So, you have decided that the Goldendoodle is the perfect puppy for you. Congratulations! Choosing on what breed is the right match for you can be very difficult. Now, it is time to talk about the cost of owning a Goldendoodle. Today, we will explore the costs of bringing not only your puppy home but also monthly fees and saving money.
The average cost of your Goldendoodle can be anywhere between $1,500-$2,500. And this cost can vary depending on your state and what type of Goldendoodle you are getting. Most puppies from reputable breeders will come with first vaccinations, deworming, and a health certificate from a local veterinarian. Some breeders even send you home with a small bag of food that your puppy is used to. But what other costs will you have upfront?
Well, before you bring your puppy home, it is a good idea to have a few necessities on hand. Doing this before picking up your puppy will save your dog from a lot of anxiety trying to maneuver around a pet store. It also gives you time to make educated purchases. But what will you need?
- Chew sticks for your teething puppy (without them your puppy will find furniture to chew instead)
- Water and Food Bowls
- Food (if you plan on switching brands)
- Leash and collar
- Training treats
- Dog bed
- Calming Spray (one that is for puppies)
- Urine cleaner for the many accidents that will happen
- Shampoo and brushes
- Poop bags/ scooper
These are just a few items that are worth buying before bringing your puppy home. The average new pet owner spends an extra $1,000-$2,000 on supplies. But, if you stick with us a little longer, we can tell you how you can save a little cash on your new best friend.
Toys are probably some of the most essential items that you can get. You will want to have a variety of toys to keep your puppy’s mind preoccupied throughout the day. If you don’t, they could cause trouble playing with items that you will have to replace once damaged.
Some of the most fabulous Amazon puppy toys are:
- Haopinsh Rubber Dog Chew Toys are great for a teething puppy. And since they dispense treats, they are great for when you have to leave your puppy alone for a little while.
- The ZippyPaws – Zoo Friends Burrow is excellent for the foraging and hunting instincts that your puppy will have.
- The perfect beginner dog puzzle is the Pet IQ Intelligent Toy Smart Dog Puzzle.
- For a soft toy, try the FIREOR No Stuffing Plush Set.
- The STELLAIRE CHERN Pet Snuffle Mat is great for hours of fun.
Now that you have everything, we can see your monthly cost of owning a Goldendoodle. Some of the regular purchases will be:
- Treats and Dental chews
- Flea and Tick
- New toys and puzzles
For most dog owners, this will cost an extra $150 a month. But, for Goldendoodles, you have to factor in grooming as well. Your Goldendoodle will need to be groomed at least every six weeks. So every other month, you will need to spend an extra $80 or more on grooming. This price varies from state to state and even from different salons.
With these costs alone, you can expect to pay about $2,500 annually. But, these are the bare minimum expenses.
You might expect hidden fees from a credit card company, but not when owning a dog. But the reality is that there are fees that people don’t think of when getting their new puppy.
Depending on where you live, some apartments and rental homes charge an extra fee. This can be a flat rate deposit for pets, a deposit, and an additional payment per month. The average rate for a “pet rental fee” is $25. This pet rental fee might not seem like a lot per month, but it will be an extra $300 a year.
If you are getting your puppy from an out of state breeder, you will need to factor shipping into your investment cost. Shipping by air can be rather expensive and may take longer. There is also the option to drive out to get your puppy. But you will have to factor gas, potty breaks, hotels if needed into the cost.
Most Doodles develop separation anxiety when they are left alone for the majority of the day. If you crate train, spending eight or more hours in a crate can be devastating to their mental health. If your dog is alone for most of the day, you may opt to hire a dog walker or take your dog to daycare. The average monthly cost of daycare is $240-$550 a month for full-day services. Dog walkers typically charge $15-$30 a walk depending on your area, which averages $75-$150 a week if you work five days.
If you get a puppy from a questionable breeder, there may be unexpected vet bills when you bring your puppy home. Reputable breeders always deworm, vaccinate, and have the puppies checked by a vet before sending them to their new homes. If you did not have any of this done by your breeder, it could mean hidden fees on top of your initial costs. You may also opt to have pet insurance that ranges from $30-$50 for any future use.
