A dog may be man’s best friend by providing company, protection and unconditional devotion. Nonetheless, the decision to bring a dog into the family must be done responsibly. Being a responsible owner means ensuring your dog has everything needed. The costs associated with owning a dog depends on many things: breed, initial investment, location, lifestyle and particular needs.
Selecting the Best Dog Breeds
Many dog owners admit to choosing a dog for one reason: “I love this breed!” Sometimes the breed is right but there are times when you might regret a hasty decision. Some breeds require more movement, care and frequent grooming. Some breeds are not suitable for apartment living. Also, depending on the breed, some dogs are harder to train.
Defining a Reasonable Investment
It is imperative that, before choosing a dog, you analyze your financial possibilities. The costs of owning a dog can surpass several hundred dollars per year. If you are partial to a certain breed and bloodline, you need a reputable breeder. The acquisition cost may be higher than the prices in most pet shops, but this difference will be seen in the appearance and health of your dog. The dog should be registered with either the American Kennel Club (AKC) or the United Kennel Club (UKC).
A number of qualities and traits contribute to the value of a dog: pure line descendants, a prize-winning lineage, rarity of the breed – all of these can significantly increase the cost of a puppy. The status of “celebrity” pet increases the price too, such as the Chihuahua’s rise in popularity.
Seven Most Expensive Dog Breeds
First place goes to English Setters, a medium size breed that lives around eleven years and is claimed to be the absolute most expensive dog to maintain. Visits to the vet should total at least seven times per year and the money spent for their maintenance is more than $11,300, according to the Daily Telegraph. English Setters are very athletic and graceful; this breed excels at hunting and sports. This agile and hard-working hunter is extremely intelligent, gentle and affectionate but has various health issues including bone problems, especially in the hips and elbows, and thyroid disease.
The Great Dane came in second place among the most expensive dogs in terms of initial investment and maintenance costs can exceed $11,300 yearly. This is a large breed with a huge and powerful royal appearance. The breed is also nicknamed Apollo due to size, strength and posture. These dogs have a strong, athletic constitution but can suffer from health problems such as Cardiomyopathy and hip dysplasia.
The third most expensive breed is the Samoyed, which are large, fluffy dogs with a white double coat. Maintenance costs around $10,000 annually but many say this dog is well worth the financial effort due to intelligence, sociability, initiative, vigilance, and positive attitude. These dogs are also gentle and tolerant of children.
Fourth in line regarding expense is the English Bulldog, although just a few hours with one of these charming and lovable dogs might seem worth nearly $3000 annually. Because English Bulldogs can live up to ten years or more, and are prone to numerous health issues, this could mean frequent trips to the veterinarian and the likelihood of several medical bills accumulated annually. Some of the more serious health related issues your English Bulldog might suffer from include heart conditions, dysplasia of the hip and/or elbows, cancer, allergies and skin issues, numerous eye problems, and overheating, to name a few. It is important to mention here that French Bulldogs are prone to the same health conditions as English Bulldogs.
Coming into fifth place in terms of expense are the German Shepherd dogs, one of the most popular breeds to own. You can expect to spend as much as $2,500 for a German Shepherd pup, regardless of bloodline, but this is just the beginning. Like English Bulldogs, this loyal and loveable dog breed is prone to allergies, stomach ailments, cancer, bloat, and Degenerative Myelopathy. Additionally, owners should work hard to prevent hip and elbow dysplasia, also common in this breed. Due to their decreasing health, German Shepherds are becoming less frequently used in the field as police, military, or search and rescue dogs.
Sixth place goes to one of the oldest dog breeds known to man, the Chow Chow. This Chinese breed was originally designed to be a multi-purpose work dog, showing excelled skills in herding, pulling, guarding and hunting, to name a few. Some of this dog breed’s more commonly noted health issues include multiple eye issues, diabetes, cancer, canine pemphigus, as well as several auto-immune diseases. Additionally, the Chow Chow has a thick coat that will require care and attention, which means dog owners should consider grooming costs when selecting this breed. Without proper grooming, Chow Chows are prone to flea infestations, matted hair and skin infections.
Seventh in terms of cost of ownership and upkeep is a very large dog breed known as a Tibetan Mastiff. Because of their novel size, your initial investment may be quite large. You will need to consider the costs of feeding such a large dog before purchasing a pup to call your own. These dogs are excellent guardians that, on average, usually quite healthy. However, the Tibetan Mastiff has a thick coat that can harbor fleas, mites and ticks, requiring treatments and preventative measures to prevent infestations. Frequent grooming is also required to combat the presence of matted hair and uncomfortable skin issues. Among the most common heath issues, this breed may suffer from cancer, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, skin conditions, allergies and eye issues. Due to their large size, hip and elbow dysplasia is also a very common health problem that owners of Tibetan Mastiffs must consider.
Whether you desire a baby to love or a large and loyal friend, a canine companion is the best choice. As long as owners understand the responsibility and expense that comes with dog ownership, it is easy to choose a premium breed according to your personal preferences and individual needs. With regular veterinary care, grooming, exercise, a healthy diet, nutritious treats, preventative pest control, a quality pet bed, and toys to chase the boredom away, your new dog will bring great joy to you and your family.