Depending on the breed and bloodline, cost of buying and keeping a dog as a pet varies. Some breeds are expensive than others. A popular breed puppy can cost thousands of dollars. In addition to that, you must keep in mind the expense of health-care, grooming, diet, toys, training, etc. Some breeds are far more vulnerable to particular diseases such as cancer, heart conditions, multiple eye problems. It’s not that every dog of a particular breed is destined to fall victim to one or other disease, but owner must consider it before buying one. Frequent visits to vets and expenses on treatment add to total cost of owning a pet. Unfortunately, popular breeds are delicate and most prone to diseases. Therefore, it becomes a necessity to be aware of facts related to total expenditure made on buying and keeping before buying one.
Owing to their silly but amusing personalities, English Bulldogs are quite popular. Average cost of an English Bulldog can be anywhere around $3,000. Considering the expenditure on health care and other dog stuff, the actual cost of owning a Bulldog goes much higher. According to breeders, buying a Bulldog means regular trips to veterinarian as this breed is more vulnerable to conditions such as hip and elbow dysplasia, cancer, heart conditions despite the fact that Bulldog has a life-span of about 8-10 years.
This breed is equally popular, but unfortunately one of the least healthy. In the first place, cost of a German Shepard is around $2,500, irrespective of bloodline. They are very vulnerable to allergies, gastrointestinal ailments, bloat, cancer, Degenerative Myelopathy and hip and elbow dysplasia. For the same reason, the number of German Shepherd is declining in police, military, and research and rescue squads. If you plan to bring one home, keep in mind that vet bills could make it a quite an expensive experience.
Opting for a French Bulldog isn’t cheaper either due to same reasons as those in case of English Bulldog. Buying a French Bulldog puppy means spending over $2,000 plus vet bills for minimum 7-8 years. They are little delicate, but very popular owing to their amusing looks and behavior.
Chow Chow is believed to be one of the oldest dog breeds in existence today and DNA tests have also supported the fact. They are extraordinary hunters, guard and highly skilled for herding. There is a divide between bloodlines of this breed. Some are considered superior to others. The biggest problem with Chow Chow is that their thick fur-coat makes them vulnerable to flea infestation. Sometimes, condition gets very ugly due to late treatment. Other than that, Chows are prone to multiple eye problem, cancer, diabetes, canine pemphigus, and autoimmune diseases and need frequent grooming to avoid matted hair and infected skin.
Mastiffs are known for their large size and, perhaps, thickest fur-coat and wide mouth. They are considered good guardians with stubborn temperament. Mastiff isn’t delicate like other breeds in this list, but still skin problems, allergies, eye conditions, hypothyroidism, epilepsy are few troubles which the owner should always remain prepared for. Obviously, like Chow Chow, Mastiff is very prone to flea infestation. Recently, a Mastiff puppy was sold for $2 million in an auction in China . However, it was an exceptional case, a Mastiff costs a couple of thousand bucks.