Australia’s Top Trending Dog Breeds and Names 2021

 

We wanted to find out the true extent of national dog ownership and which dogs, breeds and names capture Australian hearts. Read our findings from our bespoke study below.

We love our dogs. They always find a way to bring a smile to our day, or much needed comfort when we’re down. Through all the challenges of the last 18 months, our dogs have been our constant companions, ready to walk, play, or just hang out. Hill’s Pet Nutrition Australia wanted to find out the true extent of national interest in dog ownership and which dog breeds capture Australian hearts. We performed a bespoke study into Australian search behaviour, utilising Google search volumes to reveal the current top trending dog breeds of 2021.

*Analysing Google search interest of more than 470 breeds between September 2019 and August 2021, the study uncovered the top dog breeds in search demand across Australia, along with each state and main city. It also took a look into dog names to see what’s trending for our beloved companions right now. Read on to find out the most searched dogs of the year!

Interest in dog ownership stays strong across Australia

What do we want? Pets!

In 2020, Australians showed a surge of enthusiasm for bringing canine companions into their lives, with search interest around new or adopted dogs climbing dramatically. While this trend is easing off slightly in 2021, interest still remains high with over 29 million searches surrounding bringing home a dog across the year.

With many of us now working from home, we have more time to spend with our pets. Australians contemplating adding a pet to their household found the last two years the perfect opportunity to introduce a four-legged friend to their home 1. Animal Medicines Australia (AMA) reported a substantial rise in pet ownership across the country this year, with dogs found in 7% more households than 2019.

However, not every would-be pet owner has found the companion they’re looking for. Searches related to new or adopted dogs are on the rise again since July lockdowns began, with a total of more than 3 million in August alone.

In the last year, there were more than 8.89 million searches around adopting or rescuing a dog. 1AMA reported that 13% of dogs entering Australian homes in 2021 were rescued from animal shelters.

Many Australians are also looking for dogs outside of adoption or rescue, with 20.7 million searches related to new dogs in 2021. In fact, 1 40% of dogs brought home in 2021 came from a breeder, while another 11% were purchased from pet shops.


1 Animal Medicines Australia ‘Pets and the Pandemic’, 2021

Top Trending Dog Breeds Australia Revealed

There’s no doubt about it – Australians are on the hunt for dogs! But which breeds are they looking for?

Smaller dog breeds dominated last year's most searched for list, yet it seems that interest in larger more active dogs has surged for 2021. Perhaps indicative of current climate and a desire for a more active, outdoor furry companion.

Top 10 Trending Dog Breeds

We analysed Google searches of 473 dog breeds, including traditional, pedigree, and cross-breeds, to reveal Australia’s top trending dog breeds– and there’s a few surprises! Does your four-legged friend feature below?

#1 Golden Retriever

 

golden retriever is the 1st trending dog breed in Australia

 

Last year’s #2, the Golden Retriever enjoyed a 57% YoY rise in search interest to take out the top spot. Receiving more than 1.7 million searches in 2021, the Golden Retriever’s sweet and social nature can be a draw for all families.

 

#2 Border Collie

 

border collie is the 2nd trending dog breed in Australia

 

 

The Border Collie attracted more than 1.5 million searches, a significant 64% increase from 2020 has risen to take the 2nd spot, up from joint 4th place last year. The Border Collie is known for intelligence, perceptiveness, and stubbornness, making them common choices for working and training.

 

#3 German Shepherd

 

german shepherd is the 3rd trending dog breed in Australia

 

Moving from 6th place to 3rd, the large and lovable German Shepherd is intelligent and easily trained. The German Shepherd continues the trend of large dogs in the top 10, with a 60% YoY increase in searches to reach over 1.4 million. They are often trained as herding or guard dogs and are a loyal family pet.

 

#4 Rottweiler

 

rottweiler is the 4th trending dog breed in Australia

 

The #4 trending dog nationally is the large, confident and powerful Rottweiler. This breed is famous for their guard instinct and brought in more than 1.4 million searches with a 64% increase in interest YoY.

