In your opinion, what's the average cost that it takes to raise a healthy, loving Corgi? What's absolutely essential and what can you do without? Any advice is appreciated! With our first Corgi, Belle, we want to make sure that we're doing it right!
ONE MILLION DOLLARS, says my long-suffering husband.
Seriously, you should put away $500 in an injury fund if you possibly can; that will reduce the rest of it because you will know you have enough to deal with an illness or injury.
After that, you're talking about 2-3 routine vet visits during the puppy year, plus spay. In this area that would be about $600 total but it varies by state.
Good food is about $2-3 per pound.
Toys and edible chewies would be maybe another few dollars a month. I get knuckle bones (NOT "soup bones" that look like tubes) from the grocery store and give one every few days or every week.
Training: $100 for puppy K is a MUST. I'd love to see you go on from there to a level II class but that's not absolutely required.
You can do without things that make life more luxurious - for example, I have a hard time living without a grooming table and dryer but I've done it and will do it again. You can use your own shampoo as long as it's mild. She doesn't need $10 toys; tie a knot in a sock and use it as a fetch toy. And so on. Just don't skimp on vet care, food, or training.
After horses, corgis are cheap! Hee!Hee! Joanna, that is a good idea to put away $500 for emergencies. I would recommend setting aside $600 because a Dallas-area specialist visit (not after hours E.R.) costs about $300 and that doesn't include medicine, Xray/ultrasound, treatment or follow up visits.
Priceless!! Seriously I recommend paying up front for a puppy coming from a breeder that tests for common defects such as hip dysplasia. That will reduce your risk of expensive issues. Otherwise costs are very relative to the area you live in. Call a local vet and or the ASPCA for costs of puppy shots etc. An emergency fund if you are on a tight budget is a good idea too.