Here at Gencon we love to meet up with dogs and their owners at shows and are always keen to find out the inspiration behind your pets names. Dogs have historically been a huge part of a families life so after being intrigued by some of the names of the Gundogs we recently met at the West Country Game Fair we decided to have a look into a few of the more famous dog names that have become well known over time.
We will start with one of the most famous fictional cartoon dogs that most people have come across at one time or another, Snoopy is the loveable beagle that entertained many a child over the years with his classic one line phrases. Snoopy was quickly followed by a whole range of modern cartoon character dogs who have been watched on the big screen over the years. Who can forget that loveable giant Beethoven! This classic brown and white St Bernard was every 80’s child’s dream dog with his giant like features and seemingly endless supply of sloppy kisses. A more modern alternative to Snoopy is of course the oddly named Scooby doo. This classic dog and his hapless antics have provided inspiration for many a dogs name and created some interesting moments in parks across the globe when their owners were calling back their own Scooby’s.
Dog owners who want to go for a more traditional name wouldn’t go far wrong if they decide to look for inspiration in timeless films like Lassie. This film became a favourite of many children and adults alike thanks to the dogs appealing and hugely loveable character. Lassie was originally created by Eric Knight in 1943 when he wanted to launch a canine character that would appeal to the masses. Lassie certainly did this and many a dog owner chose this moniker for their dog in appreciation of the canine film star.
If you had a Child or Grandchild in the past decade then you won’t have failed to smile when you came across a dog named Clifford. The chances are their owners had young relatives themselves who were fans of the famous big red dog himself. Clifford was of course one of the most popular on screen characters who increased the popularity of this more unusual name over the years.
Away from television and films there seem to be other subject areas where dogs can have an impact on overall trends in dog names. Whenever a President or Prime Minister releases their four legged pets name vets know they will see an increase in puppy’s with a similar name. In recent years the rather touching name Lupo has been heard across parks and in vets waiting rooms as people have embraced Prince William’s choice of names for his spaniel.
Aside from the Royal Family many American Presidents over the decades have seen their dogs become the source of inspiration for names of a generation of dogs. Indeed more recently there have been a number of dogs in America taking on the rather sweet name Bo after Barrack Obama’s aptly named Bo. This Portuguese water dog’s presence in the White House has also seen the breeds popularity grow thanks to his numerous appearance in photo shoots.
Perhaps the most famous presidents dog was Millie, who belonged to George H W Bush and became so famous she even ‘wrote’ her very own book, simply named the ‘Millie book’. This famous little English Springer Spaniel was a constant fixture by her masters side for many years and even went on to have 6 puppies whilst at the height of her fame. The name Millie, spelt in many forms, has remained a popular dogs name for female puppies right up until the current list of top names for puppies was released in 2014.