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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.

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Farmers Insurance and Pets Best Agreement Extends Coverage to All Members of the Family

Farmers pet insurance.

Los Angeles, Calif./Boise, Idaho (September 8, 2014) – Beginning today, pet parents can turn to Farmers Insurance for help in caring for and planning for all members of the family, including their pets. Farmers, one of the nation’s largest multiline insurers, and Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC (Pets Best), a leading U.S. pet insurance brand, have joined forces to offer savings to those looking to insure cats and dogs. Pet parents who purchase a Pets Best policy after referral from a Farmers agent or at will receive a 5 percent discount off of the regular price.

With roughly 50 percent of U.S. households enjoying pet ownership, many families have sought a trusted partner to assist with their pet insurance needs. The Farmers and Pets Best agreement brings established and recognized brands to the pet insurance category. Since the establishment of the first pet insurance company in the U.S. in 1981, the desire for pet insurance has grown significantly and is now a $650 million industry. And, based on a recent poll, nearly three in ten Farmers customers with pets expressed interest in adding pet insurance to their existing policies.

“At Farmers, we believe in offering consumers options and that insuring your pet through respected brands like Farmers and Pets Best will be a welcomed choice,” said Mariel Devesa, head of product innovation for Farmers Insurance. “Our agreement with Pets Best will help pet parents care and plan for their cherished cats and dogs by limiting the risk of hefty out-of-pocket expenses and providing coverage for unexpected events.”

Pets Best is known for creating a straightforward and predictable pet-care experience.  With four out of five pets experiencing a medical emergency in their lifetime, according to company data, having reliable coverage is critical.  The insurance provided through Farmers and Pets Best offers consumers a wide range of benefits and options, including: a reimbursement calculated from the actual veterinarian bill with knowledgeable experts who handle claims generally within two to five days. The comprehensive plans offered by Pets Best cover accidents and illness with flexible coverage options. In fact, Pets Best offers more plan options than any other competitor to ensure pet parents can choose the plan that best fits their needs, all while allowing customers to visit any licensed vet in the world. There are no upper age limits and the company does not require medical records or a vet exam to enroll. The Pets Best policies also cover unexpected out-of-pocket expenses for pets related to emergency visits, behavioral conditions, surgeries, hereditary conditions and more. Additionally, a wellness plan is available to provide coverage for routine veterinary expenses such as annual check-ups, vaccinations and teeth cleanings.Read More…

Annual List of Bizarre Summer Pet Insurance Claims

A toothpick in a sandwich, a honeycomb, and tote bag handle are all on this year's bizarre summer pet insurance claims release.

Dogs swallowing tote bags, honeycombs top list of unusual claims.

BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC (Pets Best), a leading nationwide pet insurance agency, today released its annual list of the most bizarre pet insurance claims submitted to the agency during the summer seasons. Since the agency opened in 2005, rambunctious canines have generated a wide range of surprising claims during the warmer months of the year.

“Dogs are often exposed to a wide range of risks during the summer months, as they spend more time outdoors and are exposed to potentially dangerous elements and materials,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best. “While we encourage pet owners to carefully monitor their pets, it is also important to be financially prepared for veterinary emergencies. For many families, pet insurance plays a valuable role in significantly reducing out-of-pocket expenses for veterinary care.”

Below are five of the most unusual summer-related claims Pets Best has processed recently:

Can’t Handle the Tote

Tote bags can carry many delicious treats to a summer picnic, so it was surprising that Tony, a 10-year-old golden retriever from Illinois, decided the tote bag itself was more enticing than anything inside of it. The dog gobbled the handle of a canvas tote bag, but luckily, he arrived at a local veterinary clinic within 45 minutes of eating the unusual item. When a veterinarian induced vomiting, the entire tote bag handle came back up. Although Tony recovered, the tote bag might not make it to the next picnic.

Curse of the Honeycomb

While most pet owners are aware that bees can pose a danger to their pets, the honeycombs bees create can also lead to troubling situations for four-legged family members. While a honeycomb may look appetizing, the treat wasn’t so sweet for Jordan, a 1-year-old Irish terrier from Washington. After devouring a honeycomb, Jordan experienced vomiting and was rushed to a veterinary clinic. Abdominal X-rays were taken and Jordan received fluids to treat his symptoms. The young pooch was placed under observation and then sent home.

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New Jersey Veterinarian Wins National Award from Pets Best

A dog sits.

18,720 votes cast in latest My Vet’s the Best contest.

BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, Idaho, announced today that veterinarian Dr. Judy Morgan has been voted the most recent winner of the agency’s My Vet’s the Best contest. The nationwide contest honors veterinarians for outstanding service.

This installment of the contest saw 18,720 votes cast from pet owners across the U.S. on the Pets Best website,, and on the company’s Facebook page. Hundreds of veterinarians were nominated and Dr. Morgan competed against five other finalists, winning with 7,189 votes.

“We are thrilled to see so many enthusiastic pet owners getting involved in the My Vet’s the Best contest with their nominations and voting,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best. “It is important to recognize veterinarians, like Dr. Morgan, who work tirelessly to better the lives of animals, not only in their clinic but in their community as well.”

Dr. Morgan received her degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Illinois in 1984.

She has operated Clayton Veterinary Associates in Clayton, New Jersey since 1993 and opened her second practice, Churchtown Veterinary Associates, in Pennsville, New Jersey in 2010.

“I think my clients and pet-owning friends understand how passionate I am about pet rescue and giving our pets the best life possible,” said Dr. Morgan of why she believes she won.

As the winner, Dr. Morgan received $1,000 from Pets Best to treat animals in need. She plans to use the prize money to assist with dog rescue efforts. Dr. Morgan is actively involved in a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel rescue and an English Toy Spaniel rescue, where she transports, fosters, and provides care to abandoned, neglected, and abused animals. She also plans to place the remaining prize money in an account for other locally rescued pets, including puppy mill rescues.Read More…

2013 List of Most Popular States for Pet Insurance

California, Florida and New York are three of the most popular states for pet insurance for dogs and cats.

BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC (Pets Best), a leading U.S. pet insurance agency, today released its list of the 10 most popular states for pet insurance. The list was compiled based on the number of dogs and cats enrolled with the pet insurance agency in 2013.

Although the U.S. pet insurance industry continues to grow, some countries have significantly higher rates of enrollment. An estimated 3 percent of dog owners and 1 percent of cat owners in the U.S. have pet insurance, according to the American Pet Products Association 2009-2010 National Pet Owners Survey.1 However, 54 percent of dogs and 34 percent of cats in the United Kingdom had pet insurance in 2012, according to recent data from Timetric, an independent economic and business research firm.2

“While pet insurance is more popular in some other parts of the world, a growing number of American pet owners are recognizing the financial and emotional benefits of insuring their four-legged family members,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best. “As an organization, we have noticed that our coverage options are extremely popular in certain states, with California topping the lists for both dogs and cats.”

In addition to California, six other states ranked in the top 10 lists for both dog and cat enrollment through Pets Best. Pets Best offers pet insurance in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

Top 10 States for Dog Insurance

1.            California

2.            Texas

3.            New York

4.            Florida

5.            New Jersey

6.            Colorado

7.            Nevada

8.            Pennsylvania

9.            Arizona

10.          Virginia

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