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What is a Male Dog Called?

By Aviram K.
Updated at January 27, 2021
1 min read

A male dog is called a dog. However, in the context of breeding, a dog is also called a stud, and when referred to as the father of a puppy, a dog is also called a sire.

Unlike some people think, a bastard is not another name for a dog. It is a common misconception.

What Is a Female Dog Called?

A female dog is called a bitch. But, when referred to as the mother of a puppy, she is called a dam.

Why Is a Male Dog Also Called a Sire?

The terms sire and dam date back to 1611, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

In the past, the subject of the king of England would call him a “sire.” This is to show authority.

Just like the king is a sire to his subjects and has authority over them, the male dog is a sire to his puppies.


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