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Classic dog names remain the most popular in the Central Okanagan

This is Shorty. His name didn't make the top 20 list for most popular dog names in the Central Okanagan.
February 02, 2021 - 6:30 PM

When it comes to dog names, most Central Okanagan residents are no more creative than anyone else.

The top three names for dogs in the region in 2020 were Charlie, Bella and Daisy.

That’s according to data tallied by the Regional District of Central Okanagan in reviewing the more than 22,000 licenced dogs in the region.

While they didn’t have comparative data for each of the past few years, those three names were in the top five in each of 2016, 2017 and 2019.

Those three names were also at or near the top of the list compiled by Rover.com, which bills itself as world’s largest network of dog walkers and sitters.

Other popular names locally and internationally were Max, Molly and Lucy.

Some unique names that showed up in the Central Okanagan this year included Porkchop, Siren, Nutmeg and Charlie Brown.

For those interested in a COVID theme, there were names like Chaos and Armageddon.

Rover.com saw a 1,159 per cent increase in people calling their dog Covi and the first-ever use of Fauci as a dog’s name. Dr. Anthony Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the U.S.

The top three breeds in the Central Okanagan are Labrador retrievers, Shih Tzus and Chihuahuas.

The regional district made the list in order to remind people their dog licences need to be renewed by the end of February. Go here for more information.


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