Finding the right breed of dog can be a bit of a challenge especially if this is the first time you are out to bring home a pet. We honestly believe that dogs make the best companions regardless of the breed you choose. They are loyal to a fault, they are good at learning new things, they are willing to protect you with their lives, and the best part is that they offer unconditional love (which is very rare to find among humans at least). But we also understand the need to choose certain breeds because well, you simply like the way some dogs look.
One of the most popular breeds in the United States of America is Doberman. This dog of German origins is known to be the perfect guard dog. But at the same time, Dobermans are incredibly friendly and adorable. Some say it is not an ideal breed to choose if it is your first time bringing home a dog. But if you are absolutely hellbent on bringing one, we get it. One of the most common questions prospective pet parents ask us is the average yearly expenses of bringing home a new Doberman. We think it is a very smart query since it helps you decide whether or not you can be good pet parents. Mentioned below is a list of some basic expenses you will have to incur if you bring home a new Doberman.
Bringing home a new pup
There are two options if you want to bring home a Doberman. You can either adopt one from a shelter or you can buy one from a breeder. When you choose to adopt a dog, the fee could be anything between $150 to $400. However, the chances of finding a pure-bred puppy in a shelter are low. This is why most people choose to opt for breeders. But the cost may be comparatively higher. A pure-bred pup will cost you anything between $800 to $1800.
Food and treats
Nutrition is one of the most important aspects when it comes to the overall health of a dog. This is why you need to choose good quality food. But since Dobermans are big dogs, they end up eating a lot more food than smaller dogs. Good quality food can cost up to $800 per year. And treats can cost up to $160.
Toys and other equipment
Toys are accessories that are a major part of a dog’s life. Some toys even help dogs with separation anxiety. Chewing toys help puppies especially when they are teething. Your dog also needs the right bed because it may help reduce the possibility of health issues like hip dysplasia. A good quality bed will cost you roughly $200. There are a few other accessories you will need to buy. Choose the ones that fit your budget.
Regular vet visits are a must. And the number of vet visits will increase as your dog ages. The cost of the vet visits will depend on the vet you choose and the breed you have. Ideally, for a Doberman, the yearly expense will roughly be up to $800. Regular vet visits will help detect medical issues in time and your vet can treat them better.
If you buy a Doberman puppy from a breeder, chances are the puppy will already be vaccinated. But if that is not the case, you will have to get the puppy vaccinated. And the cost can be anything from $75 to $150.
Since Dobermans do not have such a thick coat they don’t require very regular grooming. You can also do the grooming at home. Make sure you brush the coat once a week and a regular bath is a must. You also need to clip their nails. The grooming supplies for the year will be $180.
Since Dobermans are naturally aggressive, training them is important. Dobermans are quick learners and are intelligent species. It is always better to opt for personalized professional training. These training sessions may cost as much as $60 per session. And the number of sessions may depend on the trainer and your pet’s ability to learn.
These days, when you bring home a dog, you also need to get a dog license. It will probably cost you $20.
Additional medical expenses
There could be times when your dogs may have to undergo additional treatment for health conditions. The cost may vary. This is why you should consider investing in a pet insurance policy.
These are some of the expenses you will have to endure as a pet parent.