Don’t name your dog Bella

6364969379_8a9210a9c6_mChances are if you think you have found the perfect name for your dog, there are at least 10 thousand other dog-owners who have made the same discovery. Pet names, like baby names, follow strong national and generational trends.

Whereas pooches in the past carried names like Rex, King, and Lady, today the most popular names for dogs in English-speaking countries are Max, Charlie, Lucy, and Bella. In fact, according to dog experts, the name Bella has become so popular, that it has become a real problem.

In a January 2016 interview for Animal Life, Toni Perling, founder and CEO of explains that the increasing number of Bellas has caused serious chaos, ranging from “grooming mishaps” to “medication mixups”.