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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-13-2010, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
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How much money do you spend on Gsd's a year

How much money did you spend on you Gsd puppy the first year, including the purchase of the pup? Did you buy only the mandatory supplies, or did you go out and spoil him/her?
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A fortune? At least it felt that way sometimes.

Probably $200 a month for training, food, treats, and incidental toys/collars/leashes. Probably $150 for the required vet stuff. And pups always seem to need some extra vet visit. One of mine had puppy pyoderma and needed almost $800 in extra vet care. I got my last puppy for free for doing some training for the breeder, but the price on the pup was $800.

So in Year One-
$2400 in food, training, treats, toys, etc.
$800 for the puppy
$200 (conservative) for vet
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$3400 approximate total

I personally think that $3000-$4000 is a very good budget to anticipate needing for a new puppy. I didn't go crazy with things for my dog, although I did do training every week, $20 a week. Some people may consider that excessive, but hey, that's why I got a GSD. I am very conservative with my vet stuff and not ridiculous with the food I buy. I also do not go crazy with toys and collars and leashes. (I will admit I did a little with my first dog...all the new ones now get hand-me-downs!)

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I adopted mine, so $225 for the adoption fee; about $250-300 for various vet visits (puppy shots, fecal exam, etc. Her spay was included in the adoption fee); about $50 for various supplies but I already had a crate and leashes from a previous dog; I bought cheap smaller collars at Wal mart until she grew into a large collar and then spent about $20 for her big girl collar; $99 for puppy class; $89 discounted basic obedience class; $110 for the annual obedience class that we just started; and food expenses are about $50 every 6-8 weeks. It adds up pretty quick in the pups first year. I may still have to go and get a larger crate as she continues to grow. But all-on-all, I think she is worth it!
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sooo far....

*purchase* of pupper from CL...150 vet visit for worming $10 vet visit for 2nd shots $34 cleaning supplies for house training $20 so for Boom it wasn't bad.

However Boom bit Bolts ears too much during playtime. And now Bolt needs $200 surgery for his ear hematomas stinkin dogs
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Dog: $2,500
License: $24
Vet: $1,400
Kennels/Boarding: $420
Grooming: $120
Day care: $506
Training: $105
Food (kibble): $420

I just looked through receipts for the first year and that's the amounts I get. That does not include treats, toys, kennel (crate), blankets, etc.


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I would tell you how much I have spent since November 2009, (not including the price of the pup) but in the event my husband reads this post, he'd divorce me. Let's just say that I can't go into the grocery store / pet store / feed store with out needing,,,, just one more piece of training equipment...one more brush...one more 'new' treat...one more toy...one more vitamin...one more.....one more...one more...
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Honestly, I don't even want to think about how much I've spent LOL. I'm such an impulse buyer when it comes to toys and treats. If i get a coupon in the mail for anything dog-related, I'm like "oh i'll go buy it!"
But i've probably spent around $2000 in the past year (I got her last april)

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I try not to add it up. Scares me! If it was just one, it wouldn't be so bad. But when you add up food, treats, toys, crates, general equip, VET BILLS (the biggie), etc for all of them, the numbers start multiplying quickly.
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Let's just say that if I go to my on-line banking and look and the pie shape of where my money is going, there is no doubt I spend very much on the dogs.
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pup > $2,000

supplies > $300/ plus ?

Vet bills > $1,028.00

food > $800.00 ?
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