Doberman Names

Following on from the Doberman naming guide, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favourite and not so favourite Doberman names.

Remember selecting a good name is one of the first challenges of puppy ownership and the name you chose will say as much about you as it does your dog. Inevitably both you and your Dobie will be judged by your dog’s name alone, so choose wisely and choose a name that conveys a positive image.

Here are a few things to consider:

  • You will call your Doberman’s name over 35000 times
  • You need to call your dog’s name out loudly in public
  • Your dog’s name will be used for both praise and discipline
  • A good name is short and easy to say (two syllables is good)

Female Doberman Names

  • Kitty — my favourite for a girl Dobie
  • Coco —  a very close second especially if she is red
  • Bella
  • Daisy
  • Sadie — very popular according to various Doberman forums.
  • Maggie
  • Molly
  • Ruby
  • Tasha — Russian and popular

Male Doberman Names

  • Enzo — my favourite. My dog’s name. Italian and named for Enzo Ferrari.
  • Max
  • Sam
  • Dave — funny. No hilarious. Standing in the middle of a park calling a Doberman named Dave.

Famous Doberman Names

  • Borong the Warlock

    Borong the warlock. One of the most remarkable dogs in the history of the breed. Gave his name to the ‘warlock’ myth.

  • Zeus & Apollo or “the lads” owned by Higgins of Magnum P.I.
  • Cerberus the zombie Doberman from Resident Evil
  • Cinnamon from the famous Doberman and fireman photo
  • Alpha from the movie UP
  • Diablo (voice of Edward James Olmos) in ‘Beverly Hills Chihuahua’
  • Bingo von Ellendonk — the first Doberman to achieve a perfect score (300 points) in Schutzhund
  • The Doberman Gang — six Dobermans trained to rob banks. All named after famous depression era bank robbers: Dillinger, Bonnie, Clyde, Pretty Boy Floyd, Baby Face Nelson, and Ma Barker.  Check out The Doberman Gang.
  • Tripoli from the movie Eyes of an Angel with John Travolta

Goofy Doberman Dog Names

  • Scooby
  • Norman
  • Dave — as above
  • Rodger — Rodger the Doberman
  • Muppet — you have to own one to know

Greek, God or Goddess Names

Done to death either from Magnum P.I. or just too common. Although regal sounding if you have any imagination you can do better.

  • Apollo
  • Zeus
  • Thor
  • Hera
  • Thena
  • Athena
  • Zoe (Greek for Eve or life)

Bad Doberman Pinscher Names

Attack. Naming a Doberman ‘Attack’ is a seriously bad idea. Your dog is chasing a child with an ice cream and you’re calling ‘Attack’. Perception is reality. It can only end in misery. Here are some other Doberman pinscher names to avoid.

  • Satan
  • Vengeance
  • Medusa
  • Demon
  • Shadow
  • Raven
  • Killa

Still looking for inspiration? Well done. Choosing a good name isn’t and shouldn’t be easy. Check out my guide and list of 50 good Doberman names.



  1. Lady Jude says

    I have two wonderful Dobies. An 18 month old male called Xander which apparently means defender in Greek. Fitting as he saved me from a home invasion when he was 4 months old. Then there is my 10 week old female terror Jamie. She can give the big boy a run for his money. 9 kilograms vs 50 kilograms. Funny watching her chase him through the house. Both are European Dobies with the big chest and heavy set. Many think they are part rottie. Not even close as they come from the blood lines of Alex who won the Eukanuba world championships 2010 and runner up 2011. Will only ever own Dobies. Will look great at the retirement village in years to come walking my pack to my bridge game. At least I won’t get mugged in a hurry for my pension money.


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