How much would pet insurance cost for Chewbacca?

18 December 2015
“It’s not wise to upset a Wookiee. Droids don’t pull people’s arms out of their sockets when they lose. Wookiees are known to do that.” (Han Solo)

With the release of Star Wars Episode VII, we calculated how much it would cost Han Solo to get pet insurance for Chewbacca. Chewie might find it a little insulting, but since Han calls him a big furball all the time, we hope he can take a joke.

Cost to insure Chewbacca

Seeing as how Wookies are an alien species rather than being an Earth animal, we had to make a few switches in order to prepare this quote:

  • Species: Large dog.
  • Breed: We went with Mastiff dog breed, as it is the largest and heaviest dog breed in the world. (Not as tall as the Great Dane, but still.) For providers who charged a different premium where the breed of dog was unknown, we went with Unknown.
  • Age: You can’t get a new pet insurance policy for an elderly dog, with most providers. So although Chewie was born in the 1960s in time for the 1977 release of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, in most cases we obtained a quote for a 19-year-old Mastiff born in 1996.
  • Choice of provider: Only obtained quotes from providers that obtained Canstar’s 5-star rating in 2015.

After that, obtaining a quote was a quick and easy process, taking less than 5 minutes online with each provider.

Quote for pet insurance from award-winning insurance providers

Insurance Type Premium per month Premium per year


Accident Only
$10,000 annual benefit limit
$15.38 – $26.19/month $184.58 – $314.32/year
Comprehensive Seniors
$15,000 annual benefit limit
$118.51/month $1,422.13/year

Indicative quote only, based on providers on Canstar database.

We found that there was a wide range in the cost of premiums – and applicable excesses – between the insurance providers we surveyed. The percentage that providers were willing to cover for the cost of vet bills also varied, from 65% to 80%.

Chewie should also be careful, because most providers would not cover him – at his “advanced” age – for age-related health problems such as cruciate ligament conditions.

It just goes to show that you should always compare pet insurance policies on our website before signing up for the first provider you see!


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