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The actual dog isn't expensive (you can get one for free at your local animal shelter). Rather, most of the expense will be buying dog . Ask your vet to recommend a brand.
Vet? What vet? The vet that you're going to take your dog to as soon as you get home from the shelter or breeder, Sherlock. Proper veterinary care is non-negotiable. Things like check-ups, shots, neutering or spaying, flea and tick control, and dental care will keep your dog in good running condition and win you a place in Good Dog Owner Heaven. Once a year is all it takes, assuming your pup isn't playing in the street or smoking a pack a day. But it's still an expense, and you should always have a little backup cash handy in case the dog accidentally swallows your eyelash curler.
Other doggie accoutrements that you'll need to purchase include (for starters):
Big, sturdy, stable, unbreakable dish and water dish
Comfortable, strong collar or harness and matching
Current ID tag with address and phone number (really important!)
Solid, roomy crate for transport (many also use them as a safe sleeping place in the )
Warm, dry, wind-and-waterproof doghouse (but your dear little pup will be an indoor dog, we hope)
Little knitted doggie sweaters are optional in cooler climates.
Once you've determined the right breed for your lifestyle, one possibility is to go through a breeder. You can find breeders by looking in the classified ads in your newspaper (the prices are usually pretty steep, ranging from $100 to $3000, depending on the breed and the quality of the puppies). Alternatively, you can call the American Club. The breeder reference person will put you in touch with reputable breeders in your area. Then call several breeders and talk with them; they're a valuable source of information about the breed you've chosen.
Breeders are a good route because you'll get someone who knows all about your breed of dog, so if you have any questions, you'll have a new friend to ask. Also, breeders generally take very good care of their . So good, in fact, that they'll usually interview the prospective buyer to make sure that the dog is going to a loving home. The drawback about using a breeder is the price - you can get a puppy for free at a shelter. But if you're looking for a pretty puppy that you might eventually want to breed or take to dog shows, using a breeder is the way to go.