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Happy National Puppy Day! The Top 10 Puppy Names of 2021—And the States With the Most New Puppies in 2021


Not that you needed an excuse to dote a little extra on your dog, but National Puppy Day is March 23! The benefits of pet ownership aren't just for the four-legged furry family members: According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), owning a pet can bring decreased cholesterol and triglycerides, lower blood pressure, as well as psychological benefits of increased socialization, reduced feelings of loneliness and lower levels of stress.

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, with so many more people spending time at home, there are a lot more new dog moms and dads. According to Trupanion pet insurance, the following states boasted the newest puppy owners in the past year:

States With the Most New Puppy Owners in 2021

1. Texas

2. Oregon

3. New Jersey

4. Washington

5. Florida

6. Connecticut

7. Vermont

8. Massachusetts

9. Illinois

10. North Carolina

And with new puppies come cute new unique dog names!

Related: Dying to Have a Dog, Even Though You Live In an Apartment? These 25 Dog Breeds Are for You

Choosing a name for your dog can be tough—and there are so many options, from Disney dog names to cool dog names. Experts suggest avoiding sibilant sounds in names (words or names that would include a hissing sound), keeping names to one or two syllables, avoiding names that may rhyme with commands (like "Shea" with "stay") and steering clear of names that are too common in your area, or else trips to the dog park can get tricky when it's time to go home!

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The most important part of naming your dog is picking a name that your dog will answer to and that you'll both love for the rest of its life.

Trupanion scoured their database of more than 600,000 insured pets to determine the top 10 puppy names of 2021. Some of these puppy names are probably familiar because they've been popular for a while (especially the ones at the top of the list). However, 2021 saw a few new names that cracked the top 10, including Milo, Bailey and Coco.

Related: ‘It Will Change Your Life’: Duchess Meghan Says in Heartfelt Essay on the Joys of Adopting a Pet

Top 10 Puppy Names of 2021

1. Luna

2. Charlie

3. Cooper

4. Bella

5. Milo

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6. Lucy

7. Bailey

8. Daisy

9. Coco

10. Max

Next, find out how to adopt a dog where you live!

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