It’s a three-peat for Bella — that’s the most popular dog name in Wellesley, Mass., for the third year running.
Labrador retrievers are once again the favorite breed, representing more than 15% of the 2,865 dogs licensed in 2018 (the deadline for licenses was the start of April, and there are surely some stragglers). Golden retrievers and golden doodles are the next most popular breeds in town.
While names like Lucy, Cooper and Riley are popular names for dogs in town, Wellesley residents own many pups with unique names, too. There are more than 900 dogs in Wellesley that are the sole owners among dogs in town with their name. Among them are Friday, Hero, Bowie and Princess Heartbeat.
Jake Cramer, Wellesley dog
Rex Sharma, a male mini golden doodle
Lucy Woodring, a 9-year-old English mastiff
Vivienne Perry, looking a bit puzzled
Oliver Melignano, a male maltipoo, age 1
Bear, a 4-year-old golden retriever
So glad to see Calvin Bruno was rescued
Nugget, yellow lab, and Cricket, black lab, both female
Charlie, a male miniature poodle
M.E., a female black lab
Louis, a Tibetan Terrier whose hobbies include playing tag with friends, and rawhide chews
Presidential-sounding names include Reagan, Truman and McKinley, have proven popular for dog owners in Wellesley. Though there are no dogs named Clinton, Obama or Trump on the list.
If you want to find the party animals, know that there are three Gronks in town.
Unique breeds in Wellesley include a Schipperke, a Sealyham terrier and a Clumber spaniel.
And it’s almost an even split of male and female dogs in Wellesley, with just five more females overall based on the current tally.
Below is a look at the top names and breeds, which look an awful lot like last year’s, plus the entire list of licensed dogs to date in 2018.
Thanks to the Town of Wellesley for sharing this info.