2 January 2024

Here's what Canberrans were naming their pets in 2023

| Lizzie Waymouth
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Charlie, a golden retriever

Charlie was number one in this year’s top 10 dog names in the ACT. Photo: Claire Fenwicke.

If you’re at the dog park in Canberra, chances are you’ll hear someone calling for ‘Charlie’, ‘Luna’ or ‘Ruby’.

These were the top three most popular dog names in 2023, according to registration data for this year.

As for cats, Luna and Charlie also made the top three, followed by Bella.

While they didn’t make the top 10, an honourable mention for 2023 goes to the 31 dogs named Matilda following this year’s historic Women’s World Cup, as well as all the movie-themed names, including Harry ‘Spotty’ Spotter, Joker, Sherlock and even Obi Woof Kenobi.

Cat lovers also got creative: Barry Ratslayer Prince of Darkness, Captain Rascal Tusktooth, Vanity Fair and Mushu the Magnificent Meowser were among the registrations this year.

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Of all dogs currently registered in the ACT, the top 10 dog names and breeds for 2023 are listed below.

Dog names:

  1. Charlie
  2. Luna
  3. Ruby
  4. Daisy
  5. Bella
  6. Coco
  7. Molly
  8. Archie
  9. Frankie
  10. Poppy

Dog breeds:

  1. Cavoodle
  2. Border Collie
  3. Kelpie
  4. Labrador Retriever
  5. Dachshund
  6. Jack Russell Terrier
  7. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  8. German Shepherd
  9. American Staffordshire Terrier
  10. Golden Retriever

Of all cats currently registered in the ACT, the top 10 cat names and breeds for 2023 are listed below.

Cat names:

  1. Luna
  2. Charlie
  3. Bella
  4. Coco
  5. Loki
  6. Lily
  7. George
  8. Lucy
  9. Leo
  10. Max

Cat breeds:

  1. Domestic Short Hair
  2. Domestic Medium Hair
  3. Ragdoll
  4. Domestic Long Hair
  5. Burmese
  6. British Short Hair
  7. Bengal
  8. Russian Blue
  9. Maine Coon
  10. Siberian Forest Cat

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Minister for City Services Tara Cheyne thanked everyone who registered their pet this year.

“Registration is compulsory for cats and dogs from eight weeks of age,” she said.

“Not only does this provide us with accurate information to help reunite lost pets with their owners, but it also gives us an insight into the most popular pet names and breeds.”

Minister Cheyne also reminded pet owners to take extra care of their animals this summer.

“Being a pet owner is enjoyable and rewarding, however it involves responsibilities. Remember that pets cannot take off their coats like we can. As the temperature rises, they rely on us to keep them happy, healthy, and safe,” she said.

“That’s why it’s important to avoid walking your pet in the middle of the day during the warmer months. Early mornings and evenings are best. This also helps protect your pet’s paws from burning.”

To keep your pet comfortable and cool in warmer weather, ensure they have access to fresh drinking water and shade all day.

You could also visit a dog swimming spot or fill a kids’ splash pool with water to help your dog cool down.

“If you’re one of many Canberrans enjoying a well-deserved holiday away, arrange for someone to care for your pet if you are heading interstate or overseas. Don’t leave your pet unattended and ensure your pet’s carer is familiar with its feeding and exercise requirements.

“There are also several boarding kennels located around the ACT that can care for your pet,” Minister Cheyne concluded.

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