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Popular dog names 2019

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Bringing home a new pooch and not sure where to start when it comes to choosing a name? Here’s our top picks from the popular puppy names, female and male dog names and some of the more unusual doggie monikers.

Picking out a name for Fido is a big responsibility. You’ll be using it to train them, recall them in the park and possibly saying it with dismay a few times during their puppy phase! There are plenty of sources of inspiration, so whether you prefer to go wacky, popular or perhaps adopt a human name, we’ve got plenty of suggestions to get you started.

Popular female dog names

While many like to steer clear of names on any ‘hot lists’, there’s often a good reason names wind up on them. That said, you can also use the list below as your ‘no go’ guide if you’d rather avoid a common dog name.

Based on Bow Wow Meows pet tag registration list, these are the top 20 most popular female dog names in Australia. What's interesting is how many are also popular names for human babies, a trend that's continued from 2017's pet names.

  1. 1. Jessie
  2. 2. Molly
  3. 3. Chloe
  4. 4. Bonnie
  5. 5. Lucy
  6. 6. Sasha
  7. 7. Sally
  8. 8. Tess
  9. 9. Daisy
  10. 10. Zoe
  11. 11. Coco
  12. 12. Missy
  13. 13. Holly
  14. 14. Rosie
  15. 15. Bella
  16. 16. Sophie
  17. 17. Ruby
  18. 18. Maggie
  19. 19. Shadow
  20. 20. Lady

Popular male dog names

Also based on Bow Wow Meows pet tag registration these are the top 20 most popular male dog names in Australia and again, there is a definite trend towards popular human names:
  1. 1. Max
  2. 2. Sam
  3. 3. Jack
  4. 4. Jake
  5. 5. Toby
  6. 6. Oscar
  7. 7. Charlie
  8. 8. Jess
  9. 9. Zac
  10. 10. Monty
  11. 11. Tyson
  12. 12. Buddy
  13. 13. Ben
  14. 14. Buster
  15. 15. Harry
  16. 16. Rocky
  17. 17. Beau
  18. 18. Rusty
  19. 19. Shadow
  20. 20. Simba

Classic dog names

Another way to select a great name for your new four-legged friend is to look to the classics. Yes, Rover is on the list!

Classic male names:

  • Benji
  • Champ
  • Charlie
  • Fido
  • King
  • Lucky*
  • Milo
  • Patches
  • Rex
  • Rocky
  • Rover
  • Rufus
  • Shadow*
  • Socks*
  • Spot*

Classic Female names:

  • Coco
  • Daisy
  • Fluffy
  • Lady
  • Lassie
  • Lucky*
  • Missy
  • Roxy
  • Shadow*
  • Socks*
  • Spot*

* Names are commonly used for both genders

Unusual dog names

If you’re partial to naming your pooch a weird and wacky name based on their behaviour or looks, this list may be a great place to start. While it may take a little confidence to bellow these names at the local dog park, you’re certainly less likely to hear someone else shouting out the same name. These names came from a database of over 500,000 pet names:

  • Barfolomew Barfonopolis
  • Brewster Chewybear
  • Cheesebro
  • Cheeto Batman
  • Choo Choo Boo Boo
  • Daisy Belle Fluffbottoms
  • Doc Howliday
  • Dunkin Butterbeans
  • Empress Tzu Tzu
  • Farrah Pawcett
  • The Other Dude
  • Tumble Bumble
  • Tupaw Shakur
  • Webster Doodledoodle
  • Yeti Sphaghetti
  • Zeus The Deuce

While only an owner could love many of these are names, Bow Wow Meow’s top unusual names list from last year also has some cute options:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Teddy Bear Biscuit
  • Albert Pamplemousse
  • Apricot Strudel
  • Baron Von Thumper
  • Basil Fawlty
  • Kransky
  • Roxy RottenBottom
  • Sir Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Telly-Beyoncé
  • Toffee Towers
  • Tonks the Beautiful Lady
  • Uggboot
  • Zac Efron 

Even if the list itself doesn’t inspire a name, it does raise an interesting concept – why go with a single name when you could choose a double-barrelled moniker?

Further sources of inspiration

Not sold on any of the above? Fear not, there are plenty more places you can go for inspiration. Given the trend for human names for pups, why not check out the annual hottest 100 baby names lists. Nameberry has a searchable list to trawl through that is continuously updated.

Names from TV, films, books and music

Movies can also provide inspiration; think Thor, Groot, Pennywise, Dash or Loki. Alternatively, you could turn to novels for popular character names (hey, they’ve been influencing baby name lists for years). Or perhaps you fancy a TV inspired title such as from Game of Thrones or Adventure Time. There’s no shortage of names to pick from. Even sports stars, popular actors and actresses and rock stars may just provide that elusive, perfect pooch name. If all else fails, there’s more than one pooch parent who has simply gone with a personality trait when it comes to picking a name – take Diva, for example.

Things to consider when choosing dog names

When you’re choosing your perfect pooch name, there are a few things to consider to save yourself embarrassment, or having to go through the painful process of attempting to teach them to respond to a new name.

First up is the golden rule for any parent naming their “baby,” be it fur or two legged – saying their full name out loud to ensure you’re avoiding any unfortunate pairings.

Secondly, think about how influenced you are by their puppy appearance and consider whether it’ll still suit when they are a fully-grown dog. On this note, breed may come into play. Killer may well sound more ironic than heroic on a dog that develops a huge fluffy coat and wide eyes at the age of one, as would Fluffy on a sleek Doberman.

Lastly, if you’re going for a trending name, or perhaps looking to the latest and greatest in the arts or sporting worlds, think about how happy you’ll be with the name when your dog is 10 years old and you may no longer be completely obsessed with the object of your pop culture influenced affections.

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