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National Puppy Day 2022: Top Dog Names, Adopted Breeds by State

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Have you had a very “pawsome” day thus far? It’s going to get better, because March 23 is National Puppy Day, and to commemorate the occasion, the business Top Data has released some doggone great statistics you may not be aware of.

The team used data from 500,000 adopted dogs, Google Search traffic volume, and a survey of 1,000 dog owners throughout the United States to determine the most popular dog names and adopted breeds by state, according to the consumer analytics company. The firm also identified which states had the most puppy lovers in the country.

State-by-state list of the most common puppy names

Max was the most popular dog name in 18 states, followed by Bella in 15 states.

Buddy was a top-dog competitor as well, ranking first in 12 states.

In two states, Montana and Delaware, Sadie was the most popular. Meanwhile, in Hawaii, Marley was the most popular name, in Rhode Island, Rocky was the most popular, and in Vermont, Murphy was the most popular.

By state, the most commonly adopted breeds

The most common breeds adopted were Labradors and Chihuahuas, which topped the list in nearly every state.

California

  1. Chihuahua
  2. Pt Bull
  3. Labrador Retriever
  4. Mutt
  5. German Shepherd Dog

There was, however, one exception to the rule. Yorkshire Terriers were the most popular breed for adoption in Washington, D.C. The Puppy-Loving States were placed first, second, third, and fourth, respectively.

Prior to and during the COVID-19 outbreak, Top Data examined puppy adoption rates and ranked states based on the number of persons looking to adopt a dog per population.

The extra time people spent at home during the epidemic, according to the firm, contributed to an increase in puppy adoptions across the country in February 2022.
“Whether it’s to alleviate loneliness or just because they have more free time to devote to caring for a pet,” Top Data said.

When comparing the latter two months of 2021 to the first two months of 2022, the researchers discovered a 12% rise in puppy adoption.

The States with the Most Puppy Addicts

  1. New Hampshire
  2. Oregon
  3. Nevada
  4. Connecticut
  5. Colorado
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Delaware
  8. Washington
  9. Rhode Island
  10. California

The most puppy-loving state was New Hampshire, followed by Oregon and Connecticut. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Mississippi residents have shown the least interest in adopting a puppy.

The top baby names expected for 2022 have been revealed

Names.org also released its top baby name forecasts for this year earlier this month, with a few surprises.

Top 10 most popular boy names in 2022

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. Oliver
  4. Elijah
  5. William
  6. James
  7. Benjamin
  8. Henry
  9. Lucas
  10. Alexander

Liam was the most popular boy’s name, with the organization projecting that 18,960 infants will be named Liam by 2022. The names Theodore and Mateo were barely outside the top ten, but their popularity was growing.T

Top 10 most popular girl names 

  1. Olivia
  2. Emma
  3. Charlotte
  4. Amelia
  5. Sophia
  6. Ava
  7. Isabella
  8. Mia
  9. Evelyn
  10. Luna

Camila was a popular name that was barely outside the top ten. According to Names.org, the name is projected to be among the top ten names in the next several years.

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