The Doberman Pinschers is not just any other dog. And here’s why:
This breed actually originated from Germany, and is usually considered people-oriented. We’re talking about a dog that’s not only loyal to the owner, but also sweet, friendly, and affectionate to anyone looking to have a good time.
The Doberman Pinschers’ popularity soared through the roof in the 19th century, when the Germans started breeding them as guard dogs. And that’s how you know this breed is unique in its own way.
Any dog that can be trained as a protector and a companion is in a class of its own. The way it comprehends voice commands and carries out orders is just… remarkable. You don’t have to be a dog person to know this breed is fearless, discerning, and super intelligent.
If you’re interested in getting one, this is what it could cost you:
Bringing Home a New Doberman Pinscher: One-Time Costs
The one-time costs are the initial investment of getting a Doberman. You cannot run away from these costs even if you got the dog for free. You’ll probably think that you have, but the minute the dog starts falling sick will be the minute you realize they’re no free things in life.
Anyway, the total one-time cost will depend on how you got the dog. If you got him for free—say from a friend, family member, or a neighbor—the costs are going to be substantially lower, as opposed to if you got him from a breeder or shelter.
And for the record, when we’re talking about breeders, we’re not referring to backyard breeders. We only deal with licensed, reputable, and professional breeders who know how to handle and treat dogs in a humane manner. Getting a Doberman from a backyard breeder will undoubtedly cost you more in the long run. Also, from a moral standpoint, we don’t find it palatable.
The fact that free things are never really free is one of those many life’s lessons that you learn as you grow older. Irrespective of where you got your Doberman from, you have to ensure it sees a veterinarian before going home. That’s the first thing a responsible person would do. And that first visit will definitely set you back a few bucks. You could spend as little as $100 per month, but not more than $400. This will all depend on the health situation of the dog.
Sounds too costly for a free dog?
Well, if you already feel like $400 is too much, wait until you read about the maintenance costs. And by the way, we’ve not even talked about the young pups who have to be given preventive medications, and special treatments, on top of the routine vaccinations. They’re also supposed to pay the vet a visit at least once every week for the next four months, as those regular checkups are more important to them. Depending on the pup’s needs, each visit will cost you around $200 to $300. Multiply that by four and you get a total of $800-$1200 per month.
Adopting a Doberman Pinschers from a rescue or shelter isn’t as costly as buying one from a breeder. The fee that you end up paying often covers the expenses incurred while looking after the dog before adoption. No one actually profits from that money except the dogs that will be left behind, waiting for someone else to show up and adopt them too.
Adopting a Doberman will cost you anywhere from $300 to $400. And that’s pretty low in comparison to what people pay for breeds that are high maintenance.
The advantage of getting a dog from a shelter is the fact that you’ll always get them already vaccinated. There’s no need to make a vet detour before going home.
Why’s getting Doberman Pinschers from breeders so costly?
First off, breeding any type of pup is no mean feat. The initial costs and recurring expenses are ridiculously high, and that’s why the buyer has to bear the brunt of it all.
Bear in mind that the Doberman Pinschers is a sought-after breed. That’s to say, breeds that are always in demand usually fetch a premium. Think about the economics of supply and demand, and everything will add up.
From what we’ve heard, buying a Doberman Pinschers from a breeder in the US will cost you $1,200 to $2,500. If you ask us, we’d say that’s a great steal, considering a purebred Doberman Pinschers is hard to get.
Why else do you think shelters rarely have pedigree papers? It’s because they cannot prove that the dog you’re looking to adopt is purebred.
Initial Setup & Supplies
These are must-have things that have to be present, if the dog is going to be part of the family. We normally like to refer to them as the basic everyday items that make a home, a home. They come first, and then the dog follows.
List of Doberman Pinschers Care Supplies and Costs
|Food & Water Bowls||$5-$10|
|Odors & Stains Removal Spray||$5-$10|
|Shampoo & Tooth-brushing Kit||$10-$20|
|ID Tag with Phone Number||$5-$15|
How Much Does a Doberman Pinscher Cost Per Month?
- $365-$665 per month
You’ll feel overwhelmed by the costs during the first month because you also have to take care of the one-off expenses, in addition to the recurring costs. But the good news is, if you can survive that month, the rest of the months are going to be smooth sailing.
Of course, you’ll still encounter some stormy seas along the way, but that’s nothing to worry about. The costs will never be as high as the one you catered to during your first month of dog ownership.
- $330-$550 per month
The Doberman’s health care costs will vary and be influenced by a number of factors. Nonetheless, we think it’s still possible to paint a picture of what to expect. Expenses that go under the health care umbrella include grooming, food, preventive medication and vet visits, and more importantly, pet insurance.
Covering these costs won’t feel like a strain, if you plan beforehand. And that’s why budgeting is a vital process to pet owners. It’s the only way you’ll be able to ensure that no room’s left for error, and you’re never caught off-guard by any medical emergency.
- $30-$70 per month
If at all it wasn’t obvious from the jump, you should know the Doberman Pinscher is a big dog. In fact, the heaviest Doberman Pinschers ever recorded, weighed 100 pounds. So going by size alone, it’s fair to presume that they’re daily intake is more than the small or medium-sized dogs.
A Doberman Pup will consume around 25 pounds of dry food per month, while the large ones consume 35 pounds. This puts the feeding cost at $30-$40 for the pups and $30-$70 for the adult Doberman.
Treats are optional, but important if you want to effectively train your dog. Doberman pinschers respond well to positive reinforcement—The kind that’s all about rewarding every small achievement.
Also, are you going to give it a treat every day or every other day? You have to make up your mind because it’s an influential factor as well. As you would expect, every day treats will significantly increase the total costs of monthly food. “Significantly” being the operative word there.
