Owning a pet can be costly. From the upfront investment of purchasing a puppy to health care costs to dog food and other needs, being a pet parent can make a significant dent in one’s budget. In fact, pet owners spend more and more each year on their dogs, into the millions of dollars. Although being a pet parent can be expensive, there are certain dog breeds that are less costly than others. This is for many reasons—some breeds do not require much beyond the typical health care any dog needs, little grooming, and the like. Let’s take a look at a number of breeds that are, over the course of the dog’s lifetime, cheaper to own.
Why Do Puppies Cost So Much?
Some dog breeds are more prone to health issues than others. Some dogs have difficulty delivering the puppies on their own, so they will need extra vet care during that time. This factors into the cost of a puppy. When planning to purchase a puppy, it is important to consider not only the cost of purchase but any health issues the breed is prone to developing.
Keep in mind that dog breeds that are prone to eye health issues or hip or joint issues may cost more, not only the initial investment but also over time. Many reputable breeders have their vets carry out genetic testing on their breeding stock in order to determine if the puppies the parents will have may carry those issues. The testing is expensive, and this factors into the average purchase price of a puppy.
Reputable breeders also spend a great deal of money on their facilities and the health care of their breeding stock. Again, this factors into the cost of the puppy. So, if you’ve got your heart set on a breed that may be prone to certain health issues, this may be one reason the purchase price of the puppy is rather expensive.
What Are Some Low-Cost Small Breed Dogs?
Let’s start with a list of cheaper small breed dogs; we’ll later expand on each breed shortly.
- the Chihuahua
- the Dachshund
- the Bichon Frise
- the Manchester Terrier
- the Australian Terrier
- the Pug
- the Schipperke
- the Pekingese
- the Affenpinscher
- the Miniature Pinscher
- the Papillon
Many small dogs fetch a lower initial investment; this is true for many reasons. Most small dogs have few health issues, and seldom do they need vet assistance when delivering puppies. Grooming is one area where pet parents may find themselves spending a little more money, especially on small dogs with long hair. In addition, small dogs won’t require as much food as larger breeds.
Chihuahuas are tiny pups with loads of personality. They are hugely loyal pets, and they love nothing more than spending time with their family. There are both long-haired and short-haired Chihuahuas; however, neither variety of Chihuahua needs a great deal of grooming.
The initial investment cost of a Chihuahua can vary. Some breeders may offer the Chihuahua for $250 while others offer a Chihuahua for $650. Price can vary depending upon if the dog is registered or not.
Overall, Chihuahuas are some of the cheapest dog breeds, and dog grooming prices are often as low as $25 per session. However, many Chihuahua parents groom their pups at home.
It is important to remember that some Chihuahuas do develop health issues, such as dysplasia and patellar luxation. You may want to ask the breeder for genetic health testing results when purchasing a Chihuahua.
Affectionately known as the “Weiner Dog,” this breed is fun, sweet, and playful. Like the Chihuahua, the Dachshund may be a long-haired or a short-haired variety. However, the Dachshund typically needs little in the way of grooming.
Purchasing the Doxie puppy is typically cheap; prices range from $350 to $500 to purchase a Dachshund puppy. This breed tends to shed very little, so grooming will be minimal.
The Dachshund is prone to some health issues, particularly those involving the dog’s spine. These aren’t typically genetic, and they can occur when the dog jumps from furniture to the floor and injures her back. So, many Doxie health issues can be avoided with care.
The Bichon Frise
The adorable Bichon Frise favors a puffy cotton ball, and that trait might have potential pet parents thinking you’ll be spending lots of moolah at the groomer. However, the Bichon Frise is actually quite easy to groom, particularly if you keep her coat clipped. Consider DIY dog grooming to curb your expenses.
The Bichon Frise is not prone to any serious health issues, and the average initial cost of purchasing a Bichon pup is about $500.
The Manchester Terrier
The Manchester Terrier may be a breed you’ve heard little about, but they are great pups who require little grooming for a unique reason—the breed does not have a “scent” as many dog owners lament.
The Manchester Terrier is also a fairly healthy breed, so you’ll likely not have any more vet expenses or medical costs than other owners. The initial investment into purchasing a Manchester Terrier is about $600.
The Australian Terrier
The Australian Terrier is also another breed that isn’t frequently recognized; however, this breed is a well-kept secret! These happy little pups tend to live long, healthy lives. They are great family dogs, and they love children.
The initial investment to purchase an Australian Terrier is about $550; grooming, however, is another story. They will need regular grooming; this typically costs $50 per month (or every six weeks). However, this breed eats very little, so that can help to even out grooming and care costs.
The Pug is a sweet, short-haired dog that is a perfect lap dog. They do not require frequent baths; most Pug parents can go six weeks or even two months between baths for the Pug pup.
The Pug is a laid-back pup, so you won’t find her eating a lot—however, Pug parents should keep meals small; they can gain excess weight if they are overfed.
Surprisingly, Pugs require very little in the way of an initial investment. $350 is the average price one will pay to get a Pug puppy.
Looking at the Pekingese, one would think they require a lot of grooming. A full bath and grooming session for a Pekingese will average about $40 per visit; however, pet parents can do much of the brushing and weekly upkeep at home to shave off this cost.
The initial investment to procure a Pekingese is about $500.
