Dog ownership can be as expensive as you want to make it. If your precious pooch needs organic food, a custom dog bed shaped like a hot rod, diamond-studded collar, etc., things can really add up. Even if you have more modest ideas of what a dog needs, dog ownership is still not cheap.
You should figure on spending $1600 in the first year you have a new dog, and about $800 per year afterwards. If you get a purebred puppy, add 20% in the first year and 10% every year after.
Seem high? Let’s look at the likely purchases you’ll make for your dog in the first year and then later on:
Cost of Your Dog in the First Year
- Acquiring the dog: $75 (if from a shelter) and up. We’re going to assume a shelter dog here; purebred puppies will be more, maybe much more.
- Food + treats: $400 – $500, depending on the size of the dog.
- Vet bills, including vaccines, spay/neuter, heartworm & other maintenance pills: $500
- Crate & dog bed: $200
- Food bowl, collar, leash: $75
- Pet cleaner for the inevitable messes your dog makes: $50