Brittanys are fun-loving, energetic dogs that make excellent companions for families with young children or other dogs. They’re friendly and sociable with nearly boundless energy, making them perfect for active owners. Overall, Brittanys are healthy dogs with few genetic disorders and a life expectancy of 12-14 years. They have medium-short coats, so they only require minimal grooming, but they tend to shed a decent amount.
If that sounds like the dog for you, but you aren’t sure if you can afford one, this guide will help you decide. We cover all the costs of owning a Brittany, from purchasing one from a reputable breeder to picking out food and paying for vet visits; we leave no stone unturned. After we break everything down into approximate monthly costs, we’ll give you some tips for owning a Brittany on a budget and some ideas for how you can save money without jeopardizing your new friend’s quality of life.
Bringing Home a New Brittany: One-Time Costs
Brittanys are relatively low-cost and low-maintenance dogs, but there are some significant upfront costs to owning one. Overall, the total one-time costs of owning a Brittany will be about $2,200. This assumes you purchase a puppy from a breeder and includes an estimate of the cost of vet appointments and shots in their first year. It also includes supplies like a crate, food and water bowls, and a bed, which are usually one-time costs but could be recurring in the long run.
Sometimes it’s possible to rescue a Brittany for free, although this is highly dependent on chance. Some shelters waive adoption fees for dogs that have been there for a long time to encourage people to take them, but this is not the case with all shelters.
If you’re looking for the cheapest route to rescuing a Brittany, we suggest checking with your local animal shelters regularly. If you are patient and aren’t looking for a puppy, you increase your odds of finding something.
Adoption fees span a wide range of prices based on where the shelter is located, how many dogs they care for, and how long the dog has been at the shelter. It’s difficult to estimate the one-size-fits-all cost of adopting a dog, but you should budget about $500 to be safe. It is likely that your adoption fees won’t be that expensive, but it’s better to overestimate than be caught spending more than you can afford.
Working with a reputable breeder is the most expensive way to introduce this breed to your family, as a purebred Brittany costs between $500 and $1,100, but it comes with some benefits. Firstly, it is the only guaranteed way to get a puppy. Puppies in shelters don’t last long since most people want to raise a dog from puppyhood. Certified breeders also do preliminary health checks and help you make sure you have the necessary supplies to welcome a puppy into your home. The average cost of a Brittany puppy is $750.
Initial Setup and Supplies
Before you bring your new Brittany home, you need to make sure you have all the necessary supplies and equipment and set aside some money for first-year costs. These include food, treats, a dog license, veterinary expenses, and grooming at a bare minimum, and you might also need some cash for grooming, training, a crate, and microchipping. Some owners also purchase pet insurance, which is a significant financial burden but could save you money over your dog’s life.
List of Brittany Care Supplies and Costs
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How Much Does a Brittany Cost Per Month?
- $100–$200 per month
Recurring costs are important to estimate before getting a Brittany to make sure you can afford to support owning a new dog. Food is the most consistent recurring cost and easiest to estimate since it follows a regular schedule, but vet visits, grooming, and pet insurance all contribute to the average monthly cost of owning a dog as well.
- $30–$60 per month
Veterinary costs won’t be consistent and recurring month to month, but it’s still a good idea to set aside some money each month so you can cover any surprise medical issues that crop up. Part of keeping your dog healthy includes making sure they have enough food—and the right kind of food—and getting them enough exercise and mental stimulation. Exercise can be free, but mental stimulation usually requires puzzle toys or a bit of creativity with household items.
- $10–$25 per month
Getting high-quality dog food is essential if you want your Brittany to live a healthy life. Food is one area where you should not look to save money and instead purchase whatever food is recommended by your vet. Brittany Spaniels grow to an average of 35 pounds and eat about 200 pounds of food per year. The cost of food will vary depending on what brand you buy, but you can expect to spend an average of around $15 per month.
- $10–$35 per month
Brittanys are relatively low-maintenance dogs when it comes to grooming. They have medium-length wavy coats that only require daily brushing to keep healthy and unmatted. Most Brittany owners get their dog professionally groomed between three and six times per year, but how frequently you get your dog groomed depends on where you live and how active your dog is. If you spend a lot of time outside having fun and getting dirty with your buddy, they’ll need more frequent grooming. A good baseline to use is $20 per month.
