Where the Wild Things Are

The most popular pet spots and names in Cambridge and Somerville

Written by Michael Morisy
Edited by JPat Brown

Curious as to what the most popular dog names in the Boston area were, MuckRock recently filed a request for the names, addresses and breeds of registered dogs in Somerville and Cambridge. Both cities’ animal control officers were extremely helpful and friendly, but only Somerville’s office actually included the names (we’re still hopeful for Cambridge).

Wish you knew what the top dog names in your neighborhood were? File a local request, and then select your town and “Pet licensing data,” and we’ll take it from there!

So what were the winners? Without further ado …

The 20 Most Popular Dog Names in Somerville

Plus 2 bonus dogs!
  1. BELLA - 17 dogs
  2. MAX - 15 dogs
  3. BUDDY - 13 dogs
  4. SOPHIE - 11 dogs
  5. SADIE - 11 dogs
  6. BAILEY - 10 dogs
  7. MAGGIE - 10 dogs
  8. PRINCESS - 10 dogs
  9. DAISY - 10 dogs
  10. MOLLY - 10 dogs
  11. RILEY - 9 dogs
  12. JAKE - 9 dogs
  13. ZOE - 9 dogs
  14. CHARLIE - 8 dogs
  15. LUCY - 8 dogs
  16. LUCKY - 8 dogs
  17. ROCKY - 8 dogs
  18. MILO - 7 dogs
  19. SAM - 7 dogs
  20. STELLA - 7 dogs
  21. COCO - 7 dogs
  22. OLIVE - 7 dogs

Somerville also kindly included dog breeds registered so if you’ve ever wondered whether there more Chihuahas or Shih Tzu’s in Somerville, now you know!

Breed # of Reg. Dogs
Labrador 82
Chihuaha 71
Beagle 63
Pug 52
Golden Retriever 50
Shih Tzu 43
Mixed Breed 41
Boston Terrier 38
Labrador, Mixed 37
Labrador Retriever 35

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