The most expensive dog breeds could cost over £15,000 in a lifetime

Sad dog laying with plastic disc in living room
Maybe you can put a price on love (Picture: Getty Images/Tetra images RF)

Thinking of getting a dog?

It’s important to consider the financial implications of owning a pooch as there are a wide array of costs associated with having a pet.

While things like getting insurance and food are a given, it also turns out that some breeds are just more expensive to have than others.

Netvouchercodes has taken a close look at 42 of the UK’s most popular dog breeds.

As an example, the most expensive pooch is the Standard Poodle, which could set you back a tidy £18,700 during its lifetime.

The company came to this conclusion by weighing up the cost of feeding, insuring and grooming Poodles over their average lifespan, as well as day-to-day accessory and equipment costs.
A poodle preparing ahead of being shown at day one of Crufts 2020
She’s feeling expensive (Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Saint Bernards are quite expensive too, as owners should expect to shell out over £17,500 for these giant hairy babies in their lifetimes.

Chow Chows aren’t very far behind at a lifetime cost of over £15,400. On the flip-side, the cheapest breeds to own in 2020 include Patterdales, Jack Russells, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

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These breeds tend to live to 13 to 14 years on average and cost between around £7000-£8000 through that time.

On average, getting a dog can cost £2,030 in the first year when they’re a puppy and roughly £850 every year after that.

One way what you can reduce this amount is by adopting rather than shopping, since choosing a needy pup in search of a home is far cheaper than buying from a breeder.

On top of that, purebred dogs often have specific health problems associated with their breed.

For example, Peta lists typical Poodle issues as:
  • Progressive vision loss
  • Seizures
  • Diabetes
  • A collapsing trachea

Aside from the fact that health problems in dogs are expensive, you’ll want your four-legged friend to be with you for as many years as possible.

So if you’re considering buying a dog, why not have a look for a mix or a happy little mutt at your local shelter?

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