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Tough Chihuahua Names

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When choosing a name for your Chihuahua, a tough name might be appropriate based upon a common character trait of the the breed being a dominant personality. Be sure to check out all our chihuahua names.

brown and white chihuahua puppy

To help inspire you in your search to choose the right name for your furry friend, here is my carefully curated list of tough names for Chihuahuas:

My first thought with this name is Ace Ventura but then I also remember Ace being a popular name for guys in gangs in old 50’s movies.

A strong name for a strong little dog.

Cute and a little country, Axel is a strong name.

If you have a loud little girl chi, this would be a good name. A Banshee is an Irish wailing spirit.

Barrett, Benelli, Berretta, Colt, Kimber, Remington (could be shortened to Remi or Remy), Ruger, Savage, or Sig
These are all brands of guns, perfect for Chihuahua owners who enjoy shooting.

Our little guys think they are as big and tough as bears don’t they?

Perfect for a growly long haired little man with a female companion who could be named Beauty like the famous Disney fairytale. If you have never read the original Beauty and Beast story that inspired the Disney movie, consider making it your next read – you would be shocked at the differences in the stories and your Chihuahua would love to snuggle with you in a blanket while you read it.

Some Chihuahuas have a red tinged coat, or maybe you have a compact and portly pup. Either way, Brick sounds like a solid and strong little dog.

Inspired by Bruiser Woods from Legally Blonde, this name sounds appropriate for a rough and tumble pup!

One of the most infamous of Julius Caesar’s assassins, this name will make your Chihuahua sounds like he means business, even if he just means business about getting as many treats in his mouth as possible!

Captain, Major or Sergeant
A title achieved when one ranks to a position with some authority in the military, these names commands respect. If you are really honest, your Chihuahua probably runs the house, so one of these names could be quite appropriate!

long hair blue applehead chihuahua

Does your little pup cause chaos?

As in Conan the Barbarian.

Tough like a weapon.

Like the scary Darth Vader.

Diablo is Spanish for devil.

Naming your Chihuahua after a fierce creature is a good option when searching for a tough name.

Inspired by the intimidating in appearance but lovable Neapolitan Mastiff owned by the Hogwarts ground keeper, Hagrid, in the Harry Potter movie series, this name sounds tough. Further, some Chihuahuas make a snarly face when they are mad, making the name Fang appropriate because they flash their fangs when they snarl.

Flame means “blazing fire”.

Similar to Admiral, General is quite a strong tough name.

Inspired by military men, the name Gunner not only sounds tough and capable, but it also can be cute and a bit country.

As in Hannibal Lector.

teething Chihuahua puppy

As in the giant shark.

Joan of Bark
A play on Joan of Ark who was one tough woman. Of course this is a funny name too.

If your Chihuahua has taken out a few toys by ripping them to shreds or polished off treats with no mercy, this name might be the right one.

Referring to the fire power of a particular firearm, the name Magnum is sometimes shortened to Maggie for female dogs.

Moke means “tough girl” in Hawaiian.

A moose is a large formidable animal.

Chihuahuas are often referred to a canine Napoleon. Tiny but think they are much bigger.

For the Chihuahua who does not listen and likes to do things his own way, the name Outlaw fits perfectly!

This is a scary name not only because a predator is scary and deadly but I’m thinking of the scary alien in the movie Predator.


Inspired by the famous boxing character.

Inspired by the movie franchise featuring Sylvester Stallone, who played a handsome veteran who waged a one-man war, the name Rambo is sure to give your Chihuahua a tough reputation.

Inspired by the Biblical Samson, he was a man that God gave supernatural strength. The Biblical Samson took out a lion with his bare hands! (Read Judges 14:5-6). This name is most especially appropriate for a long haired Chihuahua, because Samson was told not to cut his hair to maintain his strength. Samson also was a ladies man; Delilah was ultimately his undoing. If you have a long haired Chihuahua who loves the ladies, Samson might be the perfect name. If you also have a female Chihuahua, naming them Samson and Delilah would be appropriate.

Perfect for the Chihuahua who moves faster than the speed of light to catch food dropped from the kitchen table!

This definitely describes many chihuahuas. they are little spitfires.

fawn chihuahua puppy laying down

This name sounds strong and offers comedic relief; who could keep a straight face if you called “Come here, Tank!” and a two pound dog answered?

Inspired by the Germanic mythological god of war and fertility who was famous for his powerful hammer, he is said to have created thunder and lightning and rode in a chariot powered by goats according to the National Museum of Denmark. Since Chihuahuas have such dainty little paws, thinking of thunder as they run across the floor of your home is amusing. Your Chihuahua might also try to “drop the hammer” by telling you not to move when he is comfortably snuggled in your lap.

Tiger is a great name for Chihuahuas; not only can it sound tough, it can also sound cute.

In Greek mythology, a titan is a giant, making this name ideal for owners who enjoy oxymorons because Chihuahuas are so small.

As in Darth Vader.

I a viper is a poisonous snake but I also think of motorcycle gangs.

Zena as in Zena the Warrior Princess.

As in the god Zeus.

cute chihuahua puppy sitting with 3 balls


Tough Name Ideas from Readers

Here’s some great suggestions from our readers:




We need more for this section so suggest your tough names in the comments below!

Choosing a name for a Chihuahua must be done thoughtfully because of their potential life span; you could be calling out this name for 20 years! Try writing down the name, calling it out around the house, and consulting with friends and family if you get stuck trying to select the right name.

What was your favorite name from this article? Do you know a Chihuahua with a tough name? Tell us in the comments below.


Saturday 3rd of February 2024

I named my chi Tucker. I think that's a tough name.

Cathy Bendzunas

Saturday 3rd of February 2024

I never thought of Tucker being a tough name but maybe because when in school my friend's brother was named Tucker and he was a real cry baby about everything. He was the only Tucker I knew.

Linda Strayer

Thursday 19th of August 2021

We adopted Bruiser at 5 years old. At first I wanted to change his name. Bruiser for a Chihuahua?! But after a bit, I realized it fit him perfectly!!! LOL!!!


Thursday 19th of August 2021

That's a great "tough" name!

Kerra D Clarkston

Thursday 19th of August 2021



Thursday 19th of August 2021

I always think of Clarence as the angel in It's a Wonderful Life.

Stacey L Key

Saturday 20th of February 2021

Frisco This is the name that I picked out for my Male Pup I Love OBX and thought that it would be a perfect name for my Baby

p.s Friso Woods is a campground in OBX

Have a Lovely Day Stacey


Monday 22nd of February 2021

Thanks Stacey!


Saturday 20th of February 2021

One of my boys was named Ajax a Greek warrior known for his courage and strength - that was my little "AJ". His brother was named Scrappy also true to name.

My latest boy was "Trey Kool" (long haired blond) and he was really laid back. Sweet little thing.

His niece was Jazzi - blue merle and she was so full of energy.

Sadly, they've crossed the rainbow bridge and I miss them dearly. Hug your little ones for me.


Monday 22nd of February 2021

Great names Bev!