Total Cost of Dog Ownership

Dog Costs

The cost of dog ownership enters into every decision to bring a dog into the family. If you are thinking of bringing a dog into your home you are not alone, with 46.3 million U.S. Households owning a dog. In general, costs range from $500/yr to $1825 a year depending on the size of the dog. For details see the table below.

The chart below outlines how much it typically costs to own a small, medium and large dog. Obviously, if you have a large dog like an Irish Setter, then your costs can be higher than caring for smaller dog. Another big part of keeping costs low is to keep your dog healthy with regular visits to the Vet. It is estimated that 68% of dogs do not get adequate health care. Veterinary care is often the reason cited for not owning a dog (30%, American Humane Society, 2012 survey).

One Time and Annual Cost of Dog Ownership
Source: Kiplingers

One Time Dog Costs
Small Dog
Medium Dog
Large Dog
Spaying or Neutering
Initial Veterinary Care
$25 $30 $35
$35 $95 $125
Dog Training
$110 $110 $110
Annual Dog Care Costs

Cost of Dog Food
Annual Veterinary Care
Toys and Treats
Dog License
irish setter dog
Dog Cost Varies By Size and Breed
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Podcast on Owning a Dog

This podcast by the American Veterinary Medical Association discusses the cost of dog ownership, dog care and how important it is to visit a Veterinarian. Learn how to keep your pet health and disease free.

Tips For Bringing Down The Annual Cost of Dog Care

Here are some money saving suggestions to help pay for a dog of any size:

Cost of a Dog Worksheets and Resources

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