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Most expensive breed revealed

The most expensive dog breed to maintain has been revealed as the Dachshund, new data reveals

Looking after a dog will set an owner back an average of £9,763 over its lifetime.

The dachshund came out as the most expensive racking up costs of almost £12,000.

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Despite being small, sausage dogs are the costliest to look after, due to their long lifespan of two and a half years longer than the typical canine.

Rottweilers, who were found to munch the most, are actually the cheapest breed to look after, as their nine-year life span means they cost £6,900 over their lifetime.

The breed was followed by the bulldog and akita as the cheapest dogs to keep.

The surprising research by, also revealed that the average canine weighs 17kg, and the average dog will gobble £2,800 of food – that’s 2,735 standard tins – and £959 worth of bones while they are alive.

The average pet owner can expect to pick up 12,034 poos over their lifetime, based on a healthy bowel movement of three times per day.

Owners also fork out £898 on doggy shampoo and almost £950 on toys for their beloved pets throughout their lifetime.

But the biggest expense is footing a £4,114 lifetime vet’s bill, based on a twice-annual trip to the vet when our furry friends are feeling out of sorts.

This is reflected in a booming pet industry, with Brits spending a whopping £5 billion every year on their pets.

Westley Pearson, claims and marketing director from, said: “People looking for a new dog should think carefully about not only the breed they like the look of, but whether they can budget for all the food, toys and vet bills they can expect to pay for over their lifetime.

The average costs worked out by Animal Friends does not include the cost of pet health insurance.

“People tend to treat their pets like members of the family but at the end of the day things like love and affection are free. Just be sure that you have funds to take your pet to the vet and that you can afford to pay for pet insurance – that could be as little as £36 a year – should anything happen to your pet.”


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