Puppy Love

Dallas' most popular dog names reflect our local love of sports and snack food

Dallas' most popular dog names reflect local love of sports and snacks

French bulldog puppy
Frito? Is that you? Mutts Canine Cantina/Facebook

We Dallasites have pride, and one of the ways we show it is by what we name our dogs. Rover.com, the nation's largest network of pet sitters and dog walkers, dug through the hundreds of thousands of names in its database to come up with the nation's top 10 male and female dog names, as well as what you might hear being called at a Dallas dog park.

Though human names are still skyrocketing in popularity, here in Dallas those are a little more likely to reflect Texas celebrities. Jerry (as in Jones) and Dez (as in Bryant) are big, along with Rowdy (the Cowboys mascot). We also boast more Beyoncés than any other city, and Selena grew in popularity this year by 102 percent — though it's unclear if we're honoring Lake Jackson's Quintanilla or Grand Prairie's Gomez.

And our love of sports overall has not dimmed since last year's report: Ranger is up 12 percent, Maverick by 28 percent, Cowboy by 15 percent, and Texas by a whopping 21 percent. But the name that's really gaining traction in Big D? Frito, which saw a 62 percent jump in popularity.

But overall owners are still 28 percent more likely to name their furkids as if they were human children. The most popular male dog name in the nation is Max, followed by Charlie, Buddy, Cooper, and Jack (though Dallas opts for Duke in the fifth spot). For female pups, Bella soars to No. 1 with Lucy, Daisy, Lola, and Luna close behind. Sub Molly in the fourth spot and drop Luna, and you've got Dallas' top five.