Forget Fido, Rover and Lucky, a new survey has discovered that the nation’s dog lovers are christening their pets with traditional human names like Alfie, Mollie, and the current most popular choice: Max.
Forget Fido, Rover and Lucky, a new survey has discovered that the nation’s dog lovers are christening their pets with traditional human names.
Bucking previous trends for more quirky monikers, the top five dog names are currently:
The study of 3,000 British dog owners, commissioned by Drontal, found that old-fashioned names are favoured (Shirley, Colin, Ethel, Trevor and Roger also making the top 50) while more conventional dog names (Snoopy, Spot, Patch etc.) are now given to just 10% of the nation’s four-legged friends.
Celebrity names were another new trend identified with one football mad owner who has named their dog Theo Walcott after the England football star. Several dogs were named Kai, after Wayne and Colleen Rooney‘s young son.
Musical names are also growing in popularity with rock and pop fans naming their dogs Beyonce, Elvis, Ozzy and Bowie. A Mozart even featured in the list!
The research also revealed some of the more wacky names chosen by owners for their dogs. Some examples of these included Exterminator, Robocop, Fish Killer, Madam Long Beak and Gas Mask!
The increasing insistence of British dog owners to humanise their pet stretches to many other aspects of home and family life. Nearly one in three (30%) regularly buy their dog birthday presents and one in 20 (5%) throw their pooch an annual birthday party.
To celebrate the happiness a healthy dog can bring into our lives Drontal has launched the Give Your Dog a Bone competition, a nationwide search to find the UK’s “Top Dog”.
The competition is split into four video and photographic categories, with one open exclusively to dogs that have formed a special bond with their owner in some way.
Top dogs can be entered via the competition website where owners can upload photos, videos, and explain in under 100 words why they think their pet should win a Drontal ‘Bonies’ award.
- The study was commissioned to celebrate the launch of the new Drontal bone shaped tablets.
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