How Much Does It Cost to Raise a Dog?

brown dog on a bed

Raising a dog, assuming an average life span of 14 years, can cost anywhere between about $4,300 U.S. Dollars (USD) for very basic care to $38,905 USD for super-pampered pets. On average, a well-cared for dog will cost about $12,500 USD to raise. The average figures don’t take into account serious illnesses requiring expensive surgeries, which can add thousands of dollars to the total cost.

gorgeous grey dog

More pooch facts:

  • One in three U.S. families has one or more dogs.
  • Research has shown that pets can help improve their owner’s health by reducing stress, lowering blood pressure and relieving depression.
  • Studies have shown that owners of dogs are more likely to survive after a heart attack as compared to those without dogs or other kinds of pets.
  • The average dog lives between eight and 15 years.
  • Dogs have been domesticated as pets for about 12,000 years.

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