The True Cost of a Golden Retriever
It’s tempting, I know., but resist the temptation to buy a “cheap” dog. Remember there’s a reason for the adage, “You get what you pay for.” It’s true with dogs as well.
A puppy whose price seems too low may indicate several things. It may mean he was raised “for profit only” by an inexperienced breeder, or that the dog has an underlying illness the breeder isn’t revealing.
So how much should you expect to pay for a healthy, energetic Golden? Probably in the range of $250. If you’ve fallen in love with a pup with a champion lineage, however, that’s a completely different matter. In that case you can expect to pay upwards of $1,000 – or more.
The price depends on the pup’s age as well as his quality and lineage. A younger dog costs less than an older dog. Why? Less time and money have been invested in him.
The purchase price, however, is just the initial cost of your pup. To get closer to the overall true, long-term cost, you need to factor in several other items. One of them is the cost of veterinarian services.
To calculate what your vet bills may be, ask other pet owners if you’re not sure of the average rate in your area. An alternative is to call a nearby vet and just ask. Tell him you’re planning on adopting a Golden Retriever puppy. Ask what shots and other visits are involved (especially in that first year). Ask for a rough estimate – at least this gives you a ballpark figure.
And, of course, there’s the continuous supply of dog food he’ll expect (ah, the food just magically appears for the dog. Wish our food would!). Some estimate it may cost as much as $40 a month for his commercial food. That adds up to $480 a year!
Whew! Think you’re done with spending money on him? Not quite. You’ll still need to buy him some essentials – like water and food bowls, a leash, a collar (at least one of each of these last two items) and a few toys (this last one is especially true if you’ve adopted a pup).