The overload of cute fuzzy animal memes on the internet may have you longing for a little furry cloud puff of your own, but there are some serious costs to go along with all the snuggly benefits. Large dog owners can expect to shell out nearly $900 a year to take care of their canine friend. In second place is a surprising one: a rabbit costs its owners about $730 a year in staples like food, medical costs and health insurance, according to a chart compiled by Dadaviz's @IanTSommers, citing data from the ASPCA. Spayed or neutered house rabbits usually live between 8 and 12 years, which means keeping a rabbit companion can cost between $5,800 and $8,700 — and that's on top of the estimated $325 in startup costs the ASPCA says is needed to prepare your home for the fluffy pet.

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Even a medium-sized dog can nearly $700 a year, and that doesn't include unexpected veterinary costs or pet sitters. As the ASPCA says, you should be prepared to pay more than the numbers they lay out. That's especially true if your dog's name is literally "Rude Dog," like this incredibly naughty Old English Sheepdog mix:


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