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Canada’s Top Dog Names of 2018

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Here at Rover.com, you could say we’re obsessed with dog names. After all, we love dogs—a lot. As the world’s largest network of pet sitters and dog walkers, and a leading dog name expert, we can’t wait each year to dig into our database to determine which dog names are leading the pack. In the process, we uncover the big cultural moments that are inspiring us. Read on for the most popular dog names in Canada of 2018! 

Top 10 Canadian Male Dog Names 

  1. Charlie 
  2. Max 
  3. Cooper   
  4. Milo
  5. Buddy 
  6. Tucker
  7. Jack
  8. Winston
  9. Leo 
  10. Rocky

Top 10 Canadian Female Dog Names

  1. Bella 
  2. Luna
  3. Daisy
  4. Lucy
  5. Molly
  6. Lola
  7. Stella
  8. Bailey
  9. Sadie
  10. Maggie  

Top Dog Names Infographic

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How We Choose Our Dogs’ Names

Rover surveyed pet parents this year to find out what inspired them to select their dog’s name. Check out the results.

  • 12% have named their dog after a food or beverage
  • 5% have named their dog after a city or geographic location
  • 12% have named their dog after an animal, plant or nature
  • 12% have named their dog after a famous or historical person
  • 33% have named their dog after a character from a TV show, video game, movie or book
  • 10% have named their dog after someone they know
  • 4% have named their dog after a brand

Fun Dog Naming Facts

That same dog naming survey revealed some fascinating truths about pet parents.

  • People with toy-sized dogs are most likely to name their dogs after someone they know.
  • Three out of four pet parents picked their dog’s name after meeting so they could find one to fit their dog’s personality.
  • 38% of dog owners changed their dog’s name after adopting him/her.
  • More than a third of pet parents have met a dog who shares their human name, and 12% have had it happen to them multiple times!
  • Men and women are equally likely to meet a dog who shares their name.
  • Millennial pet parents are more likely to meet a dog who shares their name.
  • 81% of pet parents give their dogs nicknames, with most owners giving their dogs three or more new monikers.

More Great Dog Names

Looking for more inspiration? Find unique dog namescool dog names, and dog names for foodiesbook lovers, and more. Then check out great themed names for dogs by colorbreedholiday, and nationality. It’s all part of our comprehensive dog name coverage.

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