We’ve given them the title of Man’s Best Friend because they protect us and love us unconditionally; and in return, we treat them like family. If you’ve ever owned a dog, you know how much fun and rewarding they can be, but you also know they come with a price…literally. Whether you already have a dog, or are contemplating adding one to your family, here are some of the expenses involved with dog ownership and some ways to cut those costs. INITIAL COSTS If you have your heart set on a purebred dog, expect to pay a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, depending on the breed. Consider getting your dog from a reputable breeder rather than a pet shop. Of course, there’s no guarantee, but breeders tend to provide better care and therefore have healthier animals; and that means lower veterinary bills for you. Better yet, save money and save a life by forgoing a purebred. Take a trip over to your local animal shelter, where you can probably find your new best friend in exchange for a donation of under $100. Or, peruse your local classifieds or craigslist; you may end up scoring a “free to good home” offer that comes complete with some food and supplies.