Keeping A Dog For Life Is Cheaper Than A Baby For One Year



Keeping a dog for life is cheaper than a baby for one year!
23rd February 2018

By Karen Pickwick
New research by Webbox suggests that on average it costs more than £1,000 to raise a puppy during its first 12 months.
PupPal is a guide produced by the Lancashire pet food brand, which says it reveals the ‘real’ cost of owning a puppy during the first year of their life. It includes estimated costs of food, equipment and toys, medical bills and professional services. 
Aimed at potential new puppy owners, the data also compares the costs of raising a puppy and a child during the first year with surprising results – a puppy is more than eight times cheaper!
On average, a baby costs £9,364 with nappies and formula. Contrasting with this, a puppy costs considerably less at £1,118 during the first year. Webbox understands that dogs are for life, so PupPal has also covered the average lifetime costs of owning a dog. Owners will spend an estimated £8,500 during a dog’s average life expectancy of 13 years ¬– is still cheaper than a child’s first year!
During a puppy’s first year of ownership, owners should roughly expect to pay £429 on food, £301 on equipment and toys, £338 on medical bills and £50 on
Training, PuPal says.
Jennifer Dean, NPD Technologist, from Webbox, said: “Owning a puppy is one of the most rewarding experiences anyone can have, as they bring happiness and love into your life. We understand many potential owners might not know much a puppy actually costs, which is exactly why we created PupPal to help prospective pup parents figure out the first year and lifetime costs of a puppy – after all, a dog is for life!”