20 of the Most Popular Dog and Cat Names of 2022 (Hint: Most Are Human Names)

Luna & Buddy playing in water

Pet Circle has released a list of the most popular and unique names that Australians have given their furry friends in 2022, as well as the most popular breeds. Topping the list of names for both dogs and cats born last year was Luna, which also held the top spot in 2021.

Pet owners are increasingly choosing names for their pets that are similar to popular baby names in Australia, says Australian vet Dr. Teagan Lever. In fact, interestingly, 60% of Pet Circle’s top 20 dog and cat names are on parenting site BabyCentre Australia’s top 100 baby names in 2022.

In addition to more common names like Charlie and Bella, the Pet Circle’s team came across some truly unusual pet names, including Hiccup, Marshmallow, Olaf, Moo, Wombat, Cerberus, Toast, Colin the Relentless, and even a cat named Principessa D’affettuoso which means affectionate princess.

When it comes to dog breeds, the most popular breeds born last year were the Cavoodle, followed by the Golden Retriever, Border Collie, Labrador, and Dachshund. For cats, the top three breeds born last year were Domestic Short-hair, Ragdoll, and Domestic Medium-hair.

Dr. Teagan notes that as pets become more like family members, there is a growing trend toward pet products that cater to specific breeds’ needs. This includes breed-specific pet food, treats, and supplements, toys for specific breed groups, and harnesses and clothing for different-shaped dogs like Greyhounds, French Bulldogs, and Dachshunds.

Read on to find out if your fur baby’s name or breed made the list.

Top 20 Names For Dogs Born in 2022

  1. Luna
  2. Charlie
  3. Daisy
  4. Archie
  5. Milo
  6. Teddy
  7. Coco
  8. Frankie
  9. Ollie
  10. Bella
  11. Molly
  12. Ruby
  13. Max
  14. Bailey
  15. Millie
  16. Rosie
  17. Lola
  18. Buddy
  19. Willow
  20. Alfie

Top 20 Names For Cats Born in 2022

  1. Luna
  2. Loki
  3. Coco
  4. Milo
  5. Bella
  6. Simba
  7. Mochi
  8. Leo
  9. Oreo
  10. Daisy
  11. Mia
  12. Charlie
  13. Cookie
  14. Pepper
  15. George
  16. Nala
  17. Shadow
  18. Cleo
  19. Jasper
  20. Frankie

Top 10 Breeds For Dogs Born in 2022

  1. Cavoodle
  2. Golden Retriever
  3. Border Collie
  4. Labrador
  5. Dachshund
  6. Groodle
  7. German Shepherd
  8. French Bulldog
  9. Labradoodle
  10. Toy Poodle

Top 10 Breeds For Cats Born in 2022

  1. Domestic Short-hair
  2. Ragdoll
  3. Domestic Medium-hair
  4. British Short-hair
  5. Domestic Long-hair
  6. Maine Coon
  7. Burmese
  8. Russian Blue
  9. Bengal
  10. Siberian Forest

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