Ways To Save Money
You may be thinking that this all is out of your price range, but nothing is impossible. There are a few great tips to bring the cost of owning a Goldendoodle down.
Coupons/Sales/Shop Online/Price Compare
The first way to save some cash is to check all coupons and sales before making a purchase. Price comparing between online and retail is also another big saver. Most large corporations will price match their online prices if they are cheaper than in-store. And always be on the lookout for coupons. Even large retailers have coupons in their apps, in-store, and through email. Some dog food brands will also send you coupons when you sign up for their email subscriptions.
Learn To Groom At Home
The initial investment for professional grooming equipment can be expensive, but it saves a fortune. There are plenty of YouTube videos by groomers to show you how to groom your dog properly.
Some exceptional grooming items to have are:
- . These are important to get your Doodle’s hair completely dried and fluffy like they just came back from the salon.
- . These clippers have three speeds and rechargeable, and it’s very quiet.
- These nail clippers by Gonicc are also great because they come with a nail file built-in for a smooth finish.
- Having a Dematting Brush by Kayi is a great tool to have for stubborn knots.
- Pro Pet Works All Natural Organic Oatmeal Pet Shampoo Plus Conditioner is the best shampoo to keep your Goldendoodle soft and luxurious.
Brush Your Dog
If you don’t have what it takes to groom your dog yourself, brushing is the next step. Brushing your dog correctly will save you hundreds of dollars a year because it makes them easy to groom. Groomers will tack on extra charges for brushing out mats or for more time spent on them.
Get A Mini
Mini dogs, on average, cost less than larger ones. They eat less, cost less to groom, and don’t require large houses. Mini Goldendoodles can be a big money-saving tip for those on a budget.
Buying items used is a great way to get a discount. You can get crates, grooming supplies, and cast off toys cheap from buy/sell/trade groups.
YouTube And Books For Training
Instead of spending money on a training class, you could use free resources on YouTube and the library to train your dog. You can be just as consistent and train in dog-friendly public places to have a well-behaved Goldendoodle.
In the early years of life, you might want to have a variety of treats to keep your puppy motivated in training. Here are our top 5 tasty treats:
- Zuke’s Natural Training Dog Treats are small and the perfect size for training. They don’t cost much and last forever.
- Wellness Natural Grain Free Puppy Training Treats are another great option. They are specially made for puppies, and can even be broken in half to get the most use out of them.
- Nudges Grillers can be cut into smaller pieces and are a delicious treat to give.
- Deer Antlers for dogs are a great reward at the end of a successful training session.
- GigaBite makes the best Bully Sticks. They are odor-free and help your puppy get all of their chewing done.
Feeding your Goldendoodle a high-quality diet might not seem like an excellent money-saving hack. But, when you consider all of the medical bills you will avoid by feeding quality food, it is worth it. Spending an extra $30 on food a month might save you thousands later in life.
Adopting a Goldendoodle could save you hundreds of dollars on the cost of your new dog. You might not always be able to get a puppy, and the annual fees are the same as buying from a breeder. But adopting a Goldendoodle can be just over $100 compared to thousands at a breeder.
Common Health Issues
Our last point to consider in the cost of owning a Goldendoodle is medical costs. Goldendoodles can be prone to several illnesses, including:
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Skin allergies
- Heart disease
- And eye disease
These conditions can be very costly. We recommend always having at least a $1,000 emergency fund, but the more, the better. Many owners opt to get pet insurance for their Doodles in case anything unexpected happens. These plans cost anywhere from $30-$50 and can save on medications, office visits, vaccines, and dental cleanings.
All In All…
These expenses might seem daunting to some people. But our furry friends are worth every penny. The cost of owning a Goldendoodle is dwarfed by the years of happiness and companionship they provide.
Below is a Pinterest friendly photo…. so you can pin it to your Doodle Board!!