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The kids are nagging that they want a new dog and you’re ready to give in, but have you thought about what a pet costs? And more specifically, what the costs of keeping a cockapoo work out to. Puppies, like human babies, are an investment, not only in the time and attention they need but also financially.
Cockapoos from the get-go are going to cost a little more than your average pup or rescue because they’re considered a designer breed. Depending on the breeder, the colour (some are rarer than others), and the pup’s lineage, you can expect to pay between £1095 and £1395.
And that’s just the beginning.
How Much Does Owning a Cockapoo Cost
We’ve spoken to a few experts, as well as friends with cockapoos, and taken into account our monthly expenses for ours, and have worked out that being a cockapoo owner will cost you in the region of £1000 a month, and that is being relatively conservative.
Depending on how long your dog lives, he or she will use up between £10, 000 and £16,000 of your hard-earned cash. It’s important to remember these are average costs and are at today’s prices.
The biggest cost, when it comes to your cockapoo is his food. In fact, it makes up one-third of the total cost. A poor diet can lead to health problems down the line (i.e. more costs), which is why we recommend feeding your dog the best food you can afford.
You can expect to pay between £300 and £450 a year.
Pet insurance is one of those “you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t” situations. You could end up paying a fortune for insurance that doesn’t cover what you need when you need it. Or, even worse, you could be in a position where your dog is knocked over, and you need a large sum at one time.
We suggest before you sign on any dotted lines, you do your research and shop around. There are a few variables that will affect the total cost of insurance, but you can work on around £150 and £300.
Dog sitter/ kennels
Some costs are forgotten in the excitement of getting a new cockapoo, like what do you plan to do with your pup when you go away? Yes, dog-friendly spots are popping up all the time, but that isn’t always an option so you will need to look at boarding kennels or a house-sitter. If you’re going away for a week, you’ll need to put aside approximately £140 (£20 a day) for your pup’s care.
Skimping on this could result in a traumatised, or sick dog (which will mean additional veterinarian visits).
Visits to the vet for routine checks, vaccinations and flea and worm treatments will cost in the region of £150 a year. We haven’t included costs for neutering or spaying your pup, or microchipping, which by the way, is necessary by law.
Cockerpoos need daily grooming, and you will need to buy specific brushes and combs to keep them clean and tangle free. Not just that, approximately every six weeks your dog will need to go to the groomers. Groomers charge between £25-£40 each time. For that, you can expect your pooch to be shampooed, dried, and clipped to your preference. A common style of clipping is the Teddybear style. This involves your groomer brushing out every tangle on the dog before they begin clipping. Then the clipping takes place and your groomer will clip the body, but leave the fur longer on the legs. He or she will clip closer around your dog’s anus, to keep that area clean and clear. Your dogs’ paws will be clipped so the hair there doesn’t get sticky and tangly.
Please don’t think you can skip the groomers unless you are going to clip your dog yourself. Cockerpoos quickly get matted and the tangles pull on the skin of your dog, and this hurts them. Keeping their fur short is a great way to prevent those tangles which lead to matting. Having your pet groomed will keep them happy and healthy, and looking their gorgeous best.
We haven’t even looked at toys (think £15 on average a toy), puppy training (£10 for group sessions), as well as leads, bedding, and collars (£20).
There’s no way we can put a price on the unconditional love and companionship a cockapoo gives, but there’s definitely a price to owning one. Make sure, before you make a lifelong commitment, that you can afford it, emotionally, physically and financially.