The Cost of Owning A Dog

Before you get a new dog it's important you understand all of the costs that go into the first year of dog ownership to make sure it matches your budget.

Cost of Dog Ownership
Before you get a new dog it's important you understand all of the costs that go into the first year of dog ownership to make sure it matches your budget.

If you’re considering getting a dog, whether it’s from a breeder or adoption, it’s important that you consider all the costs and create a budget to be sure you can provide it with everything it needs.

Here’s a list of the expenses you can expect to incur during your first year of dog ownership. If you are a renter, you can also expect an increase of $25 – $75 in your rent. Before you get ahead of yourself, make sure you can legally own a dog depending on the rules layout out in your rental agreement or home owners association contract.


First Years Cost of Dog Ownership:

$ 1790
HIGH RANGE

$ 5220
HIGH RANGE

Cost Breakdown:

  • Cost of puppy from a breeder: $500–$2,000
  • Cost of dog from a shelter: $50–$200
  • Initial supplies: $100–$200
  • First vet exam, including vaccinations and worming: $100
  • Second and third vaccinations and exam: $100–$150
  • Spaying and neutering: $125–$200
  • Microchipping and miscellaneous vet costs: $100–$200
  • Local licensing: $20–$30
  • A year’s worth of high-quality food and treats: $500–$1,000
  • Grooming supplies, including flea and tick prevention: $100
  • Kindergarten training class: $75–$100
  • Cleaning supplies: $20–$40

It should be noted that this list covers only the basics. You might need to build a new fence, shore up an existing one, build a dog house, and the list goes on. This list also doesn’t include an emergency room visit should your puppy eat something they shouldn’t have. So before you get a new dog, make sure your budget can handle it.