101 Names That Are Popular For Police Dogs

By Travis Greenwood

When #squadgoals meet squad cars: Compiled below are 100+ names perfect for any police dog, from grizzled vets with years of experience on the force right down to newly-deputized recruits eager to take a bite out of crime with their first big ~collar~ (soz, not soz).

Drawing inspo from movies, TV, pop culture, and points beyond, this list of honorable handles is for all the good boys (and girls!) working hard to keep the peace and make the world a better place.

Fun, action inspired names for police dogs.

  • Ace
  • Arrow
  • Badger
  • Baxter
  • Bear
  • Blazer
  • Blue
  • Bones
  • Boris
  • Brindlepaugh
  • Brownie
  • Bruin
  • Buck
  • Bud or Buddy
  • Buster
  • Buzz
  • Caesar
  • Carter
  • Charger
  • Coop
  • Diesel
  • Gator
  • Gema
  • Grimm
  • Hawk
  • Hooper
  • Hunter
  • Indiana or Indy
  • Jersey
  • Jumbo
  • Kenobi
  • Kimbo
  • Lobo
  • Lucky
  • Max
  • Midnight
  • Mr. Spaghetti (Wait, wut?)
  • Newton
  • Odin
  • Patches
  • Pepper
  • Phantom
  • Rags
  • Rex
  • Rhodes or Rhodey
  • Rocky or Rox
  • Rusty
  • Sable
  • Scout
  • Slugger
  • Snap or Snaps
  • Storm or Stormy
  • Taz
  • Tex
  • Tigger
  • Titan
  • Troop, Troops, or Trooper
  • Yuma
  • Zak
  • Zipper

Names inspired bymilitary/law enforcement service.

  • Beretta
  • Colonel
  • Colt
  • Deringer
  • Gavel
  • Justice
  • Magnum
  • Mauser
  • Pistol
  • Ranger
  • Remington
  • Rocket
  • Ruger
  • Sig or Sauer
  • Walther
  • Wesson

Police dog names inspired by movies and TV.

  • Archer (Not the animated spy but the FBI Special Agent played by John Travolta in 1997's Face/Off)
  • Axel or Foley (Beverly Hills Cop)
  • Benson (As in Olivia, the detective on Law & Order)
  • Briscoe (Law & Order)
  • Bullitt (From the 1968 movie of the same name)
  • Callahan (As in Dirty Harry, who was portrayed by Clint Eastwood)
  • Cash or Kash (Kurt Russell's narcotics expert from 1989's Tango & Cash)
  • Clarice or Starling (The FBI student from The Silence Of The Lambs)
  • Columbo (The whodoneit detective from the 70s TV show)
  • Crockett (One-half of the 80s smash, Miami Vice)
  • Drebin (The fictional star of the Police Squad! series and Naked Gun movies)
  • Elliot or Ness (The man who brought down Al Capone, portrayed in 1987's The Untouchables by Kevin Costner)
  • Exley (The ambitious, by-the-book detective from 1997's L.A. Confidential)
  • Friday (Joe Friday, of Dragnet fame)
  • Hooch (The lovable dog from the 1989 Tom Hanks vehicle)
  • Kojak (The bald, lollipop-sucking New York detective from the 70s procedural)
  • Murph or Murphy (The name of the law officer turned crime-fighting cyborg from the 1987 sci-fi classic, Robocop)
  • Murtaugh or Riggs (The water-and-oil duo from the Lethal Weapon films)
  • Ponch (One half of the motorcycle-riding team from 70s sensation CHiPs)
  • Rizzo (The detective depicted by Christopher Walken in the 1977 horror flick The Sentinel)
  • Somerset or Mills (The detectives played by Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt in the 1995 thrill, Se7en)
  • Starsky or Hutch (These would make great names for a pair of bonded K-9 recruits!)
  • Tango (The other narcotics expert from 1989's Tango & Cash, as played by Sylvester Stallone)
  • Rico or Tubbs (The other half of the 80s smash, Miami Vice)
  • Roscoe (The deputy from The Dukes of Hazzard)
  • Vincennes (As in Jack, the detective played by Kevin Spacey in the aforementioned L.A. Confidential)
  • Wiggum or Wiggums (The chief of the Springfield P.D. on The Simpsons)

Have you named a K-9 before? Share your experience in the comments below!