Having a fur buddy for oneself is one of the greatest joys for pet owners. But when it comes to buying or adopting a dog breed, you have to plan so much in advance.
Along with other adjustments, you would also want to consider planning for the finance part, before adding them to your life.
The price of the breed is one thing, but the cost and expenses of raising a dog are even more important, and it depends on the kind of breed you want to pet and raise for yourself.
If you’re planning to buy a Pitbull, there are so many financial aspects you have to keep in mind, and proper planning helps you remove potential roadblocks on the way to enjoying moments with your pooch.
In today’s article, I have prepared an estimated cost roadmap for you to have a better understanding and analysis as to how much it would cost to buy and raise a Pitbull in India.
Origin and History
Pitbull or The American Pitbull Terrier is a medium-sized, intelligent, short-haired of a solid build whose early ancestors came from the British Isles.
Until the mid 19th Century, Old English Terriers and Old English Bulldogs were bred to produce a dog that combined the gameness of the terrier with the strength and athleticism of the bulldog.
It was initially bred to bait bulls, but later owners started using them as farm pets.
As time passed, they became more social and gentle due to higher interactions with humans.
When raised with compassion, they will show the same kind of love and affection towards their owners.
This breed needs proper training and early socialization, so if you’re willing to invest that much time, then this could prove to be an ideal breed for you.
Temperament and Appearance
A Pitbull is described to be a medium-sized, short-haired dog breed with a well-defined muscular structured body.
It has a thin and short coat that is glossy and smooth to the touch.
The tail of a Pitbull is slightly thick and tapering to a point.
Pitbulls are very strong and intelligent and can make excellent family companions.
They also have been noted for their love for small children.
They are always eager to please their owners and often brim with a lot of enthusiasm.
However, this breed needs a well-experienced owner as it can turn aggressive and ferocious if not trained properly.
How much does a Pitbull puppy cost in India?
In India, the average cost of a Pitbull puppy ranges between ₹25,000 and ₹30,000.
However, depending on the quality of the puppy, and its superior lineage, the price can even go up to ₹1,00,000.
Where do I find a Pitbull puppy for sale?
Every marketplace or location has a different kind of quality when it comes to buying a dog breed.
Having a proper source is very important to get the best quality puppy for yourself.
Now let’s have a look at the kind of places or sources through which you would want to buy or adopt a Pitbull puppy.
1. Puppy Mills
Puppy Mills aren’t considered the right place to buy a puppy.
These are places where dogs are bred just with the motive of earning as much profit as possible.
The quality of the puppies bought from puppy mills isn’t great enough because of the conditions they’re bred into.
You can easily get a Pitbull puppy for a price as low as ₹10,000 here.
But most of the time, they might end up having health and behavioral issues.
So I would highly recommend you to not opt for this source for buying a puppy for yourself.
2. Pet shops
Pet shops act as middlemen when it comes to buying puppies.
They don’t actually breed the dogs themselves.
They either buy them from pet mills or breeders, but you can never be 100% sure about the quality of the puppy.
As spoken earlier, pet mills aren’t the ideal choice, and when it comes to breeders, you do not get to know the exact details of them.
They can be experienced as well as local ones.
You can get a Pitbull puppy for around ₹18,000 to ₹22,000; which also depends upon the location of the shop.
So, make sure you buy your puppy from a trusted pet shop to avoid unnecessary problems.
Breeding is not considered to be a very profitable business in India.
So, one might breed a dog either because they want to have a puppy or they are very passionate about what they’re doing.
Also, they take very good care of the parents as well as the puppies.
Breeders are the best way to get a good and high-quality Pitbull puppy for yourself.
You would also get all the necessary and accurate first-hand information about the puppy from the breeder.
If you’re planning to buy a Pitbull puppy from a breeder, it will cost you around ₹25,000 to ₹30,000.
Monthly Expenses of a Pitbull
Now that we know about the different prices at which you can have a Pitbull puppy, let’s look at the cost of monthly expenses you would have to incur to raise a good and healthy fur buddy for yourself.
1. Cost of Welcoming Supplies
As you welcome your fur buddy home, you would want to start with some cool and useful welcome gifts.
These expenses are to be incurred before your Pitbull puppy takes its first steps inside your house.
This stuff includes bowls, toys, bedding, collar, bathing essentials, etc. Nothing is too much when it comes to treating your dog with the best of things.
