Classic dog names like Spot and Spike are cute for sure, but at this point, it's safe to say they're also a bit overdone — and an unoriginal name can cause things to get a little crazy when you call your dog at the park only to have 10 other canines come a-running.
In this day and age, there are so many pop-culture figures we can borrow from, including athletes, celebs, fictional characters, even your alcoholic drink of choice. It's almost hard not to pick a unique male dog name. Go to town on this list, and who knows — maybe you'll find the name that perfectly matches your new pup.
Unique dog names inspired by comic books
Superheroes are back with a vengeance. These names, inspired by some of our favorite heroes, villains and sidekicks, are suitable for any pup who knows his No. 1 job is to protect Mommy.
- Mr. Fantastic
Unique dog names inspired by celebrities' babies
Celebrities never cease to amaze us with their ability to come up with the craziest names for their kids. Take a page out of their book, without the disbelieving stares, by unleashing your creativity on your pooch's name.
Unique dog names inspired by Urban dictionary
Slang is a part of our culture, so why can't you use it to inspire your pooch's name?
- Sleepy Bear
Unique dog names inspired by beer
A dog is man's best friend. We have these names tapped for the pooch who never misses a game with Dad.
- Zombie Dust
- Bad Boy
Unique dog names inspired by athletes
Have a fur-baby who just can't slow down? Knock it out of the park with one of these athletic names.
A version of this article was originally published in February 2016.