Top 10 Most Unusual Dog and Cat Names of 2009

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Nation’s Leading Pet Health Insurance Company Reveals Wackiest Pet Names

BREA, Calif., June 17 — For many a pet owner, Max sounds mundane and Bailey is simply boring. In order to pay homage to those who take pride in their pets’ unconventional names, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation’s oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, set out for the second year in a row to find the 10 most unusual dog and cat names in the United States. VPI employees selected 50 unusual cat names and 50 unusual dog names from the company’s database of more than 470,000 insured pets, and narrowed them down by voting for the 10 most unusual names in each category. Following are the results:

Wackiest Dog Names

  1. Doogie Schnauzer MD
  2. Sargent Sausage
  3. I Am Sparticus
  4. Lunchbox
  5. Angus Sir Loin
  6. Bam-Bam Noddle Butt
  7. Mouse Meat
  8. Fluffernutter
  9. Kanye East
  10. Inspector Foo Foo

Wackiest Cat Names

  1. Snag L. Tooth
  2. Clawed Monet
  3. Velvet Elvis
  4. Eartha Kitty
  5. Blue Man Chew
  6. Catzilla
  7. Thurston Picklesworth III
  8. Yardsale
  9. Dishwasher
  10. Polly Prissypants

“Nearly every pet owner whose pet made the top 10 reasoned that a distinct name was only appropriate for their distinct pet,” said Curtis Steinhoff, VPI spokesman. “Snag L. Tooth, for example, has a noticeable ‘snaggle tooth’ that juts out even when his mouth is closed, and Lunchbox the English bulldog has the stature of, well, a lunchbox. Whether a name reflected the appearance or quirky personality trait of the pet, each ‘Wacky Pet Name’ winner certainly earned or lived up to its clever name.”

For the full lists of 50 unusual dog and cat names, pictures of pets who made the Top 10, and stories on the origin of each unusual name, visit www.wackypetnames.com.

About Veterinary Pet Insurance
Veterinary Pet Insurance Co./DVM Insurance Agency is the nation’s oldest and largest pet health insurance company and is a member of the Nationwide Insurance family of companies. Providing pet owners with peace of mind since 1982, the company is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers and an advocate of pet health education. VPI Pet Insurance plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Optional Pet Well Care Protection for routine care is also available.

Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. More than 2,000 companies nationwide offer VPI Pet Insurance as an employee benefit. Policies are underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and in all other states by National Casualty Company, an A+15 rated company in Madison, Wisconsin. Pet owners can find VPI Pet Insurance on Facebook or follow @VPI on Twitter. For more information about VPI Pet Insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit petinsurance.com.

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Devoted pet owner and now, devoted pet editor, Judi spent her time working in traditional offices, keeping the books and the day-to-day operations organized. Taking her dog to work every day for over a decade never seemed odd. Neither did having an office cat. She knows what it's like to train a new puppy and she's experienced the heartache of losing beloved companions.

7 Comments

  1. Doogie Schnauzer is actually kind of funny. I’ve seen odd names used for pure bred papers, but not as real names. We have fun nick names for our dogs, but their regular names are pretty common. Thanks for the post.

  2. Hey there,

    I read your article. I’m amazed to see that you’ve got a huge amount of information about the names of pets. Yes the name of the pet has to be distinct and match up with the nature and type of pet. A dog named Inspector would be like a cop in itself. 🙂 Anyways, do keep us informed about such useful knowledgeable information.

    Thanks a lot.

  3. These names are really interesting and will help dog and cat owner to named their pet away some. I have two dogs and their name is tiger and Milo but now I am going to assign new name that will be “Lunchbox” and Mouse Meat. Lunchbox will be name of my dog which like to eat most of the time.

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