50 Military Dog Names and Their Meaning

Reviewed By Kyoko •  Updated: 03/05/21 •  10 min read
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Are you in the military or interested in all things military? Have you recently adopted a dog and need to find a name for them? Then you’ve come to the right place!

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We’ve put together a list of dog names that are inspired by the military. These are names for tough dogs and dog whose pet parents are in the military.

We’d like to thank you for your loyal and dedicated service in the armed forces!

OK—now let’s get on to that list of military dog names we promised!

Military Dog Names for German Shepherds

Here are some great names for military dogs that are German Shepherds!

1). Campbell: this is the name of Fort Campbell, which is home to the 101st Airborne Division and the 160th Special Operations Aviation regiment. This is an army facility, which also trains military dogs.

2). Sergeant: this is the term used for a non-commissioned officer who is above a corporal and below a lieutenant. In the army, the sergeant is responsible for commanding a squad.

3). Ranger: this name comes from the Ranger Regiment which is part of the U.S. Army. They are the premier light infantry fighting force, and they are specialized in raids and assault missions deep inside enemy territory.

4). Wesson: this name is inspired by a type of gun used in the military called a Smith & Wesson M&P. This is an automatic pistol that was introduced in 2005.

5). Remmy: this was the name of a dog that worked in the military for several years. He was a dog trained to search out explosives and is credited with saving dozens of lives in Afghanistan. He is considered a hero dog to this day.

6). Knox: this is the name of a fort—Fort Knox—that is a U.S. army installation based in Kentucky. This fort was named after Henry Knox, Chief of Artillery during the American Revolutionary War, and he was the first U.S. Secretary of War.

7). Bazooka: this is a type of weapon used in the military, which is an antitank rocket launcher (also known as a rocket launcher). This was a weapon used widely during WWII, and was something that gave hope of defeating Germany’s tanks.

8). Ammo: is short for “ammunition,” which is any material that can be fired (shot), scattered, dropped or detonated from a weapon. This includes bullets, bombs, missiles, grenades, and more).

9). Mauser: is the name of an arms manufacturer in Germany. They have a line of bolt-action rifles, semi-automatic pistols and more. The company has ben in business from the 1870s, when they produced arms for the German forces.

10). Carbine: this is a long-barreled firearm with a shorter barrel than a standard rifle or musket.

Here some dog names inspired by dogs who have served with the Navy Seals, or by people who have served in this branch of the military!

11). Cahill: this name comes from Lt. James Cahill, who was  in the WWII and the Korean War. He was part of the U.S. Underwater Demolition Team.

12). Cairo: was a Belgian Malinois, who was part of Operation Neptune Spear, which was the mission that took down Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. Cairo’s job was to detect hidden threats in the compound and let his team know if he found dangers.

13). Humphries: is the name of Harry Humphries who is a former Seal, who was assigned to Seal Team 2 from 1958 to 1971. He has worked as a tactical consultant and military advisor for some tip military movies.

14). Kyle: is the name of Chris Kyle, who was a Seal sniper who served 4 tours in Iraq. He is the author of the book American Sniper, which came out in 2012 and was the source used for the movie of the same name.

15). Norris: is the name of Thomas R. Norris who is a retired Lieutenant; he was a Seal Advisor in the Strategic Technical Directorate Team. He received the Medal of Honor for his ground rescue of two pilots in the 1972 during the Vietnam War.

Military Dog Hero Names

Here are some names that will surely inspire—these are the names of some of the bravest hero military dogs ever.

16). Valdo: is a bomb-sniffing dog based in Afghanistan. During a mission in 2011, Valdo shielded four troops against a rocket propelled grenade, and took the brunt of shrapnel. He was seriously injured but with great vet care he was able to fully recover.

17). Treo: is a British military bomb-sniffing dog who is a black Lab. He was awarded the UK’s highest animal military honors for detecting roadside bombs and literally savings hundreds of lives.

18). Smoky: is the name of a small Yorshire Terrier who was found in the jundle of New Guinea and bought by an American solider named Bill Wynne during WWII. Smoky became a hero after alerting Wynne of incoming fire on a transport ship.

19). Chips: served in WWII and became the most decorated American K9 in that war. He was a German Shepherd mix and worked in North Africa, Italy, France, and Germany. During his service in Itlay in 1943, he and his handler were pinned down by enemy fire. However, Chips broke free and attacked the gunmen, pinning them down and eventually forcing them to surrender to American troops. Chips was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart for his bravery.

20). Sarbi: was the name of a black Lab who became the 2nd Australian animal to receive the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ purple cross. This is the country’s most prestigious award for animal bravery.

21). Sallie: was a brindle Staffordshire Terrier who served during the Civil War with the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. She was their regimental mascot.  During a battle, Sallie was separated from the regiment. About three days later, they found Sallie guarding the wounded and bodies of the dead. Years after the war, some surviving veterans dedicated a monument to her at Gettysburg.

22). Sinbad: was a member of the Coast Guard from 1938 to 1949. He was a mixed breed dog who become a full member of the Guard. He was even on-board ship when it was attacked by a Nazi sub.

