The Annual Cost of a Puppy Is More Than the National Average for Two Months' Rent
Everyone knows that dogs, especially in an urban environment, require work and dedication. Early morning walks, muddy paws, basic training—those are a given. But the actual costs, in terms of money, might surprise you.
Rover, a company that offers pet-sitting and -walking, released the results of a survey recently in which they asked dog owners who had owned their dog as a puppy to break down the real costs of puppy ownership. The survey does not include the cost of getting a puppy from a breeder—but even if you adopt a pet from a shelter and skip however many hundreds or thousands of dollars a purebred puppy costs, there’s nothing cheap about a puppy.
The average first-day price, which includes adoption fees, food and water bowls, a crate, treats, and more, reaches a startling $1,487. That does also include some fees which might not be necessary in all cases, like spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, and vaccinations; many adoption agencies make sure all that stuff is taken care of prior to adoption. But still, you’re looking at a hefty up-front price for a puppy.
Average monthly expenses, which include food, treats, basic medication (ticks, heartworm), and toys, comes out to $153 a month. But this time, there’s something notable that hasn’t been included: the cost of a dog-walker. Dog-walkers, especially in more expensive cities, can run you about $25 per half-hour. That can quickly spiral into hundreds of dollars per month, if there’s nobody at home during the day.
Then there are the irregular expenses: checkups, pet insurance, training, teeth cleaning, grooming. All in all, Rover estimates the annual cost of having a puppy at $3,370—more than two months rent, going by the national average.
Dogs, like kids, aren’t cheap.