Having a dog is one of the best things in life. They love you unconditionally and give you memories that will last a lifetime.
That’s why it’s devastating when your dog passes away.
Everyone has a different reaction to dealing with this. Some choose cremation. Some choose burials. And some choose dog taxidermy.
If you choose a taxidermy, it’s important to understand the costs involved before you make any investments.
There are several factors that will influence the price, which we will cover below.
What Is a Dog Taxidermy?
Dog taxidermy is the process of stuffing your dog to preserve its form and appearance. They’re usually stuffed with materials such as cotton or straw, though polyester and fiberglass are also used as low-cost options.
To complete the taxidermy, you need to send your dog to a specialist center. You can have them delivered by a professional or deliver them yourself if the center is located close to your home.
What Factors Influence The Price?
When it comes to dog taxidermy, there’s no one price fits all solution. The price will depend on several factors. These include:
The Size Of Your Dog
The size and weight of your dog will be a big influence on the overall cost of the taxidermy. For dogs under 20 lbs, the price is around $1,550. For dogs between 20 to 50 lbs, this increases to $1,595, and for dogs over 50 lbs the price averages at $1,950.
The Type Of Material Used
The type of material used for the stuffing will also influence the price. In most cases, cotton, wool, and straw are the most popular options and would equal a similar price as those mentioned above.
Polyester and Fiberglass are two cheaper options and can be half the price of a taxidermy, though neither is as durable.
Your Choice of Base
During the taxidermy process, you can choose to have a base placed under your dog. This will, however, dramatically increase the price.
For a dog under 20 lbs, this will cost around $4,000. For a dog between 20 to 50 lbs, $5,000, and for a dog over 50 lbs, $5,500.
Your location will also influence the overall price of the taxidermy. In high-cost-of-living areas, the price will likely be higher than lower-cost locations.
The price will also increase based on how far away the taxidermy specialist is from your home. The further you need to transport your dog, the more expensive the overall cost.
Dog Taxidermy: Expensive But Worth It
Dog taxidermy may appear expensive to some, but to others, it means they can hold onto precious memories of their furry friends forever.
The price for a professional taxidermist will range based on several factors, though will average between $1,5500 and $1,950 without a base and $4,000 to $5,500 with a base.
Although it’s not cheap, immortalizing your dog is the best option for many dog owners.