 

#5 Cavoodle

 

cavoodle is the 5th trending dog breed in Australia

 

Last year’s #1, yet searches for Cavoodles decreased by 13% YoY, to reach a total of just over 1.3 million. A mix of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle, the Cavoodle is in fact a crossbreed, but has been growing in popularity ever since.

 

#6 Pomeranian

 

pomeranian is the 6th trending dog breed in Australia

 

This small and active toy dog of Nordic descent secured 6th place in our top 10 list with a 50% YoY increase and more than 1.2 million searches.

 

#7 Bulldogs

 

bullgods is the 7th trending dog breed in Australia

 

The first brand new 2021 entrant on our top 10 list is the hardy Bulldog, up from #14 in 2020. This compact and muscular breed saw a 75% YoY increase, bringing in more than 1.1 million searches across the board. This is largely thanks to searches for Bulldogs in NSW, which almost single-handedly boosted them into the top 10.

 

#8 Shiba Inu

 

shiba inu is the 8th trending Dog Breed in Australia

 

Australia’s #8 most searched for pooch is the Shiba Inu and is another new entrant into this year’s top 10 list, up from #25 last year. The breed received an impressive 89% increase in searches YoY, to total almost 1 million. These iconic hunting dogs from Japan are agile and alert and are often chosen as companion dogs.

 

#9 Labrador

 

labrador is the 9th trending dog breed in Australia

 

Another new entrant to the top list, Labradors are known as both friendly companions and useful working dogs. This intelligent breed received 46% more searches YoY for a total of 986k.

 

#10 Greyhound

 

Labradoodle is the 10th trending dog breed in Australia

 

The gentle greyhound has made its way into this year’s top #10 thanks largely to a rise in searches for the breed in NSW and is up from #16 last year. Greyhounds saw a 22% increase in searches YoY to reach a total of 981k. Many adopted greyhounds are retired racing dogs that have found new life as an affectionate family pet.

 

After the top 10, the following loveable breeds made it in to the top 25 list of Australians’ current trending favourites.

Top 25 Trending Dog Breeds in Australia

Overall Rank 2021 Breed Type / Classification 2020 2021 YoY% YoY Ranking Change +/-
1 Golden Retriever Sporting / Gundog Group 1,094,000 1,722,000 57% 1
2 Border Collie Herding Group 928,500 1,519,500 64% 2
3 German Shepherd Working Group 898,000 1,440,000 60% 3
4 Cavoodle Working Group 867,500 1,420,500 64% 4
5 Border Collie Miscellaneous Class 1,533,500 1,336,500 -13% -4
6 Pomeranian Toy Group 856,500 1,287,000 50% 1
7 Bulldog Non - Sporting Group 643,200 1,128,500 75% 7
8 Shiba Inu Utility Group 523,600 991,600 89% 17
9 Labrador Sporting / Gundog Group 676,000 986,000 46% 34
10 Greyhound Hound Group 802,000 981,000 22% 6
11 Beagle Hound Group 640,000 950,000 48% 2
12 Cane Corso Utility Group 473,700 941,600 99% 10
13 French Bulldog Non - Sporting Group 1,054,500 937,500 -11% -10
14 Australian Shepherd Working Group 909,000 924,000 2% -10
15 Dachshund Hound Group 584,000 919,000 57% 4
16 Cocker Spaniel Sporting / Gundog Group 529500 901,500 70% 1
17 Great Dane Non - Sporting Group 552,800 881,000 59% 6
18 Bull Terrier Terrier Group 573,000 859,000 50% 0
19 Chow Chow Non - Sporting Group 556,600 834,000 50% 2
20 Chihuahua Toy Group 538,200 832,000 55% 0
21 Samoyed Utility Group 545600 790,200 45% 1
22 Chusky Miscellaneous Group 521400 779,200 49% 2
23 Bernese Mountain Dog Utility Group 477,600 777,200 63% -3
24 Tibetan Mastiff Utility Group 443,000 704,000 59% 1
25 Poodle Non-Sporting Group 422,200 695,200 65% -1
Top 25 trending dog breeds Australia

Top Trending Dog Breeds by State, Territory and City

Read on below to find out which in-demand breeds take the top spots across our states, territories and main cities. Some of the findings may surprise you - does your four-legged friend feature in our top 10 trending dog breeds list?

