Bear, meaning “large head” or “bulky body,” is a great male dog name for dogs who are tough or independent. Find out more about dogs named Bear.


Name: Bear

Meaning: “Large head,” “bulky body”

Personality: Tough, Independent

About This Name: In the movie Crimson Tide, a Jack Russell terrier named Bear is the constant companion of Captain Ramsey (Gene Hackman). The TV show Person of Interest features a Belgian shepherd named Bear who won viewers’ hearts as the pet of John Reese (Jim Caviezel). Among famous people with the name is football coach Bear Bryant, who retired with 323 wins.

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