Kerry blue terrier ($600)
If you’re looking for a dog that won’t break the bank, you might want to consider a Kerry blue terrier. Compared to the other breeds on this list, it’s relatively inexpensive. Well, it is when it comes to the initial purchase anyway.
At just $600, it’s a pricey pup, but they’ll typically be your companion for 12 to 15 years. Unfortunately, keeping them around could cost you an average of $7,000 thanks to their numerous health problems. You win some; you lose some.
Yorkshire terriers ($600)
Another breed that doesn’t cost too much to buy is the Yorkshire terrier. More commonly referred to as Yorkies, these dogs can live as long as 16 years and similarly cost around $600. That’s less than $40 a year if the animal lives as long as possible, so it’s really not much to pay.
However, the same can’t be said when it comes to veterinary bills. Yorkies often have issues with their eyes and knees, meaning you’re looking at paying almost $10,000 for healthcare.
For a dog that’s a little more affordable when it comes to veterinary costs, an Akita is a great choice. While these animals do have health problems, including skin diseases and hip dysplasia, their treatment is generally less expensive.
It sits at an average of around $4,500, coupled with the $800 you can expect to pay to own the dog in the first place. That’s not an excessive amount of money for a breed with a life expectancy of up to 15 years.
Great Dane ($800)
Great Danes are another breed that you’ll generally find selling for $800. They’re a preferred choice for people who like their pets big because you won’t find many dogs more sizable than this animal.
Sadly, their lifespan isn’t as long as most other breeds, with a Great Dane not expected to be around for more than ten years. That can make their healthcare costs a lot to swallow, with the average currently sitting at $7,100. This is because they’re susceptible to things like cardiomyopathy.
Bernese mountain dog ($800)
If you live in a colder climate, you’re more likely to consider the Bernese mountain dog as your breed of choice. Their fluffy coats mean they’re better suited to lower temperatures and snowfall than a lot of other animals.
It costs somewhere in the region of $800 to purchase one of these dogs, but another $6,500 to care for them. Their health concerns include severe issues like aseptic meningitis which is why they don’t generally live for more than a decade.
German shepherd ($800)
There was once a time when German shepherds were solely used for things like farming because they were so great at herding animals. Over the years, they’ve become a popular breed for many people, perhaps because they only cost $800 to buy.
As most German shepherds typically live until they’re 13, their companionship is one worth investing in. If only it didn’t cost around $20,500 to cover their medical bills. Who knew that dogs designed to be active could have so many health woes?
If you’ve ever felt like the one thing missing from your life was a lovable ball of fluff then you should consider buying a Pomeranian. This miniature dog doesn’t take up much space, and their soft fur makes them perfect for cuddling up with on a cold night.
While they’re not the cheapest dogs in the world, they’re also not the most expensive either. You can expect to pay an average of $900 if you want to bring one of these fluffballs home with you.
Chow chow ($900)
At $900, chow chows aren’t much more expensive to buy than the other dogs listed so far. However, it’s status as a pricier breed typically comes in its healthcare costs. They usually sit in the five-digit margin, with the average slated to be about $11,000.
That’s quite a lot to pay out for a dog, especially one that can live for as short as eight years. Not only that, but the standard price for grooming a chow chow is nearly $100 – talk about expensive.
Golden retriever ($1,000)
Many of the people who welcome a dog into their home are families with young kids. They need a breed that’s safe to have around children, which is why golden retrievers are typically popular with this audience.
They’re incredibly kind and gentle animals, and they have a good life expectancy that stretches to 12 years. Sadly, they’re also an incredibly costly breed to care for. Their initial $1,000 purchase price is nothing compared to the $17,500 they rack up in veterinary bills.
Canadian Eskimo dog ($1,200)
There was once a time when Canadian Eskimo dogs were pretty much considered to be extinct. Thankfully, times have changed a lot, and the breed is slowly starting to thrive again. It’ll still be a long time before they’re considered a common pet, but at least things are moving in the right direction.
As a result, it’s now believed you can purchase one of these breeds for only $1,200, a sharp drop from the $7,000 you used to have to pay for them.
Lakeland terrier ($1,200)
At $1,200, the Lakeland terrier is one of the more expensive breeds to buy upfront. That might seem like a lot to pay for a small dog, but good things usually come in small packages. This breed is incredibly friendly and loves being around people, making it ideal for taking on if you need companionship.
