What Should You Name Your Dog?

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet - ShakespeareWhat are the rules or guidelines for naming your dog? I have always felt that dogs should have people names as opposed to “thing” names. They are, after all, members of your family, not possessions. Personally, giving them a human name makes me feel like I am showing them more respect as a living, breathing, loving creature on this Earth. My dogs all have people names.

We name the stray dogs in the shelter, everyone has different ideas. I don’t know why people pick certain names. In the shelter, they like catchy names for potential adopters to notice. Sometimes we will change a dog’s name if they are surrendered. And a new pet owner may change the name again. Naming your dog is an important part of owning a pet.

If you are wondering if it is a good idea to rename a dog after you have adopted it, most experts agree that it is. According to Riverdog, canine coaching, there are several good reasons. “First, it is generally pretty easy for a dog to learn a new name. Second, renaming the dog gives the new family an immediate reason to spend time with, bond, and give attention to the dog. Third, it is impossible for one to use the ‘old’ name in the same way as the former owner, so the dog may not respond to his old name in his new home anyway. And lastly, taking on a new name often helps the adoptive owner emotionally ‘claim’ the new dog as a family member, rather than subconsciously keeping the animal at an emotional distance (e.g., as ‘someone else’s dog’) which increases the likelihood that this will be the dog’s forever home.”

According to data from the Veterinary Pet Insurance Company, as provided by Dogtime.com, Bella and Max remain at the top of the list of the most popular dog names.

Top 25 Female Dog Names: Top 25 Male Dog Names:
1. Bella
2. Lucy
3. Molly
4. Daisy
5. Maggie
6. Sophie
7. Sadie
8. Chloe
9. Bailey
10. Lola
11. Zoe
12. Abby
13. Ginger
14. Roxy
15. Gracie
16. Coco
17. Murphy
18. Lily
19. Angel
20. Princess
1. Bailey
2. Max
3. Charlie
4. Buddy
5. Rocky
6. Jake
7. Jack
8. Toby
9. Cody
10. Buster
11. Duke
12. Cooper
13. Riley
14. Harley
15. Bear
16. Tucker
17. Murphy
18. Lucky
19. Oliver
20. Sam

Rover.com, the nation’s largest network of 5 star pet sitters and dog walkers, has dug into their databases and pulled out their most popular dog names for the past several years along with some interesting tidbits about preferences by city as well as top names inspired by pop culture, the internet, and nostalgia.

In 2017, for boy dogs, the top choices were Max, Charlie, Cooper, Buddy, Jack, Rocky, Oliver, Bear, Duke, and Tucker.

For girl dogs, Bella, Lucy, Daisy, Luna, Lola, Sadie, Molly, Maggie, Bailey, and Sophie were most popular.

