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Official top 50 dog names and top 20 dog breeds in Australia announced

Announcement posted by Pawshake Australia 13 Oct 2021

Pawshake Australia’s database of over 400,000 dogs shows that the classics always prove most popular

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --- Wednesday 13 October 2021

With dog ownership in Australia rising due to pandemic pet adoption, many new owners have been faced with the job of choosing the perfect breed and name. Pawshake Australia’s database of over 400,000 dogs has shown that the classics always prove to be popular.    

50 Top Dog Names in Australia 2021


Charlie, Bella and Max take out the top three places for popular dog names in 2021, followed closely by Coco, Ruby, Buddy and Archie. These popular names consistently make the top ten list every year.


The top 50 dog names in Australia for 2021 are:

  1. Charlie 
  2. Bella
  3. Max
  4. Molly
  5. Coco
  6. Ruby
  7. Buddy
  8. Archie
  9. Luna 
  10. Daisy
  11. Bailey
  12. Rosie
  13. Ollie 
  14. Oscar
  15. Milo
  16. Frankie
  17. Lucy
  18. Lola
  19. Toby
  20. Millie 
  21. Roxy 
  22. Teddy
  23. Alfie
  24. Poppy
  25. Jack
  26. Bear
  27. Rocky
  28. Bonnie
  29. Leo
  30. Cooper
  31. Harry
  32. Marley
  33. George
  34. Hugo
  35. Lily
  36. Maggie
  37. Pepper
  38. Tilly
  39. Mia
  40. Harley
  41. Nala 
  42. Winston
  43. Lulu
  44. Ziggy
  45. Willow
  46. Billy
  47. Missy
  48. Chloé
  49. Benji
  50. Jasper

Top fun dog names 

Aussie pet owners are incredibly creative when it comes to naming their pets. Unusual dog name categories include food names, celebrity names and fictional character names.

Top food-inspired dog names in Australia

  1. Cookie
  2. Pepper
  3. Muffin
  4. Chocolate
  5. Olive
  6. Noodle
  7. Cupcake
  8. Sugar
  9. Kimchi
  10. Jellybean

Top celebrity-inspired dog names in Australia

  1. Elvis
  2. Bowie
  3. Kanye
  4. Rupaul
  5. Cher
  6. Banksy
  7. Madonna
  8. Beyoncé
  9. Oprah
  10. ​​Lizzo

Top fictional character inspired dog names in Australia

  1. Yoda
  2. Frodo
  3. Khaleesi
  4. Tigger
  5. Bluey
  6. Dora
  7. Nibbler
  8. Mickey
  9. Draco
  10. Jaws

Top Dog Breeds in Australia for 2021

The lovable Labrador has taken out the top dog position for 2021. This is no surprise, as these gorgeous dogs are consistently the most popular dog breed in Australia each year. 


Designer dogs are also incredibly popular for Aussie pet owners in 2021, particularly poodle-cross breeds such as Cavoodles, Labradoodles and Groodles. These dogs are favoured by families for their intelligence, loyalty and low-allergy coats. 


The top 20 dog breeds for 2021 are:

  1. Labrador 
  2. Cavoodle
  3. Border Collie
  4. Golden Retriever
  5. English Staffordshire Terrier
  6. Kelpie
  7. Spoodle 
  8. Labradoodle
  9. Jack Russell
  10. French Bulldog
  11. German Shepherd 
  12. Greyhound 
  13. Beagle
  14. Pug
  15. Chihuahua
  16. Cocker Spaniel
  17. Toy Poodle
  18. Maltese Terrier
  19. Groodle
  20. American Staffordshire Terrier


There has been a huge boom in pet adoptions and in the pet industry in general in Australia since the start of the pandemic. Pets have kept many Aussies sane during long lockdowns, however, there is a concern in the industry about when the country returns to the office.

Pawshake CEO Tanguy Peers states, “with so many new pet adoptions in 2020 and 2021, separation anxiety is an issue for when owners need to return to work. These big changes in routine can be really stressful for pets, who are used to us being home all the time. Stressed pets can act out with destructive behaviour like barking, chewing furniture and trying to run away.”

“The pet-sitting industry is experiencing a huge pent-up demand that we expect to peak over the Aussie summer. Dog walkers and pet sitters are a safe, convenient solution to keep your pet company during the day and to help them adjust to changes in routine.”

With more than 20,000 Pawshake sitters in Australia, many available at a moment’s notice, pet owners no longer need to worry about their pet feeling stressed when they aren’t at home.


For more information, visit www.pawshake.com.au

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Pawshake analysed over 400,000 Australian pet profiles from its website database. For additional quotes, high res imagery or to arrange an interview with a Pawshake spokesperson, please contact media@pawshake.com


About Pawshake

Pawshake is a trusted community of pet lovers. Pet owners can find vetted pet sitters, dog walkers, doggy daycare or home boarding solutions through the Pawshake website or app. Rates start at $20/night and include veterinary coverage, customer support 7 days a week, and daily updates.

Pawshake was co-founded in 2013 by Tanguy Peers, a former eBay executive who is passionate about making a difference in the lives of people and their pets. Since launching in Australia in 2014, Pawshake has built a reputation for connecting pet owners with trusted and vetted pet sitters and now, more than 20,000 Australians are offering their services as pet sitters on Pawshake. Pawshake is backed by AirTree Ventures, the leading Australian venture capital fund.

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