Raising an NYC Dog More Expensive than Raising a Child

No wonder he's smarter than your honor student

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Baby boy with his friend, white swiss shepherd dog.     Photo: Shutterstock/aramidala76

Raising a dog in New York City is more expensive than the average cost of raising a child in the U.S., according to Bloomberg reporter James Tarmy.

The USDA's annual Cost of Raising a Child report estimates that it costs a middle-class, two-parent family between $12,600 and $14,700 each year to raise a son or daughter. Between dog food, kennel visits, dog walkers, grooming, and visits to the vet, the average price for raising man's best friend in the Big Apple is approximately $16,800, which is not to say that children are cheaper than dogs. The cost of raising a child in NYC is assuredly more than the national average, Tarmy said to Pimm Fox on Bloomberg Televisoin's "Taking Stock."

"Of course, there are ways to kind of cut on these things," Tarmy said to Fox, "I assume that you are effectively operating in a vacuum. A lot of time you can have friends walk the dog, you can have friends housesit to take care of the dog. There are ways to hedge your costs."

How much is that doggie in the window?
Yellow labrador retriever waiting on the street Photo: chalabala

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