How Much Does Dog Grooming Cost?

Regular grooming is an excellent way to promote your dog’s appearance and health. Offered in veterinary offices, boarding kennels, chain pet stores and stand-alone businesses, grooming can cost anywhere from $30 to $100. Knowing what factors determine these costs will enable you to choose the groomer that is both economical and able to meet your pup’s individual needs.

The price of your pooch’s day of beauty depends on your dog’s breed, size, and the complexity of the trim. If your dog is small or mid-sized and does not require a complex cut, expect to pay anywhere from $30 to $50. Breeds that generally fall into this category include Cocker Spaniels, Labrador Retrievers, and Miniature Poodles.

Grooming for mid-sized breeds or larger breeds that only need a simple trim including Afghan Hounds, Collies, Golden Retrievers, and Wheaten Terriers should cost somewhere between $50 and $70. Grooming for mid-sized or large breeds requiring a complicated cut as well as giant breeds generally costs $70 to $90 and more, depending on the dog. Breeds that fall into this category include Standard Poodle, Bernese Mountain Dog, Bouvier Des Flandre, and Briard.

In all cases, expect your dog’s grooming session to include bathing and drying, ear cleaning, and nail trimming. For an extra charge, most groomers will de-matt your long-haired dog, apply medicated or anti-flea shampoo, brush teeth, express anal glands, and even remove skunk odor.

One major factor in the cost of your dog’s grooming experience will be your location. Like everything else, dog grooming in large cities such as New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, and Miami may cost more.  Furthermore, mobile dog grooming may cost more since it’s a convenience for the dog owner that isn’t offered by all dog grooming salons.