5 Expensive Dog Breeds
Guest Blogger: Jane Freeman
Being the owner of any dog isn’t a cheap pastime. There isn’t just the purchase price or an adoption fee for your dog, but also all of the one-off costs like collars, leads, bowls and beds, plus the cost of food to consider. There are also precautionary routine treatments recommended several times a year for fleas and worms and annual vaccinations to take into account. Then of course, there are other vet treatments that could be required ad-hoc throughout the life of a pet, and the costs can really stack up!
The lifetime costs of owning a dog are estimated at between £16,000 – £31,000 ($22,000 – $44,000 US) depending on the breed or size of the dog and many other health and behaviour factors.
There is no guarantee that any pet will live a long and healthy life, although we all hope they will, but some breeds of dog are considered to have a greater predisposition to certain health ailments than others. More health issues means more vet treatment, which can result in some dogs ending up being really expensive throughout their days. It can also be the case that pet insurance premiums for certain breeds of dog are higher than others, even if they are perfectly healthy at the time the policy is taken out, because the insurer has to weigh up the risk that any dog has of developing health problems during their lifetime. Many pedigree dogs are likely to have higher insurance premiums according to Gocompare.
Read on to see some of the most expensive dog breeds to own.
This breed, which has grown enormously in popularity in the last couple of decades and is often attached to a significant price tag, is predisposed to issues with the eyes and problems with breathing because of selective breeding over the years to produce an ever flatter face. Whilst not all pugs suffer from any or all of the range of ailments that they are sadly now famed for, the possibility of some of these things flaring up at some point should certainly be a consideration before buying a pug puppy. Those vet bills could start to mount up quickly, especially if surgery and ongoing treatment is required.
This gentle giant of the dog world, Great Danes are frankly enormous, which means that not only do they get through a lot of food and need the biggest sizes of everything, but they can also be prone to particular health issues due to their large size, such as the risk of bloat and ongoing problems with their joints. Combined with a hefty purchase price, the cost of buying and keeping a Great Dane isn’t something to be taken lightly. You might also need to buy a bigger car!
A breed of dog which has increased in popularity exponentially in the UK recently, there are several conditions which can cause Shar Pei’s to require expert vet treatment throughout their lives. The very nature of the Shar Pei’s wrinkly rolls of skin mean that a condition called Entropion, which is where the eyelid rolls inwards and rubs against the eyeball, is sadly common, as is another eye condition called Cherry Eye. Both of these ailments can require surgery to provide a permanent solution.
Shar Pei’s can also often suffer from skin conditions, exacerbated by their skin folds and if not given proper care, often results in painful infections. The shape of their ears are also predisposed to a buildup of wax and debris, which can unfortunately mean that ear infections are common if the ears are not cleaned regularly.
This is another breed where a high initial purchase price is sadly often only the start of the price of owning one of these clownish and beautiful dogs. These pups usually have to be delivered by cesarean section as they are bred to have large heads which make a natural birth impossible. They can often suffer from problems with their eyes, limbs and hips, as well as a predisposition to cardiac and respiratory disease, so not a breed of dog to be taken on lightly.
A very popular breed in the UK currently, the Shih Tzu is a small breed which unfortunately often suffer from one or more health conditions at some point in their lives. This type of dog is prone to back problems because of their short legs and longer body, luxating patella (where the kneecap dislocates when the dog runs, giving them a telltale hopping gait), issues with their eyes and respiratory difficulties because of their flat faces. The cost of owning a Shih Tzu isn’t all about vet bills though; they require clipping approximately every six weeks to retain a short coat, and if grown out, they require daily grooming and regular baths in order to keep them free of painful matts. If done professionally, grooming alone can cost upwards of £250 $355 US) a year.
There are many more breeds of dog which are prone to particular health issues and although there are no guarantees, there are ways to help minimize the risk.
If you buy a Kennel Club registered pedigree pup from a responsible breeder who has done the necessary health checks on both parents (and has those same test results from their lines going back several generations) before having a litter, then the chances of avoiding some or all of the main issues are certainly improved.
Owning a dog is something that millions of UK people take great joy in, and whatever the cost of looking after your dog throughout its lifetime, most owners believe that their pets are worth every penny and more!
“5 Most Expensive Dog Breeds to Own” was written by Guest Blogger: Jane Freeman – Twitter: @digital_jane
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