It is an exciting venture to own your own pet! But before you bring that cat or dog home, it’s important that you do your pet research first. Some pet owners decide on the type of pet they want by looking up the different breeds and making their choice based on physical appearance alone.
Of course, you will have personal preferences for your favorite breeds, but what often ends up happening is that pet owners take home breeds that develop costly veterinary bills as they age. These pet owners, unaware of how much of a financial dedication pet ownership is, often cannot afford to care for their animals, which means that they aren’t receiving proper care or are often put up for adoption.
According to Dogtime, here are the 5 most expensive pets to own. If you are considering one of these breeds for your home, make sure that you are aware of how much one of these pets can potentially cost you.
Rottweilers are typically on the larger side but make great companions! They are obedient to their owners and are typically friendly of everyone they meet. However, the diseases that they are the most likely to develop – like allergies and hypothyroidism – become extremely costly. It is estimated that people can spend over $550 per year caring for their Rottweilers.
2. Bernese Mountain Dogs
As their name implies, these dogs will become very large in size. And because of their high energy levels, they will also need quite a lot of exercise. On average, they cost pet owners an estimated $400 in annual medical bills due to illnesses such as cataracts and tumors.
3. Siamese Cats
Siamese cats are known for their light and dark coats. They are also said to be more intelligent and more curious than other breeds of felines. They cost almost the same as Bernese Mountain Dogs per year in vet bills – averaging around $390 – due to liver disease and upper respiratory infections.
4. Great Danes
A little cheaper than Siamese cats are Great Danes. They are extremely large dogs that are assumed to be rather intimidating, but do quite well with small children. Some of their common illnesses include problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.
5. English Bulldogs
English Bulldogs are loved by many. They are one of the smaller breeds that have been listed so far but they are prone to a variety of possible diseases including cherry eye and patellar luxation. Every year, pet owners can expect to spend around $370 on veterinary costs.