Welcoming a new pet into your family is an exciting time, but it can also be expensive if you don’t do your research.
- The costs of owning a pet over its lifetime can be much more expensive than you think, especially if your pet gets a health problem
- Dogs and cat breeds with long coats will cost much more in grooming than short-haired pets
- Cats cost slightly less over a lifetime than dogs, but some pure breed kittens are just as expensive to buy as pedigree puppies
While our furry friends bring so much joy into our lives, they can also tug heavily on the purse strings. From grooming costs, to food and vet bills, some pets can be much more expensive than others. This depends on their size, breed and whether they have health problems.
We’ve looked at some of the most expensive pet breeds over their average lifespan, based on their cost to buy, vet bills and potential health problems to discover which pets are the most expensive overall.
The most expensive dog breedsBuying a pedigree dog is always going to be more expensive than a cross-breed but the cost of a pup can vary dramatically depending on the breed.
Not only do Kennel Club-registered puppies cost a lot more to buy initially, they may also have inherited health problems, which can quickly lead to expensive vet bills.
Additional monthly expenses will include vaccinations, training, care for your dog while you’re away on holiday or at work and daily essentials like bedding, treats and toys.
Its fluffy coat will need regular grooming too, at least every 4 to 6 weeks. Newfoundlands can also be prone to develop a few health problems that are common in deep chested dogs including hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, heart conditions and bloat.
Most expensive cat breedsCute kittens don’t come cheap either, with some of the most expensive pure cat breeds costing up to £1,500. While cats can be slightly cheaper over a lifetime to look after than dogs, the initial costs to keep them happy and healthy can be eye watering with flea treatments, litter trays and toys all adding up.
Here’s a selection of the most expensive cat breeds: