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Labradors Rule, Boxers Drool and Schnoodles Gain in Popularity

Mixed Breeds Top The List for Most Popular Dogs In honor of National Dog Week, an annual holiday that celebrates Americans’ faithful companions, Trupanion found that aside from mixed breeds, the Labrador Retriever tops the list of most popular dogs across North America. Not surprisingly, this trusty sidekick also showed up as the most popular dog in many major cities across the country. However, when looking at particular regions, data found that each city has its own particular tastes when it comes to breeds, reflecting the lifestyle and culture of the region.

“While it’s no surprise that Labs and Goldens remain popular, we’re seeing a lot of variation by region in terms of what’s popular in that particular area,” said TJ Houk, Vice President of Analytics at Trupanion. “Mixed breeds are popping up everywhere from the Yorkipoo, to the Schnoodle, to the Labradoodle. Some are hypo-allergenic dogs because they are mixes, and their coats can vary, making them a good fit for many different types of owners.”

The top dog breeds across the U.S., according to the Trupanion database, are:

1. Mixed breeds
2. Labrador Retriever
3. Golden Retriever
4. Yorkshire Terrier
5. Shih Tzu
6. German Shepherd
7. Chihuahua
8. English Bulldog
9. Maltese
10. Boxer

And to break it down further, Trupanion found that specific regions across the country have very particular tastes when it comes to breeds. Across the nation, the breeds below are far more frequent in their respective city than the rest of the U.S.

Catching His Breath

Jones - Tom Buch - Image 1 (small)

Jones is sweet, playful, nutty, adorable, slobbery and loving. In other words, the perfect dog. It was an easy decision to activate the Trupanion 30-day certificate offered by our veterinarian.

After some research, we followed our vet’s recommendation to continue coverage after 30 days. We hoped to never need it, but the sense of comfort justified the expense.

Little did we know, a few months later Jones would fall very ill.  He was sitting between us on the couch when he started gagging. His eyes bulged and he was clearly in a great deal of distress. I calledour local veterinarian who referred us to a 24-hour emergency animal hospital.  An hour later, the doctor showed us the x-ray results. Jones had aspirated while vomiting, causing severe pneumonia. They told us he would need to be on a ventilator and it would cost several thousand dollars. I called Trupanion. The representative couldn’t have been kinder: “We’ll call the hospital and handle it all for you. Just take care of your dog. Let us know whatever you need.”

5 Ways To Tire Out Your Hyper Dog

Photo via Flickr, user potarou

Photo via Flickr, user potarou

Some dogs only need a short walk in order to become tired and calm. Other dogs seem to have a super-charged battery pack under all that fur. It may sometimes seem impossible for your dog to release all that energy. Exercising your dog is important for their mental and physical health. A dog that is well-exercised is less likely to act out or misbehave. Here are a few tips to help a highly energetic dog become tired:

  1. Try getting exercise in more ways than just a walk. Some dogs just need more activity than a leisurely walk around the neighborhood. Try taking a ball or toy to the dog park to get your furry friend running and jumping. Some dogs love to play fetch in the water, and swimming can be a great way to wear out your pup.

Trupanion Reviews – Week of 9/19

I’m so grateful for this insurance, someone throw a can of poison in our yard, and my performance puppy ate it, and had to have ER surgery. They covered way more then I thought they would have, even with us only being on the plan for 2 months. Thank you, Thank you, Thanks you! Nitro is doing awesome, and hopefully will be in the obedience show ring in a few months! -Karen B.

Trupanion helped us make some pretty tough decisions this past week when we had to see a neurologist with our golden retriever. I cannot even begin to thank them for all the help they gave us at a very difficult time. They made sure to pre-authorize procedures for us within a few hours instead of days so that our dog could get the care she needed as soon as possible. I will recommend this company to everyone we meet. You exceeded our expectations and treated us so kindly while we were going through a very tough time and I am so thankful for that. -Lynne L.

two golden retriever dogs

I just want the world to know how great Trupanion Pet Insurance is. I researched a lot of insurances when I was looking for one for our dogs. Well over 12 weeks ago our golden retriever, Gracie, was limping and only tapping her back foot. We took her to our vet who thought she might have a torn cruciate ligament. Sent us to a surgeon to get a definite diagnosis. It turned out that’s what it was and we were quoted a price of over $4,000. Thankfully we had Trupanion Insurance for our dogs. We had an out of pocket of $500 for our deductible and then only 20% of the balance. We had to take Gracie back in 6 weeks and 12 weeks for x-rays and Trupanion again covered all the bill except for 20%. Thank you so much for being there for our dogs. I know we would not have been able to have the surgery done had it not been for insurance. Gracie was released from the doctor today and the implant they put in will last her the rest of her life. THANK YOU. Ruthann and Gene S.

Trupanion has been exceptional and I’m so glad that I decided to purchase this coverage. My dog had an emergency MRI recently and Trupanion approved the claim overnight so that I knew for certain my out of pocket cost and could proceed with the procedure. They process my claims within only a few days and communicate clearly and quickly. I highly recommend Trupanion. -Reiko F.

Living a Long, Healthy, Active Life

Noah - Karen Belanger - Image 1

Our dog Noah is extremely special to our family.

Being in a very active family, and loving playing with other dogs, Noah has had quite a few incidences where he has unfortunately been bitten by other dogs at the park and needed stitches to sew up his skin. Poor guy!

Noah has also had a few lumps on his body that needed to be removed and tested to see what they were. Thankfully, nothing came back as cancerous and he is still a very healthy, happy boy!