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Compare the Market reveals the most common cat and dog breeds for 2023. Did your pet make the list?

Reviewed by Executive General Manager of General Insurance, Adrian Taylor
4 min read
7 Feb 2024
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With pet ownership up on the rise across the country, pet insurance comparison site Compare the Market has revealed the most popular dog and cat breeds in Australia. Cavoodles, or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel cross Poodle, were found to be the most common dog breed, while Domestic Short Hairs ranked at the top of the list for cat breeds.*

Other dog breeds that made the top ten include the likes of Miniature Dachshunds (2nd), Golden Retrievers (3rd) and Border Collies (6th).

Most popular dog breeds according to Compare the Market’s pet insurance comparison tool:

  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)

Besides domestic short hairs, some of the other most popular cat breeds included Ragdolls (3rd), Tabbies (4th) and Maine Coons (6th).

Most popular cat breeds according to Compare the Market’s pet insurance comparison tool:

  1. Domestic Short Hair
  2. Domestic Medium Hair
  3. Ragdoll
  4. Tabby
  5. Domestic Long Hair
  6. British Short Hair
  7. Ragdoll Cross
  8. Maine Coon
  9. Burmese
  10. Moggie

Compare the Market also ran a survey in January of 2024, which found that as many as one in five Aussies are looking to get a companion in the coming year, likely boosting the number of pets in Australia beyond 29 million.

The research found that just over 14% of people were looking to buy a dog this year, while 6.4% of respondents stated that they were looking to fill their pet-sized hole with a cat. The research also revealed that just under two in five Gen Z were looking to bring home a cat or a dog this year, while Baby Boomers were the least likely to do so.

Looking to get a pet this year?% of Australian respondents% of Gen Z respondents% of Millennial respondents% of Gen X respondents% of Baby Boomer respondents
Yes, looking to get a cat6.4%11.1%7.9%5.1%4.1%
Yes, looking to get a dog14.1%27.4%18.6%16.5%3.5%
No, I’m not looking to get a pet this year77.1%60.0%71.1%75.5%90.1%

Commenting on the findings, 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. For peace of mind, we also recommend that pet owners get pet insurance as soon as they bring their new pet home, as premiums are likely to be much lower than if you were to take out pet insurance later.”

Disclaimer: The breeds listed above are based on data collected from Compare the Market’s pet insurance comparison tool between 1 July 2023 and 31 December 2023 (inclusive) and may vary from other sources.



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Written by Noémi Hadnagy

As a Media and Comms Advisor, Noémi works closely with a variety of expert teams at Compare the Market to create compelling and informative pieces to help Australians make better financial decisions. Noémi holds a Bachelor of Business - International majoring in Public Relations from Queensland University of Technology as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration specialising in International Business from BI Norwegian Business School. In her spare time, you can find her reading a book or planning her next international holiday.

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