Boris For Doggies Is Out

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The UK’s beleaguered Prime Minister Boris Johnson may have thought countless scandals and breaking his own lockdown rules with BYOB (bring your own bottle parties) was enough to contend with, but no — Britain’s canines are also making a stand against the premier.

In the year after the general election when his popularity was riding high, 313 puppies were named after him, but in 2021, the number willing to share his moniker was just 123.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his dog Dilyn

Research conducted by pet insurer Agria of the most popular names for pups revealed that for some reason owners wanted to name their furry friends Covid and Corona, now, presumably grateful for the vaccine they are resorting to Pfizer and Zenecas.

If many of you think the British public has clearly gone barking mad, fear not. Bella, Willow, Daisy and Lola are still supreme champions for female dog names. While Teddy, Milo, Buddy and Reggie have retained the top spots for male canines.

But for those who like a bit of designer clobber why not match your pet to your favourite fashion house and call them Chanel or Fendi. Little doubt that the latter will be delighted to know they went from zero to 48.  Must have been all that online lockdown shopping.

Space themes have also carved a place in canine history with a 60 per cent increase in pets named Rover, presumably inspired by the Nasa landers.

Agria’s marketing boss Tom Vaughan, admits: ‘It’s fascinating to see the shift in pet names each year and the impact popular culture and everyday life can have on the names we give to our family pets.

‘Like we often see with baby names, there will always be “classic” big names that appear on the list, but the pandemic appears to have had a significant role to play in this all-important decision over the last few years — as we can see with not just virus or vaccination-themed names, but through people that have made a lasting impression on society, too.’

Roxi, Libby, Peach, Spike, Nacho, and Alan, have also taken a downturn in popularity, so if you’re off to the park today with your pet and they have one of these less than fashionably acceptable names, maybe consider giving them a nom de plume.

Top male puppy names in 2021

  1. Teddy
  2. Milo
  3. Buddy
  4. Puppy
  5. Reggie
  6. Cooper
  7. Loki
  8. Max
  9. Charlie
  10. Bailey  

Top female puppy names in 2021

  1. Bella
  2. Willow
  3. Daisy
  4. Lola
  5. Ruby
  6. Poppy
  7. Rosie
  8. Mabel
  9. Bonnie
  10. Nala
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