Animals

Top Dog and Cat Names in San Diego County

Lucy is an 8-year-old female black and brown miniature pinscher at the Central shelter in San Diego. Her ID number is A1796936.
Lucy is an 8-year-old female black and brown miniature pinscher at the Central shelter in San Diego. Her ID number is A1796936.

Find out if your mutt’s moniker or feline’s furname made the list of most popular pet names in San Diego County, according to the Department of Animal Services.

Looking at current dog licenses, Bella remained the leader of the pack for top dog. While the names remain the same from last year’s list, the rankings changed slightly. Buddy dropped one spot to #4 and Lucy moved up one into its place. And, Daisy and Charlie switched rankings. This list reflects the most common names among currently licensed dogs in San Diego County.

Meow for the top feline names. The only change from last year was in the #10 spot—Missy pounced and Charlie cat-apulted onto the list. Kitty remained the most paw-pular cat name (fur real, it’s just Kitty.) The Department of Animal Services tracks cat name at the time of adoption, claim or microchipping, and the list comes from the last 12 months.

The names Max, Lucy and Charlie made the top 10 for both cats and dogs.

Rank Dogs Cats
1. Bella Kitty
2. Max Tiger
3. Lucy Smokey
4. Buddy Baby
5. Charlie Princess
6. Daisy Tigger
7. Molly Shadow
8. Bailey Lucy
9. Roxy Max
10. Lola Charlie

Looking to adopt a fur-ever friend? Animal Services has several dogs with these popular names at its shelters.

Molly is a spayed tan and white shepherd-retriever mix at the Southern shelter in Bonita. Her ID number is A1540590.
Molly is a spayed tan and white shepherd-retriever mix at the Southern shelter in Bonita. Her ID number is A1540590.
Buddy is a neutered blue tabby domestic short hair. He's 10 years young and at the Northern shelter in Carlsbad. His ID number is A1800785.
Buddy is a neutered blue tabby domestic short hair. He’s 10 years young and at the Northern shelter in Carlsbad. His ID number is A1800785.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bella is a female blue and white pit bull blend at the Southern shelter in Bonita. She is 1 year, 1 month old and her ID number is A1755568.
Bella is a female blue and white pit bull blend at the Southern shelter in Bonita. She is 1 year, 1 month old and her ID number is A1755568.
Bella is a spayed German shepherd-sharpei blend. She is 1 year, 8 months old and at the Northern shelter in Carlsbad. Her ID number is A1802643.
Bella is a spayed German shepherd-sharpei blend. She is 1 year, 8 months old and at the Northern shelter in Carlsbad. Her ID number is A1802643.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t cat the wrong idea—Animal Services has many adoptable pets with unique names, too. Stop by the Central shelter in San Diego to meet Moo Moo, a 2-year-old Chihuahua blend dog; Blueberry, a 1-year, 1-month-old blue domestic short hair cat at the Northern Shelter in Carlsbad; or Po Po, a 2-year-old Chihuahua-Pomeranian blend dog at the Southern Shelter in Bonita—they each have pet-tential!

To see all the animals available for adoption, visit the County’s webpage or call 619-767-2675.

Michelle Mowad is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact