Top dog names 2022

August 26, 2022 10:09 pm in by

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Did your pooch’s name make it into the top 10?

HCF Pet Insurance has released the list of most popular Australian dog names to coincide with International Dog Day on August 26.

Charlie is still the most popular name – same as last year – but Coco is now more popular than ever, jumping from 7th place last year to 2nd this year.

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And Bella comes in 3rd.

Most popular dog names in Australia, 2022:

  1. Charlie
  2. Coco 
  3. Bella
  4. Ruby
  5. Max
  6. Luna
  7. Molly
  8. Buddy
  9. Daisy
  10. Frankie

And here’s the breakdown by state

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NSW: Charlie, Coco, Daisy, Ruby, Luna

QLD: Bella, Ruby, Max, Molly, Frankie

VIC: Charlie, Coco, Max, Ruby, Luna

SA: Buddy, Charlie, Molly, Ollie, Frankie

WA: Coco, Molly, Luna, Buddy, Bella

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NT: Ziggy, Jack, Jazz, Jessica

ACT: Toby, Ruby, Molly, Charlie, Luna

TAS: Ziggy, Riley, Sheba, Maggie, Lola


The analysis of HCF Pet Insurance data also showed that the most popular dog breed remained the Cavoodle, followed by the Maltese Cross and Labrador.

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To celebrate the love Australians have for their furry companions, HCF Pet Insurance surveyed more than 1,000 people to find out more about the role their pooches play in their family unit. 

The survey revealed:

  • 57% of dog owners (almost 5.7 million Aussies) said ‘overall their dog makes them happier than any other family member’
  • 29% of married dog owners (almost 1.9 million Aussies) said they would prefer to share their bed with their dog than their partner
  • 36% of dog owners with kids (1.45 million Aussies) give their children food that they wouldn’t consider healthy enough for their dog

HCF Chief Officer Product & Diversified Business, Lorraine Thomas, said the survey results were a nod to just how integrated dogs were into Australian family lives.

“Pets bring great comfort to their owners and can also provide so many health benefits, from being a good reason to get out of the house and go for a walk, to being a calming companion that lends an ear and almost never answers back.”

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