|Barked: Thu Nov 29, '12 8:45am PST |
|Ok, so dogs are cheaper than kids... but they aren't cheap.
I'll break it down as basically as possible.
Cost to acquire a dog:
Most shelters charge anywhere from $50-150 for a dog or puppy.
Rescues tend to be a bit more, maybe $150-300.
REPUTABLE breeder will cost even more, typically over $1000.
Do no support pet stores, puppy mills, or backyard breeders, regardless of price.
If getting a puppy:
Potentially 2nd or 3rd round of puppy shots and worming, which typically range from $100-200 per round.
Eventual spay/neuter, which depending on size and age of dog, is typically around $150 from a good vet.
Training. Don't care what anyone says, training of some sort for puppies should be MANDATORY, especially for novice owners, and can run anywhere from $90 (Petco-type classes) to hundreds depending on the trainer. For a basic puppy class you can ballpark $150 to be a good estimate for a decent trainer.
Older dogs who are already altered and have some basic training of course do not have these fees, and you really only need to do an initial round of vaccinations with them (maybe $100-150), and then rabies every 3 years or whatever is required by law in your area (discount clinics typically charge about $30 for rabies).
Ideally you should take your dog or puppy in for an annual examination, regardless of health, even if not getting vaccines. This will vary depending on your vet, can rage anywhere from $75-150.
Food. Depending on quality, size and age of dog, and where you live it will likely range you about $35-50 a month for an average-quality food. That's $420-600 a year.
Bowls, bedding, a crate, toys, things like that are not REQUIRED, but why wouldn't you want them? That should run you about $150-200 initial purchase.
That's about as "bare bones" as I can break it down for you.
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