New research from Direct Line Pet Insurance has revealed that one in eight (13 per cent) pet owners have named their pet dog after a movie star or character, with Tinker Bell, Simba, Disney and Django amongst some of the most common names inspired by the big screen.

Hooch from 80’s classic ‘Turner and Hooch’, Lassie and last year’s top dog Scooby Doo, were also popular contenders for the nation’s most loved furry film star.

Talking as the research was released Edward Barclay, head of pet insurance at Direct Line, commented: “Animals have been stealing our hearts on the big screen for years, with many of the classic films and characters really standing the test of time. Our research shows that many animal lovers have been inspired by Hollywood when naming their pets, from classics like Bonnie or Tinker Bell to more modern names like Django and Lilo.”

Here are a few clips of some of the most-loved canine films, and their canine characters, stealing the hearts and name-tags of many a dog.

1. Marley & Me

2. Homeward Bound

3. Turner & Hooch

4. Hotel for Dogs

5. 101 Dalmatians

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