Have you ever wondered exactly how much your new pup will cost you? Well now you know, thanks to a new online guide.

PupPal, created by leading UK pet food brand Webbox, is your comprehensive guide to finding out the real cost of owning a puppy during the first year of their life.

New research has found that on average it costs more than £1,000 to raise a puppy during the first twelve months. This includes estimated costs of food, equipment and toys, medical bills and professional services for your furry friend. We think it’s worth it for the cuddliness and companionship a canine can bring to your life.

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 over eight times cheaper than raising a child.

On average, a baby costs £9,364 – a shocking figure for 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. This is still cheaper than a child’s first year!

During a puppy’s first year of ownership, owners should roughly expect to pay:
– Food – £429
– Equipment and toys – £301
– Medical Bills – £338
– Training school – £50

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 how 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!”

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This story is a guest submission and does not reflect the views of Dogs Monthly Magazine, always consult a qualified expert.


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