As a dog or cat owner, one of your critical responsibilities, beyond food & shelter is naming your pet. It can be quite a challenge to agree upon a name and to ensure it’s a suitable name for your new family addition. But their name is as important as choosing the size, sex and breed of your pet as it’s the most important cue for proper training.
A few tips when thinking about your pet’s name:
Pet Sitters International published results from a recent study on names and naming practices in the United States that provide an interesting breakdown in the categories of names used by most pet owners:
47.1 percent of pet owners chose names like Molly, Sam, Annie or Max.
32.8 percent of pet owners gave their pets names that described its actions or personality, such as Twister, Sweetie and Trouble.
23 percent of pet owners gave their pets names that resembled their physical appearance, such as Brownie, Snowball, and Spot.
18.5 percent named their pets after a famous person, such as Cher or Sylvester.
No matter what direction you go in when choosing your pet’s name, teaching it to them is the most important. Our best tip on that front is to repeat it often and whenever they turn and look to you when you say it, reward them with a treat! They will learn it in no time.
Finally, some suggestions. Each year, Rover.com prepares a list of the most popular dog names and Chewy.com has published a list of popular cat names.
|Top 10 Male Dog Names||Top Male Cat Names|
|1. Max||1. Oliver|
|2. Charlie||2. Leo|
|3. Cooper||3. Charlie|
|4. Buddy||4. Milo|
|5. Jack||5. Max|
|6. Rocky||6. Jack|
|7. Oliver||7. George|
|8. Bear||8. Simon|
|9. Duke||9. Loki|
|10. Tucker||10. Simba|
|Top 10 Female Dog Names||Top Female Cat Names|
|1. Bella||1. Luna|
|2. Lucy||2. Chloe|
|3. Daisy||3. Bella|
|4. Luna||4. Lucy|
|5. Lola||5. Lily|
|6. Sadie||6. Sophie|
|7. Molly||7. Lola|
|8. Maggie||8. Zoe|
|9. Bailey||9. Cleo|
|10. Sophie||10. Nala|