While the Golden Retriever may have the lion’s share of searches, not all Australians agree on who is top dog. Search interest for different dog breeds varies by state, with local favourites in some places making it as far as the top spot. In fact, only three breeds made it into the top 10 in every state – Golden Retrievers, Border Collies, and Rottweiler.

‘Bulldogs’ in NSW

Those searching in NSW showed unmatched attachment to Bulldogs. The Bulldog totalled 544K searches and the French Bulldog tallied 306K. These two consistent favourites are highly searched for all year round, waddling their way into NSW spots #1 and #9 respectively.

Despite their tough, intimidating appearance and thick-set body, modern Bulldogs are often gentle and affectionate. Their laid-back nature makes them perfect for the more crowded suburbs of Sydney. Much like the beloved Pug, many Bulldogs and French Bulldogs enjoy clowning around and are a little goofy.

Cavoodles in QLD and VIC

The Cavoodle has retained the top spot in both QLD and VIC. Cavoodles have a gentle nature and are a family favourite due to how affectionate and lively they are. They are perfect companions for children and are known to get along with all other types of family pets.

Rottweilers find love in NT and WA

The Rottweiler trotted its way into the top 10 in every state– but took out a top 2 spot in NT and 3 in WA as well as 5th in QLD and NSW. Rottweilers are one of the oldest herding breeds, and their history may date back as far as the Roman Empire. Originally working dogs, this unusual breed can be a demanding choice of pet, and needs socialisation, exercise, and stimulating mental challenges to thrive.

Herding Dogs in SA, WA and TAS

Our study found that herding dogs in general have the highest trending search terms in states such as SA, WA and TAS. However, the Border Collie and German Shepherd have bounded their way into hearts in almost every state.

Different states, different dogs

States showed varied tastes in dogs, with only VIC and SA featuring the same breeds in their top 10. Narrowly pawing their way into the top 10 is the Cocker Spaniel (#8, QLD), Bernese Mountain Dog (#8, TAS), and Docker (#5, WA). In 10th spot is Pug (TAS, VIC and WA), Beagle (NSW), Australian Shepherd (NT), Shiba Inu (SA) and Border Collie (QLD)

Top Trending Dog Breeds by Australian State and Territory

Dog Breed NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA
Golden Retriever 2 5 3 1 2 2 1
Border Collie 4 8 10 3 3 3 4
German Shepherd 7 4 - 5 5 5 6
Rottweiler 5 2 5 6 6 6 3
Cavoodle 3 3 1 8 - 1 9
Pomeranian 6 - 6 7 9 8 7
Bulldog 1 - - - - - -
Shiba Inu 8 - - 10 - 9 -
French Bulldog 9 6 2 4 4 4 -
Beagle 10 - - - - - -
Greyhound - 1 - - - - -
Bull Arab - 7 - - - - -
Cane Corso - 9 - - - - 8
Australian Shepherd - 10 4 2 1 7 2
Pug - - 7 9 10 10 10
Bernese Mountain Dog - - - - 8 - -
Staffordshire Bull Terrier - - - - - - -
Docker - - - - - - 5
Staffordshire Bull Terrier - - - - 7 - -
Bull Terrier - - 9 - - - -
Cocker Spaniel - - 8 - - - -
Top Trending Dog breeds by Australian State & Territory

When it comes to picking the prime pooch, how do our main cities stack up? Australia’s big cities had more similarities than our state by state comparison – but the study also revealed a few unusual differences.

The lovable Golden Retriever had universal appeal, with a top #3 result in every capital city and notably #1 in Hobart. On top of this, 6 other dogs made it into the top 10 in every capital city: the Border Collie, German Shepherd, Rottweiler, Cavoodle, French Bulldog and Australian Shepherd.

