An American Kennel Club survey reveals the most used names for male and female dogs

By People Staff
Updated January 31, 2009 06:00 AM
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Forget “Fido” or “Fifi.” The American Kennel Club has announced that the most popular names for male and female dogs these days are “Lady” and “Bear.”

A 2007 survey showed that behind “Lady,” the top name among dog owners, were Belle/Bell/Bella, Princess, Mae/May, Bear, Blue, Max/Maximus/Maxwell, Rose, Daisy and Duke.

Trends for naming dogs have changed through the years, according to the AKC.

“Traditionally names based on a puppy’s physical appearance or personality, such as ‘Spot’ or ‘Sassy’ have been popular with dog owners,” said AKC spokeswoman Lisa Peterson. “Today we are seeing human names such as ‘Jack’ and ‘Molly,’ and named that reflect a pet’s stature in the home, such as ‘King’ and ‘Princess,’ gain in popularity.”

Fun fact: the AKC says that dogs like their names short and sweet. The easier the name is to pronounce, the easier it is to get a response from your dog. They suggest using a name that is one or two syllables, ending in a vowel, such as “Sadie” or “Rocky.”

To check out the full list, visit the AKC’s website.
–Amy Jamieson