Popular pooch names revealed

Cindy-Lee Ferricks’ two pet dogs, Scully (left) and Diesel, have interesting names, but the household is ruled by Storm, the cat.
Cindy-Lee Ferricks’ two pet dogs, Scully (left) and Diesel, have interesting names, but the household is ruled by Storm, the cat. Chris Ison

POOCH names like Fido and Fluffy have been sent to the doghouse as pet owners unleash a new breed of monikers.

Local diesel fitter Cindy-Lee Ferricks said her two dogs, Diesel and Scully, are like her children.

While Diesel, the bull mastiff-staffy cross, is a common name in canine circles, Scully is one-of-a-kind.

Named after the popular X-Files character, the black-and-white staffy is a best friend to Cindy's family.

“I always wanted a dog called Diesel, but I didn't want a boy so I got a girl,” she said.

“But the house is run by Storm, the cat. What Storm wants Storm gets, but the three of them get along well.”

The list of today's most popular dog names reads more like an under seven's soccer team sheet, with names such as Chloe, Bella, Jack, Sophie and Lucy on the roll call.

Dr Mark Perissinotto, head vet for online pet supply retailer, said as more owners saw their dogs as part of the family the traditional names were becoming obsolete.

“This growing trend reflects a stronger bond between humans and their pets and represents a major change in the way we view them and their roles,” he said.

Rocky vet Dr David Shilling from Torenbeek Vet Clinic, said Bella, Jack and Buddy were the most common names of his canine patients.

But Dr Shilling has also come across unique names on moving to the Beef Capital in December last year.

“There certainly are some unique names,” he said.

“They sort of sound like horse-racing names. In the last week we've had one called Midnight Percy Panther Martin, and another called King Elvis Jessie.

“But they often get shortened, like the owner called King Elvis Jessie ‘Jessie'.”

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