Folks, the results are in. After a year of caring for pooches of all shapes and sizes, Mad Paws has revealed the 100 Top Dog Names of 2018.
The list stems from a database of over 300,000 Australian pets, and is Australia’s largest ever pet index. From thirst-piquing drinks to names you’d find in your Facebook friends list, this list draws inspiration from some surprising places. We also unveil Australia’s most popular dog breeds, but don’t expect to find an Oodle in the top three.
Want to see if your dog’s name or breed rated a mention? Read on!
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For the third year in a row, the name Bella claimed the title of Australia’s most popular dog name. Indeed, with the exception of Victoria (in which Charlie proved to be the #1 top dog name), Bella earned the top ranking in every state and territory. All hail Bella. Long may she reign.
Clink clink, let’s drink
In a thirst-quenching turn of events, Australia saw a shift towards drink-inspired dog names in 2018. In fact, one third of the year’s Top 15 dog names were inspired by drinks. Interestingly, this pattern doesn’t continue among the lower ranked names. This suggests that, as far as dogs and drinks are concerned, Australian Dog Owners have an “all or nothing” policy. Condiments also made a cameo, with “Pepper” and “Chilli” taking the 32st and 95th spots, respectively.
Pop Culture Takes a Slump
Compared to previous years, the popularity of pop culture-inspired names saw a decline. Amidst the Top 20 Names, pop culture references were conspicuously absent.
However, pop culture does still hold some sway over naming choices in the Top 100.
(NB: we’re glad to see Simba and Nala are still ranking in the Top 100. With a live-action remake of The Lion King set for release next year, we’re hopeful they’ll reach the Top 20!)