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How Much Does It Really Cost to Own a Dog?

How much for that doggy in the window? Some dog owners may tell you their pets are priceless. In terms of the unconditional love and happiness dogs can bring into their owners’ lives, that may be the case!

But the truth is that the costs of owning a dog can add up, from food to leashes to veterinary visits. That’s why it’s a good idea to estimate all the typical expenses of pet ownership before you bring a dog into your home. Here are some of the costs potential doggy moms and dads should think about.

Adoption-Related Costs

If you get the pup from a breeder, the costs vary widely. The average purebred puppy may set you back $1,250, according to, but breeds such as a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel may top $3,800. Consider asking your veterinarian or pet-owning friends for a referral to a responsible breeder, or reaching out to a local breed club for a recommendation, The Humane Society of the United States says. Read More

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