Here's a top five you really don't want your dog to be in. It's the top five most expensive breeds of dog according to Trupanion pet insurance claims in the US.
It lists the physical cost, but imagine the emotional one, too.
Isn't it fantastic that these guys and another are sharing their data? Wouldn't it be wonderful if the UK pet insurance market did the same so that prospective owners could more accurately buy their next dog with their eyes wide open? If your preferred breed being high in the league of suffering didn't put you off at least it might encourage you to get decent pet insurance if you do go ahead?
Here's their top five for claims, wonder what the UK version would read like?:
1. English Bulldog – This breed is prone to cherry eye, brachycephalic syndrome, elongated soft palate, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, and stenotic nares. The total amount spent on this breed was $1,152,947.32, with 84% related to illnesses and 16% related to accidents. The average claim amount is $370.57.
2. Bernese Mountain Dog – This breed is prone to cataracts, elbow dysplasia, gastric torsion, and mast cell tumors. The total amount spent on this breed was $553,660.57, with 76% associated with illnesses and 24% associated with accidents. The average claim amount is $412.85.
3. Rottweiler – Health conditions associated with this breed are allergies, elbow dysplasia, gastric torsion, and hypothyroidism. Trupanion policyholders have spent $532,261.93 on this breed, 63% for illnesses and 37% for accidents. The average claim amount is $567.53.
4. Great Dane – Common health issues for this breed are cardiomyopathy, elbow dysplasia, gastric torsion, and hip dysplasia. The total amount spent on this breed was $462,204.97, with 77% associated with illnesses and 23% associated with accidents. The average claim amount is $385.49.
5. French Bulldog – This breed is prone to allergies, brachycephalic syndrome, hip dysplasia, and stenotic nares. According to Trupanion databases, policyholders have spent $384,325.78 on this breed, with 87% associated with illnesses and 13% associated with accidents. The average claim amount is $355.63.
Freedom of information seems to be all the rage in the States. Click here for another American pet insurance company sharing their claims data. Every breed in the US has a link. Isn't it great. Please UK pet insurance companies please start talking to your customers in a similar way. Check out your breed.
Wouldn't you like to able to do the same with UK data? Wouldn't it great if the KC website was just as transparent? After all - they have the claims data from their own pet insurance. Why not share it?