Inspired by Rocky Balboa.






Emily P. Contributor

Boy dogs of all breeds and sizes can pull off the name Rocky, and that's what makes it one of today's best loved dog names.

Rocky is a tough, powerful moniker, sparking thoughts of the retired heavyweight boxer Rocky Balboa. As such, it has become a popular choice with Pit Bulls, Rottweilers and all types of guard dogs.

The beauty of Rocky is that it can be a charming name for smaller breeds with big personalities too!

Traits associated with the name Rocky:

Dogs named Rocky tend to be loving, loyal, good-natured, and brave. This name is also associated with companionship, and empathy.

What does it say about you to have a dog named Rocky?

It suggests that you are a fan of classic films and have a fondness for strong, determined characters. It could also suggest that you have a strong sense of loyalty and are willing to fight for what you believe in.

Is Rocky a good dog name?

Rocky has two syllables, which is highly recommended by dog trainers. The name also ends in a vowel sound, so it's easy for dogs to recognize. Rocky is a widely loved dog name for good reason. If you like it, go for it!

Popularity: Overall

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Rocky is one of the more popular dog names out there. According to our data, Rocky outranks the great majority of names.

Popularity: Historical Trend

Rocky was, in the past month, the 1st most viewed dog name on

As of May 2024, Rocky has remained at the same level of popularity with new puppy owners. Our stats reveal the name is equally as fashionable right now as it was a year ago.

In general, this name has held steady in popularity with visitors.

In the past week, Rocky was viewed 0 times, and liked 14 times.

Popularity: United States

The map below shows Rocky's popularity across the United States, according to PupNames data.

Rocky is most adored in Arkansas, Iowa and Utah.

By contrast, the name has been shown the least amount of interest in Maryland, Connecticut and Kentucky.

Popularity: Around The World

And this world map shows which countries have the greatest love for the name Rocky.

Most popular breeds named Rocky:

  1. German Shepherd
  2. Chihuahua
  3. Labrador Retriever
  4. Rottweiler
  5. American Pitbull Terrier

Famous dogs named Rocky:

  • comics icon A dog named Rocky appeared in the comic book Rocky by Martin Kellerman.

Rocky is found in these categories:

playful dog names

The association with the energetic, tenacious boxer character from the popular film series.

big dog names

Strong and sturdy, like a mountain, perfect for a hefty hound.

traditional dog names

Popularized by iconic boxing films, it's a timeless, well-loved canine moniker.

cute dog names

Balboa's underdog story and endearing personality make this moniker adorable.

funny dog names

Sly Stallone's boxing champ isn't typically associated with canine antics!

old fashioned dog names

Popularized during the 70s with Stallone's boxing film franchise.

brown dog names

Rocks often share the same rugged hue as these furry pals.

ocean dog names

It refers to rugged, coastal landscapes often associated with seascapes.

nature dog names

It's inspired by rugged landscapes and mountains.

Gangster Dog Names

Associated with toughness and rebellion, echoing Stallone's iconic boxing character.

badass dog names

Associations with strength, resilience, and determination from the iconic boxing film series.

spotted dog names

Marks on their coat resemble stones scattered on a mountain path.

guard dog names

Sylvester Stallone's boxer character embodies protective strength and resilience.

hunting dog names

The name connotes strength, resilience, and determination, traits often associated with hunting dogs.

Dog names like Rocky:

A sylvester stallone character.
Fictional English outlaw.
One who is mischievous; a scamp or vagabond
Tough guy; a man of great strength.
Firebrand; son of Denis.
Rocky dog name meaning

Comments icon Comments (7)

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Maria (Metro Manila, Philippines)
My dog's name was Rocky and he passed away last week due to old age. He was an obedient and loyal dog to me. I miss him terribly
February 05, 2024

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Rosa (Lima, Peru)
I love the name, that's how I have given my American bully that I just adopted a 6 month old puppy, he is a very loving and playful puppy.
June 13, 2023 β—† Translated

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Rocky (Lima, Peru)
My dog is beautiful, he is only 3 months old but he is naughty, playful, friendly, his breed is chizut and his best friend is Tony the cat
September 30, 2022 β—† Translated

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Rocky,mando foto. (Asuncion, Paraguay)
Beautiful, nice and biting.
August 04, 2022 β—† Translated

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Que es un nombre muy bello como mi hermoso Rocky (Bogota D.C., Colombia)
beautiful rocky
April 04, 2022 β—† Translated

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(Departamento de Narino, Colombia)
My dog has a very nice name, which is of the Tibetan mastiff breed πŸ₯Ί I really like the meaning of this name, it caught my attention too much
March 18, 2022 β—† Translated

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Betysaida (Provincia de Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)
It's a very nice name, the dog in my house has it, it's a German shepherd and I love it 😘
February 26, 2022 β—† Translated

Let us know what you think of Rocky as a dog name!