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69 Names For Australian Shepherds: Popular and Unique Aussie Names

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An Australian Shepherd's close-up face

The Australian Shepherd, or Aussie, is America's most favorite dog breed. As such, they are beloved for their smarts, beauty, playfulness, and eager-to-please nature. Aussies make excellent family dogs but are also used for work, such as livestock herders and service animals. With all these extraordinary traits, naming your Aussie puppy can indeed be a daunting task! When it comes to naming your new Aussie puppy, gender may be a large factor, along with their personality and appearance. In any case, however, an Aussie deserves a name as unique as they are! Ultimately, you want a name that's:

  • Simple: A short name containing no more than 2-3 syllables. 
  • Unique: A name that isn't by close friends or family members.
  • Timeless: A name that works for your Aussie as a puppy and an adult.
  • Draws on the breed’s personality: A name that matches Aussies' happy disposition, for example.
If you plan to welcome home a new Aussie puppy soon, you’re in luck! Here are some of my favorite Australian Shepherds for male and female dogs alike.

Top 10 Names for Male Australian Shepherds

For your new male Aussie puppy, you want a name that not only honors his masculinity but also his intelligence, agility, and loyalty. Ten suitable options include:
  1. Ranger
  2. Blaze
  3. Colt
  4. Ace
  5. Diesel
  6. Scout
  7. Huck
  8. Baxter
  9. Rex
  10. Ryder
The above names highlight male Aussies' energetic nature, adventurous spirit, devotion and companionship, and keen observation skills. In any case, your male Aussie is sure to be a beloved member of your family, no matter what name you choose!

Top 10 Names for Female Australian Shepherds

I’ve narrowed down my favorite girl Aussie names into the top ten list below. Your female Aussie is sure to turn heads (and tails) with any of these female Australian Shepherd names.

  1. Nala
  2. Hazel
  3. Sadie
  4. Dakota
  5. Zoey
  6. Willow
  7. Misty
  8. Nova
  9. Aurora
  10. Matilda
If you are lucky enough to be a new owner of a female Aussie, make sure the name you choose suits your girl's personality and makes her stand out from the pack!

Top 10 Names for Blue Merle Australian Shepherds

The blue merle Aussie has a multicolored coat that features a marbled pattern of grey, white, black, and tan or red, creating a 'blue' effect. Along with its personality, you want a name that not only reflects the dog's unique coloring but also showcases its playful and intelligent nature. Some popular options include:
  1. Skye
  2. Smokey
  3. Echo
  4. Atlas
  5. Storm
  6. Indigo
  7. Blizzard
  8. Frost
  9. Sapphire
  10. Jasper
These names on this top ten list embody strength and loyalty while capturing the beauty of the blue merle coat pattern.

Top 10 Names for Red Merle Australian Shepherds

Like its blue counterpart, the red merle Australian Shepherd is a red/liver dog with the merle pattern. This color is one of Australian Shepherds' most beautiful. Looking for a name that reflects your new puppy's vibrant red coat or its playful personality? I've got you covered! The top ten unique names below capture red merle Aussies' striking red coat and vibrant personality:
  1. Ruby
  2. Copper
  3. Scarlet
  4. Rusty
  5. Phoenix
  6. Crimson
  7. Garnet
  8. Rustler
  9. Ember
  10. Sunset
The above names highlight red merle Aussies' regal presence and elegance, as well as the warmth and energy they bring to your life.

Top 17 Celebrity Australian Shepherd Names

A good Australian Shepherd dog name shouldn't be hard to choose after all - when there are so many celebrity Aussies to draw inspiration from! For years, Australian Shepherds have been in the spotlight, appearing in movies, dog shows, books, and belonging to many celebrities. These Aussie names are already popular and, in any case, are likely to work! Check out these top ten celebrity names for Australian Shepherd dogs:
  1. Finn (Actress Amanda Seyfried's Aussie)
  2. Quixie (Actress Alyssa Milano's female Aussie)
  3. Diesel (Actress Alyssa Milano's male Aussie)
  4. Koda (Actor Kellan Lutz's female Aussie)
  5. Kuma (Helena Christensen's blue merle Aussie)
  6. Talisman (From the book 'The Twilight Bone')
  7. Viking (Crufts 2024 Best in Show winner)
  8. Chance (Crufts 2006 Best in Show winner)
  9. Reckon (2010 AKC National Championship winner)
  10. Rock (2019 Sydney Royal Dog Show winner)
  11. Ribbon (2023 Westminster Herding Group winner)
  12. Bunk (Appeared in many western movies)
  13. Tuffy (Seen in dozens of films)
  14. Henry (From the book 'Henry the Dog with No Tail')
  15. Daisy (From the 'Show Dogs' comedy film)
  16. Maggie (From 'Strays,' a 2023 American comedy film)
  17. Timmy (From 'Famous Five,' a 2012 German children's film)

12 Australian Shepherd History-Inspired Names

Contrary to its name, the Australian Shepherd was created in the United States, which makes the breed's name technically a misnomer. According to legend, the breed has its origins in sheepdog breeds imported, alongside sheep, from Australia to the U.S. Americans so named the breed because they believed their forebears came from Australia. Initially used solely as farm dogs, Australian Shepherds are now finding their way into family homes instead of out in the fields. Twelve Australian Shepherd history-inspired names include:
  1. Gypsy
  2. Cody
  3. Outback
  4. Kimber
  5. Bluebell
  6. Boomer
  7. Opal
  8. Joey
  9. Jackaroo
  10. Ozzy
  11. Digger
  12. Brumby

Final Thoughts

In addition to choosing a suitable name for your new Aussie puppy, it is also important to provide your dog with everything it needs to thrive. Those include:
  • Two to three hours of exercise daily: Aussies are high-energy dogs
  • Weekly brushing: Aussies are double-coated
  • A lot of attention: They are Velcro dogs
  • Early training and socialization: Aussies possess strong a herding instinct, thus trying to herd family members and other pets sometimes
  • A job: Australian Shepherds are happiest when they have a job to do
  • Regular vet visits: Aussies are generally healthy dogs but can be prone to some health issues
In conclusion, I suggest spending a bit of time with your new Aussie puppy and taking these ideas into account so you can come up with a perfect name for your gorgeous pup in no time!


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