What’s your pet’s name? Is it Lucky, Princess, or Potato? (I actually have met a dog named Potato.) I think this one name is probably one of the most controversial pet names I have ever encountered.
According to Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), Max is the most popular dog and cat name for the fifth consecutive year. Following are the 10 most common dog and cat names based on a recent analysis of VPI’s 450,000 insured clients:
Top 10 Dog Names:
Top 10 Cat Names:
“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,” said Dr. Carol McConnell, vice president and chief veterinary officer for VPI. “Plus, it’s a fitting name for an
active, energetic pet.”
Few of the names on the top 10 dog and cat names list are traditional pet names. In fact, some of the top 10 names, or close 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, and Sophia ranks ninth on both the SSA’s list and VPI’s cat name list. 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. For the cats, Simba, Angel, and Shadow dropped off this year’s list, making way for Princess, Sophie, and Bella.