Here at Rover.com, you could say we’re obsessed with dog names. As the world’s largest network of pet sitters and dog walkers, and a leading dog and cat name expert, we can’t wait each year to dig into our database to identify which dog names are leading the pack. We mined our Rover Canada database to determine the most popular dog names in 2019. In the process, we uncovered some big cultural moments that are inspiring dog owners. Read on for the most popular Canadian dog names of 2019!
Top 10 Male Dog Names in Canada
Top 10 Female Dog Names in Canada
Scroll down to see the full list of top 100 names for female and male dogs below the trend report.
Dog Name Trends for 2019 in Canada
Rover identified naming trends across Canadian pet parents this year. Dog owners found inspiration in TV Shows, remakes of the famous Disney movies Aladdin and The Lion King, music, and cultural moments like the moon landing anniversary.
Pop Culture Stays On Top
Pet parents draw inspiration from our favourite TV shows, movies, and music. This year, pop culture-inspired names stayed popular, representing the majority of dogs’ names in Canada.
We love our Canadian musicians. These 5 topped the list in order of popularity. Cara increased in popularity over 700% this year.
The hit Canadian television sitcom, Schitt’s Creek, has inspired dog owners, with these names making the list, many for the first time. Moira appears to be reserved for cat owners.
Paw Patrol names doubled in popularity this year for dogs. With these names rising to the top.
Disney for the Win
Inspired by the remake of Aladdin and the Lion King, these top trending Disney character names for dogs are up.
- Genie – dogs are more likely than cats to be named Genie
Key Cultural Moments Influenced Naming
This year NASA celebrated the 50th year since the Moon landing anniversary and we saw an increase in these names.
The legalization of cannabis in Canada at the end of 2018 inspired dog names in 2019 with an increase in Mary Jane and Stoney.
Canadian dog owners love sports, especially their hockey and basketball players. These names increased in popularity this year.
Top 100 Names for Girl Dogs
For more girl dog names, check out The Most Popular Female Dog Names of 2019 in Canada.
Top 100 Names for Boy Dogs
For more boy dog names, check out The Top Male Dog Names of 2019 in Canada.
Fun Dog Naming Facts
Over the years, we have gathered data from surveys of dog owners to better understand how they name their dogs. These surveys 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.
- A third 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.
- 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.
- The majority of pet parents give their dogs nicknames, with most owners giving their dogs three or more new monikers.
Choosing the Best Dog Name
Looking for the just-right choice? So are many dog owners. Increasingly, pet parents need time to try out different name choices. Remember that your pet’s name can be inspired by what matters to you: delicious foods, favourite novels, video games, vacations, or even dog breed history.
For example, a Chihuahua puppy might sport a Spanish name like Blanca, while a golden retriever might be perfect for a name like River. A Dalmatian puppy named Smokey? You get the idea.
The Bottom Line
As die-hard dog lovers here at Rover, we find pet names absolutely fascinating, and we love searching our data on the topic to discover hot trends, quirky choices, and unique twists on classics. Over the years, we’ve compiled plenty of names for you to peruse—and we keep our lists updated with new data each year.
To start, jump over to The Most Unique Dog Names in Canada to see the contrast. But that’s only the beginning. We’ve got articles covering Cool Names, Funny Names, Big Dog Names, White Dog Names, and many more.