2023’s most beloved pet names reveals new insights about cats and dogs

Australia's most common pet names reveals that cats and dogs have more in common than we think. Source: Getty Images

The age-old rivalry between cats and dogs has long been accepted as a fait accompli. Like water and oil, the two supposedly just don’t mix. But Compare the Market’s newly released most common pet names reveals new insights about our four legged friends.

Insurance comparison site, Compare the Market, has revealed Australia’s most common pet names for both cats and dogs and “Luna” comes out at the top of both lists.

Regarding this new development, Compare the Market’s General Manager for General Insurance and pet insurance expert, Adrian Taylor commented, “We’re clearly seeing similar naming trends across cats and dogs, with four of the ten names replicating on both lists. Between Luna, Charlie, Milo and Bella, there’s a mixture of classic and new-age names that have reached all-star fame.”

“So maybe if you’re heading down to the dog park this weekend, just be aware that if you call out any of these names, there may be more than one dog or cat coming your way,” Taylor added.

Luna, Bella and Leo came out in the top three for the feline friends while Luna, Coco and Frankie came out at the top for the canine comrades.

The top 10 cat names according to Compare the Market’s pet insurance search tool:

  1. Luna
  2. Bella
  3. Leo
  4. Charlie and Cleo (tied 4th place)
  5. Milo
  6. Kitty
  7. Coco
  8. Simba
  9. Nico

Top 10 dog names according to Compare the Market’s pet insurance search tool:

  1. Luna
  2. Coco
  3. Frankie
  4. Daisy
  5. Charlie
  6. Archie
  7. Milo
  8. Bella
  9. Ruby and Teddy (tied 9th place)

Taylor acknowledged that a lot of thought goes into picking a name for your new pet. 

“Whether people are looking to buy a new pet or have brought someone new home recently, choosing a name is a personal decision that reflects the individuality of both the pet and its owner,” Taylor said.

Whatever moniker you choose for your furry friend, a pet can offer both emotional support and be a source of joy for retirees. However, it’s crucial to choose a breed that matches your retirement lifestyle.

There are several important factors to consider, particularly when choosing a dog, and each one plays a crucial role in ensuring a harmonious and fulfilling relationship with your new best friend.

Some crucial factors to consider when choosing a dog 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.

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