Scandinavian Dog Names


Whether you're looking for a name for your Nordic breed or just want to name your dog after a Viking or Norse god or goddess, you'll find ideas for Scandinavian dog names at You can narrow your search to male or female names and view the ratings for each one. If you'd like, you can also contribute by leaving your own rating. Selecting a name lets you see its origin in case you're looking for a name with a particular meaning.

If you have a highly active dog, try choosing a short, sharp-sounding one or two-syllable name such as Thor or Astrid. This makes it much easier to get your hyper dog's attention. Longer or more elegant-sounding Scandinavian dog names, such as Linnaea or Freja, will work for calmer and less challenging dogs. No matter which name you decide on, use it consistently to get your dog accustomed to responding to it.

Most Nordic dog breeds are strong, hardy types that were originally bred to perform a variety of outdoor functions, such as hunting bears or herding reindeer, in the harsh Scandinavian climate. Nordic breeds include the Norwegian Elkhound, Finnish Spitz, Swedish Lapphund, Lundehund, Icelandic Sheepdog and Karelian Bear Dog. Despite their outdoor origins, many of these breeds are perfectly content being companion dogs instead of working dogs these days.

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