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Dog tags made from Olympic gold

August 18, 2008 |  4:53 pm

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Although many puppies this week might be named Michael or Phelps, dog owners looking for Olympic-sized inspiration from which pet names have struck gold in Los Angeles now have a new tool on their hands.

The Los Angeles Times dog names database can be searched by breed, name, and ZIP Code, letting anyone who's curious find out what kind of dog shares their name, for whatever reason. But now you can find out what pet names have an Olympic connection.

For Mike Tyson, it wouldn't be such a surprise. There are 813 dogs registered under the name Tyson in L.A. And the most popular breed by far? Boxer.

Other Olympic athletes' names are lurking in the data.

There's a beagle in Northridge named Lebron, several Australian Shepherds named Nadia, five Flojos, an American Eskimo called Spitz and some Chinese Shar-Peis named simply Beijing.

No surprise, Kobe is predictably popular -- more than 1,000 named in his honor.

As for Phelps, though, the name on everyone's mind at the moment, there's only one: a Rottweiler who lives in Signal Hill.

Stay tuned, though. The Times' online wizards will be refreshing the database in a few months to see how that changes.

-- Clare Abreu

Photo: Frederic J. Brown / AFP / Getty Images

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