For many people, pets hold the same special place as children — dogs, cats, even guinea pigs and fish are like family, and some owners go so far as to call their animals their kids. And as is the case with any new addition, choosing a name for your pet can be a big decision. Spot? Too typical. Sarah? Too human.
To celebrate National Dog Day on Wednesday (make sure you bring your pup a treat!), Nextdoor.com, the neighborhood-centered social network, has released a list of the most popular dog names, based on data from the 69,000 neighborhoods signed up with the site. And while Emma and Noah may top the charts for America’s kids, neither made the top 10 list for canines.
Top 10 Dog Names in the U.S.
While Bella is the overall favorite across breeds, the study found that different names reign supreme for different breeds. Lucy is the most popular name for mixed-breed dogs as well as dachshunds, while Bailey is the winner for Labs and golden retrievers. Got a shih tzu? If you named it Gizmo, you chose the top name. Chihuahua? Coco.
Perhaps the least surprising popular name is for boxers: Rocky, of course.
Most Popular Dog Names By Breed
(breeds listed in order of popularity)
- Mixed breed – Lucy
- Lab – Bailey
- Chihuahua – Coco
- Golden retriever – Bailey
- Dachshund – Lucy
- Boxer – Rocky
- Shi tzu – Gizmo
- German shepherd – Max
- Yorkshire terrier – Sophie
- Beagle - Daisy
If your pooch has any of the top 10 names, know that you’re in good company. Justin Timberlake, Elle Macpherson, and Novak Djokovic all have dogs named Bella, while Vera Wang and Cecily Strong both love Lucy. America Ferrera and Demi Lovato go home to pups named Buddy, while Oprah Winfrey adopted a cocker spaniel she named Sadie in 2009.
Most Popular Names for Celeb Dogs
- Bella – Justin Timberlake, Elle Macpherson, Novak Djokovic
- Lucy – Vera Wang, Cecily Strong
- Max – January Jones
- Daisy – Trace Adkins
- Bailey – Shay Mitchell
- Buddy – Demi Lovato, America Ferrera
- Molly – Anderson Cooper
- Charlie – Mischa Barton
- Maggie – Luke Bryan
- Sadie — Oprah Winfrey