A variety of factors go into determining the rates attached to pet insurance—a quickly growing product that’s now attracting the attention of industry entrepreneurs and regulators—not the least of which is a dog’s breed.

Certain breeds are more prone to illnesses and health conditions, while others—whether unfairly or not—are thought to be involved in more attacks against humans other animals.

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By Michele C. Hollow on Apr 7, 2014

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Take a look at an old photo of the iconic German Shepherd, Rin Tin Tin, who died in 1932. Now look at a photo of another of the breed, a German shepherd show dog of today. Notice the difference?

The second photo shows a German Shepherd with a sloping back and legs splayed apart.

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There is a distinct similarity between this breed and the Pekingese, but the Japanese Chin is both taller and of a lighter build. The coat of a puppy is relatively short compared with that of an adult dog.… Read the full post here

Although known as a spaniel, the dog’s name is rather misleading. The breed appears more closely related to the Pekingese, but is not so exaggerated in terms of its type. The face of the Tibetan Spaniel is less compressed and its coat not as profuse.… Read the full post here

The Pekingese is a short-legged breed of dog with a characteristic rolling gait. It has a relatively compact, flattened face fringed with longer hair, which gives the impression of the dog having a mane. This breed makes a bold and alert watchdog for the home.… Read the full post here