Top 10 Dog Names


Rover.com’s Top Names By Year

2017 2016 2015
Female Male Female Male Female Male
  1. Bella
  2. Lucy
  3. Daisy
  4. Luna
  5. Lola
  6. Sadie
  7. Molly
  8. Bailey
  9. Maggie
  10. Sophie
  11. Chloe
  12. Stella
  13. Lily
  14. Penny
  15. Zoey
  16. Coco
  17. Roxy
  18. Gracie
  19. Mia
  20. Nala
  21. Ruby
  22. Rosie
  23. Ellie
  24. Abby
  25. Zoe
  26. Piper
  27. Ginger
  28. Lilly
  29. Lulu
  30. Riley
  31. Sasha
  32. Lexi
  33. Pepper
  34. Emma
  35. Layla
  36. Maya
  37. Izzy
  38. Lady
  39. Annie
  40. Olive
  41. Harley
  42. Belle
  43. Dixie
  44. Millie
  45. Willow
  46. Princess
  47. Charlie
  48. Maddie
  49. Kona
  50. Cali
  51. Ella
  52. Winnie
  53. Roxie
  54. Marley
  55. Cookie
  56. Hazel
  57. Scout
  58. Athena
  59. Callie
  60. Phoebe
  61. Honey
  62. Angel
  63. Dakota
  64. Minnie
  65. Holly
  66. Missy
  67. Sugar
  68. Shelby
  69. Nova
  70. Leia
  71. Josie
  72. Penelope
  73. Ava
  74. Gigi
  75. Peanut
  76. Fiona
  77. Cleo
  78. Jasmine
  79. Sandy
  80. Mocha
  81. Harper
  82. Macy
  83. Sydney
  84. Paisley
  85. Lacey
  86. Bonnie
  87. Baby
  88. Mila
  89. Delilah
  90. Pearl
  91. Charlotte
  92. Trixie
  93. Ivy
  94. Nina
  95. Heidi
  96. Georgia
  97. Shadow
  98. Xena
  99. Allie
  100. Oreo
  1. Max
  2. Charlie
  3. Cooper
  4. Buddy
  5. Jack
  6. Rocky
  7. Bear
  8. Tucker
  9. Oliver
  10. Duke
  11. Toby
  12. Bentley
  13. Milo
  14. Teddy
  15. Leo
  16. Winston
  17. Jax
  18. Zeus
  19. Louie
  20. Murphy
  21. Jake
  22. Dexter
  23. Riley
  24. Gus
  25. Buster
  26. Harley
  27. Bailey
  28. Jackson
  29. Henry
  30. Ollie
  31. Oscar
  32. Finn
  33. Lucky
  34. Moose
  35. Hank
  36. Baxter
  37. Bruno
  38. Diesel
  39. Loki
  40. Sam
  41. Cody
  42. Beau
  43. Bandit
  44. Blue
  45. Jasper
  46. Apollo
  47. Ace
  48. Sammy
  49. Thor
  50. Gunner
  51. Gizmo
  52. Koda
  53. Shadow
  54. Scout
  55. Brody
  56. Bo
  57. Marley
  58. Simba
  59. Roscoe
  60. Otis
  61. Rocco
  62. Rex
  63. George
  64. Hunter
  65. Tank
  66. Luke
  67. Ziggy
  68. Maverick
  69. Rusty
  70. Boomer
  71. Romeo
  72. Tyson
  73. Chance
  74. Benny
  75. Ranger
  76. Prince
  77. Oreo
  78. Bruce
  79. Copper
  80. Benji
  81. Joey
  82. Rudy
  83. Samson
  84. Cash
  85. Peanut
  86. Frankie
  87. Kobe
  88. Coco
  89. Chewy
  90. Chico
  91. Chase
  92. Zeke
  93. King
  94. Chester
  95. Odin
  96. Walter
  97. Brady
  98. Brutus
  99. Mickey
  100. Mac
  1. Bella
  2. Lucy
  3. Daisy
  4. Lola
  5. Luna
  6. Molly
  7. Sadie
  8. Sophie
  9. Bailey
  10. Maggie
  11. Chloe
  12. Lily
  13. Stella
  14. Zoey
  15. Penny
  16. Roxy
  17. Coco
  18. Gracie
  19. Ruby
  20. Mia
  21. Zoe
  22. Ellie
  23. Nala
  24. Rosie
  25. Ginger
  26. Abby
  27. Lilly
  28. Piper
  29. Sasha
  30. Riley
  31. Pepper
  32. Lulu
  33. Emma
  34. Lady
  35. Layla
  36. Lexi
  37. Olive
  38. Annie
  39. Izzy
  40. Maya
  41. Maddie
  42. Dixie
  43. Princess
  44. Cali
  45. Millie
  46. Belle
  47. Ella
  48. Harley
  49. Honey
  50. Kona
  51. Charlie
  52. Willow
  53. Marley
  54. Roxie
  55. Cookie
  56. Scout
  57. Holly
  58. Minnie
  59. Winnie
  60. Angel
  61. Dakota
  62. Callie
  63. Missy
  64. Phoebe
  65. Hazel
  66. Athena
  67. Shelby
  68. Peanut
  69. Sugar
  70. Jasmine
  71. Ava
  72. Penelope
  73. Sandy
  74. Trixie
  75. Gigi
  76. Fiona
  77. Sydney
  78. Josie
  79. Cleo
  80. Mocha
  81. Leia
  82. Delilah
  83. Baby
  84. Harper
  85. Shadow
  86. Macy
  87. Pearl
  88. Allie
  89. Mila
  90. Heidi
  91. Bonnie
  92. Nina
  93. Grace
  94. Katie
  95. Lacey
  96. Gypsy
  97. Cocoa
  98. Nova
  99. Charlotte
  100. Xena
  1. Max
  2. Charlie
  3. Buddy
  4. Cooper
  5. Jack
  6. Rocky
  7. Bear
  8. Duke
  9. Toby
  10. Tucker
  11. Oliver
  12. Bentley
  13. Milo
  14. Teddy
  15. Jake
