Bella beats Max for six years in a row

Max ruled the top spot in the list of the top 10 most popular dog names.

But Veterinary Pet Insurance crunched the numbers on its more than 475,000 insured pets to determine 2009’s most common pet names, and Bella beat out Max by more than 400 dogs.

Max may have slipped in the polls with dog lovers, but that name still rules No. 1 in the cat world. Tigger dropped four spots to No. 7 for cat names, while Bella jumped five spots to No. 3 in 2009. The newcomer Angel edged in at No. 10, bumping Charlie from this year’s list. Sorry, Charlie.

Here’s the list of the most popular pet names for 2009: Dogs: Bella, Max, Bailey, Lucy, Molly, Buddy, Maggie, Daisy, Chloe and Sophie. Cats: Max, Chloe, Bella, Oliver, Tiger, Smokey, Tigger, Lucy, Shadow and Angel. What about wacky names? That list includes Blue Man Chew, Fuzzbucket and Sergeant Pickles.

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