Cavoodle still king in capital cities

Despite falling in searches overall, the adorable Cavoodle still took the number #1 spot in the capital cities of Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth. Cavoodles don’t require much space and are known to thrive on human companionship, so it’s clear why Australians are still searching for this cross.

Sydney searches for smaller dogs

Smaller and more laid-back breeds of dog continue to bring in high numbers of searches in Sydney. The study found that non-sporting & toy breeds such as the Cavoodle (#1), Bulldog (#2), French Bulldog (#4) and Pomeranian (#5) dominated the top 5 for this city.

Greyhound in Darwin

The Greyhound is favoured in Darwin and NT again this year, retaining its crown as the top breed with 5,680 searches and a 53% YoY increase. Greyhounds can make wonderful family-friendly companions and are easy to clean and care for.

‘The Aussie’ still in demand in every capital city

Whilst the energetic Australian Shepherd did not make it into this year’s national top 10, this beautiful breed still featured within the top 10 for every capital city.

Top Trending Dog Breeds by Australian Main City

Dog Breed Sydney Darwin Brisbane Adelaide Hobart Melbourne Perth
Golden Retriever 3 3 2 2 1 2 2
Border Collie 6 7 3 4 2 3 3
German Shepherd 8 5 7 6 5 6 6
Rottweiler 7 2 6 8 8 4 4
Cavoodle 1 4 1 1 3 1 1
Pomeranian 5 - 8 7 9 8 8
Bulldog 2 - - - - - -
Staffordshire Bull Terrier - - - - - - -
Shiba Inu 10 - - 10 - 9 9
Labrador - - - - - - -
French Bulldog 4 6 4 5 6 5 5
Beagle - - - - 10 - -
Greyhound - 1 10 - - - -
Cane Corso - - - - - - -
Australian Shepherd 9 10 5 3 4 7 7
Pug - 9 - 9 7 - -
Bull Arab - 8 - - - - -
Labrador Corso - - 9 - - 10 10
Top Trending Dog breeds by Australian City

Australia’s Top Trending Dog Names

How do you choose the perfect pet name?

Finding the right name for your new four-legged friend can be a tough task. If you’re looking for inspiration, Hill’s Pet Nutrition Australia has done the digging on the top trending pup names of 2021 and the results are in.

We analysed search volumes of 654 well-known, popular dog names as well as including terms across categories such as famous, food, and location to see what was trending throughout the year and, where Australians may be taking inspiration from when naming their dogs. The nation’s current trending favourite monikers are revealed through an index ranking score, based on growth in search popularity and YoY change. It’s clear that we draw inspiration from the things we love as well as what’s happening in the world around us – from celebrities to popular culture and, of course, the colour of our companion’s fur!

Overall trends

This year 44% (11 out of 25) of the top 25 trending dog names were male, followed by traditional female names at 36% (9 out of 25). The remaining 20% consisted of terms inspired by our favourite food & drink choices (5 out of 25).

TV and film are often an inspiration 

Loki dominated as the most searched pup name of 2021, an ode to the Loki television series that aired its first episode in June, accumulating nearly 1.1 million searches. The fictional ‘God of Mischief’ and popular Marvel character saw a 553% YoY increase and 6.53 popularity index score. Loki wasn’t the only superhero character to make the top 20, with Hawkeye coming in at #19. Other names that might be inspired by what we see on the screen are Moxie (#3) after the Moxie girls in the 2021 comedy movie, and Ava (#6) the main character from the eponymously titled film.

Fictional dog characters also made it into the top spots. Odie from the Garfield comic strip is still clearly favoured and came in at number #9, down two positions from #7 since last years study while Lady, (#5) may well be an ode to the beloved Lady and the Tramp.

Delicious dog names rank highly

Food and drink may continue to inspire choice. Drinks featured highly in overall listing with the classic cocktail Gimlet ranking at #7, along with Coffee at #11 and Cider at #14. Food featured a little further down the list with Mochi at #22, Bagel at #35 and Pumpkin at #44.

