Choosing a puppy is a very exciting experience, but thought is sometimes not invested where it matters the most – long-term impacts of certain breeds. Although big dogs can be incredibly cute and cuddly, they may prove to be far more expensive to own than smaller dogs due to food and maintenance. Similarly, some dogs have known health problems that can quickly rack up hefty vet debts. There are a few dog breeds that have this reputation, and to ensure you’re aware of them, we go through some of the most expensive dog breeds to own. This way, you won’t have to take out mammoth loans to take care of your furry friend!
Some of these breeds will sometimes demand you have the best dog insurance in Australia in order to cover their laundry list of ailments. Bulldogs – both English and French – are one such example. In addition to the very large upfront costs of an English bulldog (which can easily cost thousands), this breed is particularly vulnerable to suffer from a slew of health problems. English Bulldogs are commonly at risk for heart conditions, hip and elbow dysplasia, cancer, multiple eye problems, allergies, skin issues, and are also vulnerable to over-heating. Even with all of these health issues, your adorable English bulldog can still live between 8 and 10 years – which means you’ll be forking out massive vet bills for quite a long time! French bulldogs also contain many of the flawed genetics of their English cousins, making them similarly prone to bouts of ill health. These dogs are also quite expensive, as both bulldog breeds are quite popular due to their interesting personalities. So, if you’re financially prepared, don’t be dissuaded – these dogs are still quite lovely!
Chow chows are one of the oldest dog breeds still in existence today. Bred in China up to 2,00 years ago as a multi-purpose working dog, Chow-Chows make for very good herding, hunting, guarding, and pulling dogs. It is because these dogs are so old that makes them prone to a variety of health issues. These health issues can include multiple eye problems, cancer, diabetes, canine pemphigus, and a variety of autoimmune diseases. It’s not just the assortment of health issues that can cause issues in Chow-Chow’s however – their thick coats translate to more flea infestations and a need for constant grooming. If not properly cared for in this way, this breed will quickly get matted hair and infected skin. This grooming, alongside big pet bills and a high entry cost, is a guaranteed money pit that can quickly get financially unaware owners into trouble.
Considering all of the costs of dog breeds
It’s important to remember that the cost of dogs goes far beyond the initial purchase price. Purebreds are usually an expensive investment in multiple ways, as they have a much larger upfront cost than crossbred dogs and are much more susceptible to health ailments. There are obviously a variety of other costs, including crates, toys, beds, kennels and food, but vet bills have the potential to be the biggest financial blockhole. If you’re unprepared to fork out large sums to ensure your dog remains in a state of good health – and sometimes it’s still impossible to achieve this with some breeds – then finding a crossbred dog may be the answer for you.