The True Cost of Your Dog (Infographic)

Looking into those adorable puppy eyes makes it easy to fall fast and hard for the dog of your dreams. Don’t let that love at first sight fool you into forgetting to plan. Your future pup needs more than love–but how much more? This infographic estimates, organizes and reveals the true cost of your pet companion so you can be prepared to give it all the love–and care–it needs.

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Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Effie Ligon
Effie Ligon2 years ago

Some of these costs are quite skewed and of course depend upon where you live. You can get a dog from a shelter for a lot less, with many veterinarians offering to spay or neuter for a reduced cost. You also don't have to start out with all brand new gear either. I agree of course that someone looking to get an animal needs to be realistic about the cost, just as if you were planning to have a child; otherwise, the poor thing can end up in a shelter or worse unless they find someone who can take it on. Thinking it through is always wise!

Darren Woolsey
Darren Woolsey2 years ago

Sorry, but not everything in life can be reduced to dollars, euros or pounds... it just devalues things...

Nils Anders Lunde


Kimberlee W.
Kimberlee W.2 years ago

Nice infographic.
Gonna do one for kids next?
How about spouses?

John B.
John B.2 years ago

Thanks Editors for sharing this excellent info-graphic.

Melissa Franklin
Melissa Franklin2 years ago

For me, no money in the world could replace me and my [service] dogs' bond and friendship.

Amandine S.
Past Member 2 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola2 years ago

thanks for sharing

Monserratt Martinez

thank you