How To Choose German Dog Names

So you've just bought a German Shepherd and you are trying to come up with an appropriate name for the new pooch. Here are some steps to help you choose the perfect name with a German twist.

  1. Find out if your dog is actually a member of a German breed. To find out your breed's country of origin, go to Dog Breed Info or other similar sites. Your dog does not need to be German for you to give it a German name, however!
  2. Consider choosing a location in Germany for a name. Sometimes names of cities, towns, or regions make great pet names. Names like "Frankfurt," "Hamburg," "Saxony," "Munich," "Bavaria," "Berlin" and "Dresden" could be possible choices. If you have been to Germany and a particular region or town caught your fancy or you associate a place with a great memory, consider using that location as a name for your new pet.
  3. Choose a type of food or beverage indigenous to Germany. While you might not want to name your new pooch "Sauerkraut," after the German cabbage entrée, there are some foods and beverages that have a nice ring to them. "Schnitzel" may suit a wiry German Shorthaired Pointer, and "Knodel" (German dumpling) might be perfect for a plump Dachshund. For the social beast, names like "Hefeweizen" (wheat beer) "Riesling" (white wine), or "Kolsch" (pale beer) should be considered.
  4. Use historical names. Germany has a colorful history with a vibrant cast of characters from centuries past. Naming your dog after one of these figures might be the way to go. "Marx" would be one bold example of this. Names of other historically significant Germans might be a better match-consider "Luther" (after Martin Luther), "Goethe," "Hegel," or "Durer," to name a few. Germany has a particularly rich musical history with such figures as "Bach," "Beethoven," "Wagner," and "Brahms"-all names to think about.
  5. Use a traditional German name. Visit Baby Name World for German names and their meaning.
  6. Translate an English name. If you have a name that you love in English but want to spice it up a bit, look for the equivalent in German. Visit Geo Cities for a comprehensive list of male and female German dog names.
  7. Adjectives serve as great names. Is your new pet very intelligent ("Klug")? Is he loud ("Laut")? Visit Free Translation for some help with creative adjective translations for your doggie.
  8. Ask a German person! If you know someone from Germany or someone who is fluent in the language, ask her. She may have a creative name that you won't be able to find in the dictionary or online. Sometimes names derived from slang are most clever.


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