If you would like clever dog names that have meaning but are also unique, how about some foreign names?
Italy clever dog names
From Italy we can find Pippa (lover of horses) if you happen to have a horse ranch, Orianna (golden) for your retriever, Leola (lion) for your lioness -looking chow -chow, or Allessandra (defender of man) for your future watchdog. If you have a Dalmatian for your new puppy why not choose one of the 101 Dalmatians names for dogs.
German clever dog names
Some clever German names for dogs could be Schnell (fast) for your greyhound, Dieter (warrior of the people, pronounced dee -tah) for your rottweiler, or Freund (friend, pronounced froind) for your best friend.