Breed guide

Deciding which type of pet you should choose to join your family is often difficult! The choice is made easier if you know what their needs are and the type of life they are likely to enjoy, so you can be sure they will be a great addition to your family.

Some breeds are more suited to city living, others to an active, rural life; some are great with small children, while others would be better suited to families with teenagers and older kids.  Whatever the pet you choose, pedigree or a lovable mixed breed, the cost of insuring your pet is based on several factors, including breed, so we've put together a guide to help you with your choice.

Our breed guide gives you a useful summary of the characteristics, personality and activity level needs of some of North America's favorite pets, as well as discussing the health issues your furry friend may face in the future. We'll keep adding information on new breeds every month so keep checking back with us. 

Whether you go for a dog or a cat, it is always a good idea to insure your new addition as soon as possible, so get a quote and choose the best policy for you and your pet, so you know your pet is covered for the unexpected. 

American Shorthair

If you’re looking for an undemanding pet that loves playtime and cuddles but is happy to entertain itself too, then you’ve found your match with the American Shorthair.

Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Cattle Dogs, sometimes known as red or blue heelers, are a firm favorite in the states despite their Aussie heritage. Find out more about this beautiful breed with our guide.

Beagle

The perfect family dog! Find out all you need to know about the Beagle including tips on appropriate exercise, nutrition as well as common health problems.

Boxer

Boxers are known for their lively and loyal personalities. They are loyal, lively, and have a keen enthusiasm for playing, exploring and experiencing all that life has to offer!

Bulldog

English Bulldogs are known for their friendly and gentle disposition and even temperament, making them the ideal family companion and watchdog.

Chihuahua

The Chihuahua might be the world’s smallest dog breed, but it sports a huge personality! Find out all about this breed’s temperament, exercise needs and health risks in our guide.

Dachshund

Dachshund’s are energetic, enthusiastic, persistent, sometimes stubborn and often charming, and the breed is fast becoming a favorite with families for both its size and personality.

Exotic Shorthair

The Exotic, sometimes called the Exotic Shorthair, is regularly named the most popular cat breed in US. They look like Persian’s but without the long coat, and are affectionate, sweet cats.

French Bulldog

Known as a city dog and loved globally, the French Bulldog is a funny, smart and affectionate companion. A toy version of the Bulldog, they were kept as companions by English lace makers in France.

German Shepherd

The loyal & trustworthy German Shepherd makes an excellent companion, especially for children. Their intelligence and adaptability have led to their use in many major metropolitan police services as drug-sniffing and tracking dogs.

Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers make loyal and reliable companions for all family members, including children and other pets. They are affectionate, intelligent and love a game of Fetch!

Husky

Husky” is an umbrella term used for lots of different types of sled dogs but mostly refers to the Siberian Husky and the Alaskan Husky. Bred as working dogs, they are high-energy, intelligent and thrive off having a job to do and a pack to rely on.

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever was the most popular dog breed in the US in 2017 and 2018 due to its even temperament, intelligence and natural good looks. They make great companions, wonderful family pets and are used as therapy dogs.

Maine Coon

The Maine Coon is one of the biggest breeds of domestic cat, and is often described by its owners as a gentle giant.Easy-going, affectionate and loyal, enjoy time with their owners and get along well with children and other pets.

Persian

The royalty of cats, the Persian is an exotic breed that has been a family favorite worldwide for hundreds of years.Affectionate and laid back, the Persian is perfect for quiet homes where they'll be pampered!

Pit Bull

"Pit Bull” does not refer to one specific breed, but refers to a group of breeds all believed to descend from dogs bred for bull-baiting in the 18th century. Pit Bull breeds have come a long way since those days, but sadly still suffer from a bad reputation.

Poodle

Being an intelligent and charming breed, the Poodle makes a highly trainable and faithful family pet. Due to the variety of sizes available, you can be sure find the perfect Poodle to suit your home and lifestyle.

Pug

Pug’s are the perfect balance between playful and docile.They are extremely loyal dogs and are a great family pet. They are keen for plenty of attention alongside regular nap-times!

Ragdoll

The Ragdoll is an affectionate, sociable and intelligent breed that’s fast becoming an American favorite! Great with children and other pets, they're the perfect pet for almost any home.

Rottweiler

Rottweilers are very loyal dogs to those they love but can be cautious of strangers. Once they’ve built a bond, it's for life, but it’s important to socialize your Rottie pup at a young age to ensure dominance is managed. 

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzus are a friendly, bubbly breed that make great companions. Though small, they are quite stubborn, so training this breed can take longer than with other breeds. They are 'man’s best friend' as they love to be around their owners.

Siamese

Siamese cats are affectionate and inquisitive; this breed is a favorite of cat lovers everywhere. They love being the center of attention, getting all the love and affection they can from their owners, and they are very chatty!

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier is a bright, bold dog that makes the perfect house pet for owners of all ages. They are mischievous and bold characters so firm training from infancy is recommended!