Some popular names for female dogs are Bella, Lucy, Daisy, Molly and Lola. Other popular female dog names are Bailey, Maggie, Sadie, Chloe and Sophie. Popular names for male dogs include Max, Charlie, Cooper, Jack and Buddy. Human names are the most popular choice for pets, with 49 percent of dogs receiving a human name in 2015.
Ten percent of names are inspired by pop culture in 2015, including Katniss, Elsa, Luna and Leia, for female dogs. Food names are also popular, with six percent of dogs having a name inspired by food. Examples of food names for female dogs include Ginger, Olive and Peach. Other owners choose tomboy names for a female dog, such as Charlie and Quinn.
Shorter names that end in a vowel, such as Penny, can help the dog learn to be responsive to the name, advises the American Kennel Club. Long and difficult to say names can confuse the dog. Owners can spend a few days getting to know the dog, and choose a name that fits the personality, such as Star. Owners who want to use the same name as a friend or family member can ask permission first, to ensure that no one is offended.