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Most popular dog names – where does your dog rank?

Writing about the most popular dog names is a somewhat tricky business, especially when trying to provide a global view.

Always one for a challenge, I thought I would give it a go with some help from pet sitting and pet care website Pawshake, who provided me with some intel from their customer dog names across the globe.

While we humans do like to think of ourselves as unique and even quite creative at times, it seems when it comes to choosing a name for our dogs, we are all quite similar.

I also cross checked with some other lists and think I may have actually come up with the most definitive list of the 10 most popular dog names for both male and female dogs from 2020.

So, after sifting through the data on the most popular dog names from across 16 countries, drum roll please…. Oh and don’t shoot the messenger!

The 10 Most Popular Dog Names from across the globe

Girls               Boys

Bella                 Charlie

Luna                 Max

Lola                  Milo

Bailey               Buddy

Mollie               Jack

Ruby                 Rocky

Poppy               Cooper

Daisy                 Alfie

Lucy                  Oscar

Maggie              Teddy

For those of you who want to break the mold

However, not everyone plays by the rules and many names in the Pawshake client base were inspired by food and fictional characters.  If you are looking for a special name, here are Pawshake’s top 10 most unique dog names:

Food Inspired Dog Names
  • Baguette
  • Blueberry
  • Cheddar
  • Hotpot
  • Lambchop
  • Lamington
  • Merlot
  • Omelette
  • Pistachio
  • Satay
Fictional Character Inspired Dog Names
  • Alexis Rose
  • Batman
  • Elsa
  • Moira Rose
  • Mr Meowgi
  • Murphy Brown
  • Obiwan
  • Olaf
  • Snoopy
  • Tigger

Neither of my two ratbags have made a list, Darcy and Vindi, but there is always next year.  How did you fare – are you one to follow the well trodden path or did you pave your own way?

PS: If you are looking for a dog walker, dog sitter or want to become one and list yourself with Pawshake, check out their Australian website here.


About the Author: Lara Shannon is a certified dog behaviourist and trainer, Executive Producer and Host of Pooches at Play on Channel 10 and editor of Poochesatplay.com. Lara runs her own dog training business in Melbourne’s Bayside area, is a sought after pet expert speaker and Author of Eat, Play, Love (Your Dog).

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