What Your Dog's Name Says About You

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By Caitlin Jill Anders

Bet you didn't think naming your dog "Pancake" said something about you. Well, think again.

When you find yourself with the great responsibility of naming a pet, there are many things to consider. After all, a name can say a lot about a dog's personality — and an owner's, too. In fact, according to Rover.com, your pup's name may actually reflect back on you more than it does on your dog. Deep, right?
Here are some different types of dog names and what they might say about the humans who came up with them.
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Animal Name
You are a lover of all things furry — and scaly, slippery, slimy, and any other animal adjective, for that matter. Animals are your jam, and you often find yourself liking them a lot more than you like other humans (which is totally okay).

The top three animal names for dogs in 2014 were Bear, Teddy, and Moose. For you, your pet represents the animal kingdom and all its wonderful inhabitants. You're probably outdoorsy and active, and have a strong desire to travel and see the world.

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Person Name
The top dog names of 2014 show that a lot of people give their dogs human names, which means they probably hold their dogs in as high esteem as any family member.

Of the top 20 dog names for 2014, 18 were human names, which really isn't surprising. Your dog is more like a son or daughter than a pet, and a lot of the time, you treat him or her that way. Maybe you occasionally feed your dog off your dinner plate or post too many pictures of your pup — why wouldn't you? This little nugget is your kid!

The top dog names of 2014 were Max, Buddy, and Charlie (for males) and Bella, Lucy, and Daisy (for females), so it would seem there are a whole lot of people who see their dogs as members of their families. What a shocker.

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Food Name
You are, without a doubt, a foodie. But you're also probably a very sweet person who loves all things adorable, which is why you would be totally okay with a dog named Cupcake or Lollipop. The top three food-related dog names for 2014 were Ginger, Pepper, and Peanut. Chances are, you love good food and good friends and relaxing at home with your food-loving dog.
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Cutesy Name
For you, the best part of having a dog is how adorable he or she is. You're the person who is almost in tears watching dog videos on the internet and wants to adopt every dog you see. Names like Baby, Fluffy, or Squishy (we would totally name a dog Squishy) seem like the best idea to you, because they represent everything you love — cute, sweet, adorable things.
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Sports Name
You are a sports fan (duh). Watching sports and talking about sports are huge parts of your life, and thus your dog's life. You might be a pretty active person, but you also enjoy chilling out on the couch and rooting for your favorite team when the game is on. Your dog is a huge fan of this activity, obviously; what pooch doesn't love cuddling up to his human on the couch?

The top three sports names for dogs in 2014 were Chase, Champ, and Wrigley — any of those sound familiar?
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Quirky Name
You have a quirky, out-there personality — and couldn't be happier about it. You want your dog to share that side of you, too, so giving him or her a kind-of-out-there name works for you. You're a very confident person and don't really care what anyone else thinks. You're silly and playful — just like your dog's name.

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Pop-Culture Name
You consider yourself pretty trendy. You might be a little nerdy sometimes (anyone out there have a dog named Yoda?), but you're always in tune with what's happening in the world of pop culture: what movies are coming out, which celebrities have recently screwed up, etc. Some highlights from the from top 10 pop-culture dog names of last year include Dexter and Piper.

To you, it only makes sense to name your dog after one of your favorite movies or books. With that kind of name, maybe your dog will even become the next big thing. Quick, where's your camera?!

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Disney Name
These dogs occupy a very specific niche within the pop-culture-dog-names category. Owners of Disney dogs want their pups to be able to do and be anything they set their little canine minds to. To you, nothing is impossible — even magic and fairy-tale endings. You are likely a very optimistic person with a strong silly side, and you love goofing off and not taking things too seriously. Also, obviously, you probably like Disney a whole lot.

Maybe there's a particular movie you named your dog after. After all, there were 900% more dog names from Frozen in 2014 than after its release in 2013. People just can't seem to let it go. Although the top three Disney names for dogs in 2014 were Nala, Lady, and Princess. The Lion King forever!
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Power Name
Your dog is a superhero, and you want people to see him or her that way. Your pup is tough, athletic, protective, and he or she deserves a name that reflects that. You named your dog Zeus? Total power name. You are probably a very confident person who takes great pride in the way people see you — and your pet.

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