Popular human names feature in our trending list

More than anything else, our dogs are our friends and important parts of our lives. Reflecting this, it’s no surprise that ordinary human names dominated the top 25 trending dog names, with Loki (#1), Autumn (#2), Ava (#6), Sophie (#8), Mimi (#10), Bianca (#12) and Tyson (#13, up from #21 in last year's study) and are all popular baby names in their own right. Does your four-legged friend feature in this top list?

Overall Rank 2021 Name Category 2020 2021 YoY% Index YoY Ranking Change +/-
1 Loki Male 167400 1093700 553% 6.53 217
2 Autumn Female 197800 1119300 466% 5.66 -
3 Moxie Female 37300 209400 461% 5.61 44
4 Chewy Male 25600 127400 398% 4.98 50
5 Lady Female 58800 248400 322% 4.22 -
6 Ava Female 85200 300700 253% 3.53 145
7 Gimlet Food 62600 205800 229% 3.29 -
8 Sophie Female 61200 182800 199% 2.99 146
9 Odie Male 20200 55300 174% 2.74 -2
10 Mimi Female 73200 179500 145% 2.45 -
11 Coffee Food 2751000 6166000 124% 2.24 -
12 Bianca Female 35900 74900 109.% 2.09 -
13 Tyson Male 32400 66300 105% 2.05 7
14 Cider Food 111500 226200 103% 2.03 -
15 Juno Female 130900 257900 97% 1.97 180
16 Cj Male 36400 70600 94% 1.94 -
17 Vinnie Male 501000 942500 88% 1.88 -
18 Zeke Male 13700 25700 88% 1.88 126
19 Hawkeye Male 90300 168100 86% 1.86 -
20 Zoey Female 14700 27200 85% 1.85 -
21 Felix Male 105300 191400 82% 1.82 158
22 Mochi Food 217600 390800 80% 1.80 -
23 Brew Food 499600 895000 79% 1.79 -
24 Joey Male 81500 144900 78% 1.78 64
25 Pepper Male 172200 305500 77% 1.77 147

Which dog name category was the most popular?

This year we analysed search volumes of six different categories to understand name trend findings at a broader level. Does your new fur baby fit into any of these top categories?

#1 Male

The most searched category overall was male names, accumulating a huge 121 million searches and an 8% YoY increase across 2021. Top names in this category are reflective of 2021 popular culture, movies, and sport.

Top ten searches:

  • #1 Loki
  • #2 Chewy
  • #3 Odie
  • #4 Tyson
  • #5 Cj
  • #6 Vinnie
  • #7 Zeke
  • #8 Hawkeye
  • #9 Felix
  • #10 Joey


Top Trending Male Dog Names

Category Rank Name 2020 2021 YoY% Index Overall Rank 2021
1 Loki 167,400 1,093,700 553% 6.53 1
2 Chewy 25,600 127,400 398% 4.98 4
3 Odie 20,200 55,300 174% 2.74 9
4 Tyson 32,400 66,300 105% 2.05 13
5 Cj 36,400 70,600 94% 1.94 16
6 Vinnie 501,000 942,500 88% 1.88 17
7 Zeke 13,700 25,700 88% 1.88 18
8 Hawkeye 90,300 168,100 86% 1.86 19
9 Felix 105,300 191,400 82% 1.82 21
10 Joey 81,500 144,900 78% 1.78 24

#2 Female

Inspiration as to what we call our new pets can be drawn from current popular baby names as Ava, Sophie and Mimi all take top spots in this category and are favoured newborn infant names in their own right. This category received 43.3 million searches with a 5% YoY increase. Autumn, the top name in the female category and 2nd most searched name overall brought in 1.1 million searches, with a 5.66 index score and 466% YoY increase.

