15+ Monthly Expenses of Owning a Poodle

Written by Dr. Marcelle Landestoy, DVM


Becoming a pet parent is a serious decision, and choosing the right pet for yourself is essential.

The poodle is a very intelligent dog breed, quickly trained and eager to please.

Owning any pet can be a costly proposition, but how expensive is owning a poodle?

It may be expensive to own a poodle since they have more costs due to their initial purchase price, inclination to allergies and itchy skin, and grooming needs. This breed is high-maintenance in health, grooming requirements, and ongoing care, so expect to spend around $425 a month.

Read on to learn about their food and supplement needs, vet and dental care, and other monthly costs.

From puppyhood to senior poodles, caring for your pet will be an investment that pays big, furry dividends.

Food and Supplements

Proper nutrition is essential for all pets, but poodles need food that keeps their fur healthy and shiny with high-quality ingredients to ensure overall vibrance.

Choosing a dog food for your pet can feel daunting with the many selections available.


Still, the following information will help you find the right one for your poodle dog.

Another consideration is whether your pet needs supplements and special treats. We will address those, too.

  • Wet food is generally higher in fat and calories. This type of food is suitable for poodles who have trouble chewing or experience teething pain. It comes in a can, so be sure to use all the food once you open the can or place the leftovers in the refrigerator to prevent spoiling.
  • Dry kibble comes in a bag and can be an excellent choice for your poodle. Chewing the hard kibble is good for teeth cleaning and jaw development. Dry kibble should have protein as the first ingredient and be formulated for the proper life stage. Keep the kibble stored in an airtight container.
  • Homemade food is a popular choice. A poodle cannot simply consume prepared human food because it contains too much sodium and calories. If you wish to feed your pet human food with no added ingredients, discuss this with your veterinarian to ensure adequate proportions of each food group. One advantage of homemade food is that you can mix cooked and raw foods for the best nutrition content.
  • Specialty food focuses on healthy fats like Omega 3 and 6, DHA for brain and eye development, and other specific nutrients in an unprocessed form. This type of food delivers gently-cooked food that offers easy digestion and balanced nutrition.

Most poodle pets won’t need a vitamin supplement when they consume a healthy diet of food formulated for their growth needs, but this can be a personal choice you make.


Because your poodle puppy is the delight of your life, you want to feed them the best food for development and growth.

Here are some recommendations to help you select the best food and supplements for their age.

Puppy food has undergone vital research to meet your pet’s needs.

Growing puppies will need extra calories to meet the fast growth they are experiencing, including additional calcium, protein, and carbohydrates.

ItemRangeAverage Monthly Cost
Wet FoodApproximately one monthExpect to spend between $75-100
Dry Kibble (grain-free and high protein)Approximately one monthExpect to spend between $45-55
Homemade Approximately one monthBased on the combination from Balance It of cooked chicken, rice, olive oil, frozen mixed vegetables, expect to spend between $92-125
SpecialtyApproximately one monthExpect to spend between $150-200
Puppy AgeFood TypeHow Often per Day
Up to 3 monthsYour choice of wet, dry, homemade, or specialtyAlways available. When feeding homemade or specialty food, aim for one ounce per pound in body weight.
3-12 monthsYour choice of wet, dry, homemade, or specialtyFeed one cup of food 2-3 times per day at regular intervals


Feeding your adult poodle high-quality food will ensure they continue to thrive and maintain good health.

Supplements are unnecessary when you feed your pet correctly, exercise regularly, and always provide fresh water.

Some poodles struggle with allergies, while others are picky eaters.

If your poodle has allergies, your veterinarian will recommend an elimination diet to find out the issue.

They might also prescribe steroids and antihistamines for itching until the allergy source has resolved.

For picky eaters, you can try adding warm bone broth or fish oil to their food.

Check the feeding bowl to ensure it’s the proper depth and size for easy access to their food.

ItemRangeAverage Monthly Cost
Dry kibble, wet food, specialty or homemadeTwice per day at regular intervals, 1 oz. per pound of body weight divided into two feedingsApproximately $50-100


Senior poodles have different requirements for their aging bodies.

Along with regular exercise and plenty of water, a senior poodle will need a lower calorie food to accommodate for less activity.

Older poodles can have trouble with diabetes, liver disease, or kidney failure, which are issues your veterinarian will check for at the annual exam.

ItemRangeAverage Monthly Cost
High fiber, low-fat foodTwice per day, 1oz per pound of body weight$50-100

Grooming and Hygiene

Poodles of any age need regular grooming to keep their fur healthy and unmatted.

Unlike other dog breeds, the poodle’s hair will continue to grow without ongoing grooming, making them look unkempt and shaggy.

