How Much Should You Budget For A Dog?

Most people can count on around $500 in total expenses to adopt a dog or cat, get supplies, and cover initial medical costs.

Then, you should budget around $500 per year in most cases for ongoing costs too.

Those costs vary based on the size of your pet, brands you prefer, and assumes your pet is generally healthy.

How much should I budget for my dog per month?

Basic Costs of Owning a Dog

Type of ExpenseYearly Estimate
Training Classes or Resources$25 to $300
Dog Walking (between $0 (you can walk your dog) up to $20 per walk, 1x per weekday)$0 to $5,200
Petsitters or Boarding$100 to $300
Average Monthly Cost of Owning a Dog$125 to $824

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How much does dog supplies cost?

The Morale of the Story

Adopt a PuppyBuy a Purebred
Initial Cost$30 – $400$500 – $2,000
First Vet Visit$50 – $400$100 – $300
New Supplies
Cage$100 – $200

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How much does a small dog cost per year?

After the first year, ASPCA figures a dog’s annual cost at anywhere from $580 for smaller dogs to $875 for big breeds, which gobble more food.