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Expenses associated with a new dog

Buying or adopting a dog is a big decision. Not only do you have to think about the care the animal will need (daily walks, grooming, vet appointments, cleaning up after him, arranging someone to care for him if you go on holidays...), you also need to consider the financial commitment. Here we look at some typical expenses associated with a new dog...

Typical expenses for a new dog

The dog - if you're buying a pedigree dog, expect to pay anywhere from £80 to £2,000 (for rarer breeds). If you're adopting a dog from a kennel, you might wish to make a small donation (£20 to £50).

The essentials - Before you bring the dog into your home, you will need to stock up on some essentials. These include a dog beed and cushion, food and water bowls, a collar, lead, dog toys (balls and chew toys, for example) and grooming supplies (a brush, toothbrush, dog shampoo and dog toothpaste). Expect to spend around £90 for these.

Dog proofing your home - Most dogs owners have a secure area for their dog to spend time outside. Fencing an area of your garden will usually cost from £250 and up, depending on the size and the type of wood you use.

Vet's bills - Puppies will need their first set of injections at around 8 weeks and their second at 12 weeks old. You should also get your pet micro-chipped. Insurance companies don't usually offer cover for the first couple of months of a puppy's life, so you will normally have to pay for these yourself. Expect to pay around £70.

Pet insurance - One of the most overlooked expenses of a new dog is pet insurance. A good policy should cost around £20 per month, depending on the breed and age of your dog.

Food - A significant ongoing cost will be dog food. A good quality brand will cost about £25 per month - again depending on the size of your dog.

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