From routine vaccinations and flea control, to serious treatment for diseases and injuries, medical expenses remain one of the costliest aspects of owning a dog. While some breeds usually have a clean bill of health, others - the golden retriever and rottweiler - are susceptible to health problems, making it important for new dog owners to be aware of these potential costs.
Therefore, analysts at Petbreeds, a pet research site powered by Graphiq, worked with Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the largest pet insurance provider in the nation, to find the breeds that rack up the most in medical costs per year. To create this list, researchers looked at breeds with at least 2,000 policies with VPI, and found the 10 dogs with the largest amount in injury and illness claims, on average, from 2011 to 2013.
The list is ranked in ascending order according to what dog owners of each breed pay on average in veterinary costs per year.
Note: These numbers are averages; depending on the health of any one dog, costs can vary. The data only accounts for injury and illness, and normal veterinary care -- dental cleaning and general wellness exams - are not included in average costs.