The UK is a nation of pet lovers, with many families up and down the country welcoming a furry friend into their home.
Data from Comparethemarket.com reveals that more than half of people in the UK own a dog, while 47 per cent own a cat, with the Labrador and British Shorthair among the most popular. While owning a pet can provide both companionship and adventure, it also comes with a lot of responsibility - including insurance costs. If you are keen to welcome a four-legged friend into your family, these are the 10 most popular dog and cat breeds in the UK - and how much they cost to insure.
5. Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Maine Coon
Average insurance cost: Staffordshire Bull Terrier: £214.03. Maine Coon: £157.65 Photo: Dan Kitwood
6. German Shepherd and Shorthair Black and White
Average insurance cost: German Shepherd: £298.05. Shorthair Black and White: £104.68 Photo: Shutterstock/Getty Images
7. Shih Tzu and Shorthair Black
Average insurance cost: Shi Tzu: £167.52. Shorthair black: £104.20 Photo: Shutterstock
8. Jack Russell Terrier and British Blue Shorthair
Average insurance cost: Jack Russell Terrier: £147.21. British Blue Shorthair: £124.71 Photo: Shutterstock/Getty Images