The Cost of Puppy Ownership
Like most things in life, the cost of a puppy can range in price from free to several thousand dollars. Pedigree is the primary driver behind how much a breeder will charge for a dog. The more rare and/or coveted a breed is, the more money you can expect to pay for it.
The average cost of buying a dog from a breeder, however, is approximately $200 to $300. During the first year of ownership, you can expect to pay up to $1,000 for supplies, vet bills, training, registration, and related costs. Over the dog’s lifetime, you can expect to pay up to $13,000.
There are several things you can do to reduce the cost of dog ownership. Smaller dogs tend to be less expensive than big dogs, mostly because they don’t eat as much and tend to have fewer health problems. You should also purchase your dog from a local breeder; otherwise, you will have to factor in the cost of transporting the puppy to your home. Unless you plan on competing in dog shows, purchase a hardy breed of dog that tend to have larger litters and, as a result, are less expensive.