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Table 1 The dog-years at risk (DYAR), the total proportional mortality, the diagnostic (deaths with a diagnosis) and total mortality rate (all deaths) with 95% confidence intervals (95% CI's) within breed for dogs life-insured at Agria1 from 1995–2000 by breed and breed group, as well as the percentage of total deaths with a registered diagnosis. The breeds are ranked by diagnostic mortality within breed group.

From: Mortality in over 350,000 Insured Swedish dogs from 1995–2000: I. Breed-, Gender-, Age- and Cause-specific Rates

Group Breed DYAR Tot. prop. Mort. %2 Diagnostic mortality Total mortality Of total deaths with a diagn. %
    per 10,000 DYAR (95% CI)  
CKC spaniel3a 26,732 3.4 469 (443–495) 541 (513–569) 87
German shepherd 80,049 11.7 450 (435–465) 634 (616–651) 71
Drever 29,337 3.8 411 (388–434) 552 (525–579) 74
Dachshund 47,248 3.8 268 (253–283) 346 (329–363) 77
Labrador retriever 56,367 3.4 212 (200–224) 263 (249–276) 81
Springer spaniel3b 26,679 1.9 211 (193–228) 302 (281–323) 70
Mongrel 41,323 4.0 185 (172–195) 413 (393–432) 45
Golden retriever 68,643 3.9 184 (174–194) 243 (232–255) 76
Poodle (min/toy) 23,395 1.4 173 (156–190) 252 (232–273) 69
Min dachshund3c 30,876 1.6 168 (154–183) 230 (213–247) 73
Total COMMON4 430,649 38.8 279 (274–284) 389 (383–394) 72
Irish wolfhound 1,957 0.7 1,319 (1,158–1,480) 1,574 (1,398–1,750) 84
St Bernard 2,152 0.6 902 (775–1,028) 1,222 (1,074–1,370) 74
Great dane 3,195 0.8 892 (789–996) 1,114 (999–1,230) 80
Bernese mtn dog 3d 10,534 2.1 753 (700–805) 854 (799–910) 88
Newfoundland 6,828 1.5 728 (664–792) 917 (845–989) 79
Dobermann 6,237 1.3 723 (656–790) 932 (856–1,007) 78
Leonberger 5,823 1.2 708 (639–776) 860 (785–936) 82
Boxer 11,078 1.6 554 (510–598) 629 (582–676) 88
Greyhound 3,772 0.6 541 (147–615) 740 (653–826) 73
Pyrenees 2,038 0.4 530 (430–630) 761 (641–880) 70
Total HIGH-RISK5 53,614 10.8 712 (689–734) 870 (845–895) 82
OTHER6 614,095 50.4 248 (244–252) 355 (350–359) 70
TOTAL all breeds 1,098,358 100 283 (280–286) 393 (389–397) 72
  1. 1 – Agria Insurance, PO 70306, SE-107 23 Stockholm, Sweden
  2. 2 – Number of deaths in breed or group/total number of deaths
  3. 3 – Breed names: 3a – Cavalier King Charles spaniel, 3b – English springer spaniel, 3c – miniature dachshund, 3d – Bernese mountain dog
  4. 4 – 10 most common breeds in the database
  5. 5 – 10 breeds with highest diagnostic mortality, among breeds with at least 1,800 DYAR
  6. 6 – All breeds not included in common or high risk