Poll: Most Popular Dog Names of 2011

Does your pooch have one of the top names for dogs? Take our poll and share your pup's name and photo.

Is your best canine buddy named Buddy? Or Bella? Or Max?

If so, you chose one of the most popular names of 2011 for your dog, according to Veterinary Pet Insurance Co (VPI), which sorted its database of more than 485,000 insured pets to determine last year's most popular pet names.

The top 5 dog names were Bella, Bailey, Max, Lucy and Molly. Rounding out the top 10, which showed no change from the previous year, were Buddy, Daisy, Maggie, Charlie and Sophie. 

Interestingly, Bella also topped

So what's your dog's name? Take our poll, and if it's not on there, add it to the comments section. And while you're at it, upload a photo of your pooch.

Kathy Brown January 15, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Oreo- a.k.a Grumpy old man- 11 year old Shit-Zhu, Tinkerbell a 4 year old Schboodle with beautiful long eyelashes, Bella(Twighlight) 8 month old Daschund- our little Weiner Schnittzle..
firelight January 15, 2012 at 03:33 AM
My dogs name is Robbie. He's from the Auburn Heights shelter as have been all of our other dogs through the years. He is 72 pounds of energy and joy. I just now decided to teach him to dance since his daily walk just doesn't seem to be enough exercise for him. In just a few minutes, he learned two dance steps ---- better than most dance partners I ever had! Of course, the treats might have had something to do with it!
Gloria January 15, 2012 at 12:21 PM
My Sheltie "Chance" was found online at www.petfinder.com as he was abandon at a motel in Kentucky. He was rescued by Precious Secrets Sheltie Rescue in Cincinnati Ohio. He acts just like Dug in the movie UP! His name reflects his second chance finding his forever home with me. He is one great dog! He is pictured here sitting in my backyard with that special sheltie smile!
christine Johnson January 15, 2012 at 12:48 PM
I laughed out load. I like your dogs names.
GretchenM January 15, 2012 at 01:48 PM
We have Roxy, a 6 lb black Schnorkie (schnauzer/yorkie). Very cute!
Sandy January 15, 2012 at 02:43 PM
My last dog was Sadie, A sweet and beautiful chow, lab Shetland Sheepdog mix who was most loveable. When I don't have to work I plan to get another grand dog to go with my cats. I am grateful to so many who have rescued animals from shelters/rescues and other places. Remember, there are some of the best animals in cages and rescues today waiting for someone to come and fall in love and take them home forever. - check Petfinder.com. Also, don't forget to check at the Local Wyandotte Animals Shelter, WAG rescue and PAWS of Michigan. Some grand dogs and cats there waiting for a forever home.
Patricia January 15, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Other local shelters are Michigan Animal Rescue League and Oakland County Animal Shelter on Brown Rd., Michigan Humane Society and there are so may more. All of our dogs came from calls either from the vets treating them for the shelters, or the from the shelters direct-we take only those cases that no one wants-we are one of the "last ditch efforts" and it has been worth every dollar we spent and every tear we shed--these "abused/abandoned disposal discards" gave back to us a hundred fold-I wish they could all be here today--God Bless everyone of you that helped a dog find love and shelter in your home, your lives and your heart.
Katie O'Neill January 15, 2012 at 03:55 PM
My family has a Charlie! He's a beagle that we adopted in 2008 from the awesome people at Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption... they gave him the name, and we kept it!
Tamara January 15, 2012 at 06:44 PM
As per above, we have a sheltie, "McKinley". We just applied to foster dogs for "Waggin Tails Dog Rescue" in Northville. Can't wait!
Mary Gasiewski January 15, 2012 at 06:55 PM
My Dog's name is Maggie (we kept her name since it was already her name since she was a puppy DOB 2006 )and she was rescued from the lovely folks at Wyandotte Animal Control in 2008. She was adopted on Mothers' Day that year after we adopted a Senior Sweetheart we named Kara (also from Wyandotte Animal Control) 2 weeks before Maggie. Kara passed away in Oct. 2010 but she was a very wonderful girl and I would not trade those two and a half yrs for any thing! Maggie was a lot of work as she had been abused before she made it to the pound but the volunteers kept up positive reinforcement and she passed her training, Now she is a happy, well adjusted girl that our human son refers to as his "sister" ;) Kara was a red lab/ chow mix and Maggie is a Yellow lab/ greyhound/ collie mix:)
Donna M Wells January 15, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Our 8 year old puppy is Rocket, named by the Breeder because he shot out like one. Even at this advanced age, our Standard Poodle LOVES to run, leap across open fields and chase bunnies and squirrels; he never catches any, but the exercise certainly keeps him fit.
P January 16, 2012 at 01:43 AM
I have twins, Maddie and Ophelia. Eskimo poodle mix.
Louise Piscopink January 16, 2012 at 12:42 PM
I have a beagle & her name is Tootsie. She is Tootsie # 4. She is 10 years old & my constant campion. She loves walks, rides in the car & going on vacation.
Catherine Grace January 16, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I can't believe there wasn't one Marley!!!! But we named our Labrador after Bob--and long before the book and movie.
Stephanie Saffold Woolridge January 16, 2012 at 04:25 PM
yes I do have a picture - many of them, LOL. However I'm unsure where to post them?
Stephanie Saffold Woolridge January 16, 2012 at 04:39 PM
