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These Are The Most (and Least) Expensive Dog Breeds You Can Buy

Adopting a dog is a very serious commitment — financially, emotionally, and practically speaking. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 44% of U.S. households have a dog. And as much as people love their animals, it doesn’t change that it costs a pretty penny to properly care for a pet. According to Petfinder, annual dog care expenses can soar to more than $10,000. And the cost can vary substantially depending on dog breeds.

Grooming is a large cost associated with owning certain breeds. Plus, some dog breeds have certain health problems. We’ve ranked the most and least expensive dog breeds to own and maintain, based on the main costs that vary across each breed: medical care, grooming, and food. First, let’s take a look at seven of the most expensive dog breeds.

1. Akita

a man grooms an Akita

a man grooms an Akita Akita | Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

  • Average cost from a breeder: $800
  • Medical problems: Akitas are prone to conditions, such as hip dysplasia, retinal atrophy, and stomach bloat, according to the American Kennel Club. Bloat, for example, would cost between $1,500 and $7,500, according to Embrace Pet Insurance.
  • Grooming: Akitas are like cats and love to groom themselves. As an owner, you’ll want to brush them weekly to take care of their shedding tendencies. Basic bath and trimming services start at $16 at PetSmart.
  • Food: For a large and somewhat active breed, it will cost $235 per year to feed an Akita.

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