Owning a boxer can be one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. A boxer will undoubtedly light up your life, but that doesn’t mean he won’t come up with his own set of general and financial responsibilities. Owning a dog is not a right, but a privilege, and we must always ensure that we are fit to perform this task.
Buying a boxer puppy can cost between $500 and $2500, depending on the place of purchase and the pedigree of the dog. Boxers obtained in animal shelters can cost as little as $50 to $200. On average, it takes between $600 and $1,800 a year to feed and care for a boxer.
For you and your furry friend to enjoy your life together to the fullest, it is best to be financially prepared for the costs associated with the privilege of owning a dog. In this article, we will cover the upfront costs, ongoing costs, and unforeseen costs associated with being a boxer’s parent.
Initial purchase of your puppy boxer
The first cost you’ll probably have in mind is the cost of the Boxer puppy itself. There are many ways to introduce a Boxer into your life, so we will cover the overall cost of each lane.
If you choose to go through a breeder to buy a Boxer puppy, you can usually expect to spend more than you would in other Boxer adoption routes. Those who choose a breeder often have certain expectations in terms of lineage, appearance or other specific qualities, which often results in a higher cost.
On average, buying a Boxer from a breeder will cost between $500 and $2,500, depending on the breeder’s reputation and the Boxer’s lineage. If you choose to buy a Boxer from a breeder, it is best to choose a breeder who offers a transparent history on both parents, and who offers a medical history on both parents as well as on the Puppy Boxer.
Reputable breeders will be more expensive, but this will save you money in the long run. “Farm breeders” are known to produce unhealthy and poorly maintained puppies, often resulting in medical complications that will eventually cost you dearly in the future.
Shelter or rescue
It is actually extremely common to see purebred Boxers passing through animal shelters. Because of their high energy and large size, many Boxers end up in a shelter or shelter in early adulthood. If you are looking to do your part to help a dog in need, and you are not necessarily determined to raise a Boxer puppy, then a shelter puppy may be the perfect option for you.
When you adopt a Shelter Boxer, you can expect to pay between $50 and $200. In addition to the lower cost of rescuing a dog from the shelter, medical care has already been given to each dog. Each shelter or rescue dog is usually fully vaccinated and sterilized, which means that these are medical services that you will not have to pay for yourself.
Buying a Boxer from a pet store involves an expense similar to that of a puppy at a breeder. Puppies in pet stores often come from breeders and usually require the same high cost. The cost of Boxer puppies varies depending on the area where the pet store is located. In more upscale cities, known for their higher cost of living, pet shops generally have higher costs.
Boxer puppies from pet stores usually cost between $500 and $2,500, depending on the length of their stay in the pet store and the city in which they are located.
The first items for your boxer
Once you’ve brought your new furry friend home, you’ll want to have a house full of toys he can play with, a cozy bed for him to rest, food he’ll love and a number of other supplies that your puppy can enjoy.
Below is a list of the standard supplies you’ll need for your Puppy Boxer, and their average cost.
– Puppy/dog food: 20 to 50
– Dog bowls: $5 to $25
– Dog bed: $30 to $100
– Dog toys: $5 to $10 each
– Dog treats: $5-$20
– Leashes and necklaces: $20 to $50
On average, it’s best to set aside $100 to $250 for initial supply costs in addition to the cost of buying your Boxer.
Initial medical expenses for your boxer
When bringing a dog into your life, it is important to make sure that you are prepared to pay for the medical costs necessary to keep it healthy. Puppies are exposed to infectious diseases that are common in many public places, so it is up to us to ensure that they are protected from the moment they enter our lives.
If you don’t save a dog from a shelter or rescue, chances are they’ll need their first round of veterinary care. Puppy packs or starting veterinary packages include:
– 3 sets of start-up vaccines (which protect against major infectious diseases): 100 to 300
– Rabies vaccine: $30 to $75
– worming: $50 to $100
– Spay/neutralization: $75 to $300
– Protection against fleas and ticks: 50-150
– Heartworm prevention: $50 to $100
On average, you can expect to pay between $350 and $1000 for your new puppy’s initial medical expenses to ensure that he is healthy and protected for his future. If you are looking to keep your upfront costs as low as possible, it is best to adopt a Boxer from a shelter or rescue centre that has already covered these initial medical services for you.
Although the price of initial veterinary visits may seem high, you should keep in mind the cost of treating infectious diseases or complications that may arise due to the lack of preventive medications a dog enjoys. For example, the average owner of a puppy that becomes ill from a preventable disease called parvo can expect to pay between $1,000 and $4,000 to try to save its life. The average series of starter vaccines for puppies that can prevent this disease is $100 to $300.
If you have any doubts about the initial veterinary costs, remember that prevention is always cheaper than treatment!
