“Pets can cause a lot of expensive damage!” says insurance price comparison website

Chihuahuas do more damage than any other breed of dog – and if you want a quiet life you should get a Staffie

The chihuahua may be one of the smallest dog breeds but its appetite for destruction is larger than any other, a study has revealed.

Over its lifetime, the tiny terrors will cause an average of £865 worth of damage by ripping or staining carpets, scratching or chewing sofas and digging up plants and flowerbeds.

In contrast, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, which are perceived as fierce by many people, make the best pets as they cause the least amount of damage, costing around £178 in total.

Source: Daily Mail, 13th June 2014


Owning a pet is an expensive business, with even the smallest and most innocuous of animals capable of causing huge amounts of damage. With such high stakes at play, it’s important to make sure you have adequate insurance – perhaps using a price comparison website:

‘Chihuahuas may be tiny but it seems they will leave you with a bigger bill than any other dog,’ a spokesman for Sussex-based financial comparison site PayingTooMuch.com, said.

‘All pet owners expect a little damage from their dog from time to time, but when you add up the total amount spent on cleaning, repairing and replacing, it can be a huge amount.

‘Add to that extra costs from damage caused to other people’s property and bills if your pet is involved in an accident, and you can expect to part with a large amount of money.’