Top pet picks revealed: Meet the nation’s favourite dog and cat breeds

Feb 07, 2024
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As the rates of pet ownership continue to surge across the nation, a recent report has shed some light on the top dog and cat breeds capturing the hearts of Australians.

Painting a paw-sitively captivating picture of the nation’s most beloved furry companions, Compare the Market found that topping the list of popular dog breeds is the charming Cavoodle, a cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle, while Domestic Short Hairs claim the lead among cat breeds.

According to Compare the Market’s pet insurance comparison tool, the top ten dog breeds include:

  1. Cavoodle (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel cross Poodle)
  2. Miniature Dachshund
  3. Golden Retriever
  4. French Bulldog
  5. Labrador Retriever
  6. Border Collie
  7. English Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  8. German Shepherd
  9. Maltese Cross
  10. Groodle (Golden Retriever cross Poodle)

When it comes to top-ranking cat breeds, Compare the Market revealed the following feline friends as the nation’s most popular:

  1. Domestic Short Hair
  2. Domestic Medium Hair
  3. Ragdoll
  4. Tabby
  5. Domestic Long Hair
  6. British Short Hair
  7. Ragdoll Cross
  8. Maine Coon
  9. Burmese
  10. Moggie

Beyond shedding light on the preferred dog and cat breeds finding homes, the research revealed a burgeoning trend indicating that one in five Australians harbours the desire to embrace a furry companion in the coming year, potentially propelling the nation’s pet population beyond 29 million.

The study underscores that over 14 per cent of survey participants express intentions to introduce a dog into their households, with 6.4 per cent contemplating the adoption of a cat.

While the inclination towards bringing a four-legged friend into one’s life is on the rise, Adrian Taylor, Compare the Market’s Executive General Manager for General Insurance and a pet insurance expert, emphasises the need for thorough consideration of various factors before committing to a pet. These factors include potential medical issues prevalent in the chosen breed.

“Whether you promised your kids you’ll get a new cat in 2024 or you’re hoping to welcome a puppy to your family, it’s important to make sure that you research the breed you’re thinking of getting,” Taylor said.

“Not only will the personality and activity level of each breed differ, but there can be breeds that are less susceptible to certain medical issues.

“We know that Pugs are more likely to get respiratory issues due to their shortened faces and muzzles and are very prone to eye infections due to their bulging eyes, despite how cute they may look.

“Furthermore, dogs such as German Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers, which need a lot of exercise, are also likely to develop issues such as elbow and hip dysplasia. You may be more likely to visit the vet for expensive treatments as your dog gets on in its years.

“Unfortunately, cats don’t escape the medical issues either, with many pure breeds such as Bengals, Burmese and even the Maine Coons more likely to suffer from joint problems, asthma and hip dysplasia.

“Once people have decided on the type of pet they’re bringing into their home, pet insurance can help mitigate some of the costs associated with emergency vet bills for any and all accidents.”

While considering any potential medical issues that could arise for your pet is important, when venturing into the process of selecting a canine companion for your retirement years, other various essential considerations come into play.

As your lifestyle undergoes a shift towards a more relaxed and leisurely rhythm, the significance of finding a four-legged friend that perfectly aligns with your specific needs and preferences cannot be overstated.

From size and energy levels to grooming requirements and temperament, each facet plays a pivotal role in establishing a harmonious and bond with your furry companion.

Several key factors warrant careful consideration:

Size: You may prefer dogs that are small or medium-sized to accommodate your living arrangements. Smaller breeds are often easier to handle and require less physical exertion.

Energy Level: While some may be active and enjoy regular exercise, others may prefer dogs with lower energy levels. A breed with moderate exercise requirements may be more suitable, avoiding the need for intense daily workouts.

Temperament: You should look for breeds known for their calm, friendly, and easygoing temperaments. Dogs with a gentle disposition are more likely to adapt well to a retiree’s lifestyle and be comfortable in various social settings.

Trainability: Breeds that are intelligent and responsive to training can make life your life easier. Dogs that are easy to train can quickly adapt to household routines, making them more manageable companions.

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