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Unluckiest pets in the UK revealed

17th December 2015

  • Dogs named Alfie are the unluckiest in the UK
  • Cats named Oscar are in need of nine lives and are also short of luck

If you own a Labrador dog called Alfie or a crossbreed cat called Oscar, chances are you may be taking an unexpected trip to the vet anytime soon.

After looking at thousands of claims, The Co-operative Insurance can reveal the unluckiest pets in the UK.

When it comes to naming your pet, owners should potentially steer clear of naming dogs Alfie, Charlie and Bella, and cats called Oscar, George and Alfie also have the potential to cause calamity.

Top 10 unluckiest dog names
Top 10 unluckiest cat names

1

Alfie

1

Oscar

2

Charlie

2

George

3

Bella

3

Alfie

4

Molly

4

Charlie

5

Ruby

5

Leo

6

Max

6

Molly

7

Archie

7

Max

8

Poppy

8

Willow

9

Rosie

9

Harry

10

Daisy

10

Henry

 

It seems as though cats need their nine lives with the most claimed for condition being road traffic accidents, with gingivitis (a dental issue) also being common. Owners of domestic crossbreeds are more likely to claim than any other followed by those who own a British shorthair, Maine Coon, Bengal and Siamese.

The most claimed for condition for dogs is lameness with issues relating to the ears also common. Labrador owners are most likely to make a claim followed by owners of crossbreeds, Cocker Spaniels, German Shepherds and Bulldogs.

London, Bristol and Nottingham can be unhappy homes for the UK’s pets with the capital city being the number one place where claims originate for both cats and dogs. Glasgow also features as the fifth most claimed for city for dog owners to claim in.


Where do the unluckiest pets in the UK live?

Dog

Cat

1

London

1

London

2

Nottingham

2

Bristol

3

Manchester

3

Nottingham

4

Bristol

4

Brighton

5

Glasgow

5

Leeds

 

David Hampson, Head of Pet Insurance at The Co-operative Insurance, said: “Unfortunately owning a pet should sometimes come with a health warning with illnesses and accidents, as with humans, often coming out of the blue.

“Based on our data, Oscar and Alfie certainly don’t seem to be the luckiest names that you can give your pet. However, regardless of the name of your pet, insurance to cover these eventualities can be a safe bet and save you a lot of heartache and money should you need to claim.”

Ends

Notes to editors:

Since January 2013 to October 2015. The Co-operative Insurance offers cover to cats and dogs.

For further information please contact

Jenna Moss
Press & Media Relations Manager – The Co-operative
Tel: 0161 767 4354/07770 441 828
Email: jenna.moss@co-operative.coop

About The Co-operative Insurance

The Co-operative Insurance is a UK-based General Insurer that operates principally within the personal lines segments of the Motor and Home Insurance markets. The Co-operative Insurance underwrites the majority of business written, supplemented with some small lines of business where The Co-operative Insurance acts as a distributor or has a 100% reinsurance arrangement in place.

The Co-operative Insurance, a core business within The Co-operative Group, also offers commercial insurance arranged and administered by Aviva Insurance Limited and pet insurance provided, underwritten and administered by Allianz Insurance plc.

With more than 1.18m customers, The Co-operative Insurance is committed to ‘Doing the Right thing’ and always strives to treat customers and members fairly. The Co-operative Insurance pioneered the way in lowering the insurance premiums of Young Drivers as the first major insurer to launch a pay how you drive telematics insurance product for young drivers in 2011. Since launching the scheme, The Co-operative Insurance has saved its young drivers more than £7.2 million in their first year of driving.