Dog x Costs

Owning a dog is not exactly easy and cheap, especially in Australia.The cost of owning a dog over its lifetime can be up to $25,000. One of the most common reasons, owners have to give up their precious furry babies is because they can not afford the on-going costs involved in  keeping a dog. To avoid giving up your dog later on in its’ lifetime, you should consider getting to know the costs involved in owning a dog.

Keep in mind that the costs will vary depending on your dog’s size and breed. This is just a general guide to the costs involving in owning a dog in Australia. So, here is a summary of some of it:

Initial Costs

The estimate of total costs for the first year: $3000 – $6000 (not including unexpected health problems)

Adoption fees

According to RSPCA Victoria, adoption fee includes:

  • Senior Dog (7yrs+): no fee
  • Adult dog: $360 Metropolitan – $335 regional
  • Puppy: $399

Registration fees

  • Local council registration fees can cost between $30 – $190

Vet expenses

Include microchipping, Vaccination, desexing, regular vet check ups and unexpected costs.

  • Up to $1000 in the first year
  • $450 every year later
  • puppy vaccinations: $170 – $250
  • Desexing: $200 – $500 (depending on size, age and gender)
  • Flea and worming treatments, and heartworm prevention: $120 – $300
  • Microchipping: $60 – $80


On-going costs

Pet Insurance

If you decides to get your furry friend pet insurance. It can cost:

  • between $20 – $60 per month/dog
  • Average yearly cost: $206


Includes wet food, dry food and treats.

  • Up to $800 per year – for premium dog
  • Average costs: up to $379

Health care

Includes flea, tick and worm treating. The cost will depend on the size of your dog.

  • Between $300 – $450
  • Average costs: $256
  • Flea and worming treatments: up to $120


Include collar, harness, leash, car restraint, winter coasts, bowls for food and water, kennels and beds, toys, toilet mats.

  • up to $500 initially
  • $100 per year later
  • Bed and/or Kennel: $100 – $200
  • Collar, leash or harness: $40-$100
  • Food and bowls: $800 depending on quality
  • Toys and treats: $50 upwards

Other services

Include obedience training, grooming, dog walking, boarding fees. Check local services to get accurate costs.

  • Grooming average cost: $ 71
  • Grooming cost: $70-$90 depending on breed, frequency and size
  • Puppy training: $170 depending on provider


More information from ASIC on the costs of owning a dog:





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