Dog Names in 2012 – Trends & Top Tens

What’s in a name?

Quite a bit, if you ask most dog parents.  It’s a name to reflect your own personality.  It’s a name to reflect your dog’s personality.  It’s a name you better like a heck of a lot…because you are probably going to be saying it quite a bit.  (As in “Bella, get off of there!”  “Bella, what is in your mouth?!?”  “No, Bella!” “BELLA!!!!”)

It’s no surprise Max tops the list again this year.  That has been the top name for little boy pups for the past 7 years.  (Who out there doesn’t know a dog named Max?)  I must admit, I was surprised to learn that Rocky and Bear have been in the top 1o for the past thirteen years.  (Although I do know dogs by both names.)  Bella leads the pack for girl names and has for the past six years.  (Which not so surprisingly coincides with the publication of the first Twilight book.)  I thought Molly was the most popular name for little girls!  I know about a million dogs named Molly!

Interestingly – it seems that human names are on the rise in dogs.  Apparently, more and more people are shying away from “fun” names (Skittles, Chico, Pookie) and opting for more traditional names (Ernie, Charlie, Jerry).  This is just another sign that we no longer view pets as….well, pets!….but now see them more as full-fledged members of our family.

Here is a complete top 1o list of girl and boy dog names from 2012.  What do you think?  Surprised??  Or is your pooches name on the list?

Girls

Bella
Daisy
Lucy
Molly
Lola
Sophie
Sadie
Chloe
Coco
Maggie
 

Boys

Max
Buddy
Charlie
Rocky
Cooper
Bear
Bently
Duke
Jack
Toby
 

Now that you’ve taken the time to look back at 2012….look forward to 2013!  Read here how to ensure the next year is your dogs BEST year yet!!

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