From Max to Black Trouser: Battersea releases the most popular and the quirkiest dog names of 2017

19 OCTOBER 2017

More than 3,600 dogs arrive at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s gates each year, so it’s inevitably that some will come in with more unusual names than others. 
Battersea has today released the most popular and quirkiest dog names of the year, to celebrate the launch of the sixth series of their award-winning show Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs on ITV this week.
The top five most popular male dog names in 2017 at Battersea are Max, Alfie, Rocky, Buster and Charlie – while Bella, Roxie (also spelt Roxy), Rosie, Coco and Daisy are the most popular names for female canines.
The winner of Battersea’s most unusual name for 2017 is Black Trouser, a smiley six-month-old Mongrel who arrived at Battersea’s London centre in May because his owners could no longer care for him. He’s since been renamed Fudge and was rehomed earlier this year.
Coming runner up in the quirky name-stakes was Captain Gary Ziltoid, an eight-week-old puppy who arrived at the centre in March. In third place was a Jack Russell cross adorably named Peewee who, weighing just 2.8 kilos, was one of the smallest dogs to come into Battersea this year.
Food-based names also seemed to be a theme of 2017, with Wasabi, Poptart, Popcorn and Nacho among the more unusual appetising canine names.
Not to be outdone, the cats at Battersea have also had their fair share of eccentric names this year. These include the one-eyed fluffy feline, Captain Cat Sparrow; the sophisticated Tortoiseshell Debbie Hairy, and the three-legged Mr Wobbles.   
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s centre manager Robert Young said: “Our staff name all the strays that are brought into Battersea - but two thirds of the dogs and cats that arrive here are brought in by their owners, who can no longer look care for them. These pets already have names of their own, and we’ve certainly seen some unusual ones over the years- including a Staffie named Lord Farquaad and a cat called Beetlejuice. Considering we care for more than 7000 animals each year, it’s inevitable that there will be a few quirky names among them and we’re always on the lookout for the next unusual entrant.”
Battersea’s quirkiest dog and cat names of 2017
  1. Black Trouser  
  2. Captain Gary Ziltoid
  3. Peewee
  4. Wasabi
  5. Miss Doris Badger

  1. Captain Cat Sparrow
  2. Debbie Hairy
  3. Mr Wobbles
  4. Captain Pugwash – who is currently looking for a home
  5. Lady Flora Penelope
Battersea’s most popular dog names of 2017
  1. Max
  2. Alfie
  3. Rockey
  4. Buster
  5. Charlie
  1. Bella
  2. Roxie (also spelt Roxy)
  3. Rosie
  4. Coco
  5. Daisy
Watch episode one of the award-winning Battersea series of Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs on ITV on Thursday at 8:30pm.
You can find photos of the Battersea dogs and cats with the quirkiest names here:
For more information and images please contact 020 7627 9333 or email
Notes to editors 
  • Battersea’s award-winning series of Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs will return to ITV for a sixth series, on Thursday 19 October at 8:30pm.
  • Established in 1860, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home aims never to turn away a dog or cat in need of our help, caring for them until their owners or loving new homes can be found, no matter how long it takes. We are champions for, and supporters of, vulnerable dogs and cats, determined to create lasting changes for animals in our society. 
  • Since it was founded, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats.
  • In 2016 the Home cared for over 7,000 dogs and cats.
  • Battersea cares for an average of 270 dogs and 200 cats across its three centres at any one time.
  • There is no time limit on how long an animal can stay at the charity but the average stay for a dog is 35 days and 22 days for a cat.
  • In 2016 26% of dogs and 32% of cats arrived as strays.
  • In addition to the site in South West London, the Home also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent.
  • For further information on Battersea Dogs & Cats Home please visit
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