Border Terriers are Britain’s most pampered pooches, according to a study by Burns Pet Nutrition, which revealed that owners spend lavishly on treats, toys, and clothes over their lifetime.

The average owner splurges approximately £30,000 on their canine companions through their lives.

Border Terrier owners lead the pack, spending over £50,000 on their furry friends’ indulgences throughout their average 12-year lifespan. With an annual expenditure of £4,331 on gifts and goodies, these small but spirited companions enjoy a life of luxury, including £2,679 on food and treats, £1,241 on clothes, and £411 on toys each year.

The Pampered Trio

Following closely behind, Beagles rank second among pampered pooches, with owners spending £3,776 annually, while Jack Russells take third place with an annual expenditure of £3,615. In contrast, West Highland Terriers receive a more frugal treatment, with their owners spending significantly less on toys, clothes, and treats, averaging just under £11,000 over 12 years.

Interestingly, Beagle owners outspend others on behaviour training, dedicating around £923 annually to keep their mischievous companions in check. Additionally, Beagle owners shell out the most on vet bills, dog walkers, day care, and treats, amounting to just under £75,000 over their dog’s lifetime.

Despite the costs, many dog owners view their pets as part of the family, willingly investing in their health, happiness, and well-being. Laura Crotch Harvey, Manager at Burns Pet Nutrition, acknowledges the financial commitment but highlights the immeasurable joy and companionship that dogs bring to their owners’ lives.

While the figures may seem substantial, the love and companionship that dogs provide make every penny worthwhile for their devoted owners. From healthy diets to tasty treats and plenty of playthings, pampered pooches across Britain are living their best lives alongside their adoring human companions.