What Are the Best Russian Rottweiler Names?

Last Updated on January 17, 2022 by Fabiola L.

Among the plethora of dog names to choose from, you might be wondering what are the best Russian Rottweiler names. If this is the case, you’re more than welcome to this article, where we’ll be analyzing some of the most popular Russian names for a Rottweiler and take a break from the more traditional dog names!

Russian Names for Dogs

Rottweilers are massive, strong, loyal, and defensive dogs. They’re not willing to back down from a fight, especially when someone puts their owner in danger, which is why their names are traditionally painting a word picture of a warrior dog!

A good example of this could be the name Alexei, which means ‘defender’ in Russian. Additionally, Ruslan means ‘lion’ in Russian, a species that is very similar in its behavior to Rottweilers! Boris stands for ‘fighter,’ while Igor stands for ‘warrior.’ Viktor, similarly to the other names, stands for ‘conqueror.’

All of these Russian male dog names could suit your Rottie very well, but there are a lot of female names that also deserve a spot on this list.

In that category, we have Evgenia, which means ‘noble,’ and Valeriya, which means ‘strong.’ Next, Serafima for ‘fiery one’ and Alina ‘beautiful.’ Unfortunately, female names don’t exactly reflect the same fighting spirit as the male names, but that isn’t the only defining characteristic of a Rottweiler.

Famous Russians

There are many famous Russians whose last or the first name could make a great choice for your dog! Chekov, the playwright behind the Three Sisters and Tolstoy, is the writer of Anna Karenina and War and Peace. Either one of these names could make a great name for a male Rottweiler.

The same goes for Tchaikovsky, composer of The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, as well as Yuri, for Yuri Gagarin – the first man in space.

Origin Of The Name Rottweiler

Rottweiler is a German name, even though Rottweilers didn’t originate in Germany. These dogs were initially used by the Roman army, a thousand years ago, as war dogs. That’s why there’s a sub-breed of Rottweiler today called Roman Rottweiler. This sub-breed is rare and difficult to find, however.

When the Romans arrived in what’s today known as Germany, their soldiers brought their war dogs with them. A lot of these dogs stayed behind in Germany and continued to breed. During this process, they changed from the traditional Roman Rottweiler quite a bit.

The name “Rottweiler” has nothing to do with the way these dogs look, despite what many people think. Rottweilers are very large dogs, and they pack a lot of muscle, as well. They have a very broad head to go along with their shoulders, and they’re very proficient as herding dogs. Butchers would also often utilize their Rottweilers to protect their carts with meat!

Because of this, their first name was Rottweil Metzgerhund – which means The Butcher’s Dog. The town of Rottweil is the origin of the first part of that name. With time, however, the name Rottweiler is what became the staple of the breed.

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Dog Name Rules

There are many Russian Rottweiler names that are absolutely beautiful, but that doesn’t mean that you should give them to your dog. There are a few rules most experts endorse when it comes to naming your dog, and we’d recommend that you follow them too, if you want to avoid all confusion.


The name Anatoly is a beautiful Russian name, and it stands for ‘sunrise.’ It’s, however, pointless to name your dog Anatoly, as you’ll end up abbreviating it, and you’ll just call your dog Ani or Toly. By nature, humans abbreviate names (that’s how we ended up with Bob from Robert and Bill from William). Because of this, it makes very little sense to name your dog anything other than a two-syllable name.

This also applies to names that aren’t long but are a mouthful. The names Dmitry and Fyodor, for example, as well as Mikhail and Konstantin, are all bad choices for a name. Even though they’re all pretty in their own right, you’re not only likely to abbreviate them, but they’re also difficult to pronounce.

Don’t Change The Name

We strongly suggest that you don’t change the name once you pick a name that you want for your dog. This will only confuse the dog. It’s okay to be indecisive about your pup’s name, and you don’t need to name your dog immediately. However, once you do, make sure you stick with it.

Why is this important? Because your dog will soon realize its name, even though dogs have no knowledge of the concept of a name, through training and positive reinforcement. It’s crucial for your dog to respond to its name if you want to train it well.

Don’t Choose A Name That Sounds Similar To A Command

The last piece of advice that we can give you is that you don’t choose a name that’s similar to a command. Now, there aren’t many Russian names on the list above that sound similar to any command. This is good, as you don’t want your dog confusing the command ‘Bark’ for its name.

This is common mistake dog owners make. They name their dog ‘Beau,’ for example, which sounds similar to ‘No’. This will only confuse the dog and cause it to act out.

In conclusion, there are many great Russian names for dogs, both male and female. Ranging from Alexei, Boris, Igor and Ruslan, to female names; Ekaterina, Alina and Valeriya. You could also name your dog after a famous Russian; Chekov, Yuri, Tchaikovsky, and Tolstoy.

When naming your dog, you should definitely follow the tips from more experienced owners and dog trainers. Don’t give your dog a name that’s too long or too difficult to pronounce. Also, try to avoid names that sound similar to a command or a common saying you use.

Lastly, stick with the name you choose! It’s crucial for your dog’s training that they actually learn their own name and understand that you’re calling them if you call it out!