We’re a nation of dog lovers with millions of us doting on our beloved pets, but research has revealed that many owners weren’t prepared for the high costs involved.
A massive 25 per cent of dog owners have revealed the expense of keeping a dog had been unexpected, while 43 per cent of owners also admitted they hadn’t researched any costs beforehand, a new study from Admiral Pet Insurance revealed.
The same study also found that Newfoundland dogs are the most expensive breed of dog with a hefty price tag of £5,276 over the course of just one year.
Rottweilers are the second most expensive dog, costing on average £4,325.03 a year
This means that those in full time work could expect to pay more than £3,000 a year if they are paying for a whole week of dog walks.
A further quarter of dog owners say they have put their dog into ‘doggy daycare’ with a quarter of those using this service at least 1-2 times a week.
The average price for a full day in the UK is £21.76 meaning those who use the service twice a week could be forking out a massive £2,263 a year.
Dog owners also now have more expenses than in previous years as pet technology has improved leaps and bounds.
A quarter of those surveyed said they had a camera in place to keep an eye on their dog when they are not around, with a third spending between £25-30 on the technology. However, 20 per cent admitted to spending more than £100 on the device.
Some pooch owners also admitted to splashing out on keeping their pup fashionable, with two in five spending between £25 to £50 a year making sure their dog is well dressed.
Admiral surveyed 2000 respondents and costs were sourced from Admiral’s desk research using three costs for 21 areas across the UK to find averages.