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Elroy: Standard Poodle 02/20/21
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There are a few active threads discussing the costs of poodles. I thought a much more interesting thread would be how much us Poodle People spend on our furry friends annually, or maybe monthly would be better for some. I know the expenditures will vary widely, but I think it will be quite interesting. There are also initial one time "start-up" costs. I think these should be listed separately. I'll be using numbers by memory (not necessarily accurate) so I can actually write this post without a bunch of research. So let's see:
Chain Link Fence: $7500* (* = startup cost)
Crate: $80*
X-pen: $80*
Linoleum Sheet (floor cover): $90*
Bowls, Leashes, Collars: $75*
Vet Initial shots/exams: $200*
Vet ongoing: $20/month
Dog Food & Treats: $100/month
Toys: $50* startup, $10/month
Grooming Tools: $500* (so far)
Shampoo & Conditioners: $5/month
Grooming Services: $110/month
Classes: $120/month
Town Registration: $19/year
AKC Registration: $46* startup cost
So for me (and I'm sure this is an underestimate):
Startup costs (excluding price of Elroy) were $8621 ($1121 without the fence).
Ongoing costs: $365/month (includes grooming services and continuous classes)

How much do you spend on your fur babies?
 

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I learned a long time ago that you are better off if you don't count the dollars. Especially if you compete in sports. :)
 

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I agree with TeamHellhound. I started adding how much it was costing me to show and how much fast cat and barn hunt were going to be and I stopped that pretty quick lol. Then I started adding how much I’ve spent with health testing Pawprints,Embark,Patella’s , Hips, Elbows . I will never tell hubby. 🤐 He only sees it a little bit at a time on the card statements.



For Nova who eats mostly canned food….nope not going to think about it.

I don’t pay a groomer but I figure doing it myself was going to help save money. So I bought a cheaper used dryer then years later a Cc dryer, 5or 6 pairs of shears,doggy bathtub so I don’t have to bend, 2 dog tables ( one is custom for showing), multiple clippers over the years , grooming headrest, clipper blades, so many combs ( I loose them like I loose keys) dremel, nail clippers, and just added a whitmans diamond bit ( love it definitely worth the money) . We really won’t talk about hair products 😜. It really is best not to think about it too much.
 

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Well I really can't say, medical bills , prescriptions, prescription diets.
Although Leonard's stuffed bunny habit is concerning and I currently sped a bit on treats and chews
 

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I agree with Tom on the first year start up costs for the most part (I spend more on training but save by grooming at home). I actually think this is a really important thing for prospective puppy parents (any breed) since the cost of the puppy itself can be much less than those other costs.
 

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My rough costs, highly estimated.

Startup/first year.
Note that my family are dog lovers, and I got a lot of things second hand from them, and as gifts.

Crate - 50 (used)
X pen -50 (used)
Other crate -275 (waste of money, she doesn't use it)
Grooming supplies - 700
Misc supplies - 400 -collars, leashes, litter pan, lifejacket, harness
Lessons from groomer - $60
First shots- 400?
Spay - 600 (not first year, but still one time)

Misc emergency vet bills so far: $5000 - Cut paw, pesticide poisoning, pancreatitis, Addison's, various ear/eye infections.

Yearly
Yearly checkup and vaccines- 250
Registration - 25
Medication - 100
Flea/tick/heartworm - 300
Dog park membership - 15
Budget for classes/titles -1000

Monthly
Food - 60
Misc stuff -grooming, toys, leashes, etc - 40
Vet savings account - 130 (a bit better than breaking even on self insuring vs dog insurance)
Gas- 30 (most of my driving at this point is Annie related)

Startup, excluding dog $2535
Ongoing costs : $1690/year +260/month , about $400/month CAD, or $316/month USD.

This may be an underestimate! I didn't include stuff like my yearly conservation area pass ($50) and going to the day use provincial park with an offleash dog beach, another sleeping mat for camping for Annie, etc. And, hey, my new Dremel is under my 'tools' budget instead of my 'dog' budget... But then again, I also don't have a budget for exercise classes/gym now. I have a poodle instead! Oh, and I am trying to buy a house with a large yard. Let's not include the cost of Ontario real estate in this, please!

Tom, not sure what shampoos/conditioners you use, but I bought a gallon jug of concentrated shampoo for Annie as a puppy for $35, she is 3, I've used it on myself occasionally, and it's still half full.
 

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Elroy: Standard Poodle 02/20/21
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Yeah, I upped the cost on this line item to include detangler spray. Still too high, but I know I'm missing lots of stuff. Probably should just add another $30 month for misc. Shampoo is dirt cheap for me. Probably spent only $15 so far on S & C so far (8 months).
 

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Well, I decided to do a quick comparison anyways. My responses are in this pretty terracotta color.

