Comparing Annual Cost of Small vs. Large Dogs

This week we compared the costs you’ll face the first year when adding a small dog versus a large dog to your family.  Today we’re going to look at the continued cost comparison for a small versus a large dog.

For your annual costs, the ASPCA estimates these minimum costs:

  • Small dog: $580
  • Medium dog: $695
  • Large dog: $875

Just how those annual expenditures break down varies from home to home, of course, but, in general, the biggest difference in the annual cost of small versus large dogs comes in the category of food. The ASPCA estimates a small dog will cost $55 per year to feed, a medium dog $120, and a large dog will cost $235 per year to feed.

Remember, though, that your dog food expense is one area where you don’t want to cut too many corners; we never buy cheap food (premium food bought cheaply is another story!) Premium dog food containing quality ingredients is an investment in your dog’s health that saves you money down the line.

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  • Doreen

    I cannot imagine anyone feeding food that costs that little bit of money. I have a medium dog and his food is 120 a month

    • Hana

      I agree with you a have a small 10 pound dog and his food cost $50 a month. That can be a bit expensive for some people but its definitely worth it, for his well being and health.