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Pet names may predict behavior

Pet names may shape the kind of character your dog or cat will develop.

A cat named PeePee, for example, might spend a lot of time secluded in the litter box

Dogs named Chewy will not go well with your new suede couch.

The most popular dog names, as listed at PawNation.com, illustrate what folks want from their dogs, even if they don’t realize it while they are picking the name.

Top five male dog names:

1. Max. This dog is going to think he’s the greatest thing since Mel Gibson. Best for an Australian shepherd.

2. Buddy. Good ole Buddy will be your best pal, never leaving your side. Because of this, it’s best for a small dog you can easily step over.

3. Jake. Technical definition of this name is supplanter. Don’t expect him to give up the couch. Not ideal for a Great Dane.

4. Bailey. This dog will be loads of fun and great at parties. He’ll also be at your beck and call, as dogs are supposed to be but often aren’t, as his name means steward. Good for English Mastiffs or Irish Setters.

5. Rocky. Great hiking dog, especially in Colorado. He may, however, have some colon issues. Awesome choice for a boxer.

Top five female dog names:

1. Molly. While the name sounds like a sea of sweetness, it actually means sea of bitterness. Masculine version is Garry. Best for red-headed poodles that were popular in the 1980s.

2. Bella. These dogs do well with Pavlovian training. Excellent choice for beagles and bloodhounds.

3. Lucy. Also a good choice for red-headed dogs, namely strawberry blonds since the name means light. Best for smaller breeds that don’t weigh much.

4. Maggie. This one will surely grow up to be a gem of a dog, since the name means pearl. Good for little Yorkie types.

5. Daisy. These dogs will end up romping through the fields and chomping on your flowers. Ideal for big-eyed dogs like pugs.

See the rest of the top dog names: www.pawnation.com/2009/05/19/top-20-dog-names/

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