Top ten searches:

  • #1 Autumn
  • #2 Moxie
  • #3 Lady
  • #4 Ava
  • #5 Sophie
  • #6 Mimi
  • #7 Bianca
  • #8 Juno
  • #9 Zoey
  • #10 Josie


Top Trending Female Dog Names

Category Rank Name 2020 2021 YoY% Index Overall Rank 2021
1 Autumn 197,800 1,119,300 466% 5.66 2
2 Moxie 37,300 209,400 461.% 5.61 3
3 Lady 58,800 248,400 322% 4.22 5
4 Ava 85,200 300,700 253% 3.53 6
5 Sophie 61,200 182,800 199% 2.99 8
6 Mimi 73,200 179,500 145% 2.45 10
7 Bianca 35,900 74,900 109% 2.09 12
8 Juno 130,900 257,900 97% 1.97 15
9 Zoey 14,700 27,200 85% 1.85 20
10 Josie 23,700 37,400 58% 1.58 29

#3 Food & Drink

Have your favourite go-to snacks throughout lockdown influenced your dog's name? With 24.1 million searches this category had a 23% rise in YoY volume, showing that many of us are looking for new recipes and treats to keep us busy through lockdown. Does your dog look reminiscent of a Gimlet or does she have Coffee coloured fur?

Top ten searches:

  • #1 Gimlet
  • #2 Coffee
  • #3 Cider
  • #4 Mochi
  • #5 Brew
  • #6 Bagel
  • #7 Pumpkin
  • #8 Butter
  • #9 Crackers
  • #10 Sazerac


Top Trending Food & Drink Themed Dog Names

Category Rank Name 2020 2021 YoY% Index Overall Rank 2021
1 Gimlet 62,600 205,800 229% 3.29 7
2 Coffee 275,1000 6,166,000 124% 2.24 11
3 Cider 111,500 226,200 103% 2.03 14
4 Mochi 217,600 390,800 80% 1.80 22
5 Brew 499,600 895,000 79% 1.79 23
6 Bagel 199,600 294,200 47% 1.47 35
7 Pumpkin 229,800 329,500 43% 1.43 44
8 Butter 210,900 294,400 40% 1.40 48
9 Crackers 52,200 65,800 26% 1.26 85
10 Sazerac 22,200 26,000 17% 1.17 132

#4 Location

The following locations could make for a great name for a new addition to the family if you are dreaming of a distant travel. Location was the fourth-largest category, with 6.5 million searches and has remained consistent YoY. Are any of these bucket-list locations inspiration for your next dog’s name?

Top ten searches:

  • #1 Israel
  • #2 Albany
  • #3 Roma
  • #4 Kingston
  • #5 Jamaica
  • #6 Andorra
  • #7 Raleigh
  • #8 Alabama
  • #9 Cuba
  • #10 Virginia


Top Trending Location Themed Names

Category Rank Name 2020 2021 YoY% Index Overall Rank 2021
1 Israel 563,600 816,500 45% 1.45 39
2 Albany 192,500 230,300 20% 1.2 116
3 Roma 166,800 192,800 16% 1.16 146
4 Kingston 136,900 156,000 14% 1.14 164
5 Jamaica 183,500 200,700 9% 1.09 226
6 Andorra 107,200 116,800 9% 1.09 236
7 Raleigh 19,500 21,000 8% 1.08 255
8 Alabama 131,600 133,100 1% 1.01 365
9 Cuba 286,000 287,700 1% 1.01 379
10 Virginia 134,700 133,600 -1% 0.99 408

#5 Gender Neutral

Also known as epicene names, gender-neutral monikers received 4.1 million searches with a 13% category growth YoY, showing that the popularity of these names is continuing to grow and may well be influencing how we name our pets. Jordan was the top gender-neutral name for 2021 (1.07M million searches, 74% YoY and 1.74 index score). The popularity of this name could be attributed to the successful Netflix series ‘The Last Dance’ focused on Michael Jordan’s professional basketball career.

