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Popular Dog Names

Picking a name for your dog is a form of art. It is an expression of a dog owner’s creativity, ingenuity, feelings, sense of humor, or even spite. Indeed, naming a dog is a serious undertaking.

Giving human names is now the current trend in naming dogs. When you look at the list of the most popular dog names, it looks like a page out of a grade school class record. Many dog owners look at their pets as family members and give them personas that echo their status in the pack.

For many dog owners taking a pick from among the most popular dog names is the easiest way to go in naming that cuddly little pooch that will soon become an important part of the family circle for a lifetime.
Whatever may be the source of inspiration for your dog’s name, remember it will be the one he will carry and answer to for the rest of his life. It will be an identity, a persona, an expression of individuality.

There are dog owners who regret giving their dogs names which are products of a spur-of-the-moment decision. Will you be comfortable naming your cuddly St. Bernard Twiddles? Will this name suit her as she grows to be a hundred pounds? How about naming a miniature Doberman pinscher, Goliath? Will these names suit your dog’s appearance and personality when they grow older?

Naming your dog is not as simple as going through the most popular dog names and picking out what sounds good to you. The best way to go about selecting a name for the newest addition to your family is to get to know the puppy first. A day or two of being together will reveal different facets of your puppy’s behavior and personality which can eventually help you pick out the best name that will suit him for the rest of his life.

Over the years, Fido and Spot have been replaced with Buddy, Max, Molly, Maggie, and Jake. The most popular dog names for both male and female are people names. This is a sign that more and more dog owners treat their pets as they would their children and other family members.

These names reflect a dog owner’s effort to make his pet an integral part of the family—with its own identity and niche.

There are hundreds of popular dog names to choose from so much so that you will have a hard time choosing the best one. Here are some valuable tips to help you—

  • Pick a name that you will be proud to call out in a dog park. Maggie and Jack are less embarrassing than Gigolo or Stinky.
  • Get one that your pet can easily recognize. Studies have shown that dogs respond better to one or two-syllable names than three or more syllables. Compare calling out Betty and Bartholomew
  • Whatever name you choose, be sure the entire family agrees on it. Use it every time—while playing, training, hugging, or on your daily walks. Let him know that by calling out his name, you want his undivided attention.