New Mexico's Pet ResourceWINTER 2008

Does your dog or cat have a name from the list of Top Ten list of popular names or does your pet have a name uniquely his or hers? Check out this list and see if your pet makes the Top Ten.

Top 10 Dog Names Top 10 Cat Names
1. Max
2. Molly
3. Buddy
4. Bella
5. Lucy
6. Maggie
7. Daisy
8. Jake
9. Bailey
10. Rocky

1. Max
2. Chloe
3. Lucy
4. Tigger
5. Tiger
6. Smokey
7. Oliver
8. Bella
9. Sophie
10. Princess

The annual list of popular names comes from Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI). They pull the names from their database of 450,000 insured clients.

Max has retained the title as most popular name for the last five years. Dr. Carol McConnell, the vice-president and chief veterinary officer for VPI, thinks this is because Max is an easy name for the owner and the pet to remember.

One of the first things you notice when you look at the list is that most of the names are human names. Does this mean we view our pets as people? It certainly is true that most of us see pets as valued members of our family. It makes the human/animal bond more real when our pets have human names.

The names on the dog list are repeated from last year but their places on the list might have changed. Bella went from 8 to 4 on the list. Bailey fell from second to ninth. The cat list saw a lot of change. Three of the names on last year’s list – Angel, Simba and Shadow - were dropped while Princess, Sophie and Bella were added to this year’s list.


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