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|
|Dogs Named for Other Animals (aka Dogs with an Identity Crisis)|
|Dogs Named for Fruits/Vegetables/Spices/Herbs|
|Uniquely Popular Dog Names By Breed|
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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.
Currently 87,031 dogs are licensed in New York City. There are many benefits of dog licensing:
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).
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