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Little dog, big price?

In Uncategorized on May 12, 2008 at 3:23 pm

If I ever decide to move to England with my Chihuahua, it looks like I’m going to have to save some serious cash. The UK’s Daily Mail revealed the results of a 3,000-person study about the costs of having a dog. According to the research, the average cost of a Chihuahua over its 13-year lifespan is £90,000, making it the costliest breed.

“$90,000??—that’s insane!” I thought. But it’s worse—it’s not $90,000, it’s 90,000 pounds. £90,000 = roughly $173,000. I like to think Squirt has a pretty good life, but there’s no way we spend anywhere close to $173,000 on him—that’s the cost of a house or a very swank car! The survey estimated the yearly cost of a Chihuahua at around £6,000 or $11,600.

I’m thinking the 3,000 people surveyed are the Paris Hiltons of England who buy their dogs diamond-studded collars and designer clothing. My dog is happy with his Old Navy polo we got on sale for $6.

The survey also found that 39 percent of pet guardians had no idea how much their pet is costing them. So if your yearly budget has $11,000 unaccounted for, you might want to look into Fido’s expenses.

The cost of living in the UK is higher than in the US, but do you think the numbers are realistic? How much do you think your pets cost you each year?

(Paris’ dogs are wearing clothes from her own line, Paris Hilton by Little Lily Collection )
Top image courtesy MSNBC
Bottom image courtesy FunnyFur

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