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Fido and Felix are out as cats and dogs get human names

Wacol RSPCA senior animal attendent Hayley Kennington with Daphne the dog.
Wacol RSPCA senior animal attendent Hayley Kennington with Daphne the dog. Rob Williams

GONE are the days when pet lovers named their pooches Fido or Rex - human names are hot and pets are being equally spoilt in the process.

What's worse: Today's popular pet names (like Daphne or Steve); or today's popular baby names (like Summa or Blaze)? Click here to vote in this Poll

Raceview Veterinary Surgery vet Fiona Perry said names such as "Blanket" - the late Michael Jackson's third child's name, and "Lord Byron" had made it into their client lists.

"We even have people who like to use alternate spelling because they are following the trends of movie stars - we've even had a dog called Apple, like Gwyneth Paltrow's child," Dr Perry said.

Lord Byron is a 12-kilo Maine Coon - a Persian-like cat commanding dominance in any home they are a part of.

"Pets in lots of circumstances replace children for couples - those who are delaying children or prefer to have a furry baby instead," she said.

Fido and Scruff have changed during this generation - there is a different perception of what people deem as 'normal'.

Yamanto Veterinary Surgery vet nurse Stephanie Romyn said people had become tired of the usual names for their pets.

"Having a human name adds to their character - people who do it are usually a bit quirky themselves," Ms Romyn said.

"It is more common in recent times than it used to be because people are open to change."

Ms Romyn said many clients named their pets after their beloved head vet Dr Tim Rush.

"We have lots of dogs named Tim," she said. "He's a wonderful vet and has been here for years."

Karalee Veterinary Surgery vet nurse Jodie Browning said many people encouraged their children to christen the family pet with their favourite name.

"We have lots of dogs named after cartoons - such as Bob or Patrick, from SpongeBob Squarepants," Ms Browning said.

"It comes down to what you like really."

 

IT'S ALL IN A NAME

Popular human names for pets include: Steven; Robert or Bob; Gregory; Timothy; Patrick; Sid; Colin; Jillian; Sally.

What's worse: Today's popular pet names (like Daphne or Steve); or today's popular baby names (like Summa or Blaze)?

This poll ended on 27 December 2012.

Today's pet names - 5%

Today's baby names - 94%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Topics:  animals, cats, dogs, lifestyle, names, pets



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