I haven’t had a dog since i was a kid, so I guess I really never did as my parents had all the responsibilities...fast forward 50 some years, and as I’m pushing retirement ( wife deceased, no children) I’m researching large protective breeds ( GSD, Rottweiler, Doberman, etc.)
To cut to the chase, how much do you budget for your dog monthly/yearly, food, vet etc?
I have had Dobermans and a GSD in the past, all great dogs. Currently we have a Greyhound (retired racer) and an American Bully puppy and they eat perhaps $100 month in food (I IRC). As for vet bills, Loki the American Bully just got sniped, micro chipped and tags for $325 or so, add in regular vet trips/shots and I say a few hundred dollars a year, definitely under a thousand. I would not be without a dog anymore, they are family members in our house and well worth what ever we spend.