Getting a dog is known to be a big responsibility – but also a financial one.
It’s not just the initial adoption or purchase fee – which can range from 50 to thousands of pounds depending on breed and circumstances – owners also need to consider a number of other costs associated with caring for a canine companion.
People’s interest in getting a pet rose 123 percent during the pandemic – so discount code site Picodi.com took a look at how much first-time owners can expect from pets when welcoming a new four-legged family member.
The study compares the bare basic costs with an “extended” kit consisting of additional products or services or higher quality products.
So – first things first, buy a dog.
You can either adopt a dog or buy a puppy from a breeder, the most expensive usually coming with registration with the Kennel Club. The most popular puppy breeds cost around £ 727, according to Picodi. Other mandatory expenses include dog registration or microchiping.
The extended set includes two non-compulsory benefits that have a positive effect on the health and safety of a dog. These are castration and obedience training that cost an approximate price of £ 252.
Every dog needs the essentials such as a collar, harness, leash, ID tag, bed, brush and two bowls: one for water and one for food. The cost of this starter kit is around € 146.
But many owners may also want to purchase a special seat belt and harness for in-car travel, designer clothes for rain protection, as well as a muzzle, LED collar and luggage rack, which can cost an additional £ 152.
Okay, so you bought your dog and gave him an adorable name, set up his own Instagram account, and took roughly 754 photos of him sleeping in hilarious positions. Now for the recurring issues:
- Care and beauty
- veterinary care
- Additional lines.
The cost of providing a basic diet ranges from £ 660 for small dogs to £ 1,990 for larger breeds per year. However, if a dog owner chooses to purchase premium foods, such as wet, grainless, chicken-free food, the cost of such a diet can rise to £ 1,555 for small dogs and up to £ 5,480 for large dogs.
Twice-a-year cyclical deworming, tick and flea protection, shampoo, and an annual supply of poop bags fall into the grooming and beauty category with an average cost of £ 71.
The “advanced kit” also includes groomer costs, including grooming, trimming and blow-drying. Assuming we use these services every two months, you would be spending an additional £ 560 per year.
Every dog needs toys: squeaky teddy bears, knotted ropes, and a few simple balls that will cost you around £ 53 a year. For those ready, there are also activity toys designed to develop a dog’s intelligence for an extra £ 13.
We cannot forget about the physical health of our pet. The annual vaccination against rabies and other infectious diseases, as well as an annual vet check-up (assuming the dog is healthy) cost around £ 107, according to the study.
If a dog has a problem with plaque and the tooth sticks on the market aren’t working, teeth cleaning may be required for an additional £ 275.
In Northern Ireland, a dog driving license is mandatory and a customized dog driving license valid for 12 months costs £ 12.50.
The last category includes perks like pet sitters, dog hotels and health insurance for £ 803. While these are not compulsory, they can make life easier if the owner goes on vacation or if your dog suddenly falls ill.
Overall, the basic cost of caring for a dog, including only the necessary products and services, ranged from £ 904 for small dogs to £ 2,234 for large dogs.
For those whose dogs are more used to luxury living, dog owners would have to pay up to three times more – £ 3,451 for small breeds and £ 7,376 for large dogs, according to Picodi.