Have you ever wanted to own an adorable dog that spends its whole life acting like a toddler? That’s the Russell Terrier.
These dogs may seem small, but they are absolutely mighty. They act like they’re far bigger than they are and have all the energy to back it up. They’re like real-life energizer bunnies. They don’t stop.
Owning a Russell Terrier actually costs very little compared to other dogs. They are smaller, so they tend to eat less and require cheaper equipment. However, their energetic nature means that you better put aside a bit of money for furniture and home repair.
If there is any dog that will chew up chair legs, it’s this one.
Overall, you can expect to pay about $600 to $1,500 for a puppy – assuming you purchase it from a quality breeder. This canine’s monthly cost is quite low at around only $80. But you also need to account for all the one-time expenses that come with owning a puppy – like a dog bed and food bowls.
Emergency vet care and furniture repair can be more difficult to budget for. You never know when they’re going to happen or how much they’re going to be.
A more detailed explanation of the costs is below.
Bringing Home a New Russell Terrier: One-Time Costs
Adopting a puppy can cost a lot of money. If you’re purchasing puppies from qualified breeders, you can expect to pay around $1,000 for a Russell Terrier. While this is expensive, you get a lot for your buck.
Breeders often provide their puppies with more care, which can lower your costs in the long-run. It’s a matter of whether your want to pay a bit extra now or potentially much more later.
On top of purchasing the puppy, you also need to purchase supplies for your puppy. Luckily, these tiny dogs need tiny supplies – so you can expect to pay less than you might for other breeds.
Russell Terriers aren’t extremely common in the United States. Therefore, it can prove difficult to find a free puppy.
Most of the time, free puppies are from the more common breeds – like Labrador Retrievers.
Furthermore, you don’t always want a free puppy. While they will save you money upfront, puppies are usually free when they have had little money put into them.
Most free puppies haven’t had their vaccinations or been heavily socialized. If they had been, they likely wouldn’t be free.
These factors can cost you extra money down the road. If you get a free puppy, you should plan on spending more over their first few years.
You can find Russell Terriers occasionally at shelters and rescues across the country. While these dogs aren’t super popular, they aren’t so rare that they’re unfindable.
However, you can’t expect to walk into your local animal shelter and find a Russell Terrier sitting there. Instead, you may have to wait for one to show up. Breed-specific rescues may be your best bet.
While dogs at animal shelters have an unknown past, they do receive care once at the shelter. Most are up to date on their vaccinations and have been seen by the vet.
Russell Terriers are not terribly expensive. In fact, they are one of the cheaper breeds out there. Their small size and low demand play the biggest role in their lower price.
It costs less to breed these small dogs and many people aren’t willing to pay thousands for them – like some other breeds.
Professional breeders are more expensive than finding a puppy at an adoption agency or subpar breeder, such as puppy mills or backyard breeders.
However, you get a lot for your money. These breeders often spend more time socializing your puppy, health testing the parents, and getting the puppies health care. Therefore, you may end up spending less later.
Initial Setup and Supplies
On top of purchasing a puppy, you’ll need to purchase many different supplies. A puppy needs quite a lot when they first come into your home. ID tags, collars, and dog bowls will all be necessary as soon as you adopt your puppy.
We recommend purchasing many of these supplies before you even bring your puppy home. Hauling a new puppy through a pet store and trying to pick out supplies can be stressful and lead to mistakes. Aim to have your home ready before you pick up your new puppy.
List of Russell Terrier Care Supplies and Costs
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How Much Does a Russell Terrier Cost Per Month?
- $81–$764 per month
You can expect to pay thousands of dollars when you bring your puppy home – that’s just the cost associated with a new puppy.
However, you also have to consider the cost of owning your Russell Terrier each month. Just like every dog, they will need food, toys, vet care, and grooming each month. One-by-one these costs are pretty forgettable. They can add up quite quickly, though.
