Yahoo! Shine got an advance peek at this year's most popular dog names list, which is published annually along with cat and exotic pet names by Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation's largest provider of heath insurance for pets.
According to the list, it looks like classic canine names such as Spot, Fido, and Rover have gone the way of the Vietnamese Pot Bellied Pig craze. Today's owners (or "Pet Parents" many dog walking services and doggie daycares now call them) prefer to give their pooches human names. If they hailed from the Wild West, that is. A posse of Jakes, Codys, Sadies, and Lolas is currently having a rootin' tootin' good time at a dog park near you.
A notable exception? Twilight madness has even impacted the pet world. For the third year in a row, Bella tops the list of popular names for females. So much for dogs being descended from wolves.
Most popular canine names for females
Most popular Canine names for males
VPI's compete list of popular pet names for 2011 will be released in early January, 2012.
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