There are a few active threads discussing the costs of poodles. I thought a much more interesting thread would be how much us Poodle People spend on our furry friends annually, or maybe monthly would be better for some. I know the expenditures will vary widely, but I think it will be quite interesting. There are also initial one time "start-up" costs. I think these should be listed separately. I'll be using numbers by memory (not necessarily accurate) so I can actually write this post without a bunch of research. So let's see:
Chain Link Fence: $7500* (* = startup cost) Fence was around $5000 in 2006
Crate: $80* Crate was about $100 in 1996
X-pen: $80* Don't have one
Linoleum Sheet (floor cover): $90* Don't have one
Bowls, Leashes, Collars: $75* Bowl is another hand-me-down, and cost under $5 five years ago. Leashes, collars, and collar ID plate probably $30 to $40?
Vet Initial shots/exams: $200* Initial exam and finish puppy shots $150
Vet ongoing: $20/month Probably $350 for one bout of vomiting/diarrhea and now limping
Dog Food & Treats: $100/month Well, his food in included with everyone else's, but my Chewy order is close to $200 on an average month
Toys: $50* startup, $10/month Never bothered to separate from regular pet supply costs
Grooming Tools: $500* (so far) One Oster A5 clipper was free and one was $75 on eBay. One (human) trimmer was $30 from Target, and another (for dogs) trimmer was $80 on eBay. Combs and shears were around $100 from Amazon. Slicker, pin brushes, and nail clippers purchased several years ago for other dogs. Dremel for nails was a Christmas present several years ago.
Shampoo & Conditioners: $5/month Not sure, since one bottle was free from the breeder and the bar purchased for other dogs a couple of years ago. I probably don't bathe him often enough, to be honest.
Grooming Services: $110/month I do my own grooming, so no monetary expense, but several hours a month spent on clipping and brushing. Grooming table was $170-ish, though.
Classes: $120/month One in-person class was $130, and online classes are $65 per six-week-long session.
Town Registration: $19/year My city doesn't require licensing.
AKC Registration: $46* startup cost I added a co-owner and got a three generation certified pedigree, so around $80
So for me (and I'm sure this is an underestimate):
Startup costs (excluding price of Elroy) were $8621 ($1121 without the fence).
Ongoing costs: $365/month (includes grooming services and continuous classes)

How much do you spend on your fur babies?
 
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Phoebe costs a lot to feed and keep entertained.

Monthly:
75 for food
45 for bully sticks
20 for chicken jerky
25 for barkbox

her initial grooming startup was expensive, though many item were bought for me as gifts (my in-laws pretty much buy whatever I put on my wishlist!), but now her grooming is all but free:
Grooming table - 90
Grooming arm - gift
Shampoo dilution bottles - gift
Trimmer - 150
Trimmer guards - gift
Clipper - gift
Clipper guards -gift
Assorted blades for the trimmer and clipper - easily 150+
Hv dryer - 90
Cc coral slicker - gift
Safari pin brush - 10
Combs - 50ish
Scissor set - gift
Hair bands - 30
shampoos - 60 (I’ve tried several!)
Detangler - 30
Bows, bows, and more bows - 🤫


we already had
a dremel for nails (though I did upgrade to a cordless model - $24)
Crates in all the sizes {ours are almost 20 years old, I did have to replace 1 cracked pan, on the newest crate (~15 years) ironically - $35 if I remember correctly}
Beds, leashes, toys, kongs, a fence 🤣, carpet cleaner machine
 

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I am too weekend mode to do a full tally, but basically we spend probably avg $50 a month on vet/boarding (not including neuter/pexy, which was just about $1000), $60 a month on grooming (he goes once every other month), and $75 a month on stuff I get him from chewy/Costco/amazon (food, treats, toys, ear cleaner, preventative meds,etc). We did three classes at PetSmart for $110 each, and probably spent about $500 total on crate/pen/toys/bowls/clippers for FFT, etc in the beginning.

And I'm probably a little under on all those numbers! But really glad we bought a house that came with a good fence!! Darn those are expensive!
 

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I’m afraid to think of what I’ve spent this past year. What I don't use gets donated.

I'm thankful I can afford it so I prefer to look at the money I'm saving Haha. There is absolutely no logic in my thinking that because I home groom, I save lots of money that can be spent poodles.
 

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I calculate this for 1 month for the 3 and realize I don't really want to know.

Also, money aside... if you factor all of the time you spend--(playing, training, grooming, loving)- this is not free. It's time that you can't spend doing alternative things (extra earnings through work/ other things that may also be enjoyable/ what is your cost per hour?)

They are priceless and get all of me for better or worse :)
 

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Oh god no I am not calculating that and I havent even had Evra for a year 😆

But the issue with having animals is that it is entirely possible to stick to a strict monthly budgets for the standard care. Like I know that Evra will need her food and that the rodents need new bedding. I can plan for that and I can shop around for the best prices. Or I might choose to buy a new brush and a harness for Evra instead of that dress for me.

