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10 Ways a Dog Can Cost You Tens of Thousands of Dollars

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Owning a dog is a big responsibility -- and that goes beyond just picking up poop from the sidewalk. It's a massive financial responsibility, too.

Of course, dogs bring huge joy into your life. The cliche that "money can't buy happiness" is a little misguided -- money does buy happiness if you spend your limited dollars on experiences and relationships, and that includes such things as (happily) paying the costs of canine companionship.

But before you bring a furry friend into your home, make sure your budget can handle all the costs. To help you out, we've put together a guide that covers some of the basic costs you can expect to face over your dog's lifetime.

Bear in mind that these numbers are estimated averages meant to give you an idea of the costs you'll incur. Dogs vary widely when it comes to average lifespan and typical breed health, and smaller breeds will, by their nature, cost less when it comes to things like food.

In addition, whether your dog is a purebred or a mixed breed will also play into your costs. A good mutt has hybrid vigor one his side, but his uncertain history could make him a wild card when it comes to temperament and potential health issues. A dog from a breeder may be a safer bet in this regard, but many purebreds are prone to breed-specific medical issues like hip dysplasia.


Paula Pant ditched her 9-to-5 job in 2008. She's traveled to 30 countries, owns seven rental units and runs a business from her laptop. Her blog, Afford Anything, is a gathering spot for rebels who want to ditch the cubicle, shatter limits and live life on your own terms -- while also building wealth, security and freedom.

 

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