Wondering what were the top dog and cat names in 2016? Scroll down to find out; but first, a little about how to find the perfect name for YOUR pet.
Finding the Perfect Name for Your Pet
It can sometimes be difficult to find the perfect name for your pet. I remember when we rescued a dog that was being called Saturn. My husband works with different car dealerships in Orlando and Saturn was found wandering around a – you guessed it! – Saturn dealership. They were not able to keep him so my husband brought him home as a gift to me. He was the first of many rescues in the past 13 years of our marriage.
However, when we brought “Saturn” home, we tried calling him by his then given name and he would not answer to it. So, I searched for a list of dog names on the Internet and started trying the ones I liked, one by one. He did not respond to any of them until I tried the name Bogart. His ears perked right up and he looked at me as if to say, “Finally, you figured it out!”
Bogart answered to his name for the next 9 years, tail wagging, eyes bright and alert. He loved his name. With his help, we had found the perfect name for him.
Factors You Can Take into Consideration When Picking a Name for Your Pet
In our case, Bogart let us know what name he wanted us to use, so we knew that, for him, that was the perfect name. However, the search may not always be so clear-cut.
There are a few things you should keep in mind when deciding what to call your pet:
- Keep it simple
You want a name that is easy to say, especially if you have children.
- Don’t rush into it
Don’t rush into naming your dog as soon as you get him. These things can take time and you want to select a name that suits your pet. You will want to study his personality to find the perfect name for him. Once you have named your pet, it will be difficult to change his name after too much time has passed. Our pets get attached to their names.
- Proceed carefully if using a human name
If you decide to use a human name for your pet, make sure none of your relatives or good friends have the same name. They may be offended if you use their name for your pet.
- Avoid confusion
If choosing a name for a dog, you will want to avoid confusion with a command that your dog will be learning. Also, if you already have another pet, avoid names that sound similar so that you do not confuse them because they cannot tell the difference. For instance, don’t have a Mike and a Spike in the same household as it may lead to both coming to you when you call either one.
- Keep in mind that you may be shouting this name while running down the street
Be aware of what name you choose for your pet because, on occasion, you may have to shout this name as you run down the street in your pajamas.
What Were the Top Dog and Cat Names in 2016?
Here are the top dog and cat names in 2016, separated by gender.
Is your pet’s name on the list?