You just got a brand new English Mastiff, and now you need to come up with a name. There are many inspirations for a Mastiff moniker, including their size, strength, color, and personality. Finding the right name for your towering pooch can be lots of fun.
Naming your dog is a personal experience. You will likely be using this name for the next two decades, so be sure you find something you like.
Take a look at these 250+ English Mastiff Dog Names to find the perfect option for your powerful puppy.
Popular English Mastiff Dog Names
There are plenty of options that focus more on their fur and loveable personality. Some of the names are funny, some of the names are regal, but they are all fun. We break these up by gender for convenience but don’t forget your dog doesn’t understand gender binaries. If you or especially your kids want to name a girl dog Thor or a boy dog Tink, the dog will probably be fine with it.
The list below offers the top names used for Mastiffs in general. These are not in order but mixed up. Hopefully, it helps jog your imagination to find the best name for your unique doggy.
Fawn English Mastiff Names
Fawn is the fancy term for that light brown color you see Mastiffs that are sporting. Many times the names people use for this color have to do with tan and brown concepts. They can also sometimes name them after people with the last name Brown, like Charlie or Jim.
It is also a bright color, so some people choose to use the sun and others yellows as inspiration. Here are some of your best options for Fawn colors.
Apricot English Mastiff Names
Apricot is the brighter brown, almost orange color that you can see in your Mastiff. The color is not quite as bright as red or orange, but many naming conventions tend to lean heavily on the slightly redder hue of the color.
Others try to match the color to other objects with the same shade. Either way, you can get a lot of fun and fanciful names from apricot.
Brindle English Mastiff Names
Brindle color is a striped coat. It layers the apricot and fawn furs and gives the puppy a unique look sought after by many owners. When you get a dog with this unique pattern, it provides many topical names.
The stripes can sometimes look more like spots or overlapping materials. These can lead to names that point out the different textures of the colors on the coat.
Sometimes the dark hue you get from the combination also helps with naming inspiration. You’ll also see names in this part of the list that plays on pairing two colors for fun names. Occasionally people look at famous characters or celebrities that use dual hair colors.
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Size-Based Dog Names
Even though Yoda said, “Size matters not.” For Mastiffs, it is still a pretty big deal. These dogs are massive. Adults can be up to 36 inches tall, 53 inches long, and 250 pounds. The largest English Mastiff ever weighed 343 pounds and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. There is very little mystery as to why these dogs get a lot of names based on their size.
Some of these names elicit a humorous response. Using a diminutive name to highlight just how massive these canines can be is a favorite naming convention of some owners.
If you own a few dogs of different breeds, it can be fun to pair these names up. A Mastiff named Thor works well with a Pug named Loki. The joke can also work with Moose and Squirrel, Hulk and Widow, Kong and Diddy.
Dog Naming Trends
People love naming their dogs after big and powerful characters in fiction. Many owners name their massive pups after greek gods, superheroes, and legendary strong creatures.
There is also a group of people who love to use other larger animals as inspiration for their dogs. You can see this in names like Tiger, Moose, Bear, and many other giant creatures. They tend to stick to mammals, but no one should question it if you love T-Rex or Godzilla.
Some people love to use very strong names. They don’t want to make these regal animals a joke. Others love playing into the fun nature of these dogs and giving them silly names that get a snicker. The choice is yours, and both styles work well for these dogs.
In recent years there has been a movement to revive the classics in all dog names. Rover, Spike, Max, and Jake are all on the rise in male dogs, and Bella, Daisy, and Luna have become more popular among females. These classic names are experiencing a renaissance in popularity.
Canine Naming Tips
Tips and tricks make it easier to break down the names to find the one that works perfectly for your pup and doesn’t negatively affect you or your pet.
Here are five of the best tips to consider when picking your dog’s name. These naming life hacks can help you avoid problems in the future because sometimes, what seems like the perfect name might not be your best option.
Limit The Length
When you start making names too long, they don’t work as well for your puppies. Once you get above two syllables, dogs may not respond to it. The longer name makes it harder to call the dog, hurting your ability to train the dog. Even if you want a long name, it is best to break it up and use a nickname or only a portion of the name when referring to the dog. It is a helpful trick if many family members all want different names.
You see this a lot with championship dogs. Flornell Spicy Piece of Halleston (Spicy) and Belle Creek’s All I Care About Is Love (Belle) are famous examples of this practice. So you don’t have to skip the fun long name like Xena the Warrior Mastiff, but you can shorten it to just Xena.
Watch Out For Rhyming Schemes
Using the tip from above, you likely won’t run into this problem in the name itself. However, calling the dog something that rhymes with a command can make it harder to teach your dog and get them to obey you. Mitt, May, and Quake may make it harder for you to teach commands like sit, lay, and shake. This won’t cause any problems for some dogs, but rhyming names to orders can make it much harder to teach a few puppies.
If you have your heart set on a rhyming name, you may have to change the sound of the command when you are teaching them. Consistency with the names and training may be difficult if you don’t explain it to everyone who helps you train.
Use Any Style Of Name
Owners might get the misconception that you have to name these dogs something big and tough. Don’t worry about that. These pups are plenty imposing to use any name you want to. No one can forget that they are strong just because of a less aggressive name. Some people specifically name their dog something opposite of their physical form. People love big dogs named Tiny, Little John, and Runt.
Nothing stops you from calling your Mastiff Baby or Sparkle if that is the name you choose. It won’t embarrass the dog, so you can pick any name you want as long as you like it and are comfortable with it.
Remember, Everyone Hears The Name
A name might sound fun in the home, but remember, you may have to use this name if your dog is in public. Ensure that you and your municipalities’ decency laws are okay with the name being shouted in the streets when you walk the dog or call them in from outside.
Everyone has a different comfort level, and sometimes a funny name between you and your partner can be embarrassing to tell the vet, mail person, or street fair full of strangers. As long as you are ok with the name, you should be fine, but being aware of the possible publicness of the moniker may be helpful.
Try Out A Few
It became popular to say that a dog couldn’t learn a new name at some point. The statement is mostly wrong. Some dogs are extraordinarily bright. A study showed that dogs might take as little as four uses of a word to learn it. It won’t be that easy for every dog, but with a bit of effort, you can teach a dog to take on a whole new name, even if they are older when you get them. You can give rescues, and older adopted pets new names if you want to, without too much trouble.
If you have a few names you want to test out on your new Mastiff, use them all with your dog at first. See which one they respond to best, and see which one you like the most—having a lot of trouble deciding? Ask your friends and family. They may even give you some more names. It can be a fun way to get everyone in the family involved in the naming.
These names are only the tip of the iceberg. There are so many unique options that it should be easy to find the perfect match for your pup. Whether you selected from this list of 250+ English Mastiff dog names, or you used it for inspiration, it’s time to have fun with your dog. Use its new name lovingly, and enjoy your new four-legged companion. Enjoy playing with and training them to be the perfect companion.