Pet Insurance Company Releases Top Breeds Affected by Cancer

Golden Retrievers are among the top five breeds prone to cancer.

Seattle, WA (Vocus) October 11, 2010

Trupanion, the nation’s fastest-growing pet insurance company, today released a list of dog breeds most prone to cancer, according to pet insurance claims received since August 12, 2000.

The Boxer ranked first on the list, with 98 cancer-related claims totaling $ 47,501.45. Boxers are a playful and outgoing breed, but are sensitive to the heat and cold.

Second on the list was the German Shepherd, with 96 reported claims associated with cancer, and a total of $ 42,489.57. This is a faithful and protective breed, commonly used as police dogs.

The Golden Retriever ranked third, with 86 cancer-related claims from insured dogs. Golden Retrievers are extremely obedient, good natured, intelligent, and very easy to train.

The Rottweiler and Doberman Pinscher rounded out the top five, with 86 and 42 cancer-related claims respectively.

According to the National Canine Cancer Foundation, canine cancer affects one in every three dogs, and of those affected, half will die from the disease. To catch the disease as early as possible, the foundation encourages all dog owners to routinely examine their dogs for any physical or behavioral abnormalities and bring their dogs in for regular veterinary exams.

Symptoms of cancer include abnormal swellings, lumps under armpits and under the jaw, sores that won’t heal, foul breath, weight loss, difficulty breathing, and unexplained bleeding.

About Trupanion™

Trupanion™ pet insurance offers cat insurance and dog insurance in the United States and Canada. Trupanion™ is self-underwritten by the American Pet Insurance Company, allowing Trupanion™ to offer a simple, customizable pet insurance policy with no payout limits and 90% coverage of veterinary bills. Enrolled pets receive lifetime coverage for diagnostic tests, surgeries, and medications if they get sick or are injured, with no incident, annual or lifetime limit. Trupanion’s mission is to deliver fast, simple and user-friendly financial support to pet owners. For more information about Trupanion™, call 800-569-7913 or visit

About the North American Pet Health Insurance Association

Trupanion™ is a founding member of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA). Founded in 2007, the North American Pet Health Insurance Association is committed to educating and promoting the values and benefits of quality pet health insurance to North American pet owners, the general public, and the veterinary community. As an association, we are committed to high standards and transparency in all of our actions and products. To learn more, visit the North American Pet Health Insurance Association website at

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