The top dog and cat names of 2009

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Dog owners this year entered the "Twilight" zone when it comes to naming their pets. Bella, the name of the heroine of the "Twilight" series, has knocked Max off its perch as the top dog name for 2009. Feline fanciers have yet to follow suit: there, Max continues to rule.

Each year, Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), the nation's oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, searches its database of more than 475,000 insured pets to determine the top pet names of the year. (VPI's survey does not include animals not insured by the company.)

This year, Bella ended Max's six-year reign atop the list of popular dog names by more than 400 dogs, knocking the reigning champion down a notch. But Bella only managed a third-place finish among cat owners, with Max and Chloe ranking as the #1 and #2 most popular.

Most of the top dog and cat names are species-specific: only Bella, Chloe, Lucy and Max placed in the top ten for both dogs and cats. Among the other top dog names: Bailey, Buddy, Daisy, Maggie and Molly. Their cat counterparts include Angel, Oliver, Smokey, and the fraternal twins of Tiger and Tigger.

While most of the popular pet names could be considered conventional, some pet owners preferred to get creative with names that stood out. Some of the more unusual dog names VPI pulled out of its database include Doogie Schnauzer MD, I Am Sparticus, Lunchbox, Bam-Bam Noodle Butt and Kanye East. Cat fanciers were even more partial to pun names: Snag L. Tooth, Clawed Monet, Eartha Kitty and Blue Man Chew all appear on VPI's list of ten most unusual cat names.

Here's the complete list from VPI:

Most popular:

  1. Bella
  2. Max
  3. Bailey
  4. Lucy
  5. Molly
  6. Buddy
  7. Maggie
  8. Daisy
  9. Chloe
  10. Sophie

Most unusual:

  1. Doogie Schnauzer MD
  2. Sargent Sausage
  3. I Am Sparticus
  4. Lunchbox
  5. Angus Sir Loin
  6. Bam-Bam Noodle Butt
  7. Mouse Meat
  8. Fluffernutter
  9. Kanye East
  10. Inspector Foo Foo

Most popular:

  1. Max
  2. Chloe
  3. Bella
  4. Oliver
  5. Tiger
  6. Smokey
  7. Tigger
  8. Lucy
  9. Shadow
  10. Angel

Most unusual:

  1. Snag L. Tooth
  2. Clawed Monet
  3. Velvet Elvis
  4. Eartha Kitty
  5. Blue Man Chew
  6. Catzilla
  7. Thurston Picklesworth III
  8. Yardsale
  9. Dishwasher
  10. Polly Prissypants

Written by Sandy Smith

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