Baxter, meaning “baker,” is a great male dog name for dogs who are eager to please or outgoing. Find out more about dogs named Baxter.


Name: Baxter

Meaning: “Baker”

Personality: Outgoing, Eager to Please

About This Name: A Border Collie and a terrier mutt each starred with Will Ferrell in the movies Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, portraying Baxter, a lovable dog who wore pajamas and head gear. A white bull terrier played the part of an aggressive dog named Baxter in the 1989 comedy Baxter. While visiting a shelter to pick out a dog for a friend, actor Ryan Reynolds (Dead Pool) became attached to a retriever mix and ended up adopting the dog for himself, naming him Baxter. The name of Maine’s former “First Dog” was Baxter LePage.

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