"How did you choose your dogs’ names?" The majority of dog owners gave their furry friends a "human name" or one that described its personality.
Read on for more information on pet monikers.
47.1 percent of dog owners chose names like Molly, Sam, Annie or Max.
32.8 percent of dog owners gave their dogs names that described its actions or personality, such as Twister, Sweetie and Trouble.
23 percent of dog owners gave their dogs names that resembled their physical appearance, such as Brownie, Snowball, and Spot.
18.5 percent named their dogs after a famous person, such as Cher or Sylvester.
Pointers in choosing a pet name:
Consider names that the dog can easily recognize.
Animals respond better to one or two syllable names.
Consider names that are easy to call out - Don't go for a tongue twister!
A pet's behavior is a great source of inspiration for names. Study your pet's behavior for ideas.
Avoid names that sound like standard instructions, such as Spirit (Sit), Kay (Stay) Fletcher (Fetch), etc. It can be difficult for dogs to tell the difference between similar sounding words.
Consider names that will suit your pet through its entire life. For example, "puppy" may not be appropriate for your dog when she matures.
Get a book of "Baby Names" and check out their meanings. You may find one that suits your new pet perfectly - like "Clyde," which means "heard from a distance" or "Rhett," which translates to "enthusiastic."