What’s more, the Lakeland terrier is generally very healthy because it’s not prone to a lot of illnesses. That’s why it’s healthcare costs are only $1,000.
Miniature bull terrier ($1,200)
Another small dog with a big price tag, you should always advertise caution with miniature bull terriers. This breed is incredibly loyal and caring, but plenty of people train them to act on their vicious instincts.
If you plan on buying this dog, then ensure you do so from a reputable source. It might set you back $1,200, but it’ll save you a lot of trouble down the line. Plus, it’ll save you spending more on healthcare costs which are usually around $1,500.
Dogo Argentino ($1,200)
It seems there are quite a few breeds that cost $1,200 to buy, including the Dogo Argentino. That might be a sizable price for this pooch, but you get a lot of bang for your buck here. Not only is the dog big enough to give you all the cuddles you could want, but they also have a pretty long life expectancy too.
A Dogo Argentino will often live until they’re 14, and they’ll only rack up $1,600 in vet bills during that time.
So much floof. So much floof! Samoyeds have become a popular breed recently, mainly because people admire their fluffy, white coats which make them look like clouds on legs. Unfortunately, that just keeps pushing their price higher and higher.
They’re a fairly rare breed, so you have to fork out $1,200 to own one. Plus, due to their autoimmune problems, they have healthcare costs nearing the $5,000 range. However, if you do buy one, you get 14 years to cuddle all that floof.
If you’re looking for a guard dog, a Rottweiler will rarely ever steer you wrong. This breed is designed to protect, and it will get vicious if it has to. While you probably don’t want them to attack anyone, it’s good to know that your $1,200 is going towards a worthwhile investment.
When you start spending money like that on a dog, you want to know you’re not throwing it away. If only it didn’t cost an extra $7,800 to keep them healthy.
Alaskan malamute ($1,200)
The Alaskan malamute shares striking similarities with the Siberian husky, although there are some noticeable differences between the two. The malamute typically has more fur than it’s Siberian counterpart, and it’s also a lot more attached to its owner.
What’s more, the Alaskan breed is more expensive to buy, with an average price of $1,200. When combined with its $7,700 healthcare costs, that makes it a pretty pricey pup to look after, especially given it lives for 12 to 15 years.
Old English sheepdog ($1,200)
Old English sheepdog are another breed that typically responds well in a family environment. These dogs love being around kids and will form the kind of compassionate bond you want with your pet.
Their loving nature makes it hard to say no to them, even though it’s a hefty $1,200 to buy one. From there, things only get pricier, with the dogs typically costing $88 per grooming session. Couple that with the $7,600 in vet bills and things start getting incredibly expensive.
Pharaoh Hound ($1,250)
As they’re short-haired dogs, it’s pretty cheap to groom a Pharaoh Hound. One session will cost approximately $27, and they can be done fairly sporadically. That’s pretty convenient, especially as the breed is a lot more expensive to buy at $1,250.
You might be breaking the bank a little by paying for your pet, but it’ll be worth it in the long run. They can live until they’re 14, and they don’t have many health issues, so their vet bills are only $1,500.
English Bulldog ($1,250)
Unfortunately, in comparison, English Bulldogs don’t fare so great. They cost roughly the same to buy, but they’re not nearly as healthy as Pharaoh Hounds. There are lots of concerns around their health, leading them to run up bills as high as $5,700.
That’s quite a bit of money to spend on an animal that only tends to live for eight years. What’s more, at $48, it costs nearly double for them to be groomed, making them a much more expensive pet to own.
Cavalier King Charles spaniel ($1,300)
The Cavalier King Charles spaniel has become popular thanks to its status as a show dog. However, the increased interest in the breed has meant that prices have skyrocketed. It costs around $1,300 to own one of these dogs, which is near enough the amount they tend to require for medical expenses.
With all their health woes, owners can expect to pay around $1,350 at the vets, although that’s not as bad as it could be. Other dogs do fare much worse.
Ibizan hound ($1,300)
Depending on whether or not an Ibizan hound is purebred can affect just how much it costs to care for. If it is, healthcare bills will typically sit at around $1,600 because the dog is less likely to suffer from deafness or hip dysplasia.
That’s not much more than the costly $1,300 it takes the buy the animal in the first place. Thankfully, you can save some money when it comes to grooming because prices for this aren’t generally more than $25.
