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Top Dogs: Popular Dog Names and Claims

By Kara Bednarik


Naming your dog is a tough job! You think of one, but then you remember the kid from grade school who sat behind you and put gum in your hair with the same name and you definitely don’t want that reminder every day. Your new fluff will have this name for quite some time, so you want to be sure it’s a good one.

Whether you’re looking for a name for your pet or trying to avoid common pet names, Embrace Pet Insurance dug into more than one million of our 2020 quotes to see what dog names topped the charts. And while we were at it, we evaluated policyholder claim data to see who claimed the most with these names. Ladies first!

10 Most Popular Female Dog Names

1. Bella
2. Luna
3. Daisy
4. Lucy
5. Lola
6. Coco
7. Bailey
8. Sadie
9. Molly
10. Nala

11. Chloe
12. Stella
13. Zoey
14. Penny
15. Maggie
16. Lily
17. Mia
18. Sophie
19. Rosie
20. Roxy

10 Most Popular Male Dog Names

1. Max
2. Charlie
3. Milo
4. Cooper
5. Buddy
6. Rocky
7. Bear
8. Duke
9. Teddy
10. Zeus

11. Oliver
12. Bentley
13. Leo
14. Toby
15. Jax
16. Tucker
17. Jack
18. Loki
19. Winston
20. Bruno

Surprisingly, many of these are shared between cats and dogs – Charlie, Milo, and Buddy topped both lists!

Silly Dog Names

If you’re a fan of silly dog names, you’re not alone. It appears that lots of male dog pet parents have a great sense of humor – here are a few we found funniest:

  • Albus Dumbledog
  • Reeces Puggercup
  • Spicy Dorito Cool Ranch
  • Ruthie Bacon Ginsburg
  • Khloe Korgidashian

2020-specific Dog Names

Our pet parents took a more unique approach this year by paying homage to the pandemic that brought them their new friend. Some of the more popular monikers included:

  • Rona
  • Fauci
  • Corona
  • Quarantina

Common Dog Diagnoses*

While we were rooting through our data, we found the most common dog claims and the average cost in 2018 as well:

  1. Stomach issues (vomiting/diarrhea): $348
  2. Ear Infections (otitis/otitis externa): $188
  3. Allergies:$272
  4. Urinary tract infection: $288
  5. Pruritus (itching) : $188
  6. Cranial Cruciate Ligament Tear : $3,080
  7. Arthritis: $326
  8. Seizure : $939
  9. Anxiety: $123
  10. Dermatitis: $180

*Based on 2020 Embrace claims data.

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Pet health insurance is administered by Embrace Pet Insurance Agency, LLC and underwritten by one of the licensed insurers of American Modern Insurance Group, Inc., including American Modern Home Insurance Company d/b/a in CA as American Modern Insurance Company (Lic. No 2222-8), and American Southern Home Insurance Company. Coverage is subject to policy terms, conditions, limitations, exclusions, underwriting review, and approval, and may not be available for all risks or in all states. Rates and discounts vary, are determined by many factors, and are subject to change. Wellness Rewards is offered as a supplementary, non-insurance benefit administered by Embrace Pet Insurance Agency in the United States. © 2020 American Modern Insurance Group, Inc.  Wellness Rewards not available in Rhode Island.