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Most Popular Cat & Dog Breeds in Australia in 2019

The Most Popular Cat & Dog Breeds in Australia for 2019

As we launch into the New Year, Pet Insurance Australia reveals which were the top cat and dog breeds of 2019.

“With 2019 now firmly behind us, we’ve been busy crunching the figures to come up with a list of the most popular breeds around Australia,” Nadia Crighton, spokesperson for Pet Insurance Australia says. “It’s a great mix of large, medium and small breeds, alongside purebreds and cross-breeds.”

In Australia, there are over 24 million pets that are distributed across 62% of households [1]. Made up of 29.2% for our feline friends and 38.5% in dogs with the remainder being fish, reptiles, small mammals and birds.

“Australian’s simply love their pets, and this is clearly demonstrated in the huge growth of the pet industry in the past 15 years,” Crighton says. “Today, more than ever before, Australian pets are spoilt for choice from anything from toys, clothing, bedding and gadgets to the more serious stuff such as medical treatments, specialists, diagnosis and surgeries”.
Top Cat Breeds in 2019

1. Domestic Shorthair

2. Domestic House

3. Ragdoll

4. Domestic Medium Hair

5. Burmese (lead image)

6. Domestic Long Hair

7. Moggie

8. Domestic Short Hair Cross

Australian Cat Lover's Arya is a Domestic Medium Hair cat

Top Dog Breeds in 2019

1. Maltese Cross

2. Cavoodle

3. Labrador

4. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

5. Border Collie

6. Golden Retriever

7. German Shepherd

8. Kelpie Cross

9. Staffordshire Bull Terrier Cross

10. Jack Russell Terrier Cross

Some breeds have also surged in popularity over the past few years.

“Ownership of the loving French Bulldog has increased hugely over the past few years and is now considered one of the fastest rising insured dog breeds,” Crighton says. “This is followed by the KelpiePug and German Shepherd.”

The love for the French Bulldog is clearly reflected worldwide, with registrations in the UK increasing by 3,000% in the past 10 years.

"The breed is also set to overtake the Labrador as the most popular dog in the UK, for the first time in 27 years!"

[1] Animal Medicines Australia: Pet Ownership in Australia 2016

MEDIA RELEASE, 9th January 2020

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