Thinking about getting a Golden - What to consider
I live in Central Missouri and I might be buying a pet.
My name is Garrett and I live in Central Missouri. I am honestly 13 years old. My parents and me have a Chinese Pug. But I told them that I will probably be on the search for GR (Golden Retriever) as I've always wanted one and would be interested in getting one.
I can't find any purebred (I'd like to have a purebred) GR's in my area. I checked Petfinder.com. I really don't have a big amount to work with (probably $1,000 tops.)
I know there will not be much selection for $1,000. I can't seem to find a GR for sale in the area. A couple months ago there was a GR at the city pound that was advertised but since has disappeared from the papers.
We might get it next summer or fall. This will allow for us to save money.
Is there anything about GRs that I should know about?
P.S. Sorry if I put this in the wrong category. I'm new here.
I know there are much more reputable members who have been through this process much more than I have, but here's what to consider first:
First thing is first: Do you have the funds to purchase/support a dog? This site will tell you a little more
Though it says $800, getting a puppy will be even more! I've read it ranged from 1200-3900$ for the first year! On top of that, you'll have to pay the institution you adopt the puppy from (shelter or breeder).
2.) Is everyone on board? No issues? Any issues with even a single member of the household could be a problem, especially with an adult.
3.) Do you have the time? The first year will require lots of time training, cleaning, and playing with the puppy! First few weeks might even require you to wake up multiple times in the middle of the night to take care of "business." Training classes also require transportation, unless you train your pup yourself, which will require more time. Exercise DAILY. Feed DAILY.
4.) Interlinked with #3 is keeping to a schedule. Make sure your pup is used to a schedule.
5.) There are multiple sources to get a puppy from, such as, petfinder, pet stores, backyard breeder, etc. I would advise against those, but instead look for a reputable breeder with these health clearances. Follow this guide.
There's a lot to consider, consider these articles:
Please, make sure your parents are completely on board before you do anything, in terms of reading these articles, financial commitments, time commitments, and noises/damages that could arise. Make sure they're well informed.
Good Luck, hopefully someone more experienced will chime in soon.
There are Golden Retriever Rescue groups that are less expensive than buying from a good breeder, and you get the benefit of an older dog who will probably already be house trained, at the least. Young goldens need a lot of time and attention to train and 'civilize'. If you spend any time here, you'll see a lot of threads about young dogs biting, chewing and jumping. To some extent they grow out of it, but mostly they need to be trained out of it.
The cost of getting a dog will include not just the purchase, but also vet bills for shots, possibly neutering (unless you get the dog from rescue, in which case they usually take care of that for you), regular vet care and emergency vet care (i.e. if they eat something they shouldn't), monthly heartworm pills and flea/tick treatment, toys, bedding, a crate, and training. Obviously, the first year is the most expensive, but even a healthy dog will cost about $1000 year. They can live to be 12-14 years old.
Goldens are generally a fairly high energy dog, especially young ones. They need exercise every day - walks, playtime, swimming, etc. They are family dogs, and generally not happy being left alone outside for long periods of time. They want to be with their people. They do well with training, enjoying the challenge of learning new things. We've done obedience, agility and tracking with our GR. He's not particularly good at any of them, but he does enjoy class time.
How much would a 4 year old Golden Retriever cost on average?
How much would a puppy golden retriever cost on average?
How much would it cost to maintain one every year? I'm pretty sure it would not take $1,000 to maintain them every year.
Usually a puppy will cost more than a 4 year old because of the initial expenses (heartworms, 8wk 12 wk 15 wk shots rabies/ then lyme/lepto/kennel cough if you choose - would be 250-500$ depending on your location) Buying all the supplies - 100-400$ depending on how much of a bargain shopper you are. Puppy training (150-300$ for 8 weeks depending on location) - which is very important for a GR, especially if you're going to be the primary walker. My boyfriend's GR is only 5 months - 45 lbs (still going to grow around another 30lbs) and can already drag him slightly when he's misbehaving on the leash... my boyfriend is around 185 pounds and isn't short on muscle. You will also incur the cost of neutering/spaying your GR which can range from as little as 100$ to upward of 500$ depending on the age and gender of your dog. The major expense with the puppy is purchase price which can range from free to upwards of 2000$.
With a 4 year old you still have the annual vet checkups/booster shots, but this isn't nearly as much with the puppy. The only thing you have to worry about with getting an older dog, especially if you don't know much about its health/family history are all the genetic problems that run in the GR breed. Goldens have issues with hips/elbows/heart/eye/thyroid/cancer among other things I'm sure I'm forgetting. If any of these complications arise if your GR its going to be very expensive and time consuming.
Always plan for an emergency visit - have funds available. Anything can happen and the last thing you want is to not have the funds to be able to take care of your dog if the situation presents itself. The 2nd day my boyfriend's GR was home we had to take him to the emergency room because he had an allergic reaction to his flea medicine. That was an unexpected 300$.
I hope this helps, please keep asking questions - the better informed you are the better owner you'll be able to be for your new GR!
Rescued a 9 wk GR mix from a private rescue = $350
Starter supplies (crate, shampoo, leash, collar, tags, food bowls, food, food storage, chewies, toys, etc) $650
Initial vet visit = free bc he was a rescue
Puppy shots (round 2) $80
Puppy shots (round 3) $80
Puppy shots (last distemper and rabies) ~$45 we get this on Saturday.
Puppy kindergarten $160 (6 week training classes cost on average $195 where I live)
Dog license $30
More food (1-2 month supply) $45
More toys and chewies (cause mine goes through toys fast!) $50
I expect to spend another $200-$250 on food in the next 8 months
We'll probably do at least another two class which should run about $400
Since we're training, he goes thru one 4 lb natural balance log (cut into tiny pieces) once a month $12-20 ($96-160 for the next 8 months)
Right now, we've already spent $1,490 and anticipate spending another $800-1,000 in the next 8 months.
Obviously, you can look for discount supplies, maybe a used crate and leash and collar. You could use a less expensive food or go to a vaccine clinic.
I'm sure there are ways to lessen the expense, but I'm not sure $1000 a year is a realistic budget. Im not sure pf prices in your area, either.
Puppies are normally more expensive because of their puppy shots and spay/neuter.
I hope this helps.
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I spent at least $4000 (not counting her $1,400 purchase price) and Molly has been with me for 9 months. $880 went to classes and training though (which will be ongoing for us), and you may not choose to take so many. A lot of it went to frivolous things.. She has too many toys, but still $1000 a year does not sound realistic. Also, the amount would be much higher if I did not have pet insurance because two months ago Molly had to have a procedure and the payout from the insurance company was six times more than what I had already paid in monthly premiums at the time.. and she has not yet been spayed..
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Last edited by Vhuynh2; 12-13-2012 at 09:54 PM.
My Wyatt is 2 and a half and I can tell you other than his food, toys and vaccines,
he is pretty cheap. However I would suggest putting some money away for unforeseen problems the future might hold.
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