Military Dog Names Female

Here are some great military dog names for girls!

23). Ailani: this is a Hawaiian name that means “high chief.”

24). Alessa: is a Greek name, which means “defending men.” That’s definitely a job for a military dog.

25). Andrea: is a Greek name, which means “daring, brave.”

26). Brenda: is a Scandinavian name, which means “sword.”

27). Edda: is an Old Norse name that means “warrior in the war.”

28). Gabby: is a Hebrew name, which means “God’s able-bodied one, or hero of God.”

29). Hedda: is a German name that means “warrior in the war.”

30). Hera: is a Greek name that means “protectress.”

31). Ilda: is a Germanic name that means “battle woman.”

32). Latoya: is a Spanish name, which means “victorious one.”

33). Lexi: is a Greek name that means “defending men.”

34). Lovise: is a Danish/Norwegian name, which means “famous warrior.”

35). Meredith: is a Welsh name that means “ruler of battle.”

36). Neith: was an ancient Egyptian goddess of war and hunting. She was also supposed to be the creator of the universe and govern its functioning.

37). Sandra: is a Greek name, which means “protector or defender of men.”

38). Shura: is a Russian name that means “defender of men.”

39). Sloane: is a Gaelic name, which means “warrior.”

40). Tilda: is a Germanic name, which means “strength in battle.”

Badass Military Dog Names

Here are some really tough names for military dogs!

41). Bullet: this is a type of projectile ammunition that is fired out of a gun.

42). Fang: a name like this might imply that the dog will sink his teeth into an enemy or intruder! That’s enough to scare anyone from visiting your home!

43). Ambush: this might be a great name for dogs who like to hide and jump out at you (playing), or at intruders if they enter your home.

44). Chopper: this is the name given to military helicopters whose pilots and servicemen are very tough.

45). Gunner: this is the name for a person in the military who operates or uses specialized guns.

46). Patriot: this is the term used for a person, or dog, who ardently supports their country and is ready to defend it against enemies. This is also the name of an automated surface-to-air missile.

47). Achilles: in Greek mythology, this was the hero of the Trojan War and he was the greatest Greek warrior ever.

48). Waterloo: was the name of the battle between Wellington and Napoleon, which was extremely close. However, Napoleon ended up losing this great battle.

49). Saratoga: was the name of more than one battle that ultimately led the Americans to win over the British during the American Revolutionary War.

50). Gettysburg: this is the name of the battle that was fought during the Civil war between the Union and Confederate soldiers. This battle saw the largest number of casualties for the entire war and is often called the turning point of the Civil War.

Dogs Working with the Military

Dogs have been working with the military since ancient times. In fact, dogs were used in war by the Egyptians, Greeks, Persians, Sarmatians, Slavs, Britons, and even the Romans. Who knew?

One of the earliest use of dogs by the military was as guard dogs, sentries, patrols. However, the earliest recorded use of dogs in a war was by Alyattes of Lydia. The battle was between the Lydians and the Cimmerians in about 600 BC. The Lydian dogs killed invaders and routed soldiers.

Later, Attila the Hund used a dog breed called Molossus of Epirus in his wars. These dogs were most often used to protect livestock but could also be trained for war. In medieval times, it was common practice for royalty to exchange gifts of war, which were sometimes dogs. In other parts of the world, dogs were used to defend caravans and attack enemies.

In those ancient times, dogs were trained to break up enemy formations, charge into the ranks, and take down as many of the enemy as possible. In fact, they were often the first forces into battle, used to create chaos, with their human soldiers following behind.

Later, dogs wore armor and were bred for fighting. In addition, dogs were also used to carry messages, as scouts, and more.

In the American military, dogs were first sent out as mascots with their divisions. However, over time, they’ve become actively involved in military actions around the world.

One of first American war dog heroes was Sergeant Stubby, of the 102nd Infantry, Yankee Division. Stubby was a Boston Terrier mutt and was found wandering the grounds of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Soldiers from the 102nd were training in there at the time, and Stubby hung around with them. He went into WWI with his division and served for 18 months. During that time he participated in 17 battles along the Western Front. Stuffy worked hard and saved his regiment from mustard gas attacks, located and comforted the wounded, and even caught a German soldier by the seat of his pants! He kept the German soldier firmly until the American soldiers found him.

Stubby was the most decorated war dog of WWI, and he was the only dog promoted to sergeant through combat. He was a very brave dog, indeed.

Since that time, the military has trained dogs to detect bombs, weapons and drugs. They’re still used as sentry dogs, scouts, and more. When a dog dies in the line of duty, his entire squad will more him. They are seen as part of the outfit.

These are dogs who are loyal, dedicated and effective members of the military. We salute you all and thank you for your service.

There you have it! We hope you’ve enjoyed read this article and that you’ve found the best name for your dog!

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Kyoko is from a family of 3 and moved to New York with her parents and siblings when she was 13. Kyoko is fond of spending a great amount of time with pets, specifically her beagle Luna and cat Missy. Her boyfriend often complains that she spends too much time giving attention to their animals. Kyoko has written dozens of articles concerning pets and is aiming at owning a pet shop one day!

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