Bringing a new canine companion into your home is a big decision and one that should be met with careful consideration. After all, your new furry friend is going to be part of your family for many years, so it is important to know what exactly you can expect from this new addition. While no breed is perfect, and every dog requires dedicated attention, there are a few dog breeds that tend to require more care, maintenance and ultimately more money than other dogs.
Every dog and every breed is unique. But these costly dogs are more likely to make a dent in your wallet – from an increased risk of health problems, to essential dog grooming needs and other excessive maintenance, these particular dogs are going to require more pampering and care from pet owners than your average pup.
If you're looking to adopt a dog and wondering how much a dog will cost, make sure you add some extra funds on top of the average pet budget if your target canine happens to be one of these four costly dog breeds.
However, by educating yourself on what to expect with these dog breeds, you can be a fully-informed, fully-prepared new pet owner. Understanding the common health issues, grooming needs and everyday care that a breed requires will help you to be ready to take on whatever challenges come your way and even prevent some huge expenses.
4 Dog Breeds That Require the Most Care, Maintenance and Money
Stout, spunky and known for their signature bat ears—there are very few breeds that can compare to the look and the charm of the French Bulldog. Unfortunately, these cute canines often come with a great deal of maintenance and the potential for some pretty high vet bills as well.
You could say their high costs start before they are even born. That adorable short and stout build of the ‘Frenchie’ actually makes it nearly impossible for breeding. Most dogs must be artificially inseminated in order to make new puppies. Plus, for females, their build typically makes natural birth extremely challenging, with a majority of puppies requiring a cesarean section birth.
With all of this extra maintenance before the average French Bulldog is even born, it should come as no surprise that these precious pups typically need a great deal of extra care throughout their lives.
That short, stocky build that makes breeding a challenge, can also cause a number of other issues. French Bulldogs are at risk for vertebrae issues and premature degeneration, meaning they may need ongoing medical care to treat disc diseases and other back problems.
While most owners can’t get enough of the Frenchie's bat ears, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC), these big ears are prone for infection. They need to be checked and cleaned regularly to remove both wax and debris.
That short, pushed in snout may also cause some health problems as well. The AKC goes on to note that the short faces can make breathing difficult for French Bulldogs. They are high-risk patients should they need to go under anesthesia, and are at a higher risk for overheating from stress or strenuous activity.
This breed is known for its snorting and noisy breathing, but owners should be on the lookout for Frenchies who spit up foam. This is typically a sign of very common issues such as a pinched nostril or elongated soft pallet common in brachycephalic dog breeds.
While most owners will agree that there is no amount of maintenance that can overshadow the joy of a Frenchie's smile or the obnoxiously adorable snoring this breed is famous for, extra care regimens and a number of potential health risks can make them one costly breed to own.
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One look into the droopy, sad eyes of a Basset Hound and it’s hard not to fall in love. These friendly, floppy friends may be relatively small in size, but they come with a large list of potential health problems. The first being bloat.
For pet owners who aren’t familiar with bloat, it is one of the most devastatingly common conditions to impact dogs to date. In addition to being an expensive and often risky condition to treat, bloat, or gastric dilatation-volvulus, is one of the leading causes of death among pooches today.
How about those cute wrinkled faces? Those wrinkles, known as skin folds, need to be cleaned as frequently as possible. If not, they can become a cesspool for bacteria and often cause infections that can be extremely difficult to treat.
Owners will also need to pay close attention to their Basset Hounds’ droopy eyes, which while endearing, are prone to disease and infections. It's best to speak with your veterinarian about what to look for when it comes to eye issues, as they need to be treated as quickly as possible to save your pup's eyesight.
Make sure to set aside some money for a fenced in yard, or get ready for some on-leash exercise with Basset Hounds. These dogs need daily exercise, like most larger-breed dogs. However, because they are hunting dogs, if they catch a scent, get ready to chase them for miles.
The Great Dane is every big dog-lover’s dream: an over-sized pooch that wants nothing more than to spend their days snuggling on the sofa. These gentle giants are a favorite among everyone from growing families to young urban professionals. In fact, since they need so little exercise, Great Danes are actually the perfect apartment dog.
However, all of the perks of these lovable canines also come with just as many potential issues. The first being the overall daily cost of keeping such a large dog. Known for reaching up to 200 pounds, owners should expect to pay more for food, treats and medication just to keep up with the sheer size of Great Danes.
Additionally, dog crates, kennels at boarding facilities and beds for XXL dogs are not cheap, and they are going to add to the overall cost of keeping a Great Dane.
Unfortunately, these demure dogs are also prone to a number of health issues, including cardiomyopathy, entropion, joint issues and hip dysplasia. Like Basset Hounds, bloat is also a serious problem among Great Danes, and according to Embrace Pet Insurance, the cost of treating and diagnosing this condition can be as high as $7,500.
Bloat is such a serious issue in this breed, that some breeders recommend owners have early stomach stapling surgeries when their dogs are still young to prevent bloat and stomach flipping from happening in the future. In fact, many Dane owners find this expensive, although effective, surgery to be a must-have procedure for preventing ongoing canine bloat problems in these dogs.
4. Chow Chows
Perhaps one of the most unmistakable breeds on the planet, the Chow Chow has been sporting a signature look and unmistakable style for centuries. This ancient Chinese breed is characterized by its thick fuzzy hair, and is one of the highest maintenance breeds out there!
In addition to getting out tangles and cleaning the breed’s notoriously thick coat, regular grooming is essential to avoid matting and skin infections. However, cleaning that thick hair is only half the battle. Chows are also prone to flea infestations. In addition to being common targets for the pests, most owners don’t even realize their dog has fleas due to the thickness of the Chow's coat.
By the time they realize it, they are dealing with a full-on infestation. Fleas, ticks and other parasites are nearly impossible to find through their thick coats, so owners may as well expect issues with pests. Proper flea and tick prevention is essential; frequent grooming can help lessen these chances.
Unfortunately for Chow owners, potential health risks don’t stop there. Vet visits may be as frequent as trips to the groomer. While breeding has eliminated some of the health issues that Chow Chows had in the past, they are still prone to certain problems.
According to DogBreedHealth.com this includes a variety of eye issues including glaucoma, labored breathing, a high risk of over-heating, joint issues, circulatory problems, and hip and elbow dysplasia. With these furry and fuzzy friends, it is important to stay on top of their possible health issues and be ready to stay on the lookout for potential problems.