Keep in mind, all these costs will be contingent on your brand of preference. That’s our way of saying, should you decide to opt out of premium grade dog food, the totals will drop by a considerable margin.
- $50-$60 per month
Grooming a Doberman Pinscher is quite easy. This is not just an assumption that we’re making, but a fact that’s been reiterated by different professional dog groomers around the country. You’re advised to take your Doberman to a professional at least 6 times per year. That equates to once every two months, if we’re not wrong. And every session usually costs $50 to $60.
What’s normally included in professional grooming? The usual. We’re talking about things like nail trimming, teeth and ear cleaning, combing, styling, an optional hair removal service, bathing and shampooing, etc.
Medications & Vet Visits
- $210-$320 per month
Parasites, fleas, heartworms, and ticks, are all detrimental to the Doberman’s health. But on the bright side, they are all preventable—Preventable through medications, supplements, and routine vet checks. Also, different breeds have different needs. So you shouldn’t be surprised when you find out that those of the Doberman are very different from those of other breeds.
We used to say vitamins aren’t necessary if a dog is on a good diet, but recently, we learned that some dog owners don’t even know which dietary components are important for sustainable growth and development. Therefore, you’ll need those vitamin supplements, omega 3s, glucosamine, and anything else that the vet recommends.
The monthly medication costs will be $10 to $20. Add that to the $200 to $300 vet visits and our totals come to $210 to $320 per month.
- $40-$100 per month
Pet insurance is basically a safety net. If there’s a medical emergency that’s too costly to cover with the little money that you have in your pockets, you could dial up your pet insurer for help. Health care is a financial burden to everybody. Not just us humans.
Anyways, depending on what it covers, it will likely cost you anywhere from $40 to $100 per month.
- $35-$115 per month
You have to clean after your dog if you want to avoid health hazards. Did you know most of the diseases affecting dogs are parvovirus? A parvovirus is a virus that can be transmitted from one dog to the next one, when they get in contact with their feces. And even if you only own one dog, you still have to “scoop the poop,” since it also contains zoonotic organisms. The kind that can be transmitted from animals to humans.
The following are our replaceable monthly items, and their average costs:
|Stains & Odors Removal Spray||$5-$10|
Total Monthly Cost of Owning a Doberman’s Pinscher
Now that we’ve listed down the initial investment cost and the recurring monthly costs, it’s time to add them all up just to get a ballpark figure of what you need to have in your bank account before getting a Doberman Pinscher.
The total monthly cost of a free Doberman will be anywhere from $465-$1865 in the first month, an adopted dog will fetch anything from $665-$1065, and that from a breeder will cost you $1565-$3165.
Additional Costs to Factor in
These potential expenses will depend on your situation. You could pay for them if you want to, or not bother yourself if the budget is tight.
Owning a Doberman on a Budget
Dobermans don’t come cheap. You’ll find yourself spending a lot of money getting one, and even more money to take care of it. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t be frugal with your spending, especially in these times of economic uncertainty. We did some homework, and realized that it’s very much possible to care for a Doberman without bleeding yourself dry.
Saving Money on Doberman Care
Do you really need a professional groomer to help you groom a Doberman? Nope. All you need to do is to give him a warm bath, followed by a towel dry. And if his coat looks all shabby, just give him a gentle brush.
If carving out time is the problem, you could always take it to a local shelter that helps dog owners groom their dogs at a small fee. Their services might not be as great as that of a professional groomer, but they’ll be close enough.
Consistency is key when it comes to feeding a Doberman Pinschers. You have to be consistent with the portions that you serve the dog, and the quality of food.
To be clear, we’re not saying that you should starve it, or opt for brands that are known to produce terrible dog food. We want your dog to enjoy its meals and stay healthy, but you shouldn’t let him get used to extra meals or premium-grade food. Look for something that has incredible reviews and comes at a cheaper cost—Price doesn’t always equate to quality in this market.
Your vet will probably kill us for telling you this, but we’ll say it anyway. There are so many DIY ways of cleaning a dog’s teeth without hurting it. Your vet will obviously be reluctant to share those hacks because that would mean they’ll have to be okay with losing more money. So go online and start learning those hacks from specialists who offer them at no cost.
Shop During Promotions
Black Friday is not a concept that only applies to electrical equipment and household items. It also applies to stores that sell pet products. So when that day comes, take all the money that you’ve saved up, and go on a shopping spree.
Medical issues that tend to pop up out of the blues are the worst when you’re working with a shoestring budget. They can present quite a problem, and that’s why you need to first cover yourself on that end.
How do you do that? Easy! Just take out a pet health insurance that’s not all that expensive, and can cover unforeseen medical emergencies.
Talk To Your Vet
Don’t just talk, but have a heart-to-heart. Let them know that you’re struggling to maintain your Doberman’s lifestyle, so you’d appreciate any form of assistance. Even if it means getting into a financial aid program. If there’s no free spot available, ask for discounts. Or maybe even a deal that could help you save more. Hopefully, it’ll be enough to get you out of that financial rut.
We’re pretty sure this guide has covered everything there is to cover in relation to the one-time expenses and monthly costs that you’re likely to incur as a Doberman pinscher’s owner. Please take them seriously, as they’ll determine how comfortable the dog feels while living with you.
We always say a dog doesn’t have to be a financial burden to anyone. With the right type of planning, you can own any breed out there.
Featured Image Credit: DragoNika, Shutterstock
- Bringing Home a New Doberman Pinscher: One-Time Costs
- List of Doberman Pinschers Care Supplies and Costs
- How Much Does a Doberman Pinscher Cost Per Month?
- Total Monthly Cost of Owning a Doberman’s Pinscher
- Additional Costs to Factor in
- Owning a Doberman on a Budget
- Final Thoughts