We recommend budgeting for these costs carefully. You don’t want to discover that you can afford preventative health care or purchase the toys your pet needs.
- $66–$134 per month
Health care will take up the large majority of your Russell Terrier’s cost.
On top of paying for vet bills, you’ll also have to consider food, grooming, and potentially pet insurance. It is very difficult to skirt around any of these costs, as they are all essential to your pet’s wellbeing.
- $10–$12 per month
As tiny dogs, the Russel Terrier doesn’t eat very much. You can expect to pay very little for their food each month. Most owners will pay around $11 – assuming they’re purchasing a high-quality food.
While you can save a few dollars a month by purchasing a cheaper food, we do not recommend this in the least. Compromising on food can lead to health problems, such as food allergies. These conditions can cost you more in the long-run.
If you’re going to splurge on anything, make it dog food.
- $0–$10 per month
Russell Terriers don’t need much grooming. Their wiry coat does a good job of taking care of itself. While they do shed, it typically isn’t as bad as other breeds.
There are also quite small, which means that grooming doesn’t take very long. They just don’t have that much hair.
You can easily take care of all your dog’s needs at home. A quick weekly brushing and occasional bath is plenty for a Russell Terrier.
Some owners may decide to take their dog to the groomer a few times a year. This is completely optional. One session will cost around $40. Therefore, if you take your take a maximum of every four months, you can expect to pay about $10 a month.
Medications and Vet Visits
- $25–$65 per month
Russell Terrier puppies don’t need have very high health care costs. Their smaller size allows them to get by with smaller doses of medication – lowering your overall costs.
However, their vet needs will still take up a chunk of your monthly budget.
For the first year, your puppy will need at least three appointments. Puppy vaccinations, exams, and checkups will take up the bulk of these appointments – though some puppies may need dewormed. Your overall costs will be somewhere from $60 to $150 per appointment.
After that, your puppy will only need one visit each year. You can expect this visit to cost more, though – as your dog will need more tests and examinations during this one visit. Usually, the visit can cost from $100 to $250, depending on what needs to be done.
- $31–$47 per month
We highly recommend pet insurance for your Russell Terrier. It is extremely difficult to budget for emergency vet care. You just never know when it is going to happen or how much it will be.
Pet insurance can help remove some of this unknown. Budgeting for pet insurance is easy, after all. It’ll cost the same each month – unlike emergency vet costs that will suddenly leave you with a thousand-dollar bill.
Pet insurance can be expensive for these small dogs, though. They are prone to some health problems, and pet insurance companies know this. Still, it can keep your costs down in the future.
Yoru geographical location plays a huge role in your pet insurance costs.
- $0–$600 per month
Don’t let the upper end of this range scare you off – most people will pay very little to take care of their dog’s environment.
Unlike some species, dogs don’t have a terrarium or cage that needs taken care of. Instead, you only have to worry about repairing damages to your home.
The cost of this comes in two forms: the actual furniture repair and preventative maintenance. As very energetic dogs, the Russell Terrier requires lots of exercise. If you can’t take care of these needs yourself, you may need to hire a dog walker. Otherwise, your dog can decide to make your own fun – and destroy your home in the process.
These costs will likely be highest during their puppy years. Puppies are very prone to chewing on things – leading to higher costs.
- $15–$30 per month
You should expect to pay plenty for this dog’s entertainment costs. Russell Terriers are extremely energetic. They will play with toys constantly – especially when they are puppies.
We recommend purchasing a large set of toys when you first adopt your dog. However, you will need to change these toys out regularly. This cost will run about $15 to $30 per month.
Luckily, these dogs don’t have extremely strong jaws. Therefore, you can’t expect them destroy toys as regularly as some dogs. Instead, their most-loved toys will probably get dirty and dingy before they get broken.
Still, your puppy is bond to break at least one toy a month – which will need replaced. Small toys don’t cost very much, but the costs will add up over time. Plan on replacing toys regularly so that you aren’t surprised when the cost pops up.
