100+ Strong Female Dog Names

Names By Kristin Hitchcock 3 min read October 20, 2021

Female Dog Names That Are Strong

Having a hard time coming up with a name for your pooch? When picking a name for a strong female dog, many owners find it necessary to walk a fine line between selecting one that’s feminine, while still picking one that sounds tough.  

But that doesn’t mean it is impossible! In fact, there are scads of great strong female dog names for your pooch.

Check out some of our favorites below below. If you have any strong name ideas that we’ve forgotten to include, please share them in the comments!

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Strong Female Dog Names

  • Adelaide
  • Adeline
  • Alaska
  • Alexia
  • Alexis
  • Amina
  • Aspen
  • Blondie
  • Blossom
  • Blizzard
  • Brooklyn
  • Cricket
  • Dakota
  • Dallas
  • Delilah
  • Destiny
  • Diamond
  • Dora
  • Duchess
  • Diva
  • Echo
  • Eden
  • Electra
  • Ember
  • Emery
  • Esmerelda
  • Etta
  • Faye
  • Gaia
  • Genesis
  • Geneva
  • Georgia
  • Harlow
  • Harley
  • Harper
  • Hattie
  • Haven
  • Huntress
  • India
  • Indiana
  • Indigo
  • Inez
  • Iris
  • Isla
  • Ivory
  • Ivy
  • Izzy
  • Jade
  • Jane
  • Jasmine
  • Jersey
  • Jewel
  • Jordan
  • Jinx
  • Justice
  • Katniss
  • Karma
  • Kayla
  • Kendall
  • Kennedy
  • Kenya
  • Leia
  • Lena
  • Liana
  • Liberty
  • Lois
  • Lola
  • London
  • Loretta
  • Lucia
  • Lucinda
  • Lucky
  • Mae
  • Malia
  • Maple
  • Marianna
  • Marilyn
  • Matilda
  • Maude
  • Maya
  • Mazie
  • Mckenna
  • Melina
  • Mercy
  • Mia
  • Mika
  • Mila
  • Miriam
  • Missy
  • Nola
  • Nora
  • Nori
  • Nova
  • Odessa
  • Olive
  • Olivia
  • Opal
  • Olga
  • Parker
  • Payton
  • Pearl
  • Perdia
  • Phoebe
  • Phoenix
  • Piper
  • Pippa
  • Poppy
  • Portia
  • Princess
  • Queen
  • Raven
  • Remy
  • Rebel
  • Riley
  • Rio
  • River
  • Rowan
  • Rogue
  • Roxy
  • Ruby
  • Ruth
  • Rylie
  • Sable
  • Sage
  • Sammie
  • Savannah
  • Scarlet
  • Scout
  • Selena
  • Selma
  • Serena
  • Shadow
  • Sheba
  • Shelby
  • Shiloh
  • Sienna
  • Sierra
  • Siti
  • Skye
  • Skylar
  • Smokey
  • Sunny
  • Sydney
  • Sylvia
  • Starbuck
  • Tabitha
  • Talia
  • Taylor
  • Tessa
  • Thea
  • Theo
  • Tiana
  • Virginia
  • Vixen
  • Willow
  • Winter
  • Zia
  • Zoe
  • Zola
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Strong Female Dog Names with Meaning: Cultural, Religious, and Mythological Options

Sometimes, you don’t want to just give your dog an everyday name — you want to give her a name with deeper meaning. If this sounds like you, check out some of the names with history below!

  • Amari: African name meaning “strength”
  • Amelia (Amelia Earheart): The female pilot who became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
  • Andromeda: The daughter of Cepheus and Cassiopeia in Greek mythology
  • Athena: Goddess in Greek mythology
  • Austen (Jane Austen): Famous author of Pride & Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Emma, among others.
  • Bindi: Australian aboriginal word that means “little girl” and “little spear”
  • Birdie: Means “bringing victory”
  • Cleopatra: Former female ruler of Egypt
  • Cora: Another name for the Greek goddess Persephone
  • Curie (Marie Curie): Female scientist who led research into radioactivity in the late 1800s.
  • Enid: Welsh name meaning “life” and “spirit”
  • Freya: Goddess in Norse Mythology
  • Frida Kahlo: Renowned Mexican artist famous for unique style and exploratory subjects.
  • Florence (Florence Nightingale): Famous nurse who led the first official team of British military nurses to Turkey during the Crimean War.
  • Gemma: Latin name meaning “gemstone”
  • Ida: Shortened form of the Norse goddess Idunna
  • Imani: Swahili name meaning “faith”
  • Lovelace (Ada Lovelace): A talented 1800s mathematician largely considered the first computer programmer.
  • Maeve: Roman goddess (like this one? See more Roman dog names!)
  • Nyx: Goddess in Greek Mythology
  • Rosa (Rosa Parks): Civil rights advocate famous for protesting against segregation.
  • Thatcher (Margaret Thatcher): Britain’s first female prime minister.
  • Virginia Woolf: Famous English author of Mrs Dalloway and A Room of One’s Own, among others.
  • Zora: Slavic name meaning “dawn”
  • Zuri: Swahili name meaning “beautiful”

Spotlight: Famous Female Dogs with Strong Names

Sometimes, it makes sense to name your pooch after a famous dog who’s enjoyed a strong name. Fortunately, there have been a few famous female dogs who’ve boasted some pretty powerful pupper names. 

You may want to consider naming your canine after one of these famous pups.

  • Strelka and Belka: These two heroic pups were sent into space by the Soviet Union on board the Sputnik 5 capsule. They completed a few orbits and then returned to earth safely. Their bodies are currently preserved in the Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow. 
  • Sallie: Sallie was part of the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry during the United States Civil War, and even accompanied the men in battle. She was raised in the regiment by First Lieutenant William Terry.  She became separated from her troops during the Battle of Gettysburg, but the protective pupper was found three days later guarding wounded soldiers. 
  • Lucca: This military dog served in Iraq and Afghanistan. She completed over 400 missions during her years in service and protected the lives of countless soldiers. In 2012, she lost her leg in an IED blast, which ended her military career. She now lives at home with one of her handlers, Gunnery Sergeant Chris Willingham. 
  • Roselle: This guide dog was with her owner on the 78th floor of Tower One when the World Trade Center was attacked on September 11th. Despite all the chaos in the building, she successfully and calmly guided her owner down all 78 levels and to safety — a feat that took more than an hour. She successfully guided him through debris and smoke, to the shelter in a subway entrance, and then to a friend’s apartment 40 blocks away. 


Naming your tough female dog can be difficult. Many feminine names are dainty and just don’t seep befitting  for strong breeds like German shepherds and Rottweilers.

Hopefully our list gave you many different names to choose from that are fitting to your strong pup. 

If you want more ideas, also check out our collection of Viking dog names, regal and royal dog name ideas, and dog names that mean “survivor”!

In love with a name that we missed? Found the perfect dog name on our list? Let us know in the comments below!

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Written by

Kristin Hitchcock

Kristin Hitchcock is a contributing writer at K9 of Mine, educating pet owners through her writing. She has rescued and cared for dozen of animals over the years, ranging from a one-eyed Shih Tzu to a disabled Chinese Water Dragon. She currently lives in Cookeville, TN with her husband, daughter, and very opinionated Husky, Atlas.


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