Intelligent Dog Names

Got an intelligent breed or just an all-out smarty pants for a dog? Name them something smart to reflect their dazzling intelligence.

Intelligent Dog Names

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All Intelligent Dog Names

  • Meaning: Smart in Turkish.
  • Meaning: Refers to the famous scientist, albert einstein
  • Meaning: Author of Little Women.
  • Meaning: Alexander bell invented telephone.
  • Meaning: Woman to fly across atlantic ocean.
  • Meaning: Persian goddess of water.
  • Meaning: Smart science fiction author.
  • Meaning: The goddess of war, strategy and wisdom in roman mythology
  • Meaning: Glorious, intelligent in German and Danish.
  • Meaning: Head of the Fed.
  • Meaning: Bright ing intelligent.
  • Meaning: Science writer.
  • Meaning: Chess genius.
  • Meaning: Dweller near the wood fort
  • Meaning: Character from inspector gadget.
  • Meaning: Looks and brains.
  • Meaning: Clever.
  • Meaning: Wise, all-knowing
  • Meaning: The freek titan of intelligence.
  • Meaning: Wise counsel in german.
  • Meaning: Woman to win a Nobel Prize.
  • Meaning: Mathematician, inventor and genius.
  • Meaning: Nugget of wisdom.
  • Meaning: Dear Friend
  • Meaning: Richard Dawkins, sociobiologist.
  • Meaning: Small valley or glen
  • Meaning: Right-handed, skilled
  • Meaning: Character from Rocky movies.
  • Meaning: Dr. Doogie Howser.
  • Meaning: A well known evil genius.
  • Meaning: Hindu goddess of power and intelligence.
  • Meaning: Warrior of intelligence.
  • Meaning: What bright kids were nicknamed.
  • Meaning: German physicist and scientist
  • Meaning: Woman of great understanding.
  • Meaning: Physicist and all-around nice guy.
  • Meaning: Intelligent, wise, knowledgeable
  • Meaning: Smartest chess player of all time.
  • Meaning: Smart.
  • Meaning: Alexander Fleming, invented penicillin.
  • Meaning: Politician.
  • Meaning: Psychologist and one smart dude.
  • Meaning: Wise and learned.
  • Meaning: Oath, pledge
  • Meaning: Small intelligent one in Spanish.
  • Meaning: Italian physicist and astronomer.
  • Meaning: Barriers
  • Meaning: A protective spirit
  • HAL
    Meaning: Super computer.
  • Meaning: Evil genius.
  • Meaning: Short for Stephen Hawking.
  • Meaning: Skillful and intelligent in Muslim.
  • Meaning: Intelligent in Ireland.
  • Meaning: Cheerful, merry
  • Meaning: Sherlock Holmes, detective.
  • Meaning: Howser's a smart title for bowser.
  • Hue
    Meaning: Lilly and intelligence in Vietnamese.
  • Meaning: Wise man
  • IQ
    Meaning: Abbreviation for intelligence quotient.
  • Meaning: A great choice for your iDog from Steve Jobs.
  • Meaning: Garry Kasparov, a successful chess player.
  • Meaning: Discovered the motion of planets.
  • Meaning: Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General, peacemaker.
  • Meaning: Intelligent.
  • Meaning: Wise and intelligent.
  • Meaning: After Leonardo daVinci.
  • Meaning: Lisa Simpson, the smart Simpson.
  • Meaning: After Ludwig van Beethoven.
  • Meaning: Clever in Filipino.
  • Meaning: A society for geniuses.
  • Meaning: Knowledge and wisdom.
  • Meaning: Goddess of wisdom in roman mythology
  • Meaning: Character from Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon
  • Meaning: Jimmy neutron, boy genius.
  • Meaning: Fig newton
  • Meaning: Steven Novella, smart neurologist.
  • Meaning: US astronaut.
  • Meaning: Intelligent on Swedish.
  • Meaning: Clever
  • Meaning: A procedural programming language.
  • Meaning: Actress and talk show host.
  • Meaning: Insight, wisdom, and intelligence.
  • Meaning: Prestigious school.
  • Meaning: A master at a young age.
  • Meaning: Professor x in marvel's x-men.
  • Meaning: As in Quentin Tarantino.
  • Meaning: Wise protector.
  • Meaning: President Laura Roslin, Battlestar Galactica.
  • Meaning: Of Rubik's cube fame.
  • Meaning: Fairy tale
  • Meaning: Inventor of the Polio vaccine.
  • Meaning: Brilliance and intelligence.
  • Meaning: As in sargent.
  • Meaning: Knowledged in a specialized field.
  • Meaning: Smart and shrewd.
  • Meaning: Specialist in a branch of study.
  • Meaning: Piano smartie from the Peanut cartoons.
  • Meaning: Screech Powers, Saved by the Bell.
  • Meaning: Wise in Irish.
  • Meaning: Small, round chocolate candy; colloquial for an intelligent person.
  • Meaning: Wisdom.
  • Meaning: A man of Gondor
  • Meaning: Spirit in Japanese.
  • Meaning: Refers to the curious scientist
  • Meaning: British Prime Minister.
  • Meaning: Denotes intelligence on Japanese.
  • Meaning: Wise friend.
  • Meaning: Steven urkel a character on the sitcom family matters.
  • Meaning: Wisdom, distinction, and discrimination.
  • Meaning: Sherlock holmes smart sidekick.
  • Meaning: Genius or to move with a rush and a sound.
  • Meaning: Has common sense.
  • Meaning: Having an intelligent sense of humor.
  • Meaning: After Wright Brothers.
  • Meaning: Pure and intelligent.
  • Meaning: Intelligent in Turkish.

