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Top 10 Dog Names of 2008

JezzieEvery year VPI publishes a list of the top ten dog and cat names for the year based on their database.  This past year the database was 466K strong and it looks like “Max” tops the list for the sixth year in a row and traditional dog names like Fido and Rover continue to fall further and further down the list.

So without further ado, here’s the top 10 dog names for 2008;

1. Max
2. Bailey
3. Bella
4. Molly
5. Lucy
6. Buddy
7. Maggie
8. Daisy
9. Sophie
10. Chloe

Some of the most popular names such as Bella, Chloe, Sophie and Bailey, also rank among the Social Security Administration’s most popular baby names.

BrutiAs more and more people are viewing pets as family members we are also endowing them with what as considered “people” names. No longer does the typical dog live in the yard (I wish none did) separated from the family. Now they enjoy all the comforts of the home, often including sleeping in their people’s beds.

“Pets are often viewed as members of the family, treated like members of the family and, as a result, named like members of the family,” said Curtis Steinhoff, senior director of corporate communications for VPI. “Max may sleep on his owner’s bed, eat gourmet food and wear clothes to go out on the town. Rover probably does not. Max is short, yet easy to distinguish from common commands, so it is easy to understand why it’s such a popular pet name.”

And here’s another list I came across of the top 20 dog names for male and female dogs;

Male Names

Max
Jake
Buddy
Bailey
Sam
Rocky
Buster
Casey
Cody
Duke
Charlie
Jack
Harley
Rusty
Toby
Murphy
Shelby
Sparky
Barney
Winston

Female Names

Maggie
Molly
Lady
Sadie
Lucy
Daisy
Ginger
Abby
Sasha
Sandy
Dakota
Katie
Annie
Chelsea
Princess
Missy
Sophie
Bo
Coco
Tasha

There are a lot of ways to come up with pet’s names, after celebs, sports stars, places, brand names, family, friends or just favorite names.  I had actually picked out Jezzie’s name before I even picked her out just because I liked the name, Sassy Jezebel, and I am not sure if she fit the name from the start or just grew into it but it certainly fits her!  And Bruti is really “Sassy’s Pretty Boy Brutus” which he certainly is, quite the pretty boy, to me anyway. And of course, like children, they have their own collection of nicknames too which they well know and answer too, but I keep those between my babies and me. 🙂

And you can trust these two enjoy all the comforts of home, their own beds plus the couches, tons of toys and treats, plenty of playtime, attention and exercise and if someone tried to feed them “dog food” they wouldn’t even know what it was or what to do with it.  I can guarantee they wouldn’t eat it! LOL

So, what about you, what’s your pooch’s name? Any interesting stories behind it?

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