Top 10 Most Unusual Dog and Cat Names of 2013

Nation’s Largest Pet Insurer Reveals the Wackiest Pet Names in its Database

Brea, Calif. (July 31, 2013) – Add Sir Knuckles da Dragon and Cheeto Burrito to the list of noteworthy names that have been voted as VPI’s Wackiest Pet Names of the Year. The memorable monikers join a prestigious list of unusual names that includes the likes of Pickle Von Corndog, Purr Diem, Doogie Schnauzer M.D., Ozzy Pawsbourne, Chew Barka and Pico de Gato as past winners.

Each year, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation’s oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, celebrates the most clever, creative and quirky pet names nationwide. After a thorough selection process, 50 unusual dog names and 50 unusual cat names were chosen from VPI’s database of more than 500,000 insured pets and narrowed down with a vote for the 10 most unusual names in each category. Following are the 10 Wackiest Dog and Cat Names of 2013:

Dogs Cats
1. Sir Knuckles da Dragon 1. Cheeto Burrito
2. HotRod Whoofington 2. Fuzzbutt
3. Captain Underpants 3. Mama Pajama
4. Stinky Monkey 4. Lady Fluffington
5. Taco Salad 5. Nut Job
6. Dallas Cowdog 6. Stinky Baby
7. Hunk Heartbreaker 7. Doctor Whiskers
8. Ice Bingbing 8. Rum Tum Tugger Too
9. Potato Chip 9. Fatness
10. Bunny Money Dogg 10. Pizza Guy

“With a database of more than half a million insured pets, we came across some extremely peculiar dog and cat names,” said Curtis Steinhoff, director of corporate communications for VPI. “After speaking with the pet owners from our Top Ten lists, we found that there is a special meaning and story behind unusual monikers like Captain Underpants and Mama Pajama. Many pet owners treat their dogs and cats like a part of the family and these unique names help reflect that.”

For the full lists 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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With more than 485,000 pets insured nationwide, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co./DVM Insurance Agency (VPI) is a member of the Nationwide Insurance family of companies and is the oldest and largest pet health insurance company in the United States. Since 1982, VPI has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers.

VPI Pet Insurance plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. CareGuard® coverage for routine care is available for an additional premium. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, nearly 3,000 companies nationwide offer VPI Pet Insurance as an employee benefit. Policies are offered and administered by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and DVM Insurance Agency in all other states. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Brea, CA, an A.M. Best A rated company (2012); National Casualty Company (all other states), Madison, WI, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2012). Pet owners can find VPI Pet Insurance on Facebook or follow @VPI on Twitter. For more information about VPI Pet Insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit

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