Owning a dog is a huge commitment; you’ve got to be willing to give your new best friend the time and love he or she deserves for the next decade or more. However, beyond that, you’re likely to also be spending a lot of money on your new pet – and it’s probably more than you think.
A shocking 98% of dog owners underestimate the costs of owning a dog, with research showing that the total lifetime costs are actually seven times higher than the amount estimated by many owners. For instance, did you know that the average lifetime cost of owning a Dobermann is between £27,100 and £30,800?
It seems a lot of owners simply aren’t setting a realistic budget for their pets, which could lead to problems down the line. You don’t want to be short on money constantly or even be forced to rehome your dog, so it’s important to plan ahead and make sure you’ve got enough to cover all the vital expenses. Food, vet bills, pet insurance, toys and other equipment all add up, and few of these costs are optional.
To help you out, the Animal Health Company have put together the following infographic which breaks down everything you need to know – from starter costs to ongoing expenses, and finally what your total lifetime spend is likely to be. It’ll even help you with choosing a breed, as they’ve researched the average prices of puppies for some of the most popular breeds, with English Bulldogs topping the league table at £2105!
Take a look at the infographic below to find out more!