Intelligent Dog Names meaning Intelligence

Staying on the intelligent theme, these names mean intelligence or are in some way related to the word.

Meaning: Intelligent
Meaning: Intelligent
Meaning: intelligent
Meaning: Intelligent.
Meaning: Warrior of intelligence.
Meaning: Wise and intelligent.
Meaning: learned; intelligent
Meaning: intelligent, glorious
Meaning: Intelligent; shrewd.
Meaning: Intelligent in Ireland.
Meaning: Intelligent on Swedish.
Meaning: Intelligent in Turkish.

Crafty Dog Names

Dogs always find a way to get what they want, even through the most industrious methods. Give your pup one of these crafty dog names as a tribute to their clever ways.

Meaning: Small files that hold a modest amount of data specific to a particular client and website.
Meaning: Messenger of god
Meaning: Any of various small flat sweet cakes or cookies. Literally means "twice cooked".
Meaning: Genuine, bold or brave
Meaning: the name of a star
Meaning: Handsome
Meaning: Prosperous, rich
Meaning: Small and cute.
Meaning: Joined In Harmony
Meaning: One who performs yoga
Meaning: The very intelligent character from scooby doo
Meaning: French for handsome prince of troy

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Our guide to the best intelligent dog names

Dogs are pretty damn smart. It’s one thing to learn a wide variety of tasks and commands, and understand human communication. But dogs excel over other species in the way they’re able to understand and interpret human emotions, and even assist people with disabilities.

Studies have shown that dogs have cognitive abilities similar to those of a 2-year-old child, and some breeds are considered to be more intelligent than others. One of the most magical things about having a dog is just marveling at their intelligence. And if you have a Golden Retriever, Border Collie or another smartass breed, one of these intelligent dog names might be just too good to resist.

For boys, Albert is a great place to start. Human names are fashionable for dogs at the moment, and this one blends traditional charm with scientific significance. It, of course, refers to the great Albert Einstein, the famous German scientist who was believed to have an IQ of around 160! Another old-fashioned name that works so well for boys dogs is Watson. It’s a cute homage to Sherlock Holmes’ intelligent sidekick, and works for dogs of all shapes and sizes.

If you want something a bit more unusual, we really like Rubik. It refers to one of the smartest toys out there – the Rubik’s cube.

For female dogs, we think Curie is an adorable name for a pup, and is inspired by the first woman ever to win a Nobel Prize, Marie Curie.

If mythology appeals to you, why not name your girl after the Roman goddess of wisdom, Minerva? It might sound like a mouthful at first, but you get the opportunity to give your pup a nickname – Minnie! And finally, if you’d prefer something a bit more exotic, Sana is a beautiful female name that means “brilliance and intelligence”.

Intelligent Dog Names: Stats


As of October 2023, intelligent dog names are trending down with new puppy owners. Our stats suggest that they are less fashionable than they were six months ago.

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Elah (Oregon, United States)
My older half sisters new service dog in training is part pitbull and she's still just a puppy she adopted her from the humanes society and man she reminds me a lot of my older half sisters senior pitbull mix who was never a service dog but was always a total sweetheart as well but unfortunately old age got to her and she also got an untreatable brain tumor wich caused her to loose her eyesight and bump into everything and everyone and go potty every couple of minutes with her owners assistance thankfully we got to say our goodbyes the day before she went to the vet to be put down ironically the night before she went to the vet to be put down i actually had a nightmare where she went to the vet to be put down it's literally like my own nightmare predicted what was going to happen in the morning our dreams can be so cruel... except my dreams are cruel to me all the time all my dreams are nightmares i never have good dreams ever and it's not even my fault! my nightmares also cause me to have seizures i only have them when i dream but i am seeing a doctor about that though.
November 29, 2022

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