Even with canine children, a lot of stock goes into a name. Many decisions must be made: Do you want to go traditional or unique, adorable or tough?
The experts at PetBreeds, a pet research site by Graphiq, referenced Rover.com to find the top male and female dog names of 2016. Rover.com uses its database of thousands of dogs to determine which names top the charts each year. The list is ranked from least to most popular dog name.
Interestingly, Rover reported 28 percent of dog names are "decidedly human," so PetBreeds included the frequency of each name in humans. The higher the frequency, the more babies given the name in the U.S. in 2015. Popularity of each name varies, but only a handful of male dog names — Moose, Gizmo, Bandit — have no human equivalent.
From Ace and Kona to Max and Bella, here are the 50 most popular dog names in the U.S.