So, let’s start with a list of things that’ll cost you money. These are the absolutely most basic things you need when you bring your puppy home. For now, I’ll just list the items, and we’ll get back to the money later.
Stuff to get:
Puppy collar and lead
Bowls for food and water
Puppy-proofing your home
Puppy-proofing your yard/garden
Food for training sessions
Plastic bags to collect puppy poop
Cleaning supplies for pee and poop accidents inside the home
Costs for travelling to get your puppy
New car to fit your puppy, soon-to-be-adult-dog
Perfect puppy course
All right, then. As you can see, there are tons of costs involved in this. I’ll dive a bit deeper into these things to give you an idea of how much money you’ll have to spend on this. Now, with a large breed, some of these costs will be higher – there’s no denying that. Your Border Collie will eat more than a Chihuahua. He’ll also need a larger crate, a larger bed, larger toys, and he’ll need a collar that he can grow into, or new ones – often, as he grows.
Now, some of these things, I’d recommend you buy cheap stuff that your Border Collie pup can grow out of without ruining you. They do grow fast, so I wouldn’t spend money on a nice-looking collar until he’s at least a year old – at least. Nor would I spend a fortune on a bed for him; he’ll grow out of it before you blink, or he’ll chew it into pieces – or both.
My advice is; spend your money wisely. Put your money into a good insurance for your puppy. Spend money on a good crate he can grow into. Get him good food that benefit his growth and health – and while I’m at it, take a look at the food we have here at Fenrir. I’v spent a lot of time making sure it’s the best food on the planet, so it’s definitely worth a look. I’ll link it in the info below, so you can check it out for yourself.
Other things worth putting time, effort and money into is puppy-proofing your home. restricting the space your pup can be in by himself is strongly recommended, as puppies have a tendency to destroy things in their exploration of the world around them. Gates between rooms is an excellent idea for this.
If you have a yard, you may also want to put up a fence high enough for your Border Collie NOT to just step over it. Perhaps not as a pup, but when he’s an adult. Now, Border Collies are not the breed most likely to wander off, but it can still be a good idea. Especially considering his herding instincts that may set in if he sees or smells something interesting outside your yard.
In some areas around the world, crates are used for puppies and adult dogs. If you’re in a country where this is allowed, you should invest in a good one. It needs to be safe for your puppy/dog, and it needs to be large enough for him to stand and lie down on his side without problem.
If this is your first Border Collie, you may need to change cars, depending on what kind of car you drive today. If you intend to bring your dog along in your car, he needs space – not to move around, but not to be too enclosed.
You should also invest in some toys. Now; your puppy won’t stay small for very long, so I would wait with investing in any serious toys. Get him something small and cheap – as you get to know each other, you’ll learn what kind of toys he likes, and can invest from that.
Ok, then. Let’s take a look at actual money, then, shall we? This is where it gets scary – like I said; getting a dog does cost…
The pup itself. Now, this cost will depend on breeder, location, pure-breed or not, if you buy from a rescue/shelter, how serious the breeder is, et cetera. But let’s play with the idea that you buy your Border Collie from a responsible breeder. Such a puppy would cost you somewhere between 600 - 1 300 US dollars. If you’d rather get an adult Border Collie from a shelter, the cost would be about 300 US dollars.
Vaccinations is a must. This’ll cost you up to 100 US dollars, depending on what you choose to vaccinate for.
A crate for your Border Collie is something I recommend you invest in from starters. This can be anything from 150 – 250 US dollars. While you’re at it, you should also check if you need to get a crate for your car – in some countries it’s illegal to have your dog loose in the car, and if you’re in one of these countries, get yourself a crate for your car. Make sure it’s crash-proof before you buy it. These crates cost differently depending on which car they fit into, so I can’t really give you a general price here.
Your dog needs to eat out of something. I’d recommend you get couple of smaller bowls for him to start with, and once he’s grown up a bit, you can get larger ones. You want him to reach his food while young, not drown in kibbles. A pair of smaller bowls would cost you somewhere around 10 US dollars. Once he’s grown a bit, you may want to get him elevated bowls. There are lots of different ones, and they vary from cheaper to more expensive – which means at least 10 – 150 US dollars.
Not all dogs want to sleep on the floor. Some of them want a bed for themselves. Now, a dog bed can be handy for so many reasons – one of them being the ease with which to teach your dog the command “stay” in the house. But a bed for him will also provide him with a place to get some comfy rest in peace and quiet, so it’s well invested money. However, while he’s still a pup, I would get something cheaper, for so many reasons. One; he’ll grow out of it in no time. Two; he may be the chewy type and chew it into pieces. So – get yourself a cheap one and upgrade as he grows bigger and older. Among the cheaper ones in Border Collie puppy size, you could easily find one for around 10 US dollars.
Now, as you’ll notice, there are some costs that I haven’t brought up yet. There’s a reason for that, and that’s because it depends on so many things. Puppy-proofing home and yard, for example. It depends on how you live, how big your home is, how much space your yard covers, what kind of gates or fence you want to put up… I can’t really say, you’ll have to find out yourself.
Collar and lead is another of those things. Your Border Collie puppy is – well, small is relative, of course, but small compared to when he’s older. Whatever collar you buy at first –it should be something you can make bigger (then spend more money on it), or you’ll have to buy new ones continuously. No matter which, this’ll cost you money every month, perhaps even every two weeks, so it’s impossible to give even the most average cost for this. But a small collar for when you pick up your puppy could cost about 10 US dollars. A basic, simple lead about the same.
Now, some of the things on this long list will be monthly costs. These are food, insurance, chewing bones, waste bags to collect poop, dog snacks for training and puppy classes (if you choose to take them). These costs will also vary, depending on what food you choose, which insurance company, et cetera. Insurances may also vary on where you live, which breed you choose – and larger breeds tend to cost more. But choose insurance wisely to get help if you need it. If you’re unsure, consult your breeder or the breed club, they should know more about these things.
But let’s break this down as well, with another list:
Quality food: 90 US dollars/month
Insurance: 35 US dollars/month
Snacks: 25 US dollars/month
Waste bags: get a bunch with 500 bags for 15 US dollars – it’ll last couple of months
Puppy class: depending, but about 180 – 200 US dollars
Perfect puppy course: online with us here at Fenrir – pay 99 pounds for this, and you’ll have your dream dog on the other side of it
All right. So, we’ve established that there’s a whole lot of money that goes into getting a dog. It most certainly is more to it than just the puppy. Now, if you, like me, aren’t made of money, you don’t have to get the most expensive, luxurious things for your dog. But I’d advise you to spend money on food, insurance, puppy-proofing, crates – and puppy courses in one way or the other. It’ll serve you and your dog in the end, even if it stings.
So let’s wrap this up and see if we can get a sum of all these numbers. Remember that the initial costs does NOT include securing your home and yard.
Initial costs: 1 575 US dollars
Monthly costs: 260 US dollars