RAC Pet Insurance data has revealed the habits of Western Australian pet owners, including most common names and popular breeds.

According to the data, calling the name Bella, Charlie or Archie at your local park is likely to turn a few furry heads, with most West Australians firm fans of giving their pets human names.

RAC spokesperson Glen Walker said dogs were the clear favourite amongst policy holders, accounting for over 90 per cent of pets insured.

“The most popular dog breeds are Maltese Cross, Cavoodle and Staffordshire Bull Terrier, with the top cat breeds including Domestic Medium Haired, Ragdoll and Tabby,” Mr Walker said.

Top pet names1 Top dog breeds1 Top cat breeds1
1. Bella 1. Maltese Cross 1. Domestic Medium Haired
2. Charlie 2. Cavoodle 2. Ragdoll
3. Archie 3. Staffordshire Bull Terrier 3. Tabby
4. Milo 4. Labrador 4. Burmese
5. Luna 5. Golden Retriever 5. Russian Blue
6. Coco 6. Labradoodle 6. Domestic Long Haired
7. Molly 7. French Bulldog 7. Domestic

A survey conducted earlier this year revealed WA households spend an average of almost $2,300 a year on their pets[2].

“WA’s yearly pet spend includes over $1,100 on food, $450 on vet costs, $400 on preventative care, and $250 on items like toys and accessories,” Mr Walker said.

“Over 90 per cent of Western Australians consider their pets to be part of the family, so it’s no surprise that people are investing considerably in their pet’s health and wellbeing.

“Pet ownership is fun and rewarding, but can be unpredictable, with most pets racking up at least one major vet bill during their lifetime.”




Media contact: Mikayla Wearne, 0401 703 719 or media@rac.com.au

[1] According to RAC Pet Insurance data from August 2020.

[2] Based on survey responses collected in February 2020.