New research out today reveals the true cost of owning a dog, with some breeds coming in at an eye watering £3,907.60 a year or £25,849.33 across a dog’s lifetime. The weighty cost comes despite the nation estimating an average bill of £880.35 per year, significantly underestimating the commitment needed across a furry friend’s lifespan. The potential expenditure is a warning for the many that would be surprised by the costs. More than one in ten (14%) would even return their pooches if costs were to go over £633 per year.
To highlight the real consideration required ahead of the key festive season, comparethemarket.com in collaboration with Vets in Practice’s, Emma Milne, has created a canine calculator that highlights the range of costs incurred when owning different breeds of dog here.
The new research further showed that dogs dinners can cost up to £1,198.75 per year – a startling contrast and six times more than Brits claim they’d be prepared to spend - on average £182.44 per year.