LUNA, Linda, Laika, Rocky
and Toby are among the most popular names for pet dogs in Spain.
And the most common
'breed' is a mongrel, says the Spanish Pet Identification Network
A total of nine million
dogs are registered in Spain, and in Valencia, Madrid, Catalunya and
the Canary Islands, around a third are a mixture of various breeds.
The region with the most
pet dogs is Andalucía, with 1.86 million, of which 27 per cent are
Outside the top 10 most
popular dog names, those of fictitious canines are among the most
prolific and include Frodo, Goofy and Rex, but Luna claims the number
one spot as Spain's favourite name for its pet pooches – albeit
mostly for girls.
Second place is Laika, in
tribute to the Russian dog sent up into space in 1957, who became the
first living being to orbit the Earth, although she only survived a
The rest of the top 10
names are Linda – which means 'beautiful' or 'lovely' in Spanish;
Rocky; Toby; Chispa – meaning 'spark'; Kira; Lola; Canela –
meaning 'cinnamon' – and Chiqui.
Popular pet dog names vary
by region, with Andalucía in the south seeing plenty of four-legged
friends named Tina, Paloma, Rubia and Careta, and in the Canary
A common dog name in
Asturias is Zar – Spanish for 'Tsar' – and Cuqui in Madrid and
One of Valencia's
favourite names is Lluna, which is the regional language variation of
With the widespread use of
the co-official language euskera,
Navarra and the Basque Country see regular occurrences of names such
as Beltza, Zuri, Bizkor, Argi and Neska, and in fact the top two
names in the Basque Country are Txiki and Lagun.
all 17 federal regions in Spain, it is obligatory for dog-owners to
have their pets microchipped and entered on a central register.