When you get a new female puppy, the first thing you do after you cuddle it and inhale that distinctly sweet, but stinky puppy breath, is to try and choose a name. But, choosing a name for your dog is never as easy as it seems. You watch her to see what she “looks like,” and you consider those names that hold sentimental value, but it’s still hard. It’s just a process where you go through names one by one until something just sticks—and then you know. However, if you still need a little help naming your adorable little addition to the family, Veterinary Pet Insurance produces an annual list of the top pet names. And, according to VPI’s database, here are some of the most popular girl dog names. Maybe one of these will work for you.
1. Bella – This topped VPI’s list in 2012 and steadily gained popularity as the Twilight movies debuted (Bella Swan was the protagonist and main character, played by Kristen Stewart). The name itself is Italian in origin and means “beautiful.” Generally dog breeds who end up bearing this name are those who are more petite, graceful and lady-like in manner. Some of these breeds include the Bichon Frise, Shih Tzu, Chihuahua, Poodle and Yorkshire Terrier. Still even larger dogs like German Shepherds can pull off this name, because they are sometimes very statuesque and graceful.
2. Lucy – Dogs named Lucy tend to be spoiled dogs who show of qualities of cleverness and intelligence, but who are also quite happy. They are dogs who are truly loved. Latin in origin, the name means “light” and is an English version of the name Lucia. Dog breeds sporting this name include Dachshunds, Labrador Retrievers, Shih-Tzus, Golden Retrievers, Bulldogs, Boxers, and Yorkshire Terriers.
3. Molly – The origin of Molly comes from the Hebrew name meaning Virgin Mother of Christ, though most people don’t attribute it to a religious meaning. Some dog breeds that frequently bear this name include Retrievers, all kinds of Terriers, Rottweiler’s and other large dogs like Alaskan Huskys.
4. Daisy – As a Latin-based name that comes from the term “Days Eye” (a flower that looks like an eye with its yellow center and surrounding white petals), it often is attached to very sweet, happy and loyal dogs. Some of the more popular breeds that don this name include German Shepherds, Chihuahuas, Bulldogs, Boxers, and Retrievers.
5. Maggie – This is one name that seems to be attached to many large dog breeds, including Rottweiler’s, Retrievers, Bulldogs and Pitbulls, though other small breeders may also be named this now and then. Its origin comes from Greece, and means “a pearl.”
6. Sophie – Garnering its history from Greece as well, the name Sophie means “wisdom.” These dogs are often very statuesque and classy… more like a confident, friendly queen with a firm grasp on ruling (and playing in) her home. They tend to be friendly dogs, and breeds named Sophie may include the Dachshund, Shih-Tzu, Pomeranians, Maltese, and Poodles.
7. Sadie – Sadie is one of those names that always seems to be attached to a dog with very caring eyes. The name is Hebrew in origin and means “princess,” so as you can imagine, dog breeds who carry this name are a little regal and carry a certain kind of presence, but they also have personalities that are a sweet and kind. These breeds include German Shepherds, Labs and Golden Retrievers, and Australian Shepherds.
8. Chloe – Chloe’s tend to stand out among other dogs as those who are a little more fussy and particular when they are smaller dogs, but strangely, larger dogs that are named this tend to be friendly and relaxed. The origin of the name comes from Greece and means “fresh young blossom.” Smaller breeds named Chloe are dogs like the Pug, Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Llaso Apso, while larger dogs like the Bernese mountain dog, St. Bernard, and Great Dane also seems to attract this name, too.
9. Bailey – The origin of the name Bailey comes from the term Bailiff, which is of English heritage. As both a frequently chosen name for both male and female dogs, it is often attached to dogs with an even-keeled personality. Some breeds which tend to lean toward this name are Border Collies, English Bulldogs, and Retrievers.
10. Lola – Lola is one of those names that is often attached to all kinds of breeds, large and small. Coming from both English and Spanish backgrounds, it is a nickname version of the name Dolores. Oddly, it has means “sorrows,” because most dogs that bear this name are far from sorrowful. In fact, they are often more friendly, thoughtful dogs who are true to their owners.
Some popular breeds named Lola include Rottweilers, Great Danes, Bulldogs, Havanese, Maltese, Pugs, and Chihuahuas. While the above were the top 10 names for 2013 and there are breeds that frequent them, naming your dog is a very personal experience. She is going to be your best friend, and when you find the right name for her, it will certainly fit well – no matter what breed she is. ”
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