The Pet Insurance

Guide 2016

Independent Unbiased Information
for Fellow Pet Owners
As Featured On BBC1's Rip Off Britain Consumer Programme

Pet Insurance for Golden Retrievers

Golden Retriever Pet InsuranceThe Golden Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in the UK.  But how costly are they to insure? And which companies might give the best quotes?

In September 2015 The Pet Insurance Guide surveyed more 16 leading pet insurance companies to discover the relative cost of insuring more than 50 different breeds of dog. The survey had two aims

a) To identify which dog breeds were most and least expensive to insure

b) To identify which insurance companies might produce the best value quotes for each breed.  (We did this by comparing the quote for a particular breed with the average quote for that insurer as we believe this shows how the insurer rates the risk posed by that breed.)

Pet Insurance Quotes for Golden Retrievers

Golden Retrievers are in the middle of the pack when it comes to insurance costs.   On average they were very slightly more expensive than than the Labrador Retriever but cheaper to insure that a large mixed breed dog. 

Most insurers seem to rate the Golden Retriever as an average risk although there are some insurers who rate them as a below average risk. 

How Different Insurance Companies Rate Golden Retrievers

Lowest Risk Ratings

The five pet insurance companies which had the lowest risk rating for the Golden Retriever and therefore more likely to give you a competitive quote were  


Direct Line


Healthy Pets

Highest Risk Ratings

The five pet insurance companies which had the highest risk rating for Golden Retrievers and therefore least likely to give you a competitive quote were 


Purely Pets




Although premiums will always be an important factor,  you must remember that there are many differences between pet insurance policies.  This means it is very important always to do your research thoroughly – and always read the small print! 

A dog’s breed is only one factor that pet insurance companies use to determine premium (the other major factors are sex, age, postcode).   However all other things being equal you are likely to get a more competitive quote for your Golden Retriever from the companies listed as rating the breed as below average risk.   So it is certainly worth checking them out! 

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