Embrace Pet Insurance reveals top 10 cat and dog names and beyond for 2021


Bella and Luna fight over the top 2 spots for both cats and dogs.

If you owned a pet in 2021, it was probably a mixed breed dog named Bella with skin problems…or was it a cat named Luna with gastrointestinal issues? Embrace Pet Insurance just released its list of the most popular pet names, breeds, and common insurance claims in the US, based on insights from its database of over 1 million quotes completed this year.

Dog owners have made one thing clear: 2 syllables is the way to go. Meanwhile, cat owners are consistently making the no-brainer choice of turning to The Lion King for inspiration:

Top 10 Dog Names of 2021:

  1. Bella
  2. Luna
  3. Max
  4. Daisy 
  5. Charlie
  6. Lucy
  7. Milo
  8. Buddy 
  9. Rocky 
  10. Cooper

Top 10 Cat Names of 2021:

  1. Luna
  2. Bella
  3. Oliver
  4. Milo
  5. Leo
  6. Simba
  7. Lucy
  8. Loki
  9. Max
  10. Nala

In addition to pet names, Embrace also investigated which breeds of dogs and cats proved most popular over the past year. As expected, mixed breeds dominated both categories for a clean sweep of both cats and dogs.

Top 10 Dog Breeds of 2021:

  1. Mixed Breed
  2. Labrador Retriever
  3. Golden Retriever
  4. German Shepherd Dog
  5. French Bulldog
  6. Goldendoodle
  7. Yorkshire Terrier
  8. Boxer
  9. Great Dane
  10. Shih Tzu

Top 10 Cat Breeds of 2021:

  1. Mixed Breed
  2. Main Coon
  3. Persian
  4. Ragdoll
  5. Siamese
  6. Sphynx
  7. Bengal
  8. British Shorthair
  9. Russian Blue
  10. Siberian

Finally, Embrace revealed its most common insurance claims for the year for both dogs and cats combined. Here is what its data show:

Top 10 Insurance Claims of 2021:

  1. Skin Issues 
  2. Gastrointestinal Issues
  3. Ear Infections
  4. Seizures
  5. Urinary Tract Infections

Does this track with what you see in your practice? With 2022 fast approaching, time will tell if new trends shake up this list in the coming year.

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