Top ten searches:

  • #1 Jordan
  • #2 Wesley
  • #3 Claude
  • #4 Reagan
  • #5 Emerson
  • #6 Bronte
  • #7 Cassidy
  • #8 Adrian
  • #9 Merrick
  • #10 Monet


Top Trending Gender Neutral Dog Names

Category Rank Name 2020 2021 YoY% Index Overall Rank 2021
1 Jordan 617,200 1,073,500 74% 1.74 26
2 Wesley 360,00 58,900 64% 1.64 28
3 Claude 11,700 17,200 47% 1.47 37
4 Reagan 26,000 37,400 44% 1.44 43
5 Emerson 53,900 75,100 39% 1.39 49
6 Bronte 51,800 67,700 31% 1.31 69
7 Cassidy 15,900 20,600 30% 1.30 74
8 Adrian 33,800 42,900 27% 1.27 81
9 Merrick 18,200 23,100 27% 1.27 82
10 Monet 118,400 150,200 27% 1.27 83

#6 Famous

From Disney classics to timeless films featuring iconic dogs, many of us are inspired to name our dogs after the characters we know, love and have grown up watching. This category saw 728,800 searches which was a 7% decrease compared to last year. The top name in this category ‘Tramp’ totalled 52,900 searches (10% YoY increase, 1.1 index score) and features in Disney's 1955 movie “Lady and the Tramp.” Do any of these famous pup names fit your new dog?

Top eight searches:

  • #1 Tramp
  • #2 Marmaduke
  • #3 Brian
  • #4 Lassie
  • #5 Pluto
  • #6 Goofy
  • #7 Astro
  • #8 Snowball


Top Trending Famous Dog Names

Category Rank Name 2020 2021 YoY% Index Overall Rank 2021
1 Tramp 48,100 52,900 10% 1.10 217
2 Marmaduke 47,900 50,900 6% 1.06 277
3 Brian 41,800 44,100 -3% 1.06 286
4 Lassie 54,800 53,200 -3% 0.97 455
5 Pluto 234,900 213,600 -9% 0.91 537
6 Goofy 155,900 139,600 -10% 0.9 550
7 Astro 155,000 134,200 -18% 0.87 576
8 Snowball 49,400 40,300 -18% 0.82 603
Top 25 Trending Dog Names in Australia

Here to help with your dog

We all love our dogs, and try our best to make their daily lives happy and healthy. But if you’re a new pet parent, it can be hard to know how to look after your beloved friend the right way. Fortunately, Hill's Pet Nutrition is here to help. We’ve put together top tips and advice from our pet experts on topics from care, to training, to nutritional needs. No matter which breed or pup you adore, we’re there at every stage of your dog’s development to help them live their best life.

Remember, before getting a new dog or puppy, it’s important to make sure you’re ready for a new pet in your home. You will need to give your dog the attention and care they need throughout their life, so think carefully about whether you’re ready to make a long term commitment and care for a new friend. Consult with your family and talk to your vet if you already have other pets in the house. Consider adopting or rescuing a dog if you are able.

Interested in reading more about ‘pupular’ dogs, breeds, and names? Then visit our 2020 top trending dogs study to see how search trends have changed.

Methodology

*Hill’s Pet Nutrition used data sourced from Google Keyword Planner to perform a bespoke data study based on over 368 million Google search volumes to identify changes in search behaviour around dog ownership due to the current climate across Australia. The study identified search volume and interest around dog adoption and rescue, getting a new dog, dog breeds, dog characteristics and dog names to highlight Australia’s current search interest in ownership and trending dog breeds and dog names.

The data was distilled at a nationwide and state level to provide further insights on dog ownership and the rise in search interest. 

All breeds were ranked in two phases, by search volume and by percentage increases. A search ‘popularity’ index score based on growth in search and YoY change was applied, in order to reveal a list of current top trending dog names. Further, for names, data was filtered to reveal the top 50% in terms of search volume in order to avoid anomalies. The data relates only to search term volume, which may not correlate to actual preference of the nation. We can, however, draw the conclusion that the rise in search terms may be indicative of popularity or favouritism.

The study collated and analysed Google searches from September 2019 – August 2021 which allowed isolation of search behaviour in two twelve-month chunks (Sept 2019 - Aug 2020 & Sept 2020 - Aug 2021) to provide a YoY comparison. All data is correct and representative as of September 1, 2021. Full methodology is available on request.

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