Does your dog’s haircut cost more than your own?


Owning a dog is a wonderful and rewarding experience, yet despite the unconditional love our dogs give us there’s also the financial cost to consider.

Tue 20 Mar 2018

By Judy

Does your dog’s haircut cost more than your own?

Does your dog’s haircut cost more than your own?

Owning a dog is a wonderful and rewarding experience, yet despite the unconditional love our dogs give us there’s also the financial cost to consider. Of course there’s the cost of feeding and vet fees to bear in mind when taking on a dog, but there’s also the cost of regular grooming sessions to be taken into account. Short-haired breeds such as the family-friendly Labrador may only need a bath once a year, but many medium and long-haired breeds require regular trips to the grooming parlour to keep them looking and smelling great!

New owners, especially those drawn to cute, fluffy breeds often underestimate the cost of grooming sessions, and are often shocked to find out they can cost more than  their own cut and blow dry at the hairdressers! So, how much can you expect to pay for a grooming session for some of our most popular breeds?

The West Highland White Terrier or Westie as it’s commonly known is famous for its beautiful white coat. Maintaining the traditional Westie shape does not come cheap, and owners can expect to pay around £37 every 6-8 weeks for a clip. Expect to pay around £20 more for a handstripping session. The Westie is also prone to sensitive skin and may require specialist shampoo, which can boost the price even more.

The confident and feisty little Yorkshire Terrier may be small in stature and cheap to feed, but grooming sessions for this small breed can be significant. Expect to pay around £35 for a clip, wash and brow dry at the grooming parlour.

The Springer Spaniel is an athletic dog with a real zest for life. This energetic and inquisitive breed can quickly become matted, especially if it’s a regular swimmer. The long feathings on the ears, tummy and legs are prone to tangles and owners should brush their dogs on a regular basis to avoid tangles. Expect to pay around £37 for a grooming session for a Springer.

What you can expect to pay for other breeds of dog

Prices for grooming do vary around the country and you may pay more or less than the figures below. Mobile groomers are often cheaper due to lower overheads.

  • Affenpinscher - £35
  • Afghan Hound - £60
  • Airedale Terrier - £55 for a clip
  • Airedale Terrier - £100 for a handstrip
  • Bichon Frise - £40
  • Border Collie - £38
  • Border Terrier - £37 for a clip
  • Border Terrier - £47 for handstrip
  • Briard - £65
  • Cocker Spaniel - £37 for a clip
  • Cocker Spaniel - £47 for handstrip
  • Labrador Retriever - £38
  • Lhasa Apso - £37
  • Miniature/Toy Poodle - £38
  • Standard Poodle - £60
  • Rough Collie - £55
  • Scottish Terrier - £37
  • Shih Tzu - £37
  • Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier - £46

Large and giant breeds

For some of the bigger and heavier breeds such as the St.Bernard, bathing at home is simply impractical due to the sheer weight of the dog. Owners risk serious back injury through trying to lift dogs into the family bath or shower. A decent grooming salon will have specialist equipment for safe bathing, including ramps, specialist baths and electric tables. Although many of the larger breeds may only need a freshen up once a year, the cost can be quite substantial with a St. Bernard bath costing from £75 and a Newfoundland costing an eye-watering £100.

Is there anything you can do to reduce the cost of grooming?

Yes, owners can learn to clip their own dogs! Many groomers offer tuition on the art of clipping. It’s a great way to save money and also gives owners the opportunity to bond and spend quality time with their dogs. It’s always wise to invest in decent clippers and avoid buying very basic and cheap equipment. A decent pair of clippers will last for many years and produce good quality results.

Groomers often have trainees working for them and they may offer free or greatly reduced fees for model dogs.

How to keep grooming costs down

The important thing is to keep your dog in good condition and free from matts and tangles. Matts between paws for example can be uncomfortable for dogs and can even lead to health problems. Groomers will charge extra for dogs that arrive at the salon in poor condition, so get into the habit of brushing your dog on a regular basis.

How much do you pay for your dog to be groomed? We'd love to know, so get in touch at hello@pet-owners.org