PuppiesThought this would just be interesting, here’s the ten most popular dog names according to VPI – Veterinary Pet Insurance based on 450,ooo insured pets.

  1. Max
  2. Molly
  3. Buddy
  4. Bella
  5. Lucy
  6. Maggie
  7. Daisy
  8. Jake
  9. Baily
  10. Rocky

Max tops the list for the fifth straight year in a row and according to Dr. Carol McConnel, VP and Chief Vet Officer for VPI, “The continuing popularity of Max is largely due to the fact that it is monosyllabic and simple for people and pets to remember, yet easy to distinguish from common commands, plus, it’s a fitting name for an active, energetic pet.”

Few of the names on the list are what might be considered traditional pet names and some of them or their cllose variations, appear on the Social Security Administration’s list of most common baby names. Jacob (Jake) is the top name for boys, while Isabella (Bella) is No. 4 for girls. Ironically, Max is far from the top at No. 160.

“When people consider their pet an integral part of the family, they are more inclined to choose a human name for it,” said McConnell. “The prevalence of pets with human names clearly reflects the growing human-animal bond.”

Each of this year’s top 10 dog names appeared on last year’s list. Bella made the most impressive jump, going from No. 8 to No. 4, while Bailey fell from No. 2 to No. 9.

Hmmmm…. don’t see the name Jezzie or Bruti on there anywhere 🙂

Here’s another list of popular dog names from Bow Wow Meow, drawn from their pet tag lisitngs.

  1. Max
  2. Jake
  3. Buddy
  4. Maggie
  5. Bear
  6. Molly
  7. Bailey
  8. Shadow
  9. Sam
  10. Lady
  11. Sadie
  12. Lucky
  13. Rocky
  14. Lucy
  15. Daisy
  16. Buster
  17. Casey
  18. Cody
  19. Brandy
  20. Duke
  21. Charlie
  22. Bandit
  23. Jack
  24. Ginger
  25. Harley
  26. Abby
  27. Rusty
  28. Sasha
  29. Sandy
  30. Toby
  31. Murphy
  32. Pepper
  33. Dakota
  34. Katie
  35. Annie
  36. Chelsea
  37. Princess
  38. Sammy
  39. Sophie
  40. Smokey

Jezzie & BrutiAs I’ve mentioned, my pooches are Jezzie and Bruti, two beautiful English Springer Spaniels and the doggie loves of my life. Actually if you want to be fussy about it, Jezzie is ‘Sassy Jezebel of Heartland’ and Bruti is ‘Sassy’s Pretty Boy Brutus’

So what about you – any fun or creative names? And reason why you names your pooch what you did? Would love to hear! 🙂

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