Big Dog Names: Top Names For Colossal Canines!



Meg Marrs

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From Great Danes to St. Bernards, big dogs each have a big personality that requires the perfect name to match.

Your pooch’s imposing size no doubt turns heads wherever he goes, so why not give him a name that highlights his stature?

From mythological giants to “big” in other languages, there are endless ways to express your dog’s height—pick the one that best suits your colossal canine!

  • Ape
  • Astro
  • Bear
  • Beethoven
  • Bigfoot
  • Buffalo
  • Bull
  • Chief
  • Colossus
  • Comet
  • Cosmo
  • Diesel
  • Dino
  • Empire
  • Everest
  • Frankenstein
  • Giant
  • King
  • Giga
  • Giraffe
  • Grizzly
  • Halley
  • Hefty
  • Hippo
  • Horton
  • Hulk
  • Iron
  • Jupiter
  • Leviathan
  • Lion
  • Lumberjack
  • Mammoth
  • Monster
  • Moose
  • Olympia
  • Pacific
  • Panda
  • Piggy
  • Rex
  • Rocky
  • Santa
  • Sasquatch
  • Saturn
  • Seqouia
  • Steel
  • Tex
  • Titan
  • Titanic
  • Tycoon
  • Whale
  • Whopper

“Big” in Other Languages

Depending on your interest in linguistics, you may consider naming your XL pooch a word that means “big” in a different language! Here are a few of our favorites.

  • Didelis (Lithuanian)
  • Duży (Polish)
  • Grande (Spanish)
  • Groot (Dutch)
  • Iso (Finnish)
  • Liels (Latvian)
  • Mawr (Welsh)
  • Mór (Irish)
  • Obor (giant, Slovak)
  • Riese (giant, German)
  • Velika (Slovenian)

Big People and Characters

  • Andre the Giant: Named for his imposing stature, he was a famous wrestler known for his rivalry with Hulk Hogan.
  • Cyclops: The famed one-eyed giant from Greek mythology.
  • George Washington: America’s first president, who lead the nation to independence during the American Revolution—he stood more than six feet tall.
  • Goliath: From the Biblical story of David and Goliath, the latter was a giant defeated and outwitted by the smaller but cunning David.
  • Hercules: The son of Zeus, he was a mythological hero who was famed for his strength.
  • Abraham Lincoln: America’s tallest president and perhaps most beloved, known for helping the Union survive the Civil War.
  • Orion: One of the night sky’s biggest constellations—it is named for a giant mythological character.
  • Paul Bunyan: A legendary American lumberjack, known for being a giant in size and for owning Babe the Blue Ox.
  • Thor: A famous character from Norse mythology, known for his size and the strength of his hammer.
  • Zeus: The most powerful God in Greek mythology.

Any other great dog names for large and extra-large pooches we missed? Share your favorite large dog name ideas in the comments!

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Meg Marrs

Meg Marrs is the Founder and Director of Marketing at K9 of Mine. She is a lifelong canine enthusiast and adores dogs of all shapes and sizes! She loves iced coffee, hammocks, and puppy-cuddling!

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