Below is the average cost of supplies and essentials to consider for your pooch. You can always opt for other things as per your lifestyle and preferences.
- Food and water bowl — ₹500 to ₹700
- Dog Bed — ₹1,000 to ₹2,000
- Dog crate — ₹1500 to ₹4000
- Dog collar — ₹500
- Leash — ₹700 to ₹1,000
- Toys — ₹1,000
- Poop Scooper — ₹500
- Poop bag (130 – 180 bags) — ₹300 to ₹500
- Dog Cleansing and hygiene kit — ₹1,500 to ₹1,700
- Dog Brush — ₹500 to ₹700
- Dog ID tag — ₹500 to ₹1,000
Some of these items could be a one-time purchase, while other things have to be bought often.
On average, the cost might go up to ₹10,000 at the initial stage of raising a Pitbull.
Also, repurchasing items like dog food, cleaning, and hygiene products would cost you around ₹5,000 to ₹6,000; depending on the kind of lifestyle you would want to maintain for your fur buddy.
2. Feeding Cost of a Pitbull
They are very active dog breeds and hence they require a good and healthy proportion of food daily.
They also need proper training time, which in turn requires them to be fed appropriately.
There are a lot of dog food brands available in the market. You can make your choice as per your lifestyle and preferences.
The average cost of feeding a medium-sized Pitbull goes around ₹2,500 to ₹3,000 per month.
However, this may depend on the type of food you would want to give your dog.
The main ingredients of medium-quality dog food are grains and by-products.
Both of them are rich in nutritional value but aren’t that great when it comes to real meat.
On the other hand, if you’re planning to opt for high-quality dog food for your pooch, it will cost up to ₹4,000 per month or even more, depending on the brand you wish to continue with.
These options are rich in protein and nutrients as they are made of fresh meat.
Also, there are a lot of cheap dog food brands available in the market, but they aren’t dedicated to the good health of your dog.
Make sure you check and use the right food intake, as per the needs of your Pitbull.
Adding on to this, you would also want to consider rewarding your dog with delicious and healthy treats.
There is no hard and fast rule for the number of treats you should provide your dog with, so it’s up to you to decide.
It will cost you around ₹500 to ₹600 per month to get good treats for your Pitbull.
3. Grooming Cost of a Pitbull
It is always considered a good habit to keep your dog tidy and groomed up at regular intervals.
Depending on the size of your Pitbull and the length of its hair, the average cost of professional grooming services would run anywhere between ₹2,000 to ₹2,500 per month.
The kind of lifestyle you prefer also affects this cost.
However, if you wish to do some research and plan to groom your dog by yourself, it will not cost you more than ₹500 per month.
There are a lot of good-quality grooming products available in the market.
It would prove to be a very nice cut-off on the monthly expenses.
I highly recommend you groom your dog at home as it would help you bond well with your pup.
4. Vet and Vaccination Cost
Most of the time, Pitbull puppies are already vaccinated before they are kept for sale.
However, you must take utmost care and keep a check on all the vaccines that are supposed to be administered to your puppy.
Pitbull puppies are a bit weak and need to be provided with extra medical attention to avoid infections and other health ailments.
You will have to schedule monthly vet appointments for regular checkups and dewormings of your dog.
The first-year vet and vaccination costs for your Pitbull can shoot up to ₹6,000.
These are just initial estimations and will eventually get reduced as time passes.
As your Pitbull becomes an adult, its immunity will get stronger and better.
But you would still have to take them for regular checkups.
In a later phase, the cost will come down to around ₹2,500 per year.
5. Neutering/Spaying Cost
If you’re a pet parent, and you do not have any plans on breeding your Pitbull, it is generally advisable to neuter or spay them.
There are various pet hospitals and clinics that will give you the right guidance and assistance, in case you’re a first-time pet parent.
The overall cost of the surgery might cost you around ₹8,000 or even more, which depends on the place you choose to carry out the procedure.
Along with that, you would have to spend approx ₹1,000 to ₹1,500 for the medicines and aftercare of your Pitbull.
Pitbulls can make good pets if they are taken good care of and trained properly.
Buying and raising them won’t be a hassle if you do your research well in advance.
Preparing for their expenses is one of them, and it differs as per your lifestyle and choices.
I hope you found this article useful enough to plan your activities preferably and systematically.