***If you don’t care about my dog that’s fine. But you MUST scroll down to the bottom of this post and respond to my question about a dress that is breaking the internet. This debate could very well destroy my marriage.***
As many of you probably know, we got our dog Nova, about a year and a half ago. Nova is a Hungarian Vizlsa (Vee-Shluh) and pretty much the best dog in the whole world. She came from a breeder out of Montana, and we picked her out (from her seven siblings) when she was six weeks old (we didn’t bring her home until she was 8 weeks however).
If you are like 99% of people out there who don’t know what a Vizsla is, allow me to inform you:
- Vizslas self-clean. Like a cat.
- They are an odor free dog. No dog smell.
- They produce no natural body oil, so no greasy hands after petting.
- They are completely brown (eyes, nose, paws, belly, toenails).
- They are a “pointing” dog, bread to hunt birds.
- They have insane stamina and are considered extremely high energy.
- Their average adult weight is between 45lbs and 60lbs.
- They are extremely trainable (goes with the hunting breed).
- Rub em down with a dry towel weekly and they are clean as a whistle. They only need to be bathed once a quarter.
- They cost between $1,000 and $1,800 as a pup.
- They are super sensitive. You yell, they cower in fear.
- They are known as the Velcro Vizsla because they attach to you like glue.
We paid $1,000 for Nova and couldn’t be more in love with her.
We will never own any other breed. And I’m not just saying that to be dramatic. We’re totally convinced Vizslas are the best kept doggy secret.
How much does a dog cost after the purchase?
Being new puppy parents, Girl Ninja and I had a lot of learning to do and Nova had a lot of vet appointments to attend.
As soon as you get your pup you should schedule a vet visit. The vet will check the overall health of the dog and probably give them some shots. This will happen every couple months for the first year of their life. Kind of like a baby, puppies have a weak immune system.
Our vet charges $50 for each visit, plus the cost of any medications/supplements/etc provided.
Thankfully, Nova has only been to the vet for routine appointments. We had her spayed at about 6 months old which cost us $437. That was definitely the most painful of the vet bills, but they took good care of her.
With all the shots and vaccinations young dogs require, we’ve spent a total of $950 on veterinary visits (this includes the $437 spay) over the course of her life.
Since we did not have a dog before getting Nova, we had a handful of purchases to make prior to getting her. A leash, collar, kennel, dog bed, some toys, doggy shampoo, dog food, etc.
We buy her a good quality, grain-free, dog food called Taste of The Wild off Amazon. It is the only food she’s ever been fed outside of the occasional treat, and she seems to do great with it. It’s a little pricey at $45 a bag, but it’s a heck of a lot better than that Purina crap. A 30lb bag lasts us about 6 weeks.
Nova’s costs break down as follows:
– Purchase price: $1,000
– Flight to get her from Montana to Seattle: $250
– Vet bills, including spay: $950
– Food, toys, supplies: $500
– Total cost in first 16 months of life: $2,700.
If you are thinking about getting a puppy, your costs will likely be pretty close to ours. We don’t spoil her rotten by any means, but when it comes to her health we make sure she’s provided for. If you’re not willing to buy a quality dog food, or make all your vet appointments, I’m not sure you should get a dog.
Similarly, if you don’t have $1,500 to spend for all of these things, I’m not sure you should get a dog.
Things should taper off a good bit from this point forward, and I expect her annual cost to us to run about $500/year between shots, vaccines, and dog food.
We love her to death and she’s seriously been the sweetest dog to Baby Ninja. He tugs on her big floppy ears. Rolls around on the ground with her. And has even taken a dog toy right out of her mouth. She totally gets that he is fragile and when she is around him she treads very carefully.
We were a little concerned that her energy might be an issue and that she would bulldoze him, but that’s not how it is at all. While there is no denying she is a fireball with endless energy, she knows that outside is the place to get that energy out. When she’s indoors she is pretty much just following us around or sleeping.
She’s the best.
And now is the time where I get to show her off to you…
First time meeting her…
Her first time meeting Baby Ninja…
Looking like they expect me to entertain them…
She stood like this for five minutes…no joke…
Getting out her energy…
She loves to do tricks…
But hates her doggy conditioner…
p.s. People that think I’m terrible for buying a dog from a breeder instead of a shelter; save your breath. I don’t really feel like I need to justify why I wanted a dog from a breeder. Much like I don’t feel a need to justify my love of meat to vegetarians. To each their own.
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This dress is causing a tizzy all over the Internet. When you look at it do you see a white and gold dress, or a black and blue one? I see the former, Girl Ninja sees the latter. It blows my mind.