The most ‘pawsitively’ popular dog names revealed

Oct 09, 2023
While some pet owners remain loyal to traditional favourites, others are finding inspiration in surprising places. Source: Getty Images.

The top dog names of the past year have been revealed, giving us a “pawsitively” delightful glimpse into the naming trends of our furry companions

Bupa Pet Insurance has unveiled its list of the most popular dog names from the past year, and it seems that while many pet parents are sticking to timeless classics, others are drawing inspiration from some unexpected sources.

Among the top 10 names, which are based on dogs covered by Bupa Pet Insurance policies, you’ll find beloved monikers like Charlie, Teddy, and Frankie, affirming the deep bond between dogs and their human “pawrents”.

For those seeking a touch of glamour, designer fashion labels have been making a mark in the dog naming world, with names like Gucci, Chanel, and Chloe. Movie buffs have also left their pawprints with characters like Yoda, Thor, Tinkerbell, Woody, Buzz, SNOOP, and Jax from Sons of Anarchy.

Meanwhile, some pet parents decided to toast to their favorite libations, christening their pups Bundy, Whiskey, Brandy, and Bubbles. Others went with delectable options such as Bagel, Chilli, Oreo, Biscuit, and Peanut.

In a nod to our nation’s sports obsession, one lucky pup earned the name PEPE after the Brazilian-Portuguese football legend, while others paid tribute to the late NBA champion Kobe Bryant.

And the most popular dog name of the year? Luna, reaching for the stars, followed closely by Daisy and Milo.

Commenting on the current trends in dog names, Bupa General Insurance General Manager Shannon Orbons said, “Just like some children’s names, some pet names can divide popular opinion. Perhaps that’s why classic names continue to top the list, though the trend for more unique dog names continues to grow.”

“So, if you’re in your local off-leash park and you call out ‘Luna’ or ‘Daisy’, and some other friendly neighbourhood dogs run up to you, you’ll now know why,” Orbons said.

Picking the ideal name that suits your furry friend’s personality is important, but it’s equally crucial to choose a dog breed that matches your retirement lifestyle.

When embarking on the journey of choosing a dog breed for your retirement years, there are several important factors to consider

From size and energy levels to grooming requirements and temperament, each aspect plays a crucial role in ensuring a harmonious and fulfilling relationship with your furry friend.

Some crucial factors to consider include:

Size: You may prefer dogs that are small or medium-sized to accommodate your living arrangements. Smaller breeds are often easier to handle and require less physical exertion.

Energy Level: While some may be active and enjoy regular exercise, others may prefer dogs with lower energy levels. A breed with moderate exercise requirements may be more suitable, avoiding the need for intense daily workouts.

Temperament: You should look for breeds known for their calm, friendly, and easygoing temperaments. Dogs with a gentle disposition are more likely to adapt well to a retiree’s lifestyle and be comfortable in various social settings.

Trainability: Breeds that are intelligent and responsive to training can make life your life easier. Dogs that are easy to train can quickly adapt to household routines, making them more manageable companions.

In addition to these important factors, Australia’s leading dog groomer and pet educator, Emily Myatt suggests that “costs should be at the top of the consideration list” also.

When it comes to finding the best dog breed for retirement, the search can be both exciting and overwhelming. As you enter this new phase of life, seeking a four-legged companion to share your days with is a decision that requires careful consideration. The ideal dog breed for you is one that fits seamlessly into your lifestyle, bringing joy, companionship, and a perfect balance of energy.

With plenty of expertise in this arena, Myatt is well placed to offer her advice on what dogs are perfect to accompany you in your golden years and although she suggests against an “oodle breed as they require too much maintenance and costs involved in owning one are high” there are a number of breeds which fit perfectly into the retirement lifestyle.

The best breeds that Myatt suggests include:

  • Tibetan Spaniel
  • Cavalier King Charles
  • Boston Terrier
  • West White Highland terrier
  • Whippet
  • Border Terrier.

“These breeds are small but not ‘yappy’ and have easy grooming maintenance – even a retiree with mild arthritis will be able to manage the grooming care required,” Myatt explains.

“These breeds also have low exercise requirements meaning a slow walk around the block is suitable for their needs. These breeds have all been bred as ‘companions’ so that’s their behaviour traits generally so they love company.”


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