The real short coats, shorter legs and pointed ears are the Australian Cattle Dog which is totally different from an Australian Shepherd (who really is an American breed, with a misleading name). One popular feature of the Aussies is a merle pattern coat, but it is not exclusive to Aussies. Another way to tell is a "mane" that is longer and stiffer hairs (usually stands up when the dog is excited), feathering of the legs is also present and often their eyes are bi colored - but not always! There are a lot of variables in Aussies, like my guy has a tail for instance, so it's difficult to differentiate. Some Aussies are bred for working stock and some are for show and both looks are completely opposite. Basically, you can make good guesses but if you are really interested 100% I'd get a doggy DNA test and find out.
Carol Jackson January 16, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Since Cherry is part Eskie, she's not going to look exactly like an Australian Cattle Dog. Since she's a rescue dog, there's no question of breeding her, so her DNA isn't relevant -- it explains certain quirks in her behavior to recognize that she sees us as food-providing cows. Her eyes are both same color (dark brown -- nearly black) ala an Eskie & she's willowy like an Eskie would look if not for the fluffy fur -- very slender legs & nose. She's slightly taller than I remember our late Eskie being. Loves to jump & run. Her color isn't marled at all - it's that of a Sheltie tricolor.
Cori M Murray January 16, 2012 at 10:06 PM
We have three dogs in our house. Bella (tree walker coonhound) and Max (short for Maximus! pointer/hound mix) are rescue dogs who have been in our family for five years or so. Jackson (who I call Buddy! rottweiler) is my brother and sister-in-law's dog. Bella's name was Stella before we adopted her, but she's so beautiful, we had to change it!
Cori M Murray January 16, 2012 at 10:16 PM
I had a Yorkie/Toy Poodle growing up. I was only a year or so old when I got him, but his parents names were Penny and Nickel. Mom and Dad almost called him Buck but thought that wouldn't work on a little dog like him. So instead he was named Franc, after the French money!
Cori M Murray January 16, 2012 at 10:17 PM
and yes, Bella and Max are 70ish and 50ish pounds each, respectively, and they are complete lap dogs! We wouldn't want it any other way. The rott is a tad too big for that though!
Susanne Spruit January 17, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Our rescue dog came with the name "Marley" and having seen the movie and being big Bob Marley fans we kept the name.....and the dog has lived up to the movie character, mischievous and lovable!
Carla O'Neill January 19, 2012 at 03:55 PM
We inherited our dog, Mellifluous Melfi, a black standard poodle who was an agility champion prior to her owner's death. Melfi was named after the psychiatrist on "The Sopranos" and has her own YouTube channel. As we are non-agility types, she is more or less retired now and seems to enjoy it. At least she'll always have her ribbons and videos to look back on in her old age!
Shankar Subramanian January 19, 2012 at 08:06 PM
my dogs were named Leo and Chinnu.
D.W. January 20, 2012 at 03:58 AM
We have Bubbles and Flower. Both named by 4 yr olds. Bubbles is a black lab mix boy and Flower is a rat terrier girl.
Brittany Stevens February 03, 2012 at 07:18 PM
I have a male Redbone Coonhound his name is Dexter. I love the name Dexter because it came from a movie and its a strong name for a male dog. My family had a male Bloodhound named Tex witch is a strong name for a male dog to. I LOVE HOUNDS THEY ARE THE BEST BREED OF DOG EVER. LOL
Ashleigh February 06, 2012 at 08:45 PM
I have a Ozzy "No More Tears" Ozzdog who is a Lab/Chow/Pit Bull mix and is the light of my life! We rescued him from the Genesee County Animal Control and nursed him back to health. I have also been blessed to have owned (and been owned by) a; Knuckles, AJ, and Laika previously. :)
Mary October 28, 2012 at 07:27 PM
I'm coming to this article a little on the late side but what the heck - we have a black and white Springer Spaniel named Nellie. We got the name from "Little House on the Prairie." I,luckily, have a daughter named Laura! I'm amazed to see two dogs named Pearl on here. This is the name the kids and I wanted to use but the breeder said she prefers her dogs to have two syllable names. I'm not so sure I should have listened to her........
Crystal Kochoian October 28, 2012 at 09:44 PM
I am the owner of a Chow Chow named Miko, she is 7 years old now. I also adopted a Chow/Sharpei and named her Shiva. They are guard dogs, do great with my kids, dislike strangers and squirrels, and are the laziest dogs I have ever met.
Lauren Melcher November 09, 2012 at 06:50 PM
As director of a pit bull rescue, Vigilante Dog Rescue, I have to come up with dozens of names for the dogs we save, as do my awesome foster parents. Here's a few of them: Falcora, Brownie, Siouxsie, Machiatto, Snowflake, Redman, Tigerlily, Lily, Scout, Leopold, Paris, Daisy, Sammie, and alumni Addy, Izzy, Buzz, Bubsy, Rock Star, Beans, Sassy, Blue One, Blue Two, Spice, Rochelle, Bella..... The list goes on...and on, and on, and on... View all our adoptables at http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/MI851.html Adopt don't shop, and help us save a life! If you're looking for a breed other than pit bull type dogs, we can always help you find what you are looking for in another excellent, reputable local rescue.
Joe Thomas November 09, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Please get your doug spayed no reason to breed any dogs there are too many homeless ones out there, espicially Jack Russells. I am fostering one at my house right now. Please re consider. Thanks


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