Celbrating Februrary as Responsible Pet Owners Month, MSN has written an article that lists the top 15 most expensive pets which has many different kinds of pets including many dogs. Here are the dog breeds that appear on the list.
German Shepherds – According to the article a well bred German Shepherd puppy can run about $2,000 and the yearly cost of ownership is at least $1,500 when factoring in food and health care costs. Some insurance companies even raise home insurance rates if the homeowner has a German Shepherd because of the supposed biting and injury risk associated with the breed.
Rottweilers – Pure bred Rottweilers can cost nearly $3,000 and about $2,350 per year for food and health care, mainly due to how much food they require. Home insurance policies may also be affected if you own a Rottweiler.
English Bulldogs – English Bully pups can run $1,000-1,500 for a good blood line and the yearly medical costs are about $370, which is about 60% more than the average dog due to the high rate of medical issues in the breed. The article doesn’t mention cost of food but I would guess it would be at least a few hundred dollars per year.
Great Danes – A top of the line Great Dane puppy can cost as much as $3,000. There is no mention of food but it likely costs about $1,000 per year since Great Danes are so large. The article states that it also costs $385/year for medical – 63% more than other dog breeds, and that insurance premiums may increase due to the large size of the breed.
Bernese Mountain Dogs – A puppy of this breed can cost between $750 and $1,500, while medical insurance claims cost on average $400 per year. The dogs long hair must also be groomed regularly which can cost about $90 each year as well.
Golden Retrievers – Some Golden Retriever puppies can cost thousands of dollars depending on the blood line. However the major cost for Golden Retrievers comes in the medical care of the dogs. They often have medical issues such as bone cancer which can cost $6,000 to take care of, and that 61% of the breed dies of some form of cancer.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels – This is a rarer breed that can cost upwards of $3,500 for a well bred pup. They aren’t a large breed so don’t require tons of food but like other dogs on the list may be susceptible to many health problems such as a spinal cord condition named syringomyelia that can cost thousands of dollars to treat.