Becoming a dog owner is not cheap. Not only do you have to cover the cost of your Samoyed puppy and any initial supplies you need, but you also have to think about recurring monthly costs for food, veterinary care, and other basic necessities. Unless you are able to cover the cost to keep a dog and meet all of his needs, you should consider another type of pet. In this section you will receive an overview of the initial costs and monthly costs to keep a Samoyed so you can decide whether or not you really can financially support a dog.
The initial costs for keeping a Samoyed include those costs that you must cover before you can bring your dog home Some of the initial costs you will need to cover include your dog’s crate, food/water bowls, toys and accessories, microchipping, initial vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery and supplies for grooming and nail clipping – it also includes the cost of the dog itself. You will find an overview of each of these costs as well as an estimate for each cost on the following page:
Purchase Price – The cost to purchase a Samoyed can vary greatly depending where you find the dog. You can adopt a rescue dog for as little as $200 (£180) but purchasing a puppy – especially a purebred puppy from an AKC-registered breeder – could be much costlier. The cost of a show-quality Samoyed puppy could cost as much as $2,000 (£1,800) or more. For a pet-quality puppy of good breeding, however, the average cost is somewhere between $750 and $1,200 (£675 – £1,080).
Crate – Because the Samoyed is a medium-sized breed that grows up to 60 pounds (27 kg) you may need to purchase a small crate for your puppy and then a larger one once he reaches his adult size. The average cost for a small dog crate is about $30 (£19.50) in most cases.
Food/Water Bowls – In addition to providing your Samoyed with a crate to sleep in, you should also make sure he has a set of high-quality food and water bowls. The best materials for these is stainless steel because it is easy to clean and doesn’t harbor bacteria – ceramic is another good option. The average cost for a quality set of stainless steel bowls is about $20 (£18).
Toys – Giving your Samoyed plenty of toys to play with will help to keep him from chewing on things that are not toys – they can also be used to provide mental stimulation and enrichment. To start out, plan to buy an assortment of toys for your dog until you learn what kind he prefers. Be sure to include some rope toys, balls, chew toys, and interactive/puzzle toys. You may want to budget a cost of $50 (£45) for toys just to be sure you have enough to last through the puppy phase.
Microchipping – In the United States and United Kingdom there are no federal or state requirements saying that you have to have your dog microchipped, but it is a very good idea. Your Samoyed could slip out of his collar on a walk or lose his ID tag. If someone finds him without identification, they can take him to a shelter to have his microchip scanned. A microchip is something that is implanted under your dog’s skin and it carries a number that is linked to your contact information. The procedure takes just a few minutes to perform and it only costs about $30 (£19.50) in most cases.
Initial Vaccinations – During your puppy’s first year of life, he will require a number of different vaccinations. If you purchase your puppy from a reputable breeder, he might already have had a few but you’ll still need more over the next few months as well as booster shots each year. You should budget about $50 (£32.50) for initial vaccinations.
Spay/Neuter Surgery – If you don’t plan to breed your Samoyed you should have him or her neutered or spayed before 6 months of age. The cost for this surgery will vary depending where you go and on the sex of your dog. If you go to a veterinary surgeon, the cost for spay/neuter surgery could be very high but you can save money by going to a veterinary clinic. The average cost for neuter surgery is $50 to $100 (£32.50 – £65) and spay surgery costs about $100 to $200 (£65 – £130).
Supplies/Accessories – In addition to purchasing your Samoyed’s crate and food/water bowls, you should also purchase some basic grooming supplies (several brushes and a wide-toothed comb) as well as a leash and collar. The cost for these items will vary depending on the quality, but you should budget about $100 (£32.50) for these extra costs.