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What’s better than puppies? That’s right: your own puppy. So, what do you need to know before you take the plunge into pet parenthood?

0-2 months
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0-2 months

Welcome to the world little one. It’s all grow-grow-grow for your puppy right now, so there’s many things to prepare.

2-3 months
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2-3 months

Your puppy is ready to come home and turn your world upside down. It’s time to put your preparation into practice – and remember to take it all in!

3-6 months
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3-6 months

You’re entering a period of immense growth, lots of learning and new adventures. Bring on the play date with the big wide world!

6-12 months
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6-12 months

Your fur-baby is nearing adulthood. Can you see their grown self coming through? Sigh…they grow up so fast, don’t they?

12-18 months
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12-18 months

Your puppy has turned one and they might not be so little anymore. Make sure to book their first annual check-up.

18 months - 3 years
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18 months - 3 years

Your dog is one an established family member now. Enjoy who they have become and the bond you now share at this special stage.

3 - 8 years
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3 - 8 years

Your dog is a full-grown adult now. They understand where their place is in your home and the wider world.

8+ years
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8+ years

Just like many senior citizens, senior dogs have some extra needs. Learn to look after your best friend and support their health as they grow older.

Most popular Puppy and Kitten names for 2023

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Jodie Humphries - Dog Lover

Dog Lover

Jodie is an obsessed dog mum who loves to learn how to best care for her pup Wally and she loves to share the things she learns with others. She's always been a pet owner but loves dogs the most and loves being surrounded by like-minded dog lovers.

What was the reason you chose your pets name?

Was it a favourite pop culture character?

Was it a family members name?

Or was it just something you thought sounded cool?

There are so many reasons we all choose the names we do for our pets.

VitaPet asked over 10,000 pet parents who got a new puppy or kitten in 2022 what they chose to name their new addition. Looking at the names we all chose for our new pups and kittens this year, there are some exciting choices.

For the THIRD year in a row, Luna was the most popular name for new Puppies and Kittens!

Checking out some of the weirder names for pups, you’ve got Shadow, which in my mind jumps to watching or following me! Mochi is another name that you don’t hear much; it actually means “Japanese rice cake”, so odd idea for a pup name. But then again, people like to name their pups after food anyway things like Honey and Cookie and many more. I personally would just get hungry every time I called my pup, and why Oreo but not Brownie?

The classic dog names are still there, like Bella and Coco.

Top 5 Puppy Names Compared to 2022?

1. Luna (same) - Means moon in multiple languages, could this hint that pet parents think their pet is their moon!

2. Bella (up from #3) - Means beautiful, which explains why it’s so popular. I mean, who doesn’t think they have the most beautiful pup!

3. Coco (up from #5) - Lots of Chanel fans in New Zealand? Or do people just want to call their dog “chocolate bean”?

4. Daisy (up from #8) - Daisy comes from the Old English word 'dægeseage' which means "day's eye." Much like the beloved bloom, it's a name that embraces the sweetest elements of daylight, unfurling itself to the sun's rays.

5. Milo (down from #2)- Perhaps people choose to name their puppy Milo because it means solider in Latin or beloved in Slavic languages, so it seems an appropriate name.


Looking at the kitten names, it’s obvious that people tend to stick to the usual suspects with classics from The Lion King; like Simba and Nala. Some odd additions like Possum and Pumpkin, the fun continues with some classic children’s characters still inspiring the kittens of today; never let Garfield fall of any list of cat names.

Top 5 Kitten Names Compared to 2021?

1. Luna (same)- Topping the kitten list AND the puppy list just cements that we think of our pets as our moon!

2. Mochi (previously unranked) - Mochi is primarily a gender-neutral name of Japanese origin that means Japanese Rice Cake. Used more for a pet than a human. The name of a sweet Japanese rice cake treat.

3. Coco (up from #18) - Surely there's aspirations for a luxury brand / fashion icon in this choice.

4. Oscar (previously unranked) - Hopefully no references to our trash can loving favourite Sesame Street grouch here.

5. Bella (up from #6) - Traditionally much more of a pooch name. Maybe cats names Bella have a woof or growl, instead of a purr and hiss.



Personally, my pup Wally was named after my dad, and although his name never appears on these lists, he scraped in at number 303!

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