How Much Does A Dog Cost?

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic

Few people actually sit down and plan out every expense related to owning a dog. And let’s face it – it’s close to impossible to work out the exact amount it’ll cost to own a dog in the long run. So ask yourself, “how much does a dog cost?” We’ve got good news for you – we’ve got a tool that will give you a good idea on how much a dog will run you in its lifetime.

When you don’t do some general planning around the costs associated with owning a dog, you’re more likely to get in over your head. In fact, a big reason why many dogs end up at shelters is because owners don’t realize the cost involved and can’t afford them.

We’re not saying that you shouldn’t own a dog because it is expensive. We are saying that you need to be prepared. Before you bring home a new furry addition to your family, you should be armed with a summary of the costs involved with owning a dog. That way, you can set up a budget that allows you to sock money away for your pooch.

Do you know what expenses are involved with owning a dog? Here’s an easy tool that will do the math for you. You’ll have to do a little research, but you’ll be ahead of the game – there’s no better feeling than knowing that your best friend will have everything he needs to have a healthy, happy life.

How much does a dog cost? Use the tool below to find out.


Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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