The most expensive dog breeds to keep and care for have been revealed – some cost up to £ 19,000 over an average lifespan.

One study looked at how much their four-legged friends cost their owners over their lifetime and identified the most expensive breeds.

With spending on groceries and treats, insurance, pet bills, grooming, toys, and equipment, the cost of owning some breeds is significantly higher than that of many others.

The study, which looked at more than 40 of the UK’s most popular dog breeds, found an inter-breed gap of nearly £ 12,000.

Standard poodles are considered to be the most money-intensive breed.

After considering the cost of feeding, insuring and caring for poodles over their average lifespan, as well as the daily cost of accessories and equipment, this breed can gross in excess of £ 18,700 for owners.

Unsurprisingly, Saint Bernard owners need deep pockets too, as these giant breeds cost around £ 1,800 each year – and they typically live around nine – but even 7.5kg Lhasa Apsos are cash-intensive.

With their intense grooming schedules, these fluffy pups will cost over £ 14,000 over the course of their lives – significantly more than large breeds like Japanese Akitas and Rottweilers.

Miniature Schnauzer owners must also be willing to budget nearly £ 500 a year for maintenance costs alone.

Some of the cheapest breeds in 2020 are Jack Russells, Patterdales, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and Whippets. These breeds live to be between 13 and 14 years old on average, costing just £ 7,000 to £ 8,000 during that time.

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The cost for each breed was calculated using the average cost of food and treats, vaccinations and boosters, grooming, toys, basic supplies, and even insurance.

Insurance costs tend to be highly dependent on breed size and range from £ 5 to £ 18 per month.

On average, new dog owners should expect to pay around £ 2,030 for the first year – including the cost of new puppies – and around £ 850 per dog each year thereafter.

Here are the most expensive breeds in the UK – overall based on average lifespan:

– Standard Poodle £ 18,702.61

– St. Bernard £ 17,581.92

– Chow Chow £ 15,439.86

– Labradoodle £ 14,817.66

– Lhasa Apso £ 14,041.22

– Great Dane £ 13,550.62

– West Highland Terrier £ 12,759.54

– American Bulldog £ 12,748.25

– Japanese Akita £ 12,591.00

– Miniature Schnauzer £ 12,537.08

– Rottweiler £ 12,481.48

– Doberman Pinscher £ 12,443.75

– English Springer Spaniel £ 12,318.18

– Golden Retriever £ 12,277.20

– Pomeranian £ 12,235.54

– Weimaraner £ 11,807.75

– Yorkshire Terrier £ 11,601.71

– Alaskan Malamute £ 11,512.34

– Goldendoodle £ 11,488.25

– Siberian Husky £ 11,132.50

– Shih Tzu £ 11,093.90

– Cockapoo £ 10,902.90

– Cavapoo £ 10,901.18

– Dachshund £ 10,610.74

– Border Collie £ 10,592.51

– German Shepherd £ 10,370.08

– Bullmastiff £ 10,356.84

– Labrador Retriever £ 10,033.08

– Pugs £ 9,497.08

– Basset Hound £ 9,408.14

– English Bulldog £ 9,379.24

– Beagle £ 9,274.42

– French Bulldog £ 9,171.58

– Dalmatians £ 9,041.99

– Cavalier King Charles Spaniel £ 8,972.96

– Cocker Spaniel £ 8,630.31

– Chihuahua £ 8,359.74

– Boston Terrier £ 8,096.98

– Whippet £ 7,930.67

– Staffordshire Bull Terrier £ 7,762.44

– Jack Russell £ 7,182.81

– Patterdale £ 7,170.75

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What the experts said

A spokesman for who commissioned the study said, “Britain is a nation of dog lovers and most of us dream of welcoming a canine companion into our homes at some point in our lives.

“Before deciding on a particular breed, however, you should consider its general behavior and temperament, and of course the cost of grooming each year, as some breeds are considerably more expensive than others.

“We looked at the initial cost of buying a puppy in normal times and how Covid has affected puppy prices – but the financial impact of owning a dog doesn’t stop there.

“To get an accurate number, we also looked at the basic cost of food and treats based on the average weight of each breed, as well as vaccinations and boosters, grooming costs, toys, basic supplies like leashes and collars, and even insurance prices.

“Pet insurance is basically a safety net that protects you from unexpected vet bills. So it’s definitely worth it. It can cost up to £ 200 a year for some of the larger breeds, but it could save you thousands of pounds if your pet gets sick.

“Another cost that many property owners may not consider is maintenance. Some breeds require more intense grooming schedules than others, and all appointments add up. So don’t forget to do your research and keep this in mind when choosing a breed.

“It is also worth noting that if you are doing the math and are confident that you can afford to welcome a dog into the family, don’t forget to check your local rescue centers as hundreds of dogs are waiting to homes to be found forever.

“Adoption is usually much cheaper than buying a puppy from a breeder, so you’re saving an adorable puppy and saving money that you can use to care for it in the long term.”