The most popular dog breed in Australia is a Cavoodle, closely followed by a minature Dachsund and Golden Retriever, a new survey has found.
And domestic short hair cats remain the most popular cat breed, with fluffy Ragdolls, the Maine Coon and the plain moggie also making the list.
The survey, by pet insurance comparison site Compare the Market, also listed the Border Collie, and the lovable Burmese cat breeds.
Most popular dog breeds
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)
Most popular cat breeds
1. Domestic Short Hair
2. Domestic Medium Hair
5. Domestic Long Hair
6. British Short Hair
7. Ragdoll Cross
8. Maine Coon
Compare the Market’s Executive General Manager for General Insurance and pet insurance expert, Adrian Taylor, said that people who are looking to buy a pet should consider a variety of factors, including potential medical issues that are prevalent in the breed, before committing to a cat or a dog.
“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,” Mr 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."