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Bella and Kitty lead the list of Top Pet Names for 2012

Naming your new puppy or kitten is a pseudo-exact science.

Some people let their kids name the pets, as that’s a way to encourage ownership with the kids and hopefully force them to remember to feed or clean up after their new furry companion.  (Ha! Likely not to happen, but it’s worth a shot – right, parents?)

Others base the names they select off the pet’s coloring (black cats would be “Smokey” or “Shadow”. Spotted dogs would be, well, “Spot”)

And others may decide to name their pets after their own favorite hobbies.  Which may explain why there are so many pets named after either spices or alcohol.

1000 Dog Names
1000 Dog Names
1000 Cat Names
1000 Cat Names

But the BANFIELD PET HOSPITAL in Portland, Oregon, decided to compile the names of the pets that visited them over 2012, and have released THIS LIST of the TOP PET NAMES for 2012:

For cats, the top ten names in 2012 were:

  1. Kitty
  2. Bella
  3. Tiger
  4. Max
  5. Smokey
  6. Shadow
  7. Tigger
  8. Lucy
  9. Chloe
  10. Charlie

For dogs, the top ten names in 2012 were:

  1. Bella
  2. Max
  3. Buddy
  4. Daisy
  5. Bailey
  6. Coco
  7. Lucy
  8. Charlie
  9. Molly
  10. Rocky

One name that Web Watch encourges pet owners not to use for their pet name is “Snow”, or any name that ryhmes with “Snow”.  It sounds too much like “No”, which could confuse your pet into thinking it’s in trouble whenever you call them over (or, conversely, that you aren’t punishing them when you really are).