Not just for Christmas | comparethemarket.com

Getting a dog can be an amazing experience, however potential owners need to be aware that chances are, you will have to dig deep into your pocket. Whether it’s the cost of pet insurance, food, doggy day-care or simply the time needed to invest in your dog, the expense of a pet can really mount up. Whenever you’re thinking of purchasing a new pup, it’s important to take heed of the famous slogan, 'A dog is for life, not just for Christmas', and do the necessary research first before taking on a substantial commitment.

Costs of caring for certain breeds can run into the thousands every year and in some cases, this can reach in excess of £25,000 across a dog’s lifetime.

To help people make an informed decision, we’ve highlighted the level of investment that potential dog owners need to consider before bringing home a new pup. Working with veterinary practitioner, Emma Milne, you can now find out how much you should be prepared to invest annually and across your dog's lifetime.

Costs have been split across several financial factors: the initial purchase price, food, pet insurance, kennel fees, treats and toys, vet bills and grooming. We have also outlined the minimum exercise time required for an adult dog, but this is by no means the only time you need to commit when owning a pup.

Whilst it’s important to understand just how much a dog can cost, always remember that life with a dog is absolutely priceless!

Click on the hotspots below, to find the individual costs for your own dog.

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