There are often reports about the names people choose for their children. It seems there are trends and fashions in names for dogs too. Dogs are no longer being called by the lofty sounding Rex and Fido.
Instead the most common dog’s name these days is the egalitarian and gender-neutral Max:
Max is widely reported to be the most popular dog name on the planet and The Vancouver Sun’s 100,000-entry dog-name database shows that local dog owners are true to the trend. There are 1,347 dogs named Max registered in the 15 municipalities that contributed data to the project, good for first overall.
I’ve certainly met a few Maxes while out on dog walks in Wellington, New Zealand.
The article that quote came from was a diverting piece about dog names in general, but there were 2 quotes I found particularly amusing:
British prime minister Winston Churchill kept toy poodles, all named Rufus.
“When asked his dog’s name, Churchill said,
Rufus Two, but the Two is silent.”
I think people avoid naming their dog Lassie because the TV dog was so smart that your pet could only suffer by comparison,[UBC psychology professor Stan Coren] said. It would indeed be disappointing for your family’s Lassie to just stand and stare down into the well at Timmy rather than run for help.