Total Monthly Cost of Owning a Russell Terrier
- $81–$764 per month
Russell Terriers are not extremely expensive due to their smaller size.
They will eat less food, require smaller toys, and need lower dosages of medication. These savings can add up fast. They also don’t require any professional grooming, largely eliminating that expense.
Overall, this breed is one of the cheapest you can own.
Their major expenses will come from their huge activity needs. Some people may have to hire a regular dog walker, which can cost up to $400 each month. Their chewing need is extremely strong as well – often leading to them destroying furniture.
Additional Costs to Factor In
We tried to cover most costs in our budget. However, there are some aspects of dog care that are nearly impossible to budget for.
For instance, there is no way to know how much you’ll need to pay in emergency vet bills. You can’t tell when your dog is going to get into an accident or come down with an illness – and you can’t predict how much that may cost.
Furniture repair can be budgeted for somewhat. If you assume it’s going to happen, it’s a happy surprise when it doesn’t!
However, some Russell Terriers can destroy furniture in a way that far exceeds your original budget. There is no way to know your exact costs.
Special behavioral training may be required for some dogs. This can potentially cost thousands. Luckily, most dogs won’t need more than a few group lessons – which we’ve already budgeted for.
Owning a Russell Terrier on a Budget
Russell Terriers are quite cheap when compared to other breeds. In fact, they are one of the most budget-friendly dogs around.
Still, there is a lot you can do to lower your care costs.
The easiest way to bring down bills is to eliminate professional expenses. You can’t avoid the vet – but you can avoid hiring dog walkers and unnecessary grooming expenses.
Dog walkers can get extremely expensive. If you take care of your dog’s own exercise needs, you can potentially save hundreds a month. Short, frequent walks are often the best way to go. These dogs have lots of energy – but their stamina tends to be a bit lower due to their shorter legs. A short walk for us is a lot for them.
Professional grooming is absolutely unnecessary for this breed – as long as you keep up with their weekly brushing routine. Schedule a time to brush your dog each week and stick to it.
Saving Money on Russell Terrier Care
We recommend shopping sales as much as possible.
Your dog doesn’t care if they play with last season’s toy or eat the flavor of food that happened to be on sale. Anytime you purchase something for your dog, be sure to check for on-sale items.
Of course, you shouldn’t choose lower-quality items. Most of the time, lower-quality items will cost you more in the long run. A cheap toy may cost you less now – but it’ll probably break faster than higher-quality options.
If you know you’re bring home a puppy, plan to shop for their supplies for a few months. You may be able to hit a dog bed sale or buy a bunch of puppy food in bulk.
Russell Terriers are not a very expensive dog.
You can purchase a puppy from a breeder for around $600 to $1,500 – much cheaper than most other purebreds.
Their monthly costs are very low as well. Due to their small size, they don’t eat very much. They also require smaller supplies – including toys, beds, and crates. All of these savings add up over time, making this one of the cheapest breeds you can own.
Plus, these dogs don’t need any professional grooming; you can take care of their needs at home. They also need lower dosages of medication, further lowering their monthly cost.
Of course, their activity needs can punch a hole in your budget if you aren’t careful. Hiring a dog walker and repairing damaged furniture can cost a lot.
Luckily, there are some preventative steps you can take to avoid these substantial costs. Walk your puppy yourself and crate train them to avoid damaged furniture. Puppy classes can also help and have been budgeted for above.
Overall, the Russell Terrier is a great dog for those on a budget – as long as you can take care of their activity needs. If a dog walker is necessary, your costs will increase substantially.
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- Bringing Home a New Russell Terrier: One-Time Costs
- Initial Setup and Supplies
- How Much Does a Russell Terrier Cost Per Month?
- Total Monthly Cost of Owning a Russell Terrier
- Additional Costs to Factor In
- Owning a Russell Terrier on a Budget