Favourite furry friends: Most insured pets and costliest claims revealed

Labradors were the most popular canine companions to insure. Photo: Southern Cross Pet Insurance
Labradors were the most popular canine companions to insure. Photo: Southern Cross Pet Insurance
The top 10 most insured pets in 2023 and the costliest pet insurance claims have been revealed by Southern Cross.

Renowned for their friendly temperament and loyal disposition, Labradors, Cavoodles, and Golden Retrievers came out on top as the most popular canine companions insured by Southern Cross Pet Insurance in terms of volume.

Domestic Short Hair, Ragdoll, and Domestic Medium Hair cats were also popular, with their diverse personalities and distinctive traits.  

The top 10 pets insured by number last year were:

  1. Domestic Short Hair cat
  2. Labrador Retriever
  3. Cavoodle
  4. Ragdoll cat
  5. Domestic Medium Hair cat
  6. Golden Retriever
  7. Miniature Schnauzer
  8. Labrador Cross
  9. Labradoodle
  10. Border Collie

From 1 January to 31 December 2023, Southern Cross Pet Insurance paid out a total of $29.95 million in claims, with some claims in excess of $10,000. 

The most expensive claims were:

Breed

Diagnosis

Claim amount paid

Pug

Traumatic injury

$14,119

Border Collie

Traumatic injury

$13,149

Labradoodle

Cancer (Haemangiosarcoma)

$12,652

Ragdoll

Traumatic injury

$12,023

English Springer Spaniel

Fracture

$11,444

Golden Retriever

Foreign body – ingestion

$11,091

German Shepherd

Tumour

$10,733

Leonberger

Kidney Stones

$10,202

Dalmatian

Urinary bladder disorder

$10,192