Is there a pet in your family named Bella or Buddy? What about a Max or Ruby? Rent.com.au has released the most popular names for pets with a Pet Resume.

As we’ve unpacked in other articles, Rent.com.au’s Pet Resume is the best way to show off your pet’s expert training, vaccinations and past references to improve your chance of application success.

This pet profile for renters has come a long way! Today, more than 200,000 pets have a Pet Resume on Rent.com.au.

To celebrate hitting 200,000 of our most furry and scaly friends on Pet Resume, we dug into our database to determine which names were leading the pack.

For dogs, there’s no contest. Bella is easily the most popular dog name. In fact, there are almost twice as many Bella’s as the next best choice, Buddy.

Since we last unpacked this data, there’s been a slight shift in the most popular name for cats. While there’s a degree of crossover for both dogs and cats, Bella has dropped to the second favourite under Luna in 2021.

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Top Pet Resume insights

  • The ACT has the lowest bird ownership of all capitals but leads in rodents (pets, not parliament!)
  • NSW is middle of the road in most categories but leads all other states in Staffy ownership.
  • The NT is #1 for dog ownership – there’s one cat for every three dogs.
  • QLD has more pets per person than any other state. They’re also #1 for birds.
  • SA is the most popular state to own a reptile, but the lowest for dogs.
  • TAS is #1 for rabbits and has the lowest reptile ownership of all capitals.
  • VIC comes in highest for cats and has more Jack Russells than any other state/territory.
  • WA is highest for fish and remains the most popular state to own a Chihuahua.

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What are the most popular pet names in Australia?

MOST POPULAR DOG NAMES

RankDog name
1Bella
2Buddy
3Max
4Ruby
5Charlie
6Molly
7Bear
8Roxy
9Coco
10Missy
Source - rent.com.au (200k Pet Resumes)

The name Bella was a clear winner in the popularity stakes – taking out the number one ranking in Australia. Buddy and Max followed closely, with Ruby, Charlie and Molly also making the list.

MOST POPULAR CAT NAMES

RankDog name
1Luna
2Bella
3Simba
4Tiger
5Shadow
6Kitty
7Missy
8Charlie
9Milo
10Leo
Source - rent.com.au (200k Pet Resumes)

Of the 200,000 Pet Resumes, there were over 50,000 cats with 15,000 different names. Luna and Bella were very close and almost double the number of third most popular name, Simba.

Tiger, Shadow, Kitty also hit a soft spot with cat owners.

OTHER PETS

RankBirdRabbitReptileRodentOther
1CharlieThumperSpikeCocoSpot
2BuddyOreoFranklinShadowPrince
3BirdLolaLizzyBellaAres
4CheekyBunnyMontyLunaYaxley
5TweetyCocoMedusaBuddyFreddo
6SkittlesBuddyCharlieWillowMamma stick
7JackLunaSquirtleOreoArthur
8SunnyBugsSquirtDaisyPete
9BlueCharlieFluffyRubyLoompah
10OlliePeterBlueyMiloMr Bitey
Source - rent.com.au (200k Pet Resumes)

For rabbits, Thumper reigned supreme, followed by other additions – Oreo, Lola and Bunny (unsurprising), for example.

For reptiles, Spike was a clear favourite, along with Franklin and Lizzy. Popular names for birds included Charlie, Buddy and Bird.

In short, it seems calling out Bella or Buddy when you’re next at the park will probably secure you new friends for life.


How to create a Pet Resume on Rent.com.au

There are now 200,000 Pet Resumes and 1 million Renter Resumes on Rent.com.au – a great result – but what is even more rewarding is the level of support we’ve had from our customers.

If you’re looking for a property to house you and your furry friend, create a Pet Resume within your Renter Resume on Rent.com.au – designed specifically for pet owners like you.

When you next sign into Rent.com.au, open your Renter Resume and show off your pet in the best light!

Once you add a Pet Resume to your Renter Resume, you can send this to a landlord/property manager to help them better understand who is applying for the rental property.

Want to add your pet to a Pet Resume? Simply sign in to your Rent.com.au account and click on your name and then Renter Resume in the top right-hand navigation.

>> Create a Pet Resume today



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