Health Department Announces 2016's Most Popular Dog Names in New York City

New Yorkers choose to name their pets after fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs; Bella continues to lead the pack for the most popular dog name, but Max is nipping at her tail

New York State law requires that all owned dogs be licensed; dog licenses are available online at www.nyc.gov/doglicense

May 5, 2017 — The Health Department today announced that Max and Bella were the most popular dog names in New York City for the second year in a row. The agency’s dog license records showed that in 2016, 1,358 Bellas were registered, followed by 1,268 Maxes, 868 Charlies and 652 Cocos. A closer examination of the data reveals several interesting patterns: New Yorkers like to name their dogs after fruits, vegetables and spices, such as Ginger, Pepper, and Olive. Dogs were also named after other animals – there were 308 Bears, 104 Tigers and 75 dogs named Moose in 2016. A map of unique dog names by neighborhood can be found here.

Most Popular Dog Names, 2016
RankMaleCountFemaleCount
1 MAX 1268 BELLA 1358
2 CHARLIE 868 LOLA 872
3 ROCKY 867 LUCY 763
4 BUDDY 741 DAISY 694
5 LUCKY 625 COCO 652
6 TEDDY 559 PRINCESS 605
7 TOBY 523 LUNA 560
8 JACK 488 CHLOE 548
9 MILO 443 MOLLY 516
10 OLIVER 428 SOPHIE 416


Dogs Named for Other Animals (aka Dogs with an Identity Crisis)
RankNameCount
1 BEAR 308
2 TIGER 104
3 MOOSE 75
4 PANDA 63
5 MONKEY 35
6 RAVEN 29
7 GOOSE 27


Dogs Named for Fruits/Vegetables/Spices/Herbs
RankNameCount
1 GINGER 348
2 PEPPER 270
3 OLIVE 174
4 CINNAMON 75
5 PEACHES 68
6 KIWI 47
7 BASIL 41
8 SAGE 37
9 CLEMENTINE 36
10 COCONUT 36


Uniquely Popular Dog Names By Breed
BreedMaleFemale
MIXED BREED FRANKIE DAISY
YORKSHIRE TERRIER BENJI PEBBLES
SHIH TZU OREO GIGI
CHIHUAHUA CHICO MINNIE
MALTESE SNOWBALL SNOWBALL
LABRADOR RETRIEVER BUDDY COCOA
AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER BLUE DIAMOND
HAVANESE LITTLE SOFIA
PUG FRANKIE WINNIE
POMERANIAN HARLEY FOXY
BEAGLE SNOOPY MISTY
COCKER SPANIEL SPANKIE ISABELLA
GOLDEN RETRIEVER BAILEY GOLDIE
GERMAN SHEPHERD HARLEY HEIDI
TOY POODLE BLUE PIPPA
FRENCH BULLDOG OLIVIA HENRY
SIBERIAN HUSKY STORM SNOW
ENGLISH BULLDOG WINSTON BETTY


Rabies Vaccinations & Dog Licensing Events
Throughout the year, the Health Department and Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) provide free rabies vaccinations to the city’s dogs and cats at several events throughout the city. New York City requires that all puppies and kittens get their first rabies shot between 3 and 4 months of age. The Health Department also provides on-the-spot licensing for dogs and waives the $2 late fee for renewing an expired license. More details about upcoming events can be found here.

Dog Licensing
Currently 87,031 dogs are licensed in New York City. There are many benefits of dog licensing:

  • Licensing helps reunite lost dogs with their owners via the dog eLocator system.
  • With proof of current dog license and rabies vaccination, your dog can run off-leash in the NYC Parks' dog runs.
  • Licensing is important to family emergency preparedness to ensure a dog and its owner are reunited in case of separation during an emergency.
  • Information about licensed dogs assists in the medical follow-up of individuals potentially exposed to infected dogs, which is especially important during rabies outbreaks.
  • Only licensed dogs can enter outdoor eating areas of restaurants where dining with dogs is permitted.
  • Only licensed dogs are counted as part of the Department’s popular name announcement.

Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC)
Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) offers three full-service centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island, as well as two admissions centers in the Bronx and Queens. ACC takes in all animals in need and provides New Yorkers opportunities to adopt. ACC rabbits, cats and dogs available for adoption can be viewed online at nycacc.org/AdoptionSearch.htm, or on ACC’s free mobile app (available on Google Play and iTunes).

Pet Health and Safety Tips

  • Make sure your pet is fixed: Spaying or neutering reduces the number of unwanted dogs or cats, reduces risk of cancers and helps prevent territorial aggression. All cats allowed outdoors must be spayed or neutered and vaccinated against rabies.
  • Keep your dog on a leash: To keep people and pets safe, especially from unfriendly dogs, all dogs must be kept on a leash when in public, except for in designated park areas.
  • Pick up after your pet: According to City law, pet owners must pick up pet waste from sidewalks and other public spaces. Failure to clean up after your dog can result in a fine.
  • Get your dog to the vet each year: Like you, your dog needs a regular check-up and important vaccinations to stay healthy. Visits to the vet can help you stay on top of any health issues and preventable diseases.

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