Good Dog Names

What makes a good pet name?

A lot of new dog owners go online to search for “good dog names”, but of course, “good” is a highly subjective term. One person may think Fifi is a great dog name, while another might think its awful! For our list of “good dog names”, we decided to list the most popular dog names, our reasoning being that if they’re popular, they must be considered “good” buy a majority of pet owners.

In searching for a credible source for good dog names, we came across Veterinary Pet Insurance, a pet insurance company that has a database of 450,000 insured pets. With this database, they were able to determine the most popular dog names. In the U.S., Max is the top male name for both dogs and cats. Molly, Buddy, Bella and Lucy were the top most popular names for dogs.

“When people consider their pet an integral part of the family, they are more inclined to pick a human name for it. The prevalence of pets with human names clearly reflects the growing human-animal bond.”
Dr. Carol McConnell, vice president and chief veterinary officer, VPI.


The number one tip for picking good dog names is keep them short. Names that are one or two syllables are best, as are names that can be shortened to one or two syllables (e.g. Sergeant Pepper can be shortened to “Searg”.)

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