When it comes to giving our pets names, about half of us choose human-like names, such as Jack or Sophie instead of Fido or Fluffy, according to an Associated Press-Petside.com poll of more than 1,000 pet owners.
While 49 percent of respondents, including 51 percent of dog owners and 50 percent of cat owners, had given at least one of their pets a human-like name, the other half did not. And some of those names are real doozies.
The AP poll highlighted some of the more unusual names:
Hollywood and Chichi Mittens, both catsThe most popular name in the AP poll was Max, which also came in No. 1 in the database of pet names that is maintained by Veterinary Pet Insurance. There has been a significant move away from classic dog names. Why? VPI spokesman Curtis Steinhoff credits the trend to a stronger bond between people and their pets.
Vegas, the Labrador Retriever
Jibber Jack the dog
A Beagle named Talulublue
Louis XIV, the Yorkie
Wayne Eldridge, a veterinarian and author of "The Best Pet Name Book Ever!" told AP that pet owners who give their pets human names are more likely to see them as full members of the family. In fact, the poll found that half of all American pet owners consider their pets as much a part of the family as any other person in the household. In addition, 36 percent said their pet is part of the family but not a full member. That means pets are more likely to get a human name. They also get to eat human food (sometimes) and sleep in human beds (most of the time). Some even get to wear clothing, appear in family holiday photos and go on family vacations. A lucky 25 percent get a birthday celebration.
Who is most attached to their pets? That would be single women, who often view pets as surrogate children. Men are also attached, but they are less likely to admit it since it's not very macho.
--From the Editors at Netscape