Medications and Vet Visits
- $25–$45 per month
Vet visits won’t be a consistent cost and instead will pop up occasionally when your dog gets sick or injured. Luckily, Brittanys are generally healthy dogs and don’t need many trips to the vet. It’s a good idea to allow for at least one yearly checkup, even if your dog outwardly appears healthy.
Medication is a regular cost that is easier to estimate since it will be the same from month to month. Your dog will need monthly heartworm medication and possibly flea and tick protection, totaling about $15-$25 per month.
- $20–$50 per month
Pet insurance, like all insurance, seems like a waste of money until you need it. Having pet insurance can help you save money in the unfortunate event that your dog develops a major health issue. Something as simple as breaking a leg can cost you significant amounts of money when you consider the price of an X-ray, initial visit, follow-up visit, and any antibiotics needed.
Some plans only cover accidents, while others cover accidents and illnesses. Choosing the right plan for your dog will depend on your budget and your dog’s activity level.
- $5–$10 per month
Brittanys are well-behaved dogs that are easy to train and, therefore, don’t cause much damage. As long as they get enough exercise and social interaction, you probably won’t need to set aside money each month to cover repairs. However, all dogs have accidents and drag in mud from time to time, so having some cleaning spray and paper towels on hand at all times is a good idea. It shouldn’t cost more than an average of $5-$10 per month.
- $20–$40 per month
Brittanys aren’t usually destructive, and they don’t chew furniture, but they do require lots of exercise and playtime. Most Brittany owners should consider purchasing a monthly toy subscription to provide their pup with mental stimulation. Brittanys love to play and will go through toys quickly, so spending between $20-$40 per month isn’t a bad idea.
Total Monthly Cost of Owning a Brittany
- $115–$200 per month
All told, it will probably cost you between $115 and $200 per month to own a Brittany Spaniel. After you cover the costs of purchasing supplies and getting them their first shots, the only major costs are food, insurance, and medication. Your monthly costs could vary based on surprise vet visits and the occasional need to replace some worn-out toys, but those should be (hopefully) infrequent events.
Additional Costs to Factor In
Some costs are impossible to predict. Medical emergencies and accidental damage caused by overexuberance can get quite expensive, but it’s difficult to guess how much extra money any individual dog will cost throughout their life. We recommend keeping an emergency fund just for pet-related costs separate from your regular emergency fund to cover any unforeseen issues that arise.
You might also decide to have your dog professionally trained, which can be very expensive, depending on the trainer’s expertise. Other optional costs include boarding when you go on vacation or hiring a dog walker if you work long hours.
Owning a Brittany On a Budget
Owning a dog on a budget requires sacrifices in other areas of life to ensure your furry friend gets the proper care and attention they need to live a happy, well-adjusted life. If money is tight, we recommend skipping professional training and planning your vacations around your pooch, so you don’t need to arrange for someone to watch them while you’re away.
Brittany Spaniels love to be outside playing fetch, going on walks, or just hanging out in the yard. It doesn’t cost much to have a few tennis balls on hand, and they can buy you and your dog hours of fun.
Saving Money on Brittany Care
We don’t recommend skimping on vet visits or food, but there are a few ways to cut costs if you can’t afford all the costs we outlined in this article. A risky way to save money is to forgo purchasing pet insurance. Brittany Spaniels are generally healthy, so there is a good chance your dog won’t develop any serious genetic illnesses over its life. However, this is a dangerous game to play since you could be put in a difficult position if your dog needs expensive medical attention you can’t afford.
A better option is to limit your expenses to only food, medication, and one yearly vet visit. There are plenty of ways to make toys from household items and old tennis balls, and your dog will be happy and content just playing in the yard and going for walks. Toybox subscriptions and doggy daycare services are nice but non-essential.
Owning a Brittany will cost you a hefty $2,200 upfront on average and about $150 per month after the first year. Dogs are expensive, and you should seriously consider your budget and whether you can afford to support a dog before taking the leap and welcoming a new fuzzy friend into your family.
Food, medication, trips to the vet, and pet insurance makes up the bulk of the monthly costs, but toys, cleaning supplies, and dog-sitters can add up over time as well. If you’re on a tight budget, you can save money by cutting out unnecessary items like fancy toy subscriptions and daycare services, but we strongly advise you to spend enough on food and medical care to keep your dog happy and healthy.
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- Bringing Home a New Brittany: One-Time Costs
- List of Brittany Care Supplies and Costs
- How Much Does a Brittany Cost Per Month?
- Total Monthly Cost of Owning a Brittany
- Additional Costs to Factor In
- Owning a Brittany On a Budget