  16. Leo
  17. Jax
  18. Dexter
  19. Zeus
  20. Louie
  21. Riley
  22. Winston
  23. Buster
  24. Murphy
  25. Jackson
  26. Bailey
  27. Harley
  28. Gus
  29. Lucky
  30. Oscar
  31. Henry
  32. Cody
  33. Hank
  34. Sam
  35. Baxter
  36. Ollie
  37. Diesel
  38. Bruno
  39. Bandit
  40. Beau
  41. Gizmo
  42. Moose
  43. Finn
  44. Sammy
  45. Blue
  46. Marley
  47. Loki
  48. Brody
  49. Jasper
  50. Ace
  51. Thor
  52. Shadow
  53. Rocco
  54. Apollo
  55. Roscoe
  56. George
  57. Scout
  58. Bo
  59. Rex
  60. Tank
  61. Tyson
  62. Rusty
  63. Otis
  64. Koda
  65. Luke
  66. Simba
  67. Gunner
  68. Romeo
  69. Hunter
  70. Joey
  71. Rudy
  72. Boomer
  73. Ziggy
  74. Copper
  75. Maverick
  76. Oreo
  77. Prince
  78. Frankie
  79. Bruce
  80. Samson
  81. Peanut
  82. Benny
  83. Brutus
  84. Ranger
  85. Chester
  86. Chase
  87. Chance
  88. Kobe
  89. Brady
  90. Coco
  91. Chico
  92. Chewy
  93. Bubba
  94. Benji
  95. Mickey
  96. Rufus
  97. King
  98. Archie
  99. Cash
  100. Walter
  1. Bella
  2. Lucy
  3. Daisy
  4. Molly
  5. Lola
  6. Sadie
  7. Maggie
  8. Sophie
  9. Chloe
  10. Bailey
  11. Luna
  12. Lily
  13. Roxy
  14. Zoey
  15. Stella
  16. Penny
  17. Coco
  18. Gracie
  19. Zoe
  20. Abbie
  21. Ginger
  22. Ruby
  23. Mia
  24. Sasha
  25. Lilly
  26. Rosie
  27. Ellie
  28. Nala
  29. Emma
  30. Pepper
  31. Piper
  32. Lulu
  33. Lady
  34. Annie
  35. Layla
  36. Riley
  37. Princess
  38. Lexi
  39. Maya
  40. Maddie
  41. Dixie
  42. Olive
  43. Izzy
  44. Roxie
  45. Belle
  46. Angel
  47. Callie
  48. Ella
  49. Cookie
  50. Missie
  51. Honey
  52. Millie
  53. Kona
  54. Marley
  55. Holly
  56. Sandy
  57. Shelby
  58. Dakota
  59. Harley
  60. Phoebe
  61. Scout
  62. Charlie
  63. Minnie
  64. Callie
  65. Willow
  66. Jasmine
  67. Sugar
  68. Athena
  69. Winnie
  70. Hazel
  71. Trixie
  72. Mocha
  73. Josie
  74. Peanut
  75. Sydney
  76. Katie
  77. Macy
  78. Cleo
  79. Fiona
  80. Shadow
  81. Baby
  82. Allie
  83. Hannah
  84. Mimi
  85. Cocoa
  86. Lacey
  87. Bonnie
  88. Madison
  89. Grace
  90. Penelope
  91. Delilah
  92. Nina
  93. Heidi
  94. Gigi
  95. Sally
  96. Lucky
  97. Ava
  98. Sassy
  99. Oreo
  100. Nikki
  1. Max
  2. Charlie
  3. Buddy
  4. Cooper
  5. Jack
  6. Rocky
  7. Toby
  8. Duke
  9. Bear
  10. Tucker
  11. Oliver
  12. Jake
  13. Bentley
  14. Teddy
  15. Riley
  16. Milo
  17. Bailey
  18. Buster
  19. Dexter
  20. Leo
  21. Winston
  22. Murphy
  23. Louie
  24. Zeus
  25. Lucky
  26. Oscar
  27. Cody
  28. Harley
  29. Jackson
  30. Henry
  31. Baxter
  32. Gus
  33. Jax
  34. Sam
  35. Sammy
  36. Bandit
  37. Bruno
  38. Gizmo
  39. Diesel
  40. Marley
  41. Ollie
  42. Jasper
  43. Roscoe
  44. Beau
  45. Hank
  46. Rusty
  47. Shadow
  48. Brody
  49. Rocco
  50. Blue
  51. Scout
  52. Moose
  53. Rex
  54. Otis
  55. Loki
  56. George
  57. Finn
  58. Romeo
  59. Bo
  60. Simba
  61. Tyson
  62. Apollo
  63. Boomer
  64. Tank
  65. Hunter
  66. Ziggy
  67. Ace
  68. Joey
  69. Thor
  70. Luke
  71. Peanut
  72. Samson
  73. Gunner
  74. Chance
  75. Rufus
  76. Rudy
  77. Oreo
  78. Koda
  79. Prince
  80. Sparky
  81. Frankie
  82. Benny
  83. Chico
  84. Brutus
  85. Copper
  86. Coco
  87. Chase
  88. Chester
  89. Kobe
  90. Brady
  91. Cash
  92. Bubba
  93. Bruce
  94. Ranger
  95. Maverick
  96. Mickey
  97. Mac
  98. Benji
  99. Scooter
  100. Chewy

 

So what are your thoughts on naming a dog? Do you prefer cutsie names or maybe ones that remind you of your favorite character from a movie or TV show? And if you have ever renamed a dog, I’d love to find out how long it took for your pet to respond to the new one. Did it change your perception of him/her. Please let me know at connie [at] dogshowconfidential.com.

 
 

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