Again, pet parents might assume that the Affenpinscher will need frequent grooming, however, the AKC holds that the Affenpinscher has a coat that is slow-growing . This means that you won’t have to use dog hair clippers monthly or every six weeks as you might other long-haired breeds. This means that while grooming per session might be slightly over $40 per event, you won’t have to go in for grooming but every three months or so.
Purchasing an Affenpinscher puppy typically costs about $400; they have no real health issues to speak of, either.
The Miniature Pinscher
Mini Pins are tiny bundles of energy. These dogs live a long time with few health issues; they eat very little and require little to no grooming. The initial investment when getting a Miniature Pinscher puppy ranges from $200 to $500.
The AKC notes that the Papillon has long, flowy hair, but the breed doesn’t require much in the way of grooming. The breed does not have an undercoat, and once-a-month grooming is all that is needed for the breed.
The Papillon has few notable health problems, and the puppy purchase price for the breed is typical $400 or less.
What Are Some Low-Cost Medium-Sized Breed Dogs?
- the Beagle
- the Border Collie
- the Pembroke Welsh Corgi
- the Rat Terrier
- the English Setter
- the Parson Russell Terrier
- the Bull Terrier
- the Cesky Terrier
- the Bolognese
The Beagle is a hunter by nature; however, the Beagle is also a loyal companion. The Beagle typically sells for less than $200.
The Beagle has few, if any, health problems. You’ll only need to bathe her every six to eight weeks unless the dog rolls in mud or otherwise gets dirty. Bi-weekly brushing is typical of all the grooming he’ll ever need.
The Border Collie
The Border Collie is a breed that has tons of energy and few health issues. The average initial investment to purchase a Border Collie is about $525. Grooming will be a frequent expense, averaging $50 per session—which you’ll need to take care of at least every six weeks.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi
A Pembroke Welsh Corgi costs about $550 to purchase, and grooming —carried out every eight weeks unless otherwise necessary—ranges around $40 per session.
The only health issue Corgis tend to have is ear infections. You can check the ears for any signs of infection, and many cases can be treated at home. You will want to brush Corgi’s teeth on a weekly basis to prevent tooth decay and oral health issues later in her life.
The Rat Terrier
The Rat Terrier won’t require a lot of food, and the initial investment for a Rat Terrier puppy is about $300. The short and wiry hair of Rat Terriers doesn’t require much in the way of grooming, much of which you can do at home to cut down on expenses.
The English Setter
The English Setter puppy typically costs $350, and you can carry out much of the dog’s grooming needs at home. You may want to carry your English Setter to the groomer for nail clipping and an occasional bath, which averages $40 per session.
Be aware that English Setters may experience a health issue called bloat, which could be life-threatening if not treated in time. However, most English Setters are healthy well into their “senior” dog years.
The Parson Russell Terrier
If you’ve ever watched “My Dog Skip,” then you’ve seen the previous antics of a Parson Terrier. These dogs are relatively healthy; they do not require expensive grooming costs, which you can do at home to save money.
The Parson Terrier rarely experiences health issues; the initial investment to purchase a Parson Russell pup is $400.
The Bull Terrier
The Bull Terrier became a popular dog breed during the days of “Spuds McKenzie.” The Bull Terrier is relatively healthy, and they do not eat a great deal of food either.
The initial investment to purchase a Bull Terrier runs about $500.
The Cesky Terrier
Purchasing a Cesky Terrier will cost about $400; however, you may see some increased expenses where grooming is concerned. On average, the Cesky will cost about $60 per grooming session because they require consistent clipping of the coat.
There are few health problems associated with the Cesky Terrier.
The Bolognese requires twice-weekly brushing; this can be done at home, however. They don’t require much in the way of food, and they tend to be a healthy breed. Grooming, however, is another story. Many Bolognese owners will keep the body of their dog clipped, leaving the longer hair on the head.
The initial purchase price for the Bolognese is $650.
What Large Breed Dogs Are Fairly Cheap to Own?
- the Greyhound
- the Dalmatian
- the American Pit Bull Terrier
- the Redbone Coonhound
- the Collie
The Greyhound is a notoriously “low maintenance” dog. They only need a bath every three or four months, which you can carry out at home. To brush the Greyhound, use a grooming mitt which will successfully distribute oil over the dog’s body about three times each week. You’ll also want to keep toenails clipped and ears cleaned regularly.
Everyone loves the spotted spokesdog of all fire departments nationwide. This breed is fairly healthy, and the initial investment to purchase a Dalmation is around $500.
The American Pit Bull Terrier
American Pit Bull Terriers can be some of the cheapest dogs; they have few health problems, and they don’t require much in the way of grooming.
You’ll want to give the Pit Bull lots of exercise, and, if you don’t want your furniture chewed, be sure to provide sturdy toys that can address the need to chew.
The Redbone Coonhound
The Redbone Coonhound is a healthy breed with an average initial investment of about $400 or less. You won’t need to do much in the way of grooming the Redbone; most pet parents bathe their Coonhound at home.
You will need to provide this energetic dog with toys and plenty of exercises in order to prevent boredom that can create destructive behavior.
The Collies are very healthy dogs; if you provide quality food, preventative health care, and heartworm prevention, they should live a long, healthy life, making them one of the most affordable dog breeds
Grooming the Collie is where you may incur expenses. However, if you keep Collie’s coat brushed and clean, you won’t have to visit the groomer often.
The initial investment of a Collie puppy averages about $500.