Top 100 Australian Dog Names of 2020


Hands up if you’ve got a fur baby (or three) currently cuddled up next to you on the couch. Anyone who owns a dog knows that these loyal creatures are very much a part of the family and choosing the right name for said family member is a big decision. 

That’s why we decided to gather up the most popular dog names of the year. Like our baby name posts, these puppy names are the most top ones selected by Australian families, according to MadPaws. 

The list stems from a database of over 500,000 Australian pets, and is Australia’s largest ever pet index. 

Is your pup’s name on the most popular dog names list?? 

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Top 100 Dog Names Australia 

1 Bella Charlie
2 Molly Max
3 Coco Buddy
4 Ruby Oscar
5 Lucy Milo
6 Bailey Archie
7 Daisy Ollie
8 Rosie Toby
9 Lola  Jack
10 Frankie  Teddy 
11 Roxy Harry
12 Poppy Cooper
13 Luna Bear
14 Bonnie Rocky 
15 Pepper Alfie 
16 Lily Hugo
17 Tilly Leo
18 Maggie George
19 Mia Jasper
20 Marley Billy
21 Harley Monty
22 Lady  Winston
23 Chloe Ziggy
24 Lulu Zeus
25 Missy Rusty
26 Nala Gus
27 Zoe Baxter
28 Stella Dexter
29 Sasha Deisel
30 Willow Louie
31 Penny Barney
32 Honey Bruno
33 Milly Murphy
34 Holly Simba
35 Lilly Benji
36 Pippa Henry
37 Shadow Buster
38 Lucky Duke
39 Sam  Harvey
40 Ellie Bruce
41 Jessie  Jax
42 Cookie Rex
43 Ella Louis
44 Lexi Bentley
45 Sophie Jet
46 Chili Banjo
47 Billie Beau
48 Scout Loki
49 Charlie Ralph
50 Cleo



Check out how these compare to the top 20 puppy names of 2017.

You may also be interested to see how similar our pets’ names are to the most popular baby names of 2020. More than half the names make both lists! 

Predicted popular pet names of 2021

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We’ve also got a few names that experts expect to take off at the end of this year and next year. These include: 

  • Charlie
  • Loki
  • Harley
  • Elsa
  • Bella
  • Luke
  • Simba
  • Lady
  • Millie
  • Maggie

Our fave names

Of course, we have to add in a few name choices from the Mum Central team:

  • Ted
  • Koda
  • Kaydey
  • Stitch 
  • Arlo
  • Koah
  • Maisie
  • Sadie

Most popular dog breeds

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Which dog breeds are the most popular among Aussie families? MadPaws has this data too! The top ten dog breeds are: 

  1. Labrador retriever
  2. Staffordshire Bull Terrier (English Staffy)
  3. Maltese
  4. Poodle
  5. Border Collie
  6. Jack Russell Terrier
  7. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  8. Australian Kelpie
  9. American Staffordshire Terrier (Am Staff)
  10. Golden Retriever

All these pup breeds are proven to be loyal, friendly, and great with kids. Some do need A LOT of attention and exercise though. I’m looking at you, Kelpie and Border Collie! 

Did your dog’s name and breed make the list? 

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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