The nation’s unluckiest pet names revealed

10 August 2016

  • Hapless hounds named Charlie are the unluckiest in the UK*
  • Unfortunate felines named Oscar are the most ill-fated in the UK
  • Male pets are more unlucky than their female counterparts
  • Alfie knocked off the top spot for unluckiest dog name, Oscar remains unluckiest cat name

Calamitous canines called Charlie are more likely to be the victim of pet insurance claims according to data from the Co-op Insurance, and if you’re after a lucky cat be sure to never name it Oscar.

If you own a crossbreed dog called Charlie or a domestic shorthair cat called Oscar you may be taking an unexpected trip to the vet very soon. With the average insurance claim for dogs amounting to £510 and cats £475**, the need for owners to protect their animals from illness and accidents has never been greater.

New Co-op Insurance data shows that Alfie*** has been knocked off the top spot for the most unlucky dog name, whilst Oscar still remains the unluckiest name for cats.  

When it comes to naming your pet, owners should potentially steer clear of naming dogs Charlie, Alfie and Bella, whilst cats called Oscar, George and Charlie are harbingers of bad luck. Male pets are more likely to run into bad luck than their female counterparts.

Unluckiest pet names

Top 10 Dog

Top 10 Cat

1 Charlie Oscar
2 Alfie George
3 Bella Charlie
4 Max Alfie
5 Ruby Felix
6 Molly Max
7 Rosie Leo
8 Oscar Molly
9 Bailey Billy
10 Poppy Coco

Usually known for their dexterity and agility, it seems unlucky cats called Oscar really do need their nine lives, with the most claimed for condition being road traffic accidents, followed by gastro-intestinal disorders, with mouth and oral problems also being common. Owners of domestic shorthairs are more likely to claim than any other cats.

Digestive system disorders are the most claimed for illness for dogs named Charlie,  followed by skin conditions and neurological disorders, such as seizures, head tilt, tremors or blindness, with crossbreed owners being the most likely to make a claim.

David Hampson, Head of Pet Insurance at the Co-op, said:

“Any pet can come with its fair share of misfortune, landing you with an unexpected trip to the vets or causing mischief around the house, however based on our claims data Charlie and Oscar certainly aren’t the luckiest names you can give your pet.

“Regardless of the name of your pet, making sure you have a pet insurance policy in place to cover these eventualities can be the best way to protect them and avoid unwanted vet’s bills, whilst providing you with peace of mind.”

Case study: Charlie the English setter cross (Crossbreed)

Charlie who was born in Italy, lives with his owners Chiara Carella and Antony Adie in London. Their English setter cross has had its fair share of bad luck over the years, starting with health issues at the age of 7, when he was diagnosed with Leishmaniasis. Since then Charlie has suffered from a sensitive tummy, urinary disorder, and very recently a heart condition. He was also bitten once.

Charlie is a regular at the vets for check-ups and is currently on medication for his conditions, always ready to take his tablets, sitting next to Chiara wagging his tail waiting.

Chiara says:

“He is a fussy eater. I make him very expensive organic chicken which costs £20 per kg, and very often he stares at his food for hours without eating it, driving me crazy. Then we go to the park and he eats all kind of rubbish. I need to be very careful, as he loves rotten meat and bones which can be very dangerous.

“It took me some time to convince my husband to bring Charlie over from Italy, however our lives have completely changed having him with us. Despite all his health problems I wouldn’t change him for the world, he makes our days lighter and funnier, and the expressions he makes fills our days with joy.”

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Notes to editors

*Based on Co-op Insurance customer claims data from 2015. The Co-op Insurance offers cover to cats and dogs.
**Based on Co-op pet insurance claims data 2016
*** Based on Co-op claims data Jan 2013 – Oct 2015

For further information please contact:

Sarah Dawson
Press Officer – The Co-op Group
Tel: 0161 201 3444/07702506126

Jenna Moss
Press & Media Relations Manager – The Co-op Group
Tel: 0161 767 4354/07770 441 828