The Real Costs of Owning a Dog

2018-05-25 | Care & Safety

Getting a dog is a big decision and there are plenty of things you should consider before you commit. Will the dog fit into your lifestyle? Do you have enough time and energy to give your dog the exercise, training, and attention it needs to be healthy and happy? And can you definitely care for the dog for the entirety of its life?

Perhaps most importantly of all, you should consider the real cost of caring for a dog. Research has shown that a staggering 98% of pet owners underestimate the costs of owning a dog, which could leave them seriously out of pocket each month! It’s vital to be realistic and assess whether or not you have the money to cover regular expenses like food, vet bills, pet insurance, toys and grooming. Furthermore, one-off costs like boarding kennels if you go on holiday can push your annual costs higher.

It’s worth remembering that upfront costs and even lifetime expenses can be reduced by picking the right breed of dog. For instance, pedigree puppies can cost a small fortune but you can adopt dogs from a rescue centre for a small adoption fee. The size of a dog also comes into play - smaller dogs are normally less expensive to keep as they don’t need as much food as larger breeds.

To help you out, we’ve carried out some research to determine the real cost of owning a dog and put it together in this handy infographic below. It’ll tell you everything you need to know, including starting costs (including average prices for the UK’s 20 most popular breeds of dog), ongoing expenses, and an estimated lifetime spend.

This is be the first in a series of posts looking at the cost of pets – take a look at the next instalment which tells you everything you need to know about the cost of cats!