You paid how much for that dog?
I’ll admit it – I had no idea what it meant to own a dog. I vaguely assumed we’d rescue a dog when/if ever got one. I also thought a medium sized dog would be best. And that was all of the thought I put into owning a dog. I might have even judged on my blog my friend for getting a $1600 bernese mountain dog.
Then we actually decided to get a dog. We put a lot more thought into it. We decided not to rescue. I’m happy to share why if you are curious, but it is great that people’s first instinct these days is to adopt a rescue. Everyone should consider a rescue. We did consider it, but chose not to go that route right now. (If you end up considering a puppy from a breeder, please do LOTS of research and find out how you can ensure you are not supporting puppy mills or irresponsible breeding.) Dogs are one of the few things that it is unadvisable to buy over the internet these days. We had a hard time getting started on find the reputable breeders, and even ended up going to a dog show to meet some in person. (We are not dog show people.)
Anyway, here are the “start up” costs of our soon-to-be latest family member:
- $1,800 the puppy itself. Yep, for reals. It is possible to get this breed for less (as low as $1000 in the midwest, + flight to get them to us), including from reputable breeders (maybe?), but not locally. By “locally” I mean in the state of California. We wanted to meet our breeder in person, so far away wasn’t a good option. I can’t even explain why I think it is OK for the puppy itself to cost that much. It is absurd, right? I will say that we talked to several breeders, and our breeder is the most fantastic of them all.
- $300 for puppy kindergarten classes. Our breeder requires this for 6 weeks, we’re doing ~10 weeks. They are 1 hr/week.
- $250+ for puppy supplies: crate, toys, dog dish, nail trimmer, etc.
- $? – initial vet visit / shots.
So, that’s a ton of money, and I almost didn’t post this, because… Well, I think it is obvious why one might hesitate! But this is going to be a big part of our finances this year, and it deserves to be discussed in the open. The dog is “saving” us money, because we’re forgoing some intended travel this year. We thought about it, and I really wanted a dog more than I wanted to visit Hong Kong in June (as a tag a long to a work trip T has). I spent 6 months in Hong Kong in college, so this wasn’t a decision I made lightly. (That is probably a different post – my travel priorities have shifted pretty majorly in the last couple of years.) Our new puppy comes home next month, and I hope it will bring us years of food bills, vet bills, and joy.