they are now one of the most popular breeds in the world. Strong and intelligent, loyal and protective, the German Shepherd is an ideal working dog. Given the right training and socialization the breed make great family pets for active families.
So, if you bring home a German Shepherd puppy, what are you going to call it? There's plenty of scope. You could consider the puppy's colour, the fur type, the personality or of course, just go with a name you've always liked. If you're stuck for inspiration, here are some suggestions for German Shepherds of all kinds.
Flash the German Shepherd
German Names for German Shepherds
Why not consider going with the breed's heritage and giving the puppy a Germanic name? The German Shepherd breed was largely due to the breeding programme of Max von Stephanitz, a former cavalry officer who wanted an intelligent working dog. The first dog registered as a German Shepherd was a male, Hektor, whom he renamed Horand.
Here are some German names that might suit a German Shepherd.
Germanic Names for Female German Shepherds
Elsa - noble
Etta - perfect for smaller puppies - means "little"
Greta - good for a white haired girl - short for Margaret, which means "pearl"
Heidi - noble and serene
Helga - sacred and precious
Ida - hardworking
Lene - one for soft and silky GSD girls
Mena - strong
Milba - kind protector
Mitzi - pet form of "Mary" - star of the sea - so perhaps good for seaside dwelling GSDs
Nixie - good for water lovers - means "water sprite"
Selda - short for Griselda - "grey warrior maid"
Winola - charming friend
Germanic Names for Male German Shepherds
Abe/Abel - noble, resolute
Albie - form of Albert - noble and bright
Arnie - short form of Arnold - eagle strength
Axel - for quiet GSDs - it means "father is peace".
Bruno - brown haired
Conrad - means brave and bold
Dolf - short for Rudolf
Hobie - short for Hobart (Bart's hill)
Ivo - does your dog like the woods? This could be a good name - it means "Yew tree"
Keifer - German form of "Cooper"
Ludo - short for Ludovic
Siggy - short for Siegfried
Ulf - wolf
Long Haired German Shepherd Names
Some German Shepherds have beautiful long coats which can make them look like cuddly teddy bears. If you've got a long haired German Shepherd you might consider calling it "Bear" (one of my friends has a beautiful "Bear") or a name that has that meaning.
Names for Long Haired German Shepherd Girls
Godiva - made her naked ride covered only by long hair!
Nita - Choctaw name meaning "bear"
Zara - short form of Cesara - long hair
Names for Long Haired German Shepherd Boys
Aslan - the lion from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Bern - bear (Old German - so appropriate for a German Shepherd!)
Bjorn - bear (Scandinavian/Norse)
Caesar - long hair
Esau - hairy
Orson - originally a French Norman nickname. It's now usually a surname, but it means bear cub
Teddy - just a big teddy bear!
Urso - from the French for "bear"
Black German Shepherds
The most common colouring for a German Shepherd is black and tan, but there are a number of solid black German Shepherds too. Black dogs lend themselves to a variety of names; here are just a few ideas.
Black German Shepherd Names for Girls
Cari - dark one
Ebony - the black wood
Efa - darkness
Raven - the black bird
Sable - dark brown, almost black, fur
Black German Shepherd Names for Boys
Blake - an old English name, usually a surname, but originally for someone who was dark haired or dark skinned.
Cole - black as coal!
Dolan - Irish name for dark, bold or black-haired
Jet - jet black
Kizzy - short for Kieran, meaning black
Strongheart the Film Star
Famous German Shepherds
The popularity of the German Shepherd rose following World War 1 when US and British servicemen returning home spoke highly of the dogs used by the German army. Strongheart was the screen name of a German police dog brought to the US by film maker Laurence Trimble. Strongheart's appearances in films like White Fang in 1925 helped to popularise the breed further.
Rin Tin Tin was actually rescued from the battlefields of World War 1. Lee Duncan, an American soldier, found a litter of puppies in a bombed out kennel just before the end of the war. He kept two, though one died. At his home in Los Angeles he trained Rin Tin Tin to do numerous tricks and was determined that he would be the next Strongheart. His dream came true and Rin Tin Tin was actually nominated for an Academy Award in 1929 (although he didn't win).
Batman also had a German Shepherd: Ace the Bat-dog!