Are Dachshunds expensive? On average, you are looking at spending $600 to buy a Dachshund puppy. But before you purchase any dog, whether Dachshund or Great Dane, be aware that you will have to make a financial commitment as well as emotional and time commitments.
Sure, you don’t have to take your pet to the vet. You won’t be breaking any law if you don’t. But without regular veterinary visits, puppies have a much higher chance of becoming sick and dying from a serious disease, like parvovirus or distemper. And throughout their lives, adult and senior dogs need regular checkups, vaccinations (it is, in fact, against the law to skip rabies vaccine), and tests to maintain their health and to catch health problems in the early stages. In addition, your vet can help you with worming, flea control, and heartworm prevention, and can give you advice on general issues of care, behavior, and training. Worth ever penny!
Puppies are immune to many diseases while nursing on mother’s milk. As soon as a puppy is weaned and you take him home, however, his immunity quickly disappears and he is vulnerable to a number of series diseases until he can build up his own immune system. Vaccinate your puppy according to your veterinarian’s recommendations to keep him safe during this gap of time.
Canine parvovirus is a quick-spreading, highly contagious viral disease that comes in two forms: enteric (diarrheal) and myocardial (affecting the heart). Young puppies are particularly vulnerable, and the disease often is fatal. Distemper is also a virus that spreads quickly and is highly contagious. In advanced stages, distemper affects the brain and can cause permanent neurological damage and often death. Distemper is the principal cause of disease and death in unvaccinated dogs.
In addition to a lifetime of regular veterinary care and vaccinations, you need to spend some of your hard-earned cash on supplies, all told – as well as feeding supplies, collars and leashes, dens (a crate or kennel), chew toys, and a number of other necessities and luxuries.
So how much money are we talking? Consider the theoretical breakdown of expenses shown in the table below. Although expenses can vary dramatically from region to region, I list the approximate costs somewhere in the middle of the extremes. I also assume that you will buy your puppy from a good breeder for an average price of $600.
First-year Expenses for Dachshund Puppy Owners
|First office visit||$50.00|
|Four Vaccinations at $35.00 each||$140.00|
|Leptospirosis vaccine (x2) and/or Lyme disease vaccine (x2), depending on where you live||$15.00 each|
|Total vet cost||$420.00|
|Heartworm prevention at $3.50/month||$42.00|
|Flea control spot-on at $8.00/month||$96.00|
|Total prevention cost||$138.00|
|Puppy class (6-8 sessions)||$50.00|
|Basic obedience (6-8 sessions)||$50.00|
|Total obedience classes cost||$100.00|
|Pet sitter/boarding for one-week vacation at $20.00/day||$140.00|
|Professional grooming (for longhairs and wirehairs), 6 times/year at $25.00/session||$150.00|
|Total services cost||$290.00|
|Collar or harness||$12.00|
|Food and water bowls||$10.00|
|Dog bed (although Dachshunds will probably prefer to sleep with you)||$50.00|
|Shampoo (two bottles)||$20.00|
|Toys (chew toy, squeaky toy, ball, and plush toy)||$50.00|
|Treats, one box/month||$30.00|
|Chewing/teething treats (rawhides, hooves, and so on), one purchase/month||$50.00|
|Pet odor remover, 1 gallon||$20.00|
|Total pet supplies cost||$872.00|
Not cheap – and this grand total assumes that your Dachshund is healthy. If your Dachshund suffers from serious health problems, you can add quite a bit to the grand total. Are you ready for this?
Sure, you can cut corners here and there, but if you have to cut so many corners that you compromise the health and welfare of your Dachshund – or if you are not willing to spend money on your pet because he is “just a dog” – perhaps you should reconsider bringing a dog into your life right now. Dogs deserve proper care and a comfortable existence just like you do.