Top 10 Wackiest Dog And Cat Names For 2012

While “Bella” and “Max” topped the list of the most popular pet names, thousands of pet guardians opt for more original and unusual names for their four-legged companions. Each year, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), celebrates these uniquely and cleverly named cats and dogs with a contest.

VPI’s database scours the names of more than 485,000 insured pets and narrows down the most unusual 50 dog names and 50 cat names. A vote is then taken to determine the top 10 Wackiest Dog and Cat Names. Following are the 2012 winners:


1. Chew Barka

2. Nigel Nosewhistle

3. Sir Maui Senqkey Schwykle

4. Spark Pug

5. Agent 99

6. Stinker Belle

7. Vienna Sausage

8. Furnace Hills Dante

9. Senorita Margarita

10. Trigonometry


1. Pico de Gato

2. Dingleberry

3. Dumpster Kitty

4. Schnickelfritz

5. Koobenfarben

6. Sassy Pants Huska

7. Vincent Van Furrball

8. Kitty Gaga

9. Beefra

10. Mister Bigglesworth

“Sorting through our database of more than 485,000 insured pets, we found some very interesting, amusing and flat-out peculiar dog and cat names,” said Curtis Steinhoff, director of corporate communications for VPI. “When we spoke with the pet owners from our Top Ten lists, we heard some entertaining and heartwarming stories about how each owner selected their unusual pet name. While monikers like Stinker Belle and Vincent Van Furrball might sound odd, they are also a reflection of what makes each pet unique and special to their family.”

For the full list of 50 unusual dog and cat names, pictures of pets that made the Top 10, and the stories behind their unusual names, visit


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Janice Thompson
Janice Thompson2 years ago

OMG my husband was Dingleberry!

diane c.

We rescued a black and white moggie called Robert De Niro, a british shorthair called D'Chantelle and we are looking for our new addition, who we will name Gordon Ramsay.

Sylvia Wulf
Sylvia Wulf3 years ago

All my life I've had cats, with an assortment of names from the dignified to the ludicrous, but now I am considering getting a female dog. I already know I will name her Payback ;-)

Penny B.
.3 years ago

Very funny! I had a friend who had two cats, he named them "Pickles" and "Bananas".

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson4 years ago

my friend leah named her cat Arnold Yoda Bosephus Loudmouth III (Arnold because it suited him, Yoda because he had big ears, Bosephus because it sounded cool, Loudmouth because of obvious reasons, and the III because it sounded sophisticated) I kid you not

Tania Anirudhan
Past Member 4 years ago

Hahaha cute :)

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Cindy Wade
Cindy W.4 years ago

Some of this are too funny. My daughter has three cats... Boots, Turbo (nicknamed Bobo) and Simba (nicknamed Booba). Both of these nicknames came from granddaughter when she was learning to talk and they have stuck. Boots, Bobo and Booba.... it's a little confusing at their house lol.

Nadine Hudak
Nadine H.4 years ago

too funny.