6 reasons why large dogs cost more to keep than smaller dogs


Some of our larger dog breeds such as the St.

Fri 24 Feb 2017

By Judy

6 reasons why large dogs cost more to keep than smaller dogs

Some of our larger dog breeds such as the St. Bernard and the Great Dane are renowned for their gentle and kind temperaments making them very popular pets with dog owners who have plenty of space around the home. However, the bigger the dog, the higher the cost of keeping these impressive and substantial breeds.


If you are lucky enough to be able to house a large or giant breed, it’s important to ensure you are able to afford the higher costs of keeping such dogs.

Feeding cost

Food is obviously a daily requirement, and larger dogs eat more than small and toy breed. Typically feeding a Great  Dane could set you back up to £30. It’s worth bearing in mind that Danes can be sensitive to e numbers found in many cheaper brands as well.

Cost of grooming

Keeping your dog’s coat in good condition through professional grooming sessions is recommended. Attempting to wash a large dog in the family bath is a sure fire way of getting a bad back or other muscular injuries as well as a messy bathroom! A good groomer will have the correct equipment to deal with bigger breeds, such as electric grooming tables and ramps up to the bathing area. Grooming costs can be significant though with a Newfoundland costing from £100 compared to just £25 for a Yorkshire Terrier.

Cost of pet insurance

Pet insurance is not essential by laws, but certainly suggested for owners of larger dogs as treatment and medications are more costly than for smaller dogs.

Pet accessories

Bigger dogs need bigger dog beds, dog coats, bowls, collars and leads which all cost more than accessories designed for smaller dogs. Luckily many quality items, such as good leather collar should last your dog for many years.

Worming and flea treatments

Many preventative treatments for worms and fleas are based on the body weight of your dog, again making them more expensive to treat than smaller breeds. The move towards buying worming and flea preparations online can significantly reduce the cost of treating your pet.

Neutering or spaying your pet

If you are not planning to breed from your dog, it is highly recommended you have your dog neutered or spayed. Again, the cost will be greater for large breeds and not covered under your pet insurance policy. You may want to consider rehoming  a rescue dog which are normally already neutered before being rehomed.