OLYMPETS! Discover some super pet facts linked to the greatest show on Earth!

2016-08-05 04:08:40


This summer, the world’s eyes will turn to Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympics, as the globe’s finest sportsmen and women arrive to battle it out for the medals. The British love their Olympic heroes but they also adore their pets. That’s why we’ve put together our Olympets infographic, to give you a lowdown on some key facts…


Great Britain – Cornish Rex

Team GB will be looking to beat their previous best away Games medal total in Beijing 2008 of 48 medals. Big Gold Medal hopes include Mo Farah, Jess Ennis-Hill, Ben Ainslie and Charlotte Dujardin.

Brazil – Brazilian Shorthair

The host nation usually enjoys a dramatically improved medal haul and the Brazilians will certainly hope this is the case in Rio. Robert Scheidt, Isaquias Queiroz dos Santos and the men’s football team, featuring superstar Neymar, could well feature.

USA – Alaskan Malamute

Perennially top of the medal table (apart from Beijing 2008), the United States will be seeking to continue their dominance in Brazil this summer. Michael Phelps, Bubba Watson and equestrian Phillip Dutton will all be looking to bring home Gold.

China – Chow Chow

This summer will undoubtedly see the Chinese battle with age-old rivals the USA for medal table supremacy. After winning 100 medals in Beijing, the current team, including table-tennis player Ma Long and swimmer Sun Yang, will hope to prevail.

Australia – Australian Shepherd Dog

The Aussies main competition in the medal table usually comes from their British cousins in the northern hemisphere. They will be hoping to reverse recent defeats, led by cyclist Richie Porte, sailors Belcher and Ryan and the entire swimming team.

Ethiopia – Abyssinian Cat

Not so strong across the board, but Ethiopia’s track athletes brought home an impressive seven medals, including three Golds, at London 2012. World champion Tirunesh Dibaba will look for a second consecutive win in the 10,000m event.


We have some knowledgeable customers here at www.pet-insurance.co.uk and they certainly love their sport. Have a look at some of the Olympic heroes that cropped up in our survey*.

Andy Murray – The two-time Wimbledon winner and London Olympic Games Gold Medallist had 11 pets named after him!

Mo Farah – I bet this one has some stamina! One owner named their pet after the 5,000m and 10,000m runner, who is going for his third track Gold Medal in Rio this August!

Mark Cavendish – More four paws than two wheels but the British sprint cyclist, who competes in the team pursuit and omnium, certainly inspired one of our cat owners!

Usain Bolt – Careful you don’t let Bolt off the leash, you’ll never catch him! 10 owners named their dogs after the Jamaican superstar, who will compete in the 100m and 200m events.

Bradley Wiggins – The dog might not have a knighthood but the modfather of British cycling does. He’ll be looking to add a Gold Medal to that title in Brazil this summer.


Even the world’s fastest man can’t beat the greyhound. Usain Bolt averages 23mph whilst his canine competitor easily outstrips him with a top speed of 43mph^.

*Statistics generated from all E&L/www.pet-insurance.co.uk existing policies in June 2016. All statistics and research correct at the time of publication.
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