Jane Lynch Doesn't Call Her Dog by His Real Name

07/23/2012 at 06:00 AM EDT

Jane Lynch Doesn't Call Her Dog by His Real Name
Jane Lynch with dog Francis
Beverly News
Why stick with one when many will do?

Jane Lynch adopted an Australian shepherd mix in December, shortly after losing her cat, Greta, and has officially settled on at least six names for him.

"Francis Willoughby is his full name," Lynch tells PEOPLE, but that's not the only one he goes by.

"We call him Bannis, I don't know why. Instead of Francis, I call him Bannis or Ban Ban. Franny, Francisco, Francois … We have tons of nicknames for him."

The multi-monikered puppy joined a big family that includes two other dogs and a cat.

"He's doing great," Lynch says, "but my 12-year-old Lhasa Olivia is not too pleased with him. They're not getting along great, but they'll be OK."

"He's mellowing out already, but he's sweet and he's funny."

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