So, you’re wondering about the costs to own a corgi.
In this article, you’ll find out:
- Average monthly corgi expenses
- What you should expect to pay annually
- One-time expenses
- Ways to save money on your corgi costs
- And more
By the end of this page, you’ll have an estimate of what you should expect to pay.
Sound good? Let’s save you some cash.
Last updated: 3/7/20.
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The average costs of corgi ownership
Corgis didn’t have this degree of popularity in the past. Media coverage of the Queen’s corgis has skyrocketed them up the dog breed popularity charts and now they’re one of the hottest dogs in the US.
Their fame has also been acknolwdged worldwide, including the Phillipipnes, Australia, and even China.
Corgis aren’t necessarily more expensive to breed compared to any other “cheaper” dog breed. It’s just that demand is high and supply isn’t keeping up.
Thus, breeders can charge more per dog because they know their corgi will sell no problem.
If you’re considering adopting or buying a corgi, it’s critical to note the overall average cost of owning one.
So let’s cover that.
How much do corgis usually cost?
The cost of the actual dog varies depending on the state where you live.
However, for an AKC registered puppy, you should expect to spend anywhere from $800-$2000 per pup.
This varies on the dog’s marking, show quality, age, championship pedigree, etc.
You can see this article for a breakdown on average corgi prices.
How much would it cost to take care of a corgi’s health?
To ensure proper corgi health, you should get insurance for your dog.
This will bring down the bill for unexpected expenses and worthy of your consideration.
Vet checkups can range you up to $100 per visit.
And then you’ll have to pay even more for vet bills if you have no insurance. Not to mention medications.
How much a month should I budget for a corgi?
This depends on how much you want to spoil your dog.
Do you just want to cover the necessities? Expect to spend $100-300 per month.
You can definitely be savvy and save money, so don’t let the numbers scare you off.
This is how much it’ll cost monthly to own your corgi, on average.
Here are some tips to save money on your corgi expenses:
- Buy dog food in bulk
- Use airtight containers to prevent food spoilage
- Buy dog toys made to be durable
- Stick to the basics for exercise (fetch, tug of war, etc.)
- Use a bottlecap for a clicker
- Buy generic medications
- Order treats in bulk
- Use monthly delivery services to save a small percentage on cost
- Use cash back programs or credit cards
- Buy supplies only when on sale
- Feed leftovers (only when safe)
- Find freebies online
- Use functional bedding (easily washed)
- Look for bet discounts
- Sign up for free dog training courses
- Buy online
- Use measuing cups to scoop accurate food amounts
- Make your own dog food
The key takeaway
Buy FUNCTION, not FORM (how useful and practical the things you buy are much more stressed over how the things LOOK.
- That cute dog bed that has flowers and a matching design to your home from a luxury brand? That’s nice. But how does it do in the dryer? Not to mention the work required to spot clean. Don’t buy.
- The ugly dog bed that has nothing to show but easily zippers apart for a wash and easy to clean? That’ll save you time and it actually works. Buy it.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to save your cash.
Overall expenses of a corgi
Here we’ll cover all the NECESSITIES of corgi ownership.
Depending on the owner, some may spoil their dog and buy more than is needed. Other budget-minded owners may opt for cheaper or generic brands and avoid unnecessary purchases.
This breakdown covers the monthly and annual expense you should expect to spend on a corgi overall.
The overall expenses you’ll spend on average range from $100-300 per month depending on how much you want to spoil your corgi.
Just like ownership of any other living creature, you can scrape by with the bare necessities and generic, cheap brands.
Or you can go all out and spoil your dog with unnecessary purchases from luxury brands. The choice is yours.
Of course, practically and budget both come into play.
There are some basic things you’ll want to buy for your corgi that require a monthly expense:
- Dog food
- Purified water
- Chew toys
- Medications (flea, tick, etc.)
- Grooming session (professional)
- Dog shampoo
- Dog supplements
These are ongoing expenses that are common with corgis.
So you can expect to pay for most or all of them monthly.
Remember that there’s wiggle room in quality. If you buy cheap dog treats (not divisible), you’ll only spend $8/mo or so for a bulk pack that’ll last you 30 days.
But if you opt for high quality, natural, puzzle toy stuffers and whatnot, you’ll be spending $50/mo.
As you can see, the price range is HUGE and varies.
Apply this to all the items on the list and you’ll see why it’s hard to have hard numbers. It ranges per dog, per owner, and per budget.
There are also some annual costs that you’ll have to spend for corgi ownership.
These are things that you’ll spend on your dog only once a year. This does NOT include the monthly expenses above.
- DHPP vaccination (every 1-2 years)
- Vet checkup
- License renewals
Vaccinations can be done by yourself using generics shipped to your home. These only cost about $6 per shot compared to the $20+ you’ll be spending at the vet or animal shelter.
A checkup also may be covered by your pet insurance.
Licensing fees depends on state.
Here are some other expenses that are not necessary for all corgi owners, but many still pay for
- Dog sitters/walkers
- Travel expenses
- Cleaning fees
- Vet fees
- Medication fees
- Dog food delivery services
- Optional vaccinations
- New or replacement of crates, beds, chew toys, leashes, etc.
Of course, you can definitely save cash by not partaking in some of these corgi expenses.
Depending on your dog’s situation, health, and activity, not all of these may apply to your pet.
And a lot of them can be purchased cheaply.
Here are some expenses you’ll be paying for only once:
- Spay/neutering (necessary)
- Basic dog supplies (bowls, crate, grooming tools, nail clippers, etc.)
- The cost of the corgi or adoption fee.
As you can see, the expenses are all over the place.
You can always go cheap, but that varies depending on how much you have available and how much you value your dog.
Everyone’s situation is different and no two owners should be compared to each other.
Some additional resources you may find useful from real corgi owners:
- How much does it cost monthly to own your Corgi, on average – Reddit
- What’s the average cost per year of raising a Corgi? – MyCorgi
- 50 Ways to Save Money on Dog Expenses – Chasing Dog Tales
The cost to own a corgi
Did you get a better understanding of how much it’ll cost you to own a corgi?
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Thanks for reading.
Roy has owned 14 dog breeds, with corgis being his absolute favorite. He’s a self proclaimed “corgi whisperer,” whatever that means. He enjoys hiking, videogames, binging on shows, and writing (that’s why he’s here).