According to Good Housekeeping magazine, it’s cheaper to insure your dog than to feed him. For obvious reasons though, you should do both…

The report comes up with a figure of £30,000. That’s the average cost of keeping a dog here in the UK apparently, the cost of taking Fido from puppy to pet cemetery.

According to the figures, the number one annual cost associated with keeping a dog is food, coming in at a whopping £1,400 a year. Pet insurance is actually a relatively small cost at just over £200. Here’s the full list of dog related costs for the average owner…

AVERAGE ANNUAL COST OF OWNING A DOG
Average annual cost
[Source: Good Housekeeping magazine based on 12-year life expectancy]
Food £1,400
Essential vet costs £280
Boarding kennel
(two-week holiday)
£238
Pet minders £160
Grooming £112
Insurance per annum £204
Accessories £124
TOTAL LIFETIME COST £30,380 (approx.)