Farmers Insurance® & Pets Best Reveal Top 5 Hybrid Dog Breeds

A dog sits.

Pet owners share why hybrid dogs are the best of both breeds.

Los Angeles, California (November 10, 2015) – Farmers Insurance®, one of the nation’s largest multiline insurer groups, and Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC (Pets Best), a leading U.S. pet insurance brand,  started collaborating together in 2014 to offer savings to those looking to purchase pet insurance for their  cats and dogs. Today, the companies revealed the list of the top five hybrid dog breeds based on a review of the company’s database of more than 140,000 dog policies.

  1. Australian Shepherd and Border Collie (Border-Aussie)
  2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and French Bulldog (Royal Frenchel)
  3. Border Collie and Whippet (Border Whippets)
  4. Labrador Retriever and Bernese Mountain Dog (Labernese)
  5. German Shepherd and Poodle (Shepadoodle)

Pets Best has 246 dog breeds in the company’s database of insured dogs. Of those, the category of hybrid dogs (the offspring of two purebred dogs) represent the third most common dog breed behind Labrador retrievers at number two, and mixed breed (the offspring of two or more different dog breeds where neither the mother nor the father is a registered purebreed dog) at number one. While some hybrid dogs have become mainstream, such as the Labradoodle (a hybrid of the Labrador Retriever and Poodle), there are many hybrid dogs that are still relatively unknown.

Farmers and Pets Best encourage potential pet owners to do their research before adding a pet to the family. A pet’s size, temperament, and exercise needs are among the things potential pet owners should consider and be realistic about, to have the best chance at happiness for both the pet and their owners.

“Whether you’re insuring a home, vehicle, or adding a new pet to the family, Farmers and Pets Best offer a wide range of benefits and options to help limit the risk of hefty out-of-pocket expenses and help provide coverage for unexpected events for pet owners,” said Mariel Devesa, head of product innovation for Farmers Insurance. “We’ve seen the value that this gives our customers and Pets Best offers a discount of five percent to those who purchase a Pets Best policy after referral from a Farmers agent, or at”

Below are detailed descriptions of the top five hybrid dog breeds from Dr. Eva Evans, Veterinary Advisor for Pets Best. (Editor’s Note: Images of each hybrid dog mentioned below are available upon request)

1. Australian Shepherd and Border Collie

Dr. Evans explains that this combination makes for highly intelligent, agile dogs. These individual breeds are known for herding livestock. As a result, these dogs excel at farm work. They require plenty of exercise to run and play and need constant stimulation in order to avoid boredom.

An example of this hybrid is Pets Best member Jackson. His owner Daniel S. of Virginia calls him “The Mayor” because he’s always making new friends. Daniel says the 4-year-old dog is a fun-loving social dog. He likes to poke his head inside strollers and kiss babies.

2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and French BulldogRead More…

Pets Best President Middleton Named to NAPHIA Executive Committee

Chris Middleton, President of Pets Best and Secretary of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA).

BOISE, Idaho – Chris Middleton, President of Pets Best Insurance Services LLC, has been appointed to the executive committee of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association board of directors.

Middleton will serve as secretary of the executive committee – the decision-making core of the board of directors, according to NAPHIA executive director Kristen Lynch.

“We look for people who have a good overall grasp of the industry and understanding of the many opportunities and challenges facing us,” Lynch said. “Chris has in-depth insights into many aspects of the business due to his diverse background and years of increased responsibility and leadership within Pets Best.”

Middleton had replaced Pets Best co-founder and pet insurance pioneer Dr. Jack L. Stephens as the Pets Best representative on the NAPHIA board. He will work with other pet insurance professionals to help fulfill NAPHIA’s mission of growing and aiding the industry with various research and outreach efforts.Read More…

Pets Best Contest Recognizes Outstanding Veterinary Technicians

Veterinary Technician, Anne Marie Kubacz, winner of the Why I Love Being a Vet Tech contest.

Pets Best and NAVTA announce results of latest Why I Love Being a Vet Tech contest in advance of National Veterinary Technician Week

BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, Idaho, is pleased to announce veterinary technician Anne Marie Kubacz as the winner of the agency’s 2015 Why I Love Being a Vet Tech contest.

The nationwide contest, developed by Pets Best and co-sponsored by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) wraps up in advance of National Veterinary Technician Week (October 11-17) and honors veterinary technicians for their outstanding service and devotion to their profession.

“We enjoyed reading each heartfelt story submitted by vet techs from all over the United States and want to express our appreciation for their tireless efforts,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, founder and director of Pets Best. “The interest this contest generated, gives evidence that these finalists are also appreciated by their communities and by pet owners all over the nation.”Read More…

Pets Best Turns 10, Announces Rebranding Initiative

Pets Best pet health insurance logo.

BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, is celebrating its 10th birthday in September, marking a decade’s worth of happy customers and healthy pets.

The milestone comes at the same time as the North American Pet Health Insurance Association’s (NAPHIA) Pet Health Insurance Month, a potent two-pronged reminder of how far Pets Best and the pet insurance industry have come in battling economic euthanasia.

As part of its 10-year anniversary, Pets Best is reflecting on some of the many internal and industry-wide changes the company has shepherded since Dr. Jack L. Stephens, creator of the pet insurance industry in the U.S., co-founded the company in 2005. It is also being used as a springboard for the future.

“Pets Best has continued to evolve over the past decade, fueled by our dedication to continually listen and learn from our policyholders,” said Chris L. Middleton, president of Pets Best. “As we reflect on our successes and improvements, it seems like the perfect opportunity to give the Pets Best brand a fresh new look that epitomizes not just where we came from, but what we’ve become.”Read More…

New York Veterinarian Receives National Award from Pets Best

Dr. Mariliz Hernandez, winner of the Pets Best My Vet's the Best contest.

Latest My Vet’s the Best contest honors veterinarian Dr. Mariliz Hernandez

BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, Idaho, is pleased to announce veterinarian Dr. Mariliz Hernandez as the most recent winner of the agency’s My Vet’s the Best contest. The nationwide contest honors veterinarians for their outstanding service.

The latest round of the contest brought in 4,499 total votes cast by pet owners across the U.S. through the Pets Best Facebook page.

“We developed this contest to acknowledge exceptional veterinarians around the nation,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, founder of Pets Best. “Dr. Hernandez is one such individual, known for her compassionate care and genuine concern for her clients.”Read More…

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