What are New York's most popular dog names?

- The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene recently revealed every dog name registered with the city in 2019, providing those curious with this searchable infographic.

For the second year in a row, Bella and Max remained the most popular dog names in the city, receiving 1,358 and 1,268 licenses respectively.

Frankie was the most popular name for both mixed breed dogs and pugs, Oreo and Gigi among shih tzus, Olivia and Henry for French bulldogs and Bailey and Goldie for Gotham golden retrievers.

Fifty-one New Yorkers named their dog Jeter last year, 16 chose Gary and four welcomed a Judge into their home.

Five people registered a dog named Cat and 15 a dog named Dog.

At the end of 2016, more than 87,000 dogs were registered with the Department of Health, which also has a map that shows unique dogs names in every neighborhood.

"'Unique dog name by neighborhood' shows dog names that are much more popular in a specific neighborhood than they are citywide," the department said. "For example, in Morningside Heights, Theodore emerged as the most unique name in that neighborhood: ranked 6th in Morningside Heights but only 162nd citywide."

The city used data from dog license applications, so there is no way to take into account the tens of thousands of unlicensed dogs in the five boroughs. In case you didn't know, New York State law requires all pet dogs to be licensed.

"New York City Health Code requires that dog owners attach the license tag to their dog's collars while in public," the Health Department website reads. "Dog owners may be fined for violation of these laws."

A dog license costs $8.50 per year for spayed or neutered dogs. If your pooch isn't fixed, the license will run you $34 per year. You can buy or renew licenses for up to 5 years at a time.

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