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Curious about the most popular names for medium-size dog breeds? You're not the only one! We've already shared the top names for large dog breeds, and now we have data for medium dogs, too!
We looked at our database of more than 2.1 million names for the 10 most popular medium dog breeds, according to the American Kennel Club: Bulldogs, Beagles, French Bulldogs, Dachshunds, Shetland Sheepdogs, Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Brittanys, English Springer Spaniels*, Cocker Spaniels and Border Collies. You can see the top three names (in order from No. 1 to No. 3) for each breed in the slideshow below, then scroll down for some intriguing insights.
Anna Pozzi, Animal Photography
Top Female Names: Molly, Maggie, SadieTop Male Names: Buddy, Max, Jake
Olivia Hemingway, Animal Photography
Top Female Names: Lady, Molly, BuffyTop Male Names: Buddy, Max, Charlie
Sally Anne Thompson, Animal Photography
Top Female Names: Molly, Maggie, LadyTop Male Names*: Max, Duke
Alice van Kempen, Animal Photography
Top Female Names: Molly, Maggie, BrittanyTop Male Names: Jake, Buddy, Rusty
Leesia Teh, Animal Photography
Top Female Names: Maggie, Molly, LucyTop Male Names: Buddy, Max, Toby
Sally Anne Thompson, Animal Photography
Top Female Names: Lady, Shelby, SadieTop Male Names: Buddy, Max, Cody
David Jensen, Animal Photography
Top Female Names: Daisy, Lucy, MollyTop Male Names: Oscar, Max, Buddy
Britta Jaschinski, Animal Photography
Top Female Names: Lola, Bella, LucyTop Male Names: Louie, Max, Winston
Sam Clark, Animal Photography
Top Female Names: Daisy, Molly, LucyTop Male Names: Buddy, Max, Buster
Robin Burkett, Animal Photography
Top Female Names: Bella, Daisy, LolaTop Male Names: Tank, Max, Winston
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Molly and Maggie, two female names that were enormously popular for large breeds, were also common among medium ones: Molly had seven top-three appearances, and Maggie had four (alongside Molly each time). Lucy also made the top three for four breeds.
When it comes to male names for medium-size breeds, it's all about Buddy and Max. Buddy made the top three for seven breeds (with an impressive No. 1 spot for five of them). Though Max claimed only one No. 1 spot, he was the No. 2 pick for eight of our top 10 medium breeds. Every other top-three name ranked that highly for only one or two breeds.
Though several names appeared within the top 10 for nine breeds (like Molly, Maggie and Lucy), only one name nabbed a top-10 spot for all 10 medium breeds: Max, which just so happened to be the most popular male puppy name of 2014. Bella, the most popular female puppy name last year, didn't fare quite as well on this list, claiming a top-10 spot for just six breeds.
Some of the most interesting results came from the Bulldog — both the regular and the French varieties. Winston was a top-three name for both the Bulldog and the French Bulldog (but did not make the top 10 for any other medium breed), thanks to Winston Churchill's nickname, "The British Bulldog." These two breeds offered more than just Winston though — Tank was another name that the breeds shared with only each other (No. 1 for Bulldogs and No. 5 for Frenchies). And the Frenchie had one more exclusive moniker: Louie, likely referring to the infamous French king of the same name. (Fun fact: French Bulldogs were popularized in France but actually originated in England.)
The only female name that claimed a top spot for just one breed was Brittany, which was the No. 3 name for—you guessed it—the Brittany.
Perhaps the most fitting name of all went to the Dachshund, which had the top name of Oscar, a name not seen on any other breed's top-10 list. Perfect for a wiener dog, wouldn't you say?
One anomaly we're compelled to call out is the English Springer Spaniel. Due to the method of collection, this data set had substantially fewer entries than other breeds did. This resulted in an unusual five-way tie for the No. 3 male name, which did not seem true to the nature of the data, and, therefore, we elected to include just the top two male names for that breed.
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