How did your dog get his or her name? Did you name them after someone – say, a character from your favorite book or movie? Perhaps you picked something funny, or more traditional, or even something wild and crazy? Whatever you choose, the act of naming your pup is a big decision – and often a fun one, too!

Pet sitting website announced the results of a survey of dog owners to see which names are the most popular among their many users nationwide. The top 10 most popular dog names in the U.S. this year are:

Top 10 Female Dog Names

1. Bella

2. Lucy

3. Daisy

4. Lola

5. Luna

6. Molly

7. Sadie

8. Sophie

9. Bailey

10. Maggie


Top 10 Male Dog Names

1. Max

2. Charlie

3. Buddy

4. Cooper

5. Jack

6. Rocky

7. Bear

8. Duke

9. Toby

10. Tucker

Rover also rounded up some other cool dog name trends. Check out their video below!

Reading Rover’s list, we recognized a lot of familiar names of DogWatch dogs from across the country. In fact, four of our DogWatch Office dogs – Lucy 1, Lucy 2, Molly and Toby – made the list! So we took a look at our list of DogWatch customer dogs’ names, to see how they compare.

Top 10 Dog Names of DogWatch Customers

1. Bella

2. Daisy

3. Lucy

4. Molly

5. Sadie

6. Cooper

7. Duke

8. Bailey

9. Maggie

10. Jack

All of our customers’ top names made Rover’s Top 10 list, so DogWatch dogs are definitely on trend in 2016! But what about the not-so-common dog names? Here’s a list of 20 of our favorite unusual DogWatch dog names from the past year.










Frick and Frack






Patrick Swayze





Did your dog’s name make one of these lists? Or did you pick a really unique moniker for your pup? What drew you to your dog’s name? What are your favorite dog names you’ve heard this year?

We’d love to hear from you! Share your reactions to the list and your dog name stories in the comments below or on our Facebook page. We may include your story and photo in a future blog post!

Featured Photos, Clockwise from top left: Max the Great Dane from DogWatch of Columbus, Cooper the Border Collie from DogWatch of Omaha, Charlie and Daisy the Cavapoos from Jax DogWatch, Lucy the Goldendoodle from DogWatch of Columbus, Jack the Boxer from DogWatch by Laughing Labrador and Bella the Beagle from Hidden Fence Melbourne