Pet Name Survey 2013

Scooby Doo is the UK nation's favourite cinematic canine

Twenty per cent of British people believe the nervous Great Dane Scooby Doo is the greatest dog or cat film character of all time, according to a survey in 2013 by Direct Line pet insurance. The top cat, was not in fact Top Cat, but Garfield, with 16 per cent choosing the ginger tom as their favourite.

Scooby was more popular amongst men (27 per cent) than women (14 per cent). Puss in Boots is the younger generation's favourite, with 22 per cent stating he was their number one.

Top film dogs

  1. Scooby Doo
  2. Lassie
  3. Lady/Tramp
  4. Beethoven
  5. All the puppies (101 Dalmatians)
  6. Snoopy
  7. Marley (Marley and Me)
  8. Hooch (Turner and Hooch)
  9. Pluto
  10. Toto

Top cinema cats

  1. Garfield
  2. Puss in Boots (Shrek franchise)
  3. The Cheshire Cat (Alice in Wonderland)
  4. Blofeld's cat (James Bond)
  5. Jinx (Meet the Parents)
  6. Si and Am (Lady and the Tramp)
  7. Mr Bigglesworth (Austin Powers)
  8. Mr Tinkles (Cats and Dogs)
  9. Sassy (Homeward Bound)
  10. Oliver (Oliver and Company)

The survey also discovered that more than one-in-ten of us (11 per cent) have even named a pet after a big screen namesake!

Adam Whiteley, head of Direct Line pet insurance, said: "Cats and dogs have always been some of the most iconic animal characters on the big screen. The research revealed that some pet owners turn to their favourite stars when it comes to naming their animals too. Most chose famous dogs and cats with the exception of Gizmo, the infamous cute Gremlin. Some pet owners were even more creative with one cat owner calling their pet 'Leonardo Di Catrio' after the actor Leonardo DiCaprio."

Top movie pet names

  1. Rocky
  2. Lassie
  3. Gizmo (Gremlins)
  4. Garfield
  5. Snoopy
  6. Scooby Doo
  7. Simba
  8. Toto
  9. Tom (Tom and Jerry)
  10. Tigger