Jake, meaning “fun-loving” or “happy,” is a great male dog name for dogs who are eager to please or outgoing. Find out more about dogs named Jake.


Name: Jake

Meaning: “Fun-loving,” “happy”

Personality: Eager to Please, Outgoing

About This Name: In the 2010 cartoon Adventure Time, Jake was a dog who had magical powers that enabled him to change sizes and shapes at will. In the 2012 made-for-TV movie Puppy Love, a mixed-breed puppy named Jake played a big part in bringing together an unlikely couple. Champion Boxer Jake LaMotta is among the well-known people who have this name, and another is actor Jake Gyllenhaal.

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