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
$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!)
Bianka vom Eisernen Loewen IPO3, CGC, TC 1-3-08
Cade vom Eisernen Loewen IPO1, CGC 3-25-09
D'Artagnan (Tag) vom Eisernen Loewen BH 2-2-10
G Aiko von Burkndeiros SchH 3, IPO3, FH, TC, KKL2 9-17-02 (Retired)
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