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Bourjaily: Name My Dog

The dog my son Gordon is holding in the picture is a 13-week old German shorthair that came home with us Saturday. He needs a name. The one he came with, “Fritz,” seems, at best, unimaginative for a German dog and at worst, so stereotypical as to be borderline insulting – kind of like naming him “Kraut” or “Jerry.”

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So, I’m holding a “name Phil’s dog” contest. The prize is a fine rubber handled folding knife from Marlin with a skinning/gutting blade and an interchangeable saw blade. It will be awarded to someone whether we use the winning name or not.

Anything goes, but as a guideline, the dog names should be easy to yell and not so precious that it can’t hold up to thousands of repetitions over the course of the dog’s life.

“Fritz” actually is a pretty good dog name by those standards. My 12-year English setter came with what I consider to be one of the finest dog names ever – “Ike” – distinctive without being precious, and extremely user-friendly at top volume.

This contest won’t last long, as the puppy needs a name. I’m eager to see what you come up with.

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Tom B

go with Lando

jack

Something rugged, that can be said with a hard jaw and conviction, something like, hmmmmm... Jack?

jack

Mister Petzal

(that one passes the precious test)

Jose Hemanda

I like Mack or Bo

Bernie Kuntz

I'd go with Jake.

Dave Petzal

Well, since you have Ike, how about naming him for Ike's opponent, Generalfeldmarschall Gerd von Runstedt?

RLRiggins

I've always been partial to Rocky as a dog's name.

TommyNash

Muddbone

jstreet

How about Jaeger?

Jim

Troy

If you liked Ike, maybe Pike? Bad fish and keeps with the outdoors theme.

jnorris

Kent although Jaeger was my first choice.

Scott

BUCK

RipperIII

Gus
....as in Gustav, or more appropriately "Gus Mcrae" lonesome dove fame...

Ed

What about Gunnar? I am partial to Nordic names for dogs. Thor, Odin, Loki are all good too. If something Germanic is required, think Prussian: Hasso, Jesko, etc.

Robert

I like the idea of naming sporting dogs after well-known sporting stuff, like guns! I had a huge lab named Magnum. Perfectly suited his personality. So looking at that guy . . . he looks like a Marlin, perhaps.

Del in KS

Generally a one syllable name works best. Easier for friends to remember, easier for the dog to learn, easier to shout. My choice would be "Bob". One of my friends had a Shorthaired named Bob it worked great.

Tom Sorenson

Careful what you ask for - we had a problem naming our mule, so recruted outside help - and our Norwegian Fjord (horse) Spanish Burro (donkey) mule cross ended up as Vikito (half Viking, Half bandito)

Tony C.

Ace.

I've always wanted a really fine black Lab named Ace, but I think it works for a shorthair too. The Red Baron was an ace, so there's a little German connection too.

I like the name "Dot" and "Judy" for a girl bird dog. It seems whenever I go on a bird hunt someone has a really good dog named Dot or Judy.

Tony C.

Ace.

I've always wanted a really fine black Lab named Ace, but I think it works for a shorthair too. The Red Baron was an ace, so there's a little German connection too.

I like the name "Dot" and "Judy" for a girl bird dog. It seems whenever I go on a bird hunt someone has a really good dog named Dot or Judy.

DEAN

iF i WERE YOU i WOULD GO WITH MAX

DEAN

iF i WERE YOU i WOULD GO WITH MAX

Del in KS

Phil,

Try yelling Bob, it works great. The Bob I know loves to hunt Bob White quail. Put the fancy German name on his papers but call him Bob.

PbHead

"Otto der Grosse" which could be shortened to Otto.

cb

How about "Duke"?

DEAN

or you may want ot name him Hans




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