Loki, Lady and Lil Nas – the Unusual Trending Dog and Cat Names This Year

It appears the days of hearing pet owners call for Molly, Lola, and Rex are officially behind us. There’s a whole new gang of canines heading to a dog park near you.

And their names? Well, let’s just say we are surprised to say the least!

According to leading dog and cat trend-seekers, Hill’s Pet, the trending dog and cat names are often found in pop culture and popular drinks, with Disney and musicians paving the way for “pawtential” pet names.

Surprisingly enough, Bruno (Encanto) didn’t make this list but I can put money on it being on the list next year. And probably Mirabel too.

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Source: Hill’s Pet

Here are the names that did make the list:

Top 25 trending dog names

  1. Loki
  2. Autumn
  3. Moxie
  4. Chewy
  5. Lady
  6. Ava
  7. Gimlet
  8. Sophie
  9. Odie
  10. Mimi
  11. Coffee
  12. Bianca
  13. Tyson
  14. Cider
  15. Juno
  16. CJ
  17. Vinnie
  18. Zeke
  19. Hawkeye
  20. Zoey
  21. Felix
  22. Mochi
  23. Brew
  24. Joey
  25. Pepper

Now, there really is no way to determine why so many pet owners went for these names. Sure, Loki, Hawkeye and Pepper are all names from the Marvel Universe, but it could also very well be that Hawkeye the dog was actually named after Grandpa Hawkeye.

You never really know.

A tall glass of Gimlet

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What we do know is that a lot of these names pay homage to some pretty delicious beverages. We’ve got:

  • Brew
  • Cider
  • Coffee
  • Gimlet (a cocktail for anyone feeling the urge to Google)

Marvel madness

On the movie front, we see a whole heck of a lot of inspo:

  • Loki (Marvel universe)
  • Hawkeye (Marvel universe)
  • Pepper (Marvel universe)
  • Chewy (Star Wars)
  • Lady (Lady and the Tramp)
  • Odie (Garfield)
  • Mochi (Big Hero 6)

The leading ladies 

We also see quite a few vintage names on there – names often associated with heroines both in literature, mythology and in real life, such as:

  • Ava
  • Sophie
  • Lady
  • Mimi
  • Juno (Roman mythology)
  • Bianca (Shakespeare)

What about the cats?

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about the fickle felines. Here are the top 25 trending cat names, according to Hill’s.

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Source: HIll’s Pet
  1. Cruella
  2. Olivia Rodrigo (yes, the full name)
  3. Loki
  4. Shang Chi
  5. Raya
  6. Wanda
  7. Lady
  8. Dominic Toretto (again, the full name)
  9. Agnes
  10. Lil Nas (No, I’m not making this up).
  11. Glass Animals
  12. Bucky Barnes
  13. Sophie
  14. Dodger
  15. Sza
  16. Dababy
  17. Mimi
  18. Diana
  19. Coffee
  20. Wonder Woman
  21. King Kong
  22. Felix
  23. Joey
  24. Pepper
  25. Vision

Music to our ears

Okay, so it would appear cat owners like to take the piss out of their pet’s names with some very odd choices making the top 25 including bands and musicians. Triple J, I blame you for this…

  • Glass Animals
  • Olivia Rodrigo
  • Lil Nas
  • Dababy
  • Sza

I mean, Billie (Eilish), I get. But Dababy? Really???

TV tabbys

Like our dog friends, our cats are also being named after popular TV and movie characters including:

  • Felix (the cat)
  • Loki, Shang-Chi, Bucky Barnes and Pepper (Marvel)
  • Agnes (possibly Despicable Me, or possibly just after Great Aunt Agnes)
  • Joey (Friends, maybe…)
  • King Kong
  • Wonder Woman
  • Wanda and Vision (Wandavision)
  • Raya (Disney)
  • Cruella (Disney). This is actually pretty fitting for a cat.
  • Dominic Toretto (Fast and the Furious)

Classy cats

And, finally, we’ve got the sophisticated cats coming to the party too:

  • Diana
  • Mimi
  • Sophie
  • Lady

Where is this data even coming from? 

Science, my friends. According to Hill’s Pet,

To work out the top trending names right now, an extensive list of well-known male, female & classic cat & dog names as well as those across categories such as Movie/ TV, music and food were analysed. A search popularity index score based on growth in search and YoY change was applied, in order to reveal a top name list.”

See. Science.

Okay, so now you know the trending names, but what about the most popular breeds? 

I’m so glad you asked! Hill’s has this figured out for us too.

Drumroll please…

And the winning most popular dog breeds of 2021 are…

  1. Golden Retriever
  2. Border Collie
  3. German Shepherd
  4. Rottweiler
  5. Cavoodle
  6. Pomeranian
  7. Bulldog
  8. Shiba Inu
  9. Labrador
  10. Greyhound
What dog breed is right for you? Find out here! 

Hill’s has also calculated the most popular cat breeds, which baffles me because I thought all cats are the same breed of part asshole and part lazy. But, turns out, nope #ClearlyADogPerson. 

So here we go – top cat breeds

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  1. Maine Coon
  2. Bengal
  3. Ragdoll
  4. British Shorthair
  5. Sphynx
  6. Persian
  7. Siamese
  8. Norwegian Forest
  9. Burmese
  10. Siberian

Looking for more data on dog and cat trends? Hill’s is your go-to! Check out their website for more information.

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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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