Hygiene for poodles of all ages is also essential. Their eyes need to be cleaned of the weepy goo that settles in the corners.

Their floppy ears also require regular cleaning to prevent ear infections common in this breed.

If you choose to groom your poodle yourself, you must purchase the following tools:

  • Grooming shears 
  • Nail trimmers 
  • A slicker brush 
  • Stainless steel comb 
  • Conditioning spray 
  • Ear cleaner 
  • Eye cleaning wipes.



Bathing your dog once per week with dog shampoo to keep their fur clean and shiny.

If you don’t have the facilities at home to bathe your pet, many cities have a dog bath location where you can wash, dry, and comb them for a monthly fee.

You can also schedule a weekly appointment with the groomer for a wash and dry.

Nail Trimming

Nail trimming for your poodle keeps their claws dull and less likely to scratch you, the floors, and the furniture.

Clipping your pet’s nails is essential to keep them from growing too long.

You can purchase an automatic nail clipper online, or your groomer can ensure the nails are trimmed at each visit.

Hair Care and Trimming

Left untrimmed, your poodle’s hair will grow and grow into a matted mess.

This creates a situation where dead skin cells and dirt will get below the hair to stay on their skin, creating an unhealthy state that you cannot see.

Poodles need regular brushing and hair trimming to keep their coats in the best condition. 

Below are the monthly grooming costs for puppies, adults, and seniors.


ItemRangeAverage Monthly Cost
BathingOnce per weekPuppy-formulated shampoo and conditioner $30
GroomingDaily brushing to keep hair free of matsBrush $10-15 once 


ItemRangeAverage Monthly Cost
Bath and Grooming (includes nail trim, ear and eye cleaning)Every 4-6 weeks$50-80 depending on your location
Groom at homeEvery 4-6 weeksAll supplies for initial grooming investment $100-125
Once per month shampoo, conditioner, eye wipes, and ear cleaner $50
Ear CleaningOnce per week$30


ItemRangeAverage Monthly Cost
Bath and Grooming (includes nail trim and eye cleaning)Every 4-6 weeks$50-80.00 depending on your location
Groom at homeEvery 4-6 weeksAll supplies for grooming initial investment $100-125
Once per month shampoo, conditioner, eye wipes, and ear cleaner $50

Dental Care

Poodles are prone to dental problems, so you will want to plan dental care for your pet starting at two months old.

To prevent the start of gum disease and tartar buildup, discuss dental care with your veterinarian at the first puppy appointment, so you know what to expect.

ItemRangeAverage Monthly Cost
Dental CarePuppy: Toothbrush and toothpaste$12-15
Adult and Senior toothbrush and toothpaste$10-13
Veterinarian Dental CareOnce per year$500

Special Care

Some pet parents feel better when giving their poodles supplements for joints, hair, and digestion.

There might also be times when your poodle will need veterinarian-prescribed cortisone cream for itchy spots and any other issues that arise and need medicine (which you should discuss with your veterinarian).

ItemRangeAverage Monthly Cost
VitaminsOnce per day Glucosamine$10-20
Once per day Fish Oil$25
Once per day Antioxidants$25
Once per day Probiotics$30

Veterinary Care

Regular veterinary care for your poodle is crucial to maintaining good health and preventing disease.

An annual health evaluation is necessary to keep your poodle feeling and looking well.

Your veterinarian knows what to look for in this breed, so you can implement practices that encourage the best outcome for a long, happy dog life.

Checkups and Vaccines

Taking your pet to the vet regularly will maintain their overall health.

As they get older, your poodle will need regular checkups to prevent the onset of illnesses that some poodles are more susceptible to.


ItemRangeAverage Monthly Cost
Annual vaccinationsOnce per year$10
Veterinary Care-annualOnce per year from 4 weeks to 12 months
Veterinarian will look for: Heartworms, parasites, ear infections, eye care, skin infections, and joint problems
Veterinarian will administer: vaccinations, heartworm, and a parasite check


Item RangeAverage Monthly Cost
Veterinary Care-annualOnce per year from 4 weeks to 12 months
Veterinarian will look for: Heartworms, parasites, ear infection, eye care, skin infections, joint problems
Veterinarian will administer: vaccinations, heartworm and parasite check 
Veterinarian will assess for: back problems, cancer, blood issues, eye problems, diabetes, heart disease, skin infections, and kidney disease. 


Item RangeAverage Monthly Cost
Veterinary Care-annualOnce per year from 10 years+
Veterinarian will look for: Heartworms, parasites, ear infections, eye care, skin infections, joint problems. 
Changes in behavior or physical body
Veterinarian will administer: vaccinations, heartworm, and parasite check 


Getting insurance for your pet poodle will keep your mind at ease, especially as they get older.

