Do you want to refer to a male dog but are not quite sure what term to use? Well, thankfully, you came here! This is the correct terminology to use!
So, what is a male dog called? A male dog is called a dog, or a male dog. There is no official or recognized name. That being said, they are sometimes called studs during breeding, or a Sire when referred to as a parent of a litter of puppies.
So a lot depends on the context.
That being said, for the most part, male dogs do not really have a designated name.
This, of course, is not true for every animal.
Some animals have gendered names, such as male (Buck) and female (Dam) rabbits, for instance.
It ultimately depends on Etymology (the origin of words) and how language has developed.
Now naturally, you may be wondering where the term dog, even derived?
Well, it is believed to have originated from the term “Docga”‘ which was used to refer to a particularly strong breed (likely a Mastiff) in the 16th Century.
From there, dogs have even been referred to throughout history as Hounds. Likely derived from the German word “Hund”.
But when the word “dog” became the narrative is not actually understood or known; even if we know it likely did originate from the German language.
Still, today, male dogs in German are generally called a Rüde.
Just going to show how language develops and evolves over time.
One other important distinction to make, however, is during breeding.
Male dogs in breeding are commonly referred to as studs.
They (along with “Bitches“) or female dogs have a litter of Pups, Puppies or they are also sometimes called Whelps.
Nevertheless, there is no gender linguistic difference between male and female puppies.
And they’ll retain these terms until they reach adulthood; which does differ depending on breed and physical development.
A male dog is commonly called a Rüde. More generally, dogs are referred to as a Hund.
A male dog is called a Chien in French.
A mature male dog is called a bitch, although is she has had
A spayed male dog is called a dog, or male dog. Just like any male dog. There is no differentiated term recognized or used.
I am a practiced pet owner with decades of experience owning a number of different pets. I am also the main writer and chief editor here at Pet Educate; a site I created to share everything I’ve learned about pet ownership over the years and my extensive research along the way.