Any diligent dog parent knows that you spend hours, days, even weeks choosing the perfect name for your new little bundle of joy. Only to have that name reduced to a gazillion totally unique and different nicknames.

Funnier still, however, is how there seems to be a universal code of pet names for dogs that you don’t know personally. Here are 12 of the cutest pet names we find ourselves calling dogs who we meet outside coffee shops, on daily walks or anywhere really!

What pet names do you find yourself calling other people’s dogs? We’d love to know!


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