When it comes to saving costs on Man’s Best Friend, you’ll have to resist splurging on diamond collars and crystal food bowls. After that, your fist savings can be on the purchase price. While purchasing a pet quality puppy can cost between $300 and $1500 and a show quality puppy can run as much as $10,000 or more, adopting a dog from a shelter or breed rescue typically costs between $70 and $300. The adoption fee usually includes neutering or spaying, initial vaccinations, de-worming and a veterinary check-up. According the ASPCA
, the first-year total cost for an adopted small dog is around $1300 and the annual costs, around $600. A medium to large dog will cost around $1700 the first year and about $800 annually. And while yearly costs for a small dog tend to be a bit less, small dogs tend to live longer than large breeds, so it adds up to about the same amount over a lifetime. A small dog with an estimated lifespan of 14 years will cost around $8000 over the dog’s lifetime. A large dog with an estimated lifespan of 9 years will cost about $8100. But if the dog has any significant medical problems, those numbers could be MUCH higher.
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