How Much Do Dog Breeds Cost To Keep?

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.
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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.

Medical Care

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!

Food

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.

Grooming

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).

Preventative Health

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

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DOG BREEDESTIMATED MONTHLY COST (AUD)
Afghan Hound231
Airedale Terrier151
Akita203
Alaskan Malamute194
American Bulldog212
American Cocker Spaniel131
American Staffordshire Bull Terrier154
Australian Bulldog192
Australian Cattle Dog146
Australian Kelpie140
Australian Koolie140
Australian Shepherd153
Australian Silky Terrier87
Australian Terrier94
Basenji103
Basset Hound158
Beagle123
Bearded Collie203
Bedlington Terrier154
Belgian Shepherd163
Bernese Mountain Dog217
Bichon Frise130
Border Collie138
Border Terrier95
Borzoi206
Boston Terrier117
Bouvier Des Flandres198
Boxer178
Briard224
British Bulldog169
Brittany121
Bull Arab210
Bull Terrier175
Bullmastiff261
Cairn Terrier95
Cane Corso296
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel106
Cavoodle144
Chihuahua82
Chinese Crested87
Chow Chow166
Clumber Spaniel178
Cocker Spaniel116
Collie153
Curly Coated Retriever181
Dachshund107
Dalmatian161
Deerhound232
Dobermann191
Dogue de Bordeaux261
English Setter164
English Springer Spaniel142
Finnish Lapphund130
Finnish Spitz114
Flatcoated Retriever179
Fox Terrier (Smooth)98
Foxhound170
French Bulldog164
German Pinscher141
German Shepherd Dog188
German Shorthaired Pointer173
German Wirehaired Pointer171
Golden Retriever174
Gordon Setter183
Great Dane267
Greyhound181
Griffon Bruxellois85
Havanese128
Hungarian Vizsla166
Irish Setter174
Irish Terrier109
Irish Wolfhound261
Italian Greyhound99
Italian Spinone203
Jack Russell Terrier89
Japanese Akita203
Japanese Chin102
Japanese Spitz102
Keeshond151
Kerry Blue Terrier101
King Charles Spaniel144
Labradoodle (standard/miniature)187/144
Labrador Retriever191
Lagotto Romagnolo173
Lakeland Terrier95
Lhasa Apso130
Long-haired Dachshund100
Lowchen104
Maltese131
Manchester Terrier98
Maremma Sheepdog206
Mastiff346
Miniature Dachshund94
Miniature Pinscher87
Miniature Poodle133
Miniature Schnauzer120
Moodle141
Neapolitan Mastiff295
Newfoundland284
Norfolk/Norwich Terrier93
Norwegian Elkhound140
Old English Sheepdog236
Papillon85
Pekingese148
Pointer166
Polish Lowland Sheepdog231
Pomeranian85
Portuguese Water Dog168
Pug106
Pugalier114
Puli165
Pyrenean Mountain Dog228
Rhodesian Ridgeback191
Rottweiler248
Saluki153
Samoyed156
Schipperke100
Schnauzer (Standard)144
Schnoodle140
Scottish Terrier100
Shar Pei177
Shetland Sheepdog109
Shiba Inu114
Shih Tzu139
Siberian Husky146
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier124
Spoodle149
St Bernard315
Staffordshire Bull Terrier128
Standard Poodle197
Swedish Vallhund116
Tenterfield Terrier83
Tibetan Spaniel121
Tibetan Terrier107
Toy Poodle122
Weimaraner183
Welsh Corgi111
Welsh Springer Spaniel129
West Highland White Terrier98
Whippet120
White Swiss Shepherd Dog193
Wire Haired Dachshund107
Wire Haired Fox Terrier96
Yorkshire Terrier83

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By Andrew Spanner BVSc(Hons) MVetStud, a vet in Adelaide, Australia. These blogs are from a series regularly posted on email and Twitter. Subscribe via email here to never miss a story!
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Andrew

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