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07/06/2011 15:38:12 PM by K.T.Riffic   Send Message to K.T.Riffic  4009  views, category: Pet pack life, Pet thoughts view all blogs


When we think about dogs names, the most common first responses are Rover, Spot, Butch,  Fido, or Shadow. There will always be a few Lassies as well. But when was the last time anyone actually heard a living dog named Rover? Time have changed and new trends in dog naming have become popular.

A dog food company did a study on dog names and revealed something that we at YeePet already knew. Pet owners consider their pets to be part of their families. In fact many consider them to be almost like small children. So it is no surprise that around fifty percent (50%) of dog names are not traditional “pet names” but are more human instead.

This means you are more likely to run across a Lizzie or a Max than a Mittens or Rover. In fact, of the 12,706 dogs registered in San Francisco (in 1997, a little old, but still proves the point), 137 of those dogs were named Max while only 1 was named Fido. It would be easy to believe that there are no Fidos left in the city anymore but maybe 100 or so Max.

Continuing along with this trend, another popular dog naming method is to name your pets after celebrities or their pets. Once Paris Hilton named her dog Tinkerbell, it instantly started a new trend. There are now lots of little Tinkerbells running around the backyards of America along with lots of other pets named Paris. There are also quite a few Derek Jeters and Hanna Montanas digging through trashcans.

Another trend that is growing in popularity now is adopting (or buying) a set of pets and naming them together. For instance, dogs that were brought home together might be named Paris and Nicole after the famous friendship of Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie or William and Kate after the newlywed Royal couple.

Another now common practice with multiple pets is to give them names that start with the same letter, something parents of twins have been doing for decades. Zack and Zoe or Lilly and Lucy are both popular pet names.

Giving ridiculously long and posh sounding names to dogs with a pedigree is also a strong trend. It has always been strong in the purebred world, and it has no sign of stopping or slowing. For example, a purebred dog’s show name, as they are called, might have four or five names starting with Lord or Lady and end in III or IV. The dog is usually called by a shorter version of the name while the full name is presented at shows or on pedigrees.

How did you come up with your pet’s name?

About the author: Kayleigh has always loved animals and has spent time volunteering at the local dog shelter. The love of her life is her four year old Rottweiler, Lizzie. She enjoys writing for since it combines her love of animals with one of her favor... more >>

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