‘Max’ Hits Top Spot for Favorite Dog Name

It is estimated that only about one in five dogs in New York City are registered by their owners. But the latest official figures for those that are registered show ‘Max’ as the most popular name, with mixed breeds topping the poll for the most owned dog, followed by Labrador Retrievers.

‘Max’ accounted for about 1.2% of names engraved by the department on new licenses, while ‘Lucky’, ‘Princess’ and ‘Rocky’ were all strong contenders for the top spot. Mixed breeds made up just over 7% of the new dog population, with Labrador Retrievers, Pit Bulls, Shih-Tzus and German Shepherds all retained their places in the top 5.

The most current official statistics were compiled for the year 2005 with NYC Health Department issuing just over 100,000 licenses. These are the official ‘Top Ten’ names and breeds:

Most Popular Dog Names of 2005
1. Max
2. Lucky
3. Princess
4. Rocky
5. Buddy
6. Coco
7. Daisy
8. Lucy
9. Lady
10. Shadow

Most Popular Dog Breeds of 2005
1. Mixed
2. Labrador Retriever
3. Pit Bull
4. Shih-Tzu
5. German Shepherd
6. Yorkshire Terrier
7. Chihuahua
8. Poodle
9. Maltese
10. Cocker Spaniel


The most popular breeds make sense as far as great family pets if most people are getting it right with their choices but there are still hundreds of other breeds to choose from. And what is in a name? You may actually want to avoid the most frequent names bestowed on beloved pets. Take your pick.



  1. Our dog is named Max and he is a mixed breed.We adopted him from the pound when he as 12 weeks.He already had the name and it fit him very well.He is now getting ready to turn 10.He is the best dog we have ever had.

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