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Direct Line pet insurance reveals the best dogs on film

21st May 2013 Print

One-in-five Brits (20 per cent) believe the nervous Great Dane Scooby-Doo is the greatest canine or feline movie character of all time, according to research from Direct Line pet insurance. The top-cat, was not in fact Top Cat, but Garfield, with 16 per cent choosing the ginger tom as their favourite.
Scooby was more popular amongst men (27 per cent) than women (14 per cent) and with slightly older generations, with nearly a third (30 per cent) of those aged 35-54 selecting Scooby, compared to 17 per cent of those aged 18-34. The Antonio Banderas voiced Puss in Boots is the younger generation's favourite, with 22 per cent stating he was their number one. 
Top movie dogs
1 Scooby Doo  
2 Lassie      
3 Lady/Tramp  
4 Beethoven   
5 All the puppies (101 Dalmatians)    
6 Snoopy      
7 Marley (Marley and Me)      
8 Hooch (Turner and Hooch)    
9 Pluto
10 Toto
Top cinema cats
1 Garfield    
2 Puss in Boots (Shrek franchise)     
3 The Cheshire Cat (Alice in Wonderland)      
4 Blofeld's cat (James Bond)  
5 Jinx (Meet the Parents)     
6 Si and Am (Lady and the Tramp)      
7 Mr Bigglesworth (Austin Powers)     
8 Mr Tinkles (Cats and Dogs)  
9 Sassy (Homeward Bound)      
10 Oliver (Oliver and Company)
Direct Line pet insurance also discovered that more than one-in-ten of us (11 per cent) have even named a pet after a big screen namesake!
Adam Whiteley, head of Direct Line pet insurance, comments: "Cats and dogs have always been some of the most iconic animal characters on the big screen.  The research revealed that some pet owners turn to their favourite stars when it comes to naming their animals too. Most chose famous dogs and cats with the exception of Gizmo, the infamous cute Gremlin. Some pet owners were even more creative with one cat owner calling their pet ‘Leonardo Di Catrio' after the actor Leonardo DiCaprio."
Top movie pet names
1 Rocky
2 Lassie      
3 Gizmo (Gremlins)    
4 Garfield    
5 Snoopy      
6 Scooby Doo  
7 Simba
8 Toto
9 Tom (Tom and Jerry) 
10 Tigger     

Direct Line is offering 2 for 1 annual cinema passes to new customers who purchase pet insurance online this summer.

The 2 for 1 cinema ticket offer can be used on an unlimited basis so there is no limit to the money film fans could save.
You can choose from either a Direct Line 2 for 1 Cinema Card or a Direct Line pet voucher pack containing four exclusive pet-related offers.
Once you've bought your pet insurance there will be a 45-day cooling off period. You'll then receive a letter or email from us containing a link to a website where you'll be able to choose which reward you would like to receive.
Terms and conditions
Offer ends 25th June
Online customers only
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