The list stems from a database of over 500,000 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, which are as diverse as they are adorable.
Want to see if your dog’s name or breed rated a mention? Read on!
10 Top Dog Names for Males
10 Top Dog Names for Females
For the sixth 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, Australian Dog Owners have revealed a love of drink-inspired dog names. In fact, one quarter of the Top 20 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 29tt and 108th spots, respectively.
Pop Culture Takes a Slump
Compared to earlier top dog names lists, the popularity of pop culture-inspired names saw a decline. Aside from Luna (Harry Potter), pop culture references were conspicuously absent amidst the Top 20 Dog Names.
However, pop culture does still hold some sway over naming choices in the Top 100. Interesting, the name Loki (AKA the Norse God of Mischief) jumped 42 places from previous years, earning a #48 ranking. Perhaps Norse myths are enjoying a resurgence, but we’re quietly confident the MCU is to thank for this upswing.
(NB: we’re glad to see Nala and Simba rank in the Top 100. Thanks to the live-action remake of The Lion King, they’ll surely remain popular in Australia for some time.)