Is has been called Man’s best friend, proven to reduce stress, and can make just about anyone laugh.  What is it?  A dog.  In fact, according to the American Veterinarian Medical Association thirty-seven percent of American households own a dog[884].  Dog ownership popularity beats out every other animal including cats, birds, and fish.  It is not challenging to find another dog owner.  Simply walk down your street and you will see someone walking his or her dog! 

Although there are many owners, dog ownership is not easy.  Raising a well adjusted and well behaved dog is time consuming and requires commitment from every single person in its life.  Dog ownership is also expensive.  You will need to feed the dog, take care of appropriate veterinarian costs, board the dog when you are out of town and enroll in obedient training classes.  According to the American Veterinarian Medical Association[884], the average annual veterinarian cost per pet owning household is $366.  That cost is simply for veterinarian related costs and does not include food, training, or boarding expenses. Despite the costs and time commitments, dog ownership can be very rewarding

If you are ready to make the plunge into dog ownership, your first question to tackle will be what breed of dog.  There are many different breeds recognized by the American Kennel Association.  Visit the American Kennel Association’s website to find out more about which specific breed will be right for you and your family.  Some of the most popular breeds are English Cocker Spaniel, Labrador, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and Golden Retrievers

After a breed has been decided upon, the next major decision of dog ownership will be choosing a top name for your dog. Picking a top notch name for your dog will be important.  It will need to fit its personality and appearance well.  Also, you too will need to like the name since you will be repeating this name on many occasions.  “Buddy come.” “Max sit.” “Molly down.”  Dog names frequently are names given to people as well.  Therefore, you might want to consider your friends and family’s names before settling on a name.  For example, you most likely will offend a few friends and family members if you name your dog the same name as your nephew, niece, or cousin! 

As you sit down to decide on a name, give careful thought and make sure to pick a name you and the dog will like!  Below is a list of the most popular and top dog names according to the American Pet Insurance’s (API) 2008 collected data[883]:

Top male dog names:

1. Max
2. Buddy
3. Rocky
4. Bailey
5. Jake
6. Charlie
7. Jack
8. Toby
9. Cody
10. Buster
11. Duke
12. Cooper
13. Riley
14. Harley
15. Bear
16. Tucker
17. Murphy
18. Lucky
19. Oliver
20. Sam
21. Oscar
22. Teddy
23. Winston
24. Sammy
25. Rusty
26. Shadow
27. Gizmo
28. Bentley
29. Zeus
30. Jackson
31. Baxter
32. Bandit
33. Gus
34. Samson
35. Milo
36. Rudy
37. Louie
38. Hunter
39. Casey
40. Rocco
41. Sparky
42. Joey
43. Bruno
44. Beau
45. Dakota
46. Maximus
47. Romeo
48. Boomer
49. Luke
50. Henry

Top female dog names:

1. Bella
2. Molly
3. Lucy
4. Maggie
5. Daisy
6. Sophie
7. Sadie
8. Chloe
9. Bailey
10. Lola
11. Zoe
12. Abby
13. Ginger
14. Roxy
15. Gracie
16. Coco
17. Sasha
18. Lily
19. Angel
20. Princess
21. Emma
22. Annie
23. Rosie
24. Ruby
25. Lady
26. Missy
27. Lilly
28. Mia
29. Katie
30. Zoey
31. Madison
32. Stella
33. Penny
34. Belle
35. Casey
36. Samantha
37. Holly
38. Lexi
39. Lulu
40. Brandy
41. Jasmine
42. Shelby
43. Sandy
44. Roxie
45. Pepper
46. Heidi
47. Luna
48. Dixie
49. Honey
50. Dakota