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Villains and snacks reign among Dallas' top dog names for 2018

Villains and snacks reign among Dallas' top dog names for 2018

Houston, Pethouse Pet of the week, June 2, 2017, Snow
Porkchop, is that you? Courtesy photo

Dallasites often cite the stat that our city has more restaurants per capita than anywhere else in the U.S., and it seems we've extended that love of food to our pets.

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 those you might hear being called at a Dallas dog park.

In addition to food-inspired names like Tater Tot and Porkchop, which are up 40 percent, Dallas pet parents were drawn to the dark side, naming their pups after famous villains like Loki, Anakin, and Bane.

But since we're still in Texas, pet owners paid homage to Old West favorites like Cowboy, Gunner, and Bandit, which are on the rise.

Nationally, people are still leaning toward human names for their furbabies (36 percent, in fact), with Max, Charlie, Cooper, Buddy, and Jack claiming the top five for males and Bella, Lucy, Luna, Daisy, and Lola in the top five for females. Dallas' most popular list is nearly identical, the only changes being Duke subbing in for Jack and Sadie swapping for Lola.

Royalty-inspired names are up 11 percent, while Rover predicts food names will continue to climb with Couscous, Crisco, Cheetos, Pasta, and Ramen making the biggest leaps year over year.