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“Bye bye Tiddles, hello Tilly” 
Pet naming trends for 2017 

Times are changing. Not so long ago, it wasn’t unusual to hear many dog owners calling for Rover to come to heel, or to find a purring Tiddles sitting on a comfortable lap. These were popular names in the 1970’s. 

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Today, cosy and traditional names like Bella, Tilly and Molly are all the rage for our female cats, while Bailey, Jake and Rocky are leading the pack when it comes to male dogs. But it’s Poppy that scores the highest overall, topping the charts for dog and cat owners alike.


Popular culture is also making its mark. Films and TV shows like Toy Story, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and Sherlock Holmes are all proving inspirational – they’ve even given us some ideas for naming our rescue pups. We named one litter after characters in the Little Mermaid and another after magical creatures in the Harry Potter series. We’ve fallen in love with Pigmy Puff, Niffler and Bowtruckle. Just look how adorable they are!  

Next year, who knows what the trend will be? Elvis or Lavender, both currently outsiders in the unusual dog name stakes, could be leading the pack. Or Vegas and Armani could be the coolest cats around.