Updated November 29, 2020
Ever wondered how much it costs to keep different dog breeds?
Recently I saw a very unfortunate case. The dog was barely 12 months old and had already had LOTS of vet visits. The owners were at their wits end both emotionally and financially. It didn’t help when I said; ” That’s not uncommon for the breed”.
“How were we supposed to know?” they said. I had to agree there wasn’t an easy way. There should be.
Did you know it can cost over four times as much to keep some dog breeds as others? That doesn’t mean having a more expensive breed should be seen as a mistake. There isn’t a right or wrong dog breed as long as you’re prepared.
Later: A chart showing the cost of keeping common Adelaide dog breeds.
NOW: How to read the chart.
The Major Costs Of Dog Ownership
Here are the five large expenses all dog owners should be prepared for. Prices are in Australian dollars & were accurate at the beginning of 2017.
Some breeds cost twice as much to insure as others! These differences are related to the cost of treating the health problems of different breeds.
I’ve used pet insurance data even though fees are probably higher than fund-it-yourself healthcare would cost (I estimate 25% extra). And of course just because a dog is known for a disease doesn’t mean it will happen every time. However, the costs should be in the right ballpark and allow us to compare dog breeds.
If this makes you wonder what are the benefits of dog insurance, follow the link to learn more!
I’ve used the same high quality dog food that I feed my dogs (Hills VetEssentials) and extrapolated my older dog’s daily food intake, which is much less than the packet recommends. I’ve used the cheapest source of this food that I could find.
It’s still possible to feed dogs quality food more cheaply but not by a lot. It’s also possible my estimates for dogs over 40kg could be a little high.
I’ve asked around for grooming prices, but I’ve assumed that short and medium coated dogs will be shampooed at home and not clipped.
Add extra if you use others to do your cleaning or get your dog clipped for summer (which they really love, by the way).
These costs include:
- Annual health check and vaccination ($90 per year average in our clinic)
- Continuous heartworm control
- Monthly flea control
- 3-monthly intestinal worming
I hope you notice this is reliably the smallest of the four costs!
What’s Not Included?
I can’t put a dollar value on our time, but it’s precious, and all dogs need a lot of it every day. If dog ownership goes to plan, time will never feel like a cost, but it’s without a doubt your biggest investment in your dog.
Other less predictable costs can be associated with training, boarding, transport, public liability, home rents & mortgages, pet accessories etc. These aren’t included either.
I can’t accurately estimate for cross breeds but they should be at similar rates to dogs of the same size and breed.
And now the chart. If you want to see the actual dollar value for each breed, there’s a table at the end. Click here to see the average sizes of each dog breed used in the calculations. Follow this link to learn more about the diseases associated with different dog breeds.
Chart Of Dog Breed Costs
|DOG BREED||ESTIMATED MONTHLY COST (AUD)|
|American Cocker Spaniel||131|
|American Staffordshire Bull Terrier||154|
|Australian Cattle Dog||146|
|Australian Silky Terrier||87|
|Bernese Mountain Dog||217|
|Bouvier Des Flandres||198|
|Cavalier King Charles Spaniel||106|
|Curly Coated Retriever||181|
|Dogue de Bordeaux||261|
|English Springer Spaniel||142|
|Fox Terrier (Smooth)||98|
|German Shepherd Dog||188|
|German Shorthaired Pointer||173|
|German Wirehaired Pointer||171|
|Jack Russell Terrier||89|
|Kerry Blue Terrier||101|
|King Charles Spaniel||144|
|Old English Sheepdog||236|
|Polish Lowland Sheepdog||231|
|Portuguese Water Dog||168|
|Pyrenean Mountain Dog||228|
|Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier||124|
|Staffordshire Bull Terrier||128|
|Welsh Springer Spaniel||129|
|West Highland White Terrier||98|
|White Swiss Shepherd Dog||193|
|Wire Haired Dachshund||107|
|Wire Haired Fox Terrier||96|
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By Andrew Spanner BVSc(Hons) MVetStud, a vet in Adelaide, Australia. These articles are from a series regularly posted on email and Twitter. Subscribe via email here to never miss a story!