What kind of dog or cat is cheapest to own?
Considering a pet canine or feline? Read our analysis of costs associated with feeding, grooming, boarding and vet visits and find what breeds are the cheapest to own.
Still, we found that some specialty mixes, often with funny names like Golden Doodle or Puggle, command a premium price upfront and higher insurance costs, as well.
As Bennett notes, "the hybrids are slightly more expensive than true Heinz 57 mixes." Understanding the cost of pet insurance is important even if you don't plan to buy any, she continues, because the price of a policy generally correlates with likely veterinary costs.
For a cheap dog to own, this source recommends the mid-sized Australian shepherd, which is smart enough not to have accidents; friendly, which can mean lower insurance costs (aggressive dogs may incur higher premiums on home/renter insurance); and easy to clean with a good bath in the backyard, which cuts down on grooming costs.
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