The Cost of Owning a Dog - Feeding
- Pet Health Insurance
Based on a dog with a life span of 11 years it is estimated that
the cost of owning a dog is $13,550. To calculate the cost of a
new dog include the purchase price, health care, feeding and dog
essentials such as collar and leash etc. Estimating how much the
weekly food bill will be a good start to assessing the economics
and could affect your decision as to the type of dog you choose -
small dogs are obviously less expensive than large dogs. Make
enquiries about the price of Pet Health Insurance - 85% of dogs
visit an animal doctor in a year.
Process of Elimination
The best method for choosing the right puppy or dog is to adopt a process
of elimination. Just consider all of the elements will enable you
to create a 'blueprint' for your perfect dog. This process can
start by taking the Choosing a Dog Quiz!
Self Test to Find the Right Dog for you - Choosing a Dog
Choosing a Dog
|Why do you
want a dog?
|Do you want an
adult dog or puppy?
|How much money
can you spend on the purchase?
How much money can you
spend on weekly feeding?
|Male or Female
|Size of dog?
|Length of Coat
|How much daily
|How active are
live in the family home?
|How much space
in the home?
We have developed a fully interactive,
picture based, Dog Quiz which you can access via the
Dog Names and Breeds Index. It's fast and
fun! If your knowledge of dogs is high and you complete the Quiz
you will be entitled to enter the Winners Hall of Fame! Give it a
Reason for wanting a dog
The reason for wanting a dog will help in the process of
elimination. Do you want a dog purely as a pet? Would you like the
pet to be a good watchdog? Do you want the dog to be involved in
any hunting activities? What size quarry will the dog be required
to hunt? Do you want the dog to do any work ? Your reason for
wanting a dog will already be steering you in the right direction
for your choice of dog.
Practicalities of Choosing the
Dog - Large Dog or Small Dog?
The practicalities of choosing the right dog must be taken into
account. Your surroundings and environment but also whether you
are experienced with dogs and whether you will be able to easily
control the dog. Dog control naturally leads on to the subject of
Training - a huge subject which is covered in our section on Puppy
Training. Always check out the adult size that the dog will
Dog - Puppy or Adult Dog
Do you want a puppy or and adult dog. Puppies are appealing but
adult dogs have many advantages. Adult dogs are generally house
trained, have been immunised against many illnesses, any health or
hereditary problems will be quickly evident. A final consideration
is that puppies are the first to go at rescue centres - adult dogs
are often left to an inevitable fate if they are not chosen.
Our tips on calculating the cost of a dog should have provided you
with an understanding of the expense of owning a pet. But you need
to assess exactly what your initial budget is. How much are you
willing to pay for the dog? How much will need to be spent on
necessary equipment for the dog? What can afford to spend? This is
your budget - don't exceed it!
Pure breed or a mongrel?
Difficult to offer constructive advice on this subject as many
people only want a pure breeds. The pure blood dog will have
inherited specific traits from that breed, so you will generally
know what your are getting. Mongrels make wonderful pets - check
out their background and the traits that might be inherited from
the sire and dam.
Dog - Fitting in with the
Which family members will come into immediate every-day contact
with the dog? Its imperative that a dog fits in with the family.
Any young children in the family should be a factor in selection.
A dog for a growing family must be able to stand rough treatment
such as a Labrador. A small, toy dog would be a poor choice as its
fragile bones might break if it is handled roughly. Conversely the
small, toy dogs would be a great choice for some one who is
elderly or disabled. Small dogs need less exercise and control and
many have been bred as companion dogs.
requirements - Coat length and Type
The length of a dogs coat is indicative of the grooming
requirements. How much time will the grooming take? Will grooming
be a daily or weekly requirement. How often will the dog need
clipping? Will a professional dog groomer need to be involved?
Long haired dogs also make more of a mess in the home with
frequent moulting. Dog hairs can be annoying over clothes and
furnishing and will therefore require additional cleaning
routines. It is also worth considering that a dog whose coat is
waterproof, such as a retriever, will possess a doggy smell due to
the water proofing oils present in the coat.
Environment - Space Inside & Outside
The home environment is extremely important. Are the living
quarters suitable to big or small dogs? How big is the yard? Could
the dog be securely left alone in a yard? How often would you need
to leave your dog on its own?