Permanent costs for your boxer
Your Boxer will require ongoing care that will be added to your monthly budget. While your monthly expenses are not as high as the initial costs of having a dog in your life, it’s best to make sure your budget allows you to set aside money each month for your new furry family member.
Standard ongoing costs on a monthly basis include:
– Dog food: $20 to $60 per month
– Dog treats: $15 to $30 per month
– Toys: $5 to $20 per month
In addition to the usual monthly treatments, you should also keep these items in mind when you own a boxer.
– Obedience course: $50 to $300
– Pet care and boarding: $25-$300
– Maintenance and toilet supplies: $30 to $100
On average, Boxer owners spend between $50 and $100 a month on their puppies. Although each Boxer’s monthly care varies, it is the standard costs that Boxer owners must prepare for each month.
Ongoing medical expenses for your Boxer
Just like us, a boxer will need permanent medical and preventive care to stay healthy and happy. While the ongoing costs of preventive medicine may seem costly when trying to stick to a budget, it’s important to remember that by being proactive and protecting your puppy from dangerous diseases, you’re actually saving yourself long-term costs.
Monthly costs of routine veterinary care include:
– Prevention of fleas and ticks: 30 to 50
– Heartworm prevention: $30 to $50
Annual costs of routine veterinary care include:
– Annual vaccines: $50-$100
– Annual physical exams: $20 to $60
– Routine blood tests if necessary: $75 to $200
– Medicines and supplements for sickness or special care: 25 to 100
Other costs to be expected for owning a dog
Emergencies are common, so there is always a risk of unforeseen expenses when you become a pet owner. While we don’t want to think about the twists and turns of life that can end up weighing on our bank accounts, it’s important to do your best to build an emergency fund that your Boxer can benefit from when you need it.
Here are some unexpected emergencies that are known to have financial consequences:
Emergency Veterinary Care: Throughout our life as boxers, they may experience medical emergencies that will require emergency veterinary care. Whether they get sick, get injured or suffer from any other sudden illness, you can end up in an animal hospital that can cost you dearly.
Emergency veterinary examinations can cost between $100 and $200, and nights at the hospital can start at $1,000. You always want to be able to provide your canine friend with the best possible medical care, which is why it is important for a dedicated dog owner to have an emergency fund.
Unexpected travel: It may happen in our lives that we have to go to family, friends or any other event that takes us to a new place. When life takes you to a new place, it leaves your Boxer at home, who needs daily care. Animal care and boarding services can cost between $20 and $100 a day, so this is an additional situation that would be facilitated by an emergency fund for animals.
Your Boxer’s health is declining: Unfortunately, our dogs are not immune to medical conditions that can threaten their overall health. Whether because of chronic illness or old age, the health of our Boxers declines at some point in their lives. Once this happens, you will want to be prepared to financially support their influx of medical bills or monthly medications.
How can I prepare financially for an unforeseen emergency with my pet?
While we still want the best for our BFF Boxers, that doesn’t mean we’ll always be financially ready to face the obstacles that will arise. Life is done, and fortunately, there are avenues to explore if you find yourself in a difficult situation regarding pet costs.
Pet insurance: It’s not just humans who have medical insurance. There are now several options that take into account the well-being of your pet. By purchasing pet insurance, you can help prevent significant financial losses in the event of an emergency, as most pet insurance companies cover most or all of the unexpected medical costs if you are lucky.
Scratching: Scratch Pay is a veterinary loan service that offers you an immediate loan when your pet is experiencing a medical crisis. If your application is approved, Scratch Pay will send you the money to cover its medical expenses as soon as you are approved, and you will be able to repay the loan as you would for any other monthly credit loan.
Care Credit: Like Scratch Pay, Care Credit is a medical credit card that can be useful in the event of a veterinary emergency. But unlike Scratch Pay, you can use a Care Credit card for any other medical practice that accepts this form of payment. This means that this card can be useful for you and for your boxer’s unforeseen financial emergencies.
Pet Savings Accounts: If you find yourself with a little extra money to set aside each month, why not put it in a savings account that your Boxer can benefit from? Even a small amount sent to an ancillary account each month can accumulate over the long term and be useful in the event of a medical emergency for your furry friend.
Summary of the costs of acquiring a boxer
The costs of owning a dog may seem overwhelming, but they are manageable if you are prepared in advance. To get an estimate of how much you can expect to spend on your Boxer, here’s a brief summary:
|Expense||Yearly Cost Estimate|
|Dog Collars & Leashes||$20-$50|
|Start Up Veterinary Care||$350-$1,000|
|Routine Veterinary Care||$200-$450|
Once you’ve reviewed the list of expected costs and know you’re able to meet that commitment, then you’re ready to enjoy your life with a new furry family member!