Battersea has released a list of the most popular and quirkiest dog names of 2017 to celebrate the launch of the sixth series of their award-winning show Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs. As a rehoming charity, with more than 3,600 dogs arriving at their gates each year, it’s inevitably that they’ve come across some pretty creative names.

Whereas Max, Alfie, Bella and Roxie were the most popular names, others may not be so common place in the dog park. 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.

Black Trouser (now called Fudge) is the winner of Battersea’s quirkiest name

Runner up 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.

Captain Gary Ziltoid
Little Peewee was the smallest dog to arrive at Battersea this year

A common food-based theme also emerged with names like Wasabi, Poptart, Popcorn and Nacho coming through the door.

It wasn’t just the dogs getting all the quirky names. Cats arriving at the shelter also had their fair share including the one-eyed fluffy feline, Captain Cat Sparrow; the sophisticated Tortoiseshell Debbie Hairy, and the three-legged Mr Wobbles.

Quirkiest names


  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
Cats also had their fair share of unusual names including Captain Pugwash who’s currently looking for a home

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.”

Popular names


  1. Max
  2. Alfie
  3. Rockey
  4. Buster
  5. Charlie


  1. Bella
  2. Roxie (also spelt Roxy)
  3. Rosie
  4. Coco
  5. Daisy

All photos: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home


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