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Pet Insurance Analysis: Most Insured Dog & Cat Breeds

by MetLife Pet Insurance
4 years ago


In the United States, it’s almost uncommon not to have some sort of pet. The ASPCA estimates that there are 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats being kept as pets in the U.S. This means nearly half of all American households have a pet dog, and about one-third of households have a pet cat.

With such a high number of pets being cared for, there is also large diversity in the different types of dog and cat breeds owned. By analyzing 2015 pet insurance policyholder data, PetFirst was able to determine the most insured breeds amongst their policyholders. Not surprisingly, the list also seems to somewhat align with the list of most popular U.S. breeds for both cats and dogs.

Top 20 Breeds with Dogs Insurance:

  1.  Mixed
  2. Labrador Retriever
  3. Yorkshire Terrier
  4. Shih Tzu
  5. Chihuahua
  6. German Shepherd
  7. Golden Retriever
  8. Boxer
  9. Beagle
  10. Pomeranian
  11. Maltese
  12. Boston Terrier
  13. Miniature GermanSchnauzer
  14. Pug
  15. English Bulldog
  16. Cocker Spaniel
  17. Australian Shepherd Dog
  18. Toy Poodle
  19. Siberian Husky
  20. Miniature Pinscher

Top 20 Breeds with Cat Insurance

  1. Domestic Short Hair
  2. Mixed
  3. Domestic Medium Hair
  4. Domestic Long Hair
  5. Tabby
  6. American Shorthair
  7. Siamese
  8. Maine Coon
  9. Calico
  10. Persian
  11. Siamese Cross
  12. Ragdoll
  13. Russian Blue
  14. Bengal
  15. Himalayan
  16. Abyssinian
  17. Non Pedigree
  18. Siberian
  19. Manx
  20. Sphynx

With so many breeds, it’s important to remember that each has its own set of health issues. For example, Bulldogs often suffer from respiratory problems because of their small noses, while dachshunds are more susceptible to back problems due to their long spines and short stature. Likewise, Norwegian forest cats are more vulnerable to hip dysplasia than Russian blue cats, who are more susceptible to eye issues. 

Taking it an extra step, PetFirst has analyzed pet insurance claims data for each dog and cat breed specifically to uncover their most common health issues for each breed. Our new series of blogs will highlight these breed-specific health issues to help you know what symptoms to look out for, what to do when it’s time to act and what to tell your vet to get the quickest and most beneficial outcome.

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