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How Much Does a Dog Cost per Month?

Before you get a dog, you should consider how much a dog costs to keep. How much a dog costs depends on its breed, size and health. To begin with, you’ll need money to buy the dog. Purebred dogs can be much more expensive than mixed-breed dogs. And then you have monthly and yearly costs.

What Do You Need for a Dog?



Dog license fee

Dog insurance

Dog sitter, dog kennels

Basic equipment



Costs can differ widely, as it always depends if you choose an expensive food and/or have a large dog, for example. Of course, cheap food and a small dog is the lower limit. As long as you’re clear about what you’re getting yourself into, you’ll save yourself a lot of bother and save your pet from the pound (or being left tied up in a parking lot before a vacation). Depending on their breed and size, a dog can live for 10 to 13 years. They’re like family members. And they suffer like we would when separated from their beloved pack.

You can find detailed information about costs on the next page:

Monthly Costs for a Dog

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