Since some poodles can be susceptible to certain conditions as they age, it’s vital to mitigate the sudden shock of a high vet bill by getting the correct insurance.

Doing so will allow you to feel better prepared should something happen.

ItemRangeAverage Monthly Cost
Embrace Poodle InsuranceExceptional Coverage includes: no network requirements, your pet can see any veterinarian, specialist, or emergency service
Covers any illness or injury, prosthetic limbs, dental injury
Ages: 6 weeks – 14 years
ASPCA Poodle InsuranceAffordable Coverage for special conditions, injuries
Tailored plans to specific needs

Pet Supplies

Of course, when you have a pet, you want to give them the best of everything.

There are many items your poodle will need, from a collar to chew toys.

These items change from puppyhood to the later life of your poodle.


ItemRangeAverage Monthly Cost
Dog BedThere is a wide variety of dog beds for your poodle, including round, oval, rectangular, or square. Dog beds also have a memory foam base and soft, fluffy fabric on top for the best comfort.$20-100

Food and water bowls
Chew toys, fetch toys, balls, kong food holders, stuffed animals, etc.
Your poodle will need a shallow food bowl and a deep water bowl.

$10-25 one-time cost
Leash and collarSome pet parents want an elaborate collar and leash for their poodle, while others want a standard leash and collar.$15-40 depending on customization
Walking harnessA harness can keep your poodle from pulling and makes walking together more comfortable and safe.$10-40
Crate Some poodle parents want their pet to sleep in the crate at night, while others do not.$50-100
Poop bags To collect their droppings for trash$15 for 360 bags, enough for a year


ItemRangeAverage Monthly Cost
Monthly goodie boxThis includes toys, lick mats, and other items to engage your poodle.$30
Smart Love PuppyThis mimics the sound of the mother dog’s heartbeat in a furry dog for comforting puppies who are having separation anxiety.$36-50
Pooper scooperA mechanism to allow you to scoop up the poop if you don’t wish to use bags.$25
Smart Dog toysThese toys will throw out treats in a random pattern.$10-15
Pet CameraTo let you watch your poodle when you’re not home.$50-150

Additional Costs

Some additional costs may not occur each month but do factor into the cost of owning a poodle.

These extra costs might include a dog walker, trainer, and doggy daycare. These options are entirely subject to your pet’s needs and your preferences.

While they may not be vital, investing in daycare might be a good idea if you are working all day and leaving your pet on their own.  

Dog Walker

In general, a dog walker costs approximately $20 per visit.

You may not need a dog walker every day, especially if you don’t work on weekends, but having one during the week might be a lifesaver.

You can find a dog walker online or through local recommendations. 

Daycare or Dog Sitting


A full day of dog daycare ranges from $12-38, while dog sitting in your home costs between $10-25.00 per hour.

Again, you may not think this is necessary, but if you work a full-time job and leave your poodle in the house on their own all day, this might be an option. 

Dog Hotel

Boarding at a dog hotel averages $30-50.00 per day. This might not be something you would consider on a daily basis.

Still, when you’re going on holiday, or you have a work conference, it might just be a lifesaver.

Remember to research the dog hotel to ensure their services work for your poodle.


Dog training averages $50.00 per class. Again, this is an entirely subjective expense, and if your poodle is perfectly well-behaved, you may not need it.

However, a dog trainer might be necessary if your pet tends to run away when let off the leash or just refuses to listen to you.


The cost to microchip your dog is $25-60.00. In many states, this is a legal requirement.

However, if it is not a legal requirement in your state, it’s still something you should consider.

If your poodle goes missing, the microchip might be the difference between finding them and never seeing them again.

Talk to your vet about options for microchipping your poodle.

Monthly Budget of Owning a Poodle

This chart will summarize the monthly expense of owning a poodle dog as a pet. 

ItemRangeAverage Monthly Cost
FoodApproximately one monthExpect to spend around $125
Grooming and HygieneApproximately one monthExpect to spend around $60
Dental CareApproximately one month with once per year dental cleaningExpect to spend around $43
Special Care/VitaminsApproximately one monthExpect to spend between $50
Veterinary Care and VaccinationsOnce per year$10
Pet InsuranceOnce per month$35
Pet Supplies and ToysOnce per month$52
Additional Costs: dog sitting, dog hotel, dog walker, training, microchipOnce or more per month$50


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Read my post on THE MOST COMMON AILMENTS OF POODLES so you can plan in case your pup is affected by any of these.

Veterinary Hospital Director at UCE
Dr. Marcelle is a general veterinarian with a Small Animal Medicine Specialty | Director of the UCE School of Veterinary Medicine | Certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society

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