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. 


Beagles make good family pets, especially if you have a busy home with lots of people to give your Beagle attention and fun!


The Bengal is a relatively new breed of cat, first bred in the United States as a cross between the Asian Leopard Cat and a variety of domestic breeds.

Birman Cat

The Birman cat is distinguished by its long, silky coat, its striking blue eyes, and the white “socks” on each paw.


Boxer dogs are loyal, fun loving, goofy dogs that adore their family and are great with kids. Learn more about this super breed!

British Shorthair

As the Breed is believed to have evolved from cats brought to Britain by the Romans that bred with the British wildcat population, the British Shorthair is one of the oldest distinctive cat breeds in the world.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

These pretty toy dogs are active and fearless, love playing and being with people. Both males and females are gentle, intelligent, quick to learn and great with children.

Cocker Spaniel

These popular gundogs are named after their original work helping to hunt woodcock. The breed was formally recognised in 1893 and they are a popular family pet.


Dachshunds have recently become hugely popular in UK; why do we love the little Doxie so? Because they are fabulous little dogs with huge personalities!

English Thoroughbred

The Thoroughbred has been bred for speed and endurance, with no other breed capable of matching their performance in both attributes.

French Bulldog

The French Bulldog is an affectionate, fun-loving and low maintenance small dog.

German Shepherd Dog

An intelligent, large dog that needs lots of exercise and loves to work. They have a thick double coat and require grooming at least once a week.

Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is a breed of gun dog, bred specifically for their soft mouths so they don’t damage the game they retrieve, and for their loyal and hardworking nature.

Labrador Retriever

A hugely popular, intelligent breed, the Labrador makes a perfect family pet or working dog.

Maine Coon

Maine Coon cats arrived in the UK in the 1980’s. They are the biggest domestic cat breed, with lovely natures and spectacular looks.


The inquisitive, self-possessed Pomeranian is aware of everything and tells you what he thinks about it, too! They are loving and loyal companions and love to play!


These loyal, playful compact dogs are loved the world over! They are comical and loving but can be demanding too.

Shetland Pony

The Shetland pony hails from the Scottish Shetland Isles, and it is these rugged islands that created this sturdy, resilient, small breed of pony.


These blue-eyed beauties are thought to be one of the oldest oriental cat breeds, originating in Thailand, formerly called Siam.

Tibetan Terrier

Tibetan Terriers aren’t really terriers, but are from Tibet! These intelligent, perceptive, lively, happy dogs make great companions and love family life.

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier is a bright, bold dog that makes the perfect house pet for owners of all ages.