How Much Is That Doggy in the Window
According to a 2004 American Kennel Club survey, annual dog expenses average about $2,500. Expect to initially shell out:
$150 to $2,000: The initial purchase price can be your lowest or highest cost, depending on whether you go for a shelter dog or a rare purebred.
$160: The amount you're likely to spend on spaying or neutering, essential surgical procedures for puppies.
$630: The average amount dog owners lay out in the first year for vet visits, although this cost can vary depending on where you live.
$350: Expect to pay this much to cover basic supplies for your pup.
$340: Obedience training will probably cost you around this amount.
TOTAL: $1,630 to $3,480
Copyright ? 2006. Reprinted with permission from the March 2006 issue of Parents magazine.