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German Shepherd Names in Movies

by David W.

Who doesn’t enjoy watching a film about dogs? What about German Shepherd Dogs, specifically? GSD owners will always relate to films showcasing their dogs’ distinctive characteristics and amazing intelligence.

You’ll be surprised to learn that our adored German Shepherds have exceptional acting abilities. From comedies to dramas to battles to action films, our favorite GSDs have proven that they can succeed in whatever genre they are assigned to. We take a deeper look at incredible German Shepherds who have left their mark on the big screen and in real life.

Check out our list of German Shepherd names in movies to see if you missed any.


From 1938 to 1946, this GSD was known as ‘ace the wonder dog,’ and starred in various films, including the 1943 picture ‘The Phantom.’ Ace is a wonderful name for your boy canine companion.


The dog in The Parent Trap is a 1961 film.


Swagger is wrongly accused of assassinating the president in the 2007 film “Shooter.” After retirement from the US Marine Corps, Bob is Swagger’s only friend.


Buddy appears in the film “The Christmas Shepherd.” As a unifying character in your family, you should consider naming your barking pal ‘Buddy.’


From 1951 until 1957, this trained and experienced German Shepherd starred in the American television series The Roy Rogers Show.

Charlie B. Barkin

A yellow German Shepherd-Collie mix who stars as the character in the animated film All Dogs Go to Heaven.


A German Shepherd and retired police dog who helps fix the mess in Beverly Hills Chihuahua and whose name means “slender”.


In the 2010 007 spoof Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, a German Shepherd plays a secret spy.

Eliot Shag

On television, in Jim Henson Productions’ Dog City. With puppetry and animation, the dog was the star of the show.


Hobo from the TV show The Littlest Hobo in the 1960s and 1970s.

Jerry lee

James Belushi’s character in the film K-9.


Kiki means “fresh life” or “new beginning.” Starred in the 1989 Jean-Claude van Damme action film Kickboxer.


Lester, whose name means “fortified place,” was the German Shepherd who was killed by Michael Meyers in the iconic horror film Halloween.


In the film The Case of the Howling Dog, this German Shepherd appeared with Mary Astor and William Warren.


Inspector Rex, performed by Beejay, is a well-known character from the cartoon series Inspector Rex. This is a police drama produced in Austria.

Rin Tin Tin

Rin Tin Tin, perhaps the most regal name on the list, was born on the battlefields of France during World War I. After being rescued by an American soldier, the brave German Shepherd became a symbol of courage in a lot of films. Rin Tin Tin III, Rinty’s son, was responsible for the establishment of the US Military Working Dog training program at Camp Hahn in California in 1939, and his descendants would go on to serve their country as war heroes and even as members of a search and recovery team at the Pentagon following the 9/11 attacks.


For the Love of Rusty, a 1947 film, is one of eight films in the Rusty series. Rusty is a rescue dog who will make an excellent guard dog.

Sam (Samantha)

Abby and Kona, German Shepherds who acted alongside Will Smith in I Am Legend, played Sam (Samantha).


Kassie meets an injured German Shepherd dog and names him Scoot in the 2016 film “Scoot And Kassie’s Christmas Adventure.” Scoot is a fantastic name for your brave furry pal.


Flame, a German Shepherd, rose to fame after playing the title character in the 1946 film My Dog Shep.


He played in a number of flicks. White Fang, released in 1925, was one of the films.


Thor, the German Shepherd who stars in the 1996 horror film Bad Moon and is named after the Norse god of lightning and thunder, was mostly played by the dog actor called Primo.


The protagonist in J. R. Ackerley’s novel My Dog Tulip. When the novel was adapted into a movie in 2009, the dog was the protagonist.


Even if you do not receive a card or flowers, Valentine’s Day will be a success if you name your pet after the German Shepherd from the 2007 drama The Year of the Dog.


Wolfie starred in the 1984 film The Terminator, in which he spots the ‘terminator’ and begins barking at him. Wolfie is a lovely name for your watchful male dog in general.

Won Ton Ton

Augustus Von Schumacher was the German Shepherd who played a Rover who equaled Rin Tin Tin’s popularity in the 1976 comedy Won Ton Ton, The Dog Who Saved Hollywood.

Have fun and take your time. If you do not find a name that appeals to you, broaden your search to our other lists of German Shepherd dog names:

Cute German Shepherd names

Cool German Shepherd names

Strong German Shepherd names

Badass German Shepherd names

How To Choose The Best German Shepherd Name?

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