These are Australia’s favourite pet names – is yours on the list? 45



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Pets’ names tend to say more about the owners than the animal-babies themselves – I know two Rottweilers called Bundy and Coke, and a Dachshund called Indiana Bones. Then there’s Thundercat the enormous British blue whose owner is a huge fan of 1960s sci-fi puppetry. But overall, Australians tend to stick to human names for their dogs and, to a lesser extent, cats, as revealed by Medibank Pet Insurance statistics released this week. According to RedBook, giving a pet a human name means you’re likely to be on of the 74 per cent of people who believe their fur baby is more than just a pet, to be treated like a member of the family. Based on the insurer’s members, the top 10 dog names in Australia are:

  1. Bella
  2. Charlie
  3. Max
  4. Molly
  5. Ruby
  6. Coco
  7. Buddy
  8. Oscar
  9. Lucy
  10. Toby

Meanwhile, the top 10 cat names in Australia are:

  1. Bella
  2. Charlie
  3. Oscar
  4. Max
  5. Molly
  6. Coco
  7. Missy
  8.  Mia
  9. Tiger
  10. Jasper

Medibank Pet Insurance data also shows that the most popular dog breeds for Australians in 2015 are:

  1. Maltese Cross
  2. Labrador
  3. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  4. Golden Retriever
  5. Cavoodle
  6. German Shepherd
  7. Border Collie
  8. Staffordshire Bull Terrier Cross
  9. Jack Russell Terrier Cross
  10.  Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Most popular breeds of cat in Australia are:

  1. Domestic Short Hair
  2. Domestic House Cat
  3. Domestic Medium Hair
  4. Ragdoll
  5. Tabby
  6. Burmese
  7. Domestic Long Hair
  8. Unknown Cat Breed
  9. Moggie
  10. British Short Hair

What’s your pet’s name? How did you choose it?

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  1. The dog I gave a home is Nellie, I also took in 6 cats and had them “fixed” they are Itchy and scratchy, lucky and dodge, also Albert and lastly Jaws because when she was a kitten and I tried to get her out of trouble she sank her teeth into my hand, LOL. They all help to keep me sane, well some might argue that, LOL.

  2. My cat’s name is Aslan. We got him as an adult, and his previous owner had already named him that and he knew his name so we kept it. Love C.S.Lewis, anyway.

  3. Cats name is Gracie
    Dogs name is Dundee

  4. Our dog had been Jack for 7 years before we got him so he stayed Jack. Azriel our cat is a misspelling of the villain in the Smurfs cat.

  5. Have two dogs Kelpie x named Boof has a permanent kink in tail after his mother another Kelpie x stepped on it and broke it not once but twice and we have another dog a Cavoodle named Matilda and goes to work every day, at an Aged Care Facility, with my wife.

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