But the monthly budget goes out the window if there is a health emergency... and actually my gerbils and hamsters have been more expensive than Evra so far for that. Because I have to take them to a specialist vet and you cant really do a proper exam on a conscious dwarf hamster so pretty much everytime its also anasthesia and Xrays to the bill too. Well lets just say that the thursday afternoon scheduled app for the hamster was in the €€€ when Evra's sunday afternoon emergency appointment for a beesting was in the €€...

If I had gotten my pets a few years ago when I was living paycheck to paycheck I would have been able to budget for the routine costs but the accute emergencies would have left me in a very difficult situation.
 

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Here's an approximation of what my expenses would be for a year with a new puppy if I needed to start from scratch. Some of my numbers need to be taken in context and might vary for someone else. For example, having two dogs doubles the cost of food, but it doesn't double the cost of fencing. Some items, like puppy harnesses, can be reused for the next puppy. I also didn't even bother to try to calculate certain types of expenses. For example, my husband traded in his two seater sports car and got an SUV when it became apparent he was going to be hauling dogs around. Some expenses might also vary for another person. For example, I have the equipment I need to groom, but I still take the dogs to a groomer. I can afford a groomer, and I prefer not to use a weekend every month bathing dogs. I only break out the grooming tools when somebody has gone swamp diving.

As far as veterinary care, Galen was a more expensive puppy than Ritter due to a series of recurring ear infections plus his gastric episode.

Vet care
Galen ~ $1800 per year vet bills (incl $400 for neutering)
Ritter ~ $360 first year

Recurring expenses

Professional Grooming ~$1000 per dog per year
Food ~$1200 per dog per year
Toys ~$120 per dog per year
Ear cleaner $18 per dog per year
Toothpaste ~$10 per dog per year
Poop pickup bags ~$35 per dog per year
Dog treats ~$750 per dog per year
Training classes $575 per dog per year
Household cleaning supplies ~$110 per year
Collar safety lights ~$20 per dog per year
Damage done by dogs (erosion in yard, chewed eyeglasses, ruined rugs, etc.) ~$3000 per year

One time purchases

Grooming supplies

Dryer $350
Brush assortment ~$200
Clippers ~$300

DIY Fencing
5 ft welded wire rolls ~$500
T-posts ~$280
Gate $180
Post pounder $35

Miscellaneous dog and human gear
Harnesses ~$90 (Several needed for growth)
Leashes ~$60 (One kept at each house exit)
Collars ~$100 (Several needed for growth)
ID Tags ~$40
Coats & Rain Gear ~$100
Swim vests $65 (Two needed for growth)
Folding dog crate $115
Exercise pen $140
Baby gate $50 each (3 currently in use)
Utility vest for myself $69
Mini flashlights and safety lights for myself $40
Whistle $9
Washable floor coverings ~$50
Protective slip covers for furniture ~$100
Dog bed ~$60 per dog
 

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It's a bit hard to calculate due to to many miscellaneous stuff. The recurring stuff is approx. $157/month. Most of the $$$ was spent on training...(would have really preferred group classes, but I don't have a car).

Recurring
Food: ~$20/month
Treats: ~$25/month
Dental: ~$30/month (alternating between greenies, enzymatic chews, and toothpaste)
Extra treats/chews/toys/shampoo: $15/month
Bathing: $5/month (we use the self service wash at pet supplies plus)
Leash & collar: ~$75/year (we switched a few times due to trial-and-error and wear-and-tear, but hopefully the new biothane leash will last longer)
Grooming: ~$130/year (he gets professionally groomed 1~2 times a year)
Poop bags: ~$35/year
Vet: ~$200/year (vaccines and checkup)
Flea/Tick/Heartworm: ~$300/year

One time
Brush assortment: ~$35
Clippers: ~$35
2 SD vests: ~$110
Baby gate: ~$50
Dog beds: ~$130 (ended up having 2 beds, a crate mate, and an elevated bed... might donate some since its too many)
Crate: ~$60
Coccidia vet treatment: ~$300
1st board and train: $1200 (when Pavie was 3 months old)
2nd board and train: $2000 (when Pavie was 1 year old)
Trick Dog + CGG + CGCU Titles + evaluation fees: ~$300
 

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It’s hard to quantify exactly, but I’m sure I’ve spent several $1000 in the past 5 months since getting Kali.
Basic grooming supplies -$700
Food - $500
Unexpected vet costs $3500, may be underestimate.
Ongoing grooming costs -$100 every 6-8 weeks.
Toys, coat, eye care, musher’s secret - $300
Edited to add: cost of flea, tick, heart worm & other regular medicines, $50/ month
But some of these are just “dog” costs, such as vet and food.
 

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How much do you spend on your fur babies?
I spent $12,000 in Maizie's first year, not including her purchase price/travel costs. Frosty's first year was about $6,000. Now that they are both middle-aged and I'm not as interested in entering dog sports events, their expenses are less--probably about $500/mo. for the two of them for food, flea and heartworm meds, Maizie's meds, treats, toys, chews, vet, etc. But I stopped tracking it. They have their dentals coming up soon, so that will be $$$$$$.
 
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