Shadow is a great male dog name for dogs who are shy or independent. Find out more about dogs named Shadow.


Name: Shadow

Meaning: Image cast by an object blocking the sun’s range”

Personality: Independent, Shy

About This Name: The movies Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey and Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco featured a loyal and obedient Golden Retriever with this name. He could hold his own through many tough challenges. In the book The Sorcerers in the North (by John Flanagan), an injured dog named Shadow is found by a man who eventually captures the person responsible for the dog’s misfortune. Actress Vanessa Hudgens has a toy poodle with this name, and Japanese writer Satoru Shiga uses the stage name Shadow WX. The Dungeons & Dragons franchise has a long-running character named Shadow.

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