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The Trendiest Dog Names

the trendiest dog names

By Stephen Smith

In the popular television series Columbo, the detective played by Peter Falk was sometimes accompanied by his droopy-faced basset hound. His dog’s name: Dog. Most dog owners are a bit more imaginative when it comes to naming their pets. The list of the most popular dog names generally doesn’t change much from year to year, a little like the list of most popular dog breeds in America. But some names are trendier than others, though they might not make the list of most popular. 


Sawyer — A fitting name for a mischievous or adventurous dog.

Jack — A solid, popular name.

Hudson — Here’s a name gaining popularity with human babies, but seems suitable for a hound.

Finn — Perfect for one of the Irish breeds.

Emerson — A fitting name for a dog of noble stature.

Bear — Good choice for the large canine; comical choice for the toy breeds.

Puppy — Colombo-esque, but it’s the name Zac Efron gave his Australian Shepherd.

Max — Another trendy name for human babies. Any dog would be comfortable with it.

Kai — It’s hip and means “ocean” in Hawaiian.

Cooper — Another solid name. Mini Cooper might be a good choice for toy breed.


Elsa — It grows on you.

Bella — It was the most popular female puppy name last year.

Stella — Try shouting the name like Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire.

Quinn — A bit masculine, but some female dogs act like tomboys.

Sophie — Reserved for the cutest puppies.

Ivy — Yes, somewhat like Beyoncé’s kid, Blue Ivy.

Charlie — A fitting name for your little angel.

Aurora — The Roman goddess of dawn. An appropriate name for a female dog who gets you out of bed before the alarm clock does.

Avery — The name has a British ring to it.

Lila — A fitting name for a fluffy pet.

Thanks to the American Kennel Club for permission to reproduce this post.

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What Are Your Pets’ Names?


George Washington had a dog named Sweetlips.  Paula Abdul‘s dog is named Puggy Sue.  And Ozzy Osbourne‘s dog is named…..Ozzy.

In my new book Rabid: Are You Crazy About Your Dog or Just Crazy?, a loving look at our sometimes over-the-top dog culture, I include a long list of such strange and surprising celebrity dog names.

And now we want to know about your dogs’ names — and cat, hamster, fish, iguana, and parakeet names.  We want to hear about the names you’ve chosen for your pets over the years, from childhood animals to pets you own now.

Do you give your pets people names?  Names, maybe, that you love but are not brave enough to use on actual children?  Or maybe baby names that, for whatever reason, you’re afraid you’ll never get to use?

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