Cane Corso ($1,500)
Higher up on the price spectrum is Cane Corsos, or the Italian Mastiff. With a muscular build and courageous demeanor, this pooch is ideal if you’re looking for a guide dog. However, it’s best to purchase one if you don’t have kids because this breed sometimes struggles to cope with children.
If you’re a couple or singleton with $1,500 to spare though, the Cane Corso makes an ideal addition to your household. Just ensure it knows the difference between a friend and an intruder.
Czechoslovakian Vlčák ($1,500)
Of all the breeds on this list, the Czechoslovakian Vlčák is undoubtedly one of the newest. The animal is the result of crossbreeding between German shepherds and Carpathian wolves, and it’s not one to be messed with.
Combining the trainability and temperament of the former with the strength and stamina of the latter, it’s quite a force to be reckoned with, particularly in Czechoslovakia. That’s why this animal goes for around $1,500 to anyone who’s looking for the ultimate guard dog in their home.
Spinone Italiano ($1,500)
As its name suggests, the Spinone Italiano is of Italian descent, although the breed is available in places like the United States. It’s become respected as quite a friendly dog, both around kids and adults, and has a high life expectancy often reaching as old as 14.
Unfortunately, things aren’t all great with this breed, especially when it comes to money. After spending $1,500 to purchase the dog, you then have to pay double that for all of their many health costs.
Staffordshire bull terrier ($1,500)
Most dogs enjoy getting plenty of exercise, and the Staffordshire bull terrier is no different. They’re always eager to go for a run-around, no matter what the weather’s like outside. They also make a great companion for families, although the $1,500 can be a little intimidating.
It’s a lot of money to shell out on a dog, especially when they have healthcare needs requiring an additional $3,500 or so throughout their lifetime. This is definitely a breed for people with cash to spare.
Newfoundlands have long been a favored choice of dog breed, despite their expensive price. At $1,500, they’re not the cheapest choice of pet, but they do make an amazing addition to any home. They’re remarkably gentle creatures who are simple to train, meaning they won’t bring a lot of hassle to your life.
Well, except for the $5,500 they’ll typically set you back thanks to their numerous health problems. Gastric dilation-volvulus and cardiomyopathy are unfortunately all too common issues with this breed.
St. Bernard ($1,500)
You might think that bigger dogs would be more intimidating, but there are so many larger breeds who have a very gentle temperament. The St. Bernard is another of these, often showcasing a calm, loving demeanor around people.
That’s made them a fairly popular choice as pets, although the price tag is off-putting for some people. If the $1,500 purchase price wasn’t bad enough, these dogs also rack up $8,600 in veterinary bills across the eight to ten years they live for.
Bedlington terrier ($1,800)
Nearing the $2,000 price margin is the Bedlington terrier which records an average sell price of $1,800. Fortunately, your money goes a long way with this intelligent pooch because they typically live for 14 years, sometimes making it all the way to 16.
Grooming costs aren’t too crazy at around $50 a session, although the $3,700 veterinary bills are a little on the pricier side. That’s just something you have to accept if you want to care for this breed, though.
Black Russian terrier ($1,800)
When it comes to grooming, you shouldn’t hope to save any money with a black Russian terrier. One session will cost $105, so you can expect to rack up quite a debt across the dog’s 14 year lifetime.
Add to that the $1,800 purchase price and the $6,000 worth of vet bills and you’re looking at one very expensive pooch. Although this breed isn’t the unhealthiest in the world, they commonly suffer from eye and orthopedic issues, hence the higher healthcare fees.
Irish wolfhound ($1,800)
In comparison, the Irish wolfhound is slightly cheaper to own, at least in terms of grooming. Costs for this only sit at around $65 per session, and the breed only typically lives to be ten-years-old. However, while you might be saving money here, it’s a different story with the vet bills.
They’ll usually set you back $7,700 which is a lot to pay for such a short lifespan. It doesn’t make the initial $1,800 you spend buying the dog any easier to swallow.
French bulldog ($2,000)
While most animals you can buy for less than $2,000, there are a few who go above and beyond this number. The French bulldog is one of them, and they don’t stop draining your money the whole time you own them.
Their persistent health problems mean you lose about $4,300 in healthcare expenses, as well as $35 for grooming. Thankfully, the latter is a little more affordable, although that money builds up when you’ve got a dog that can live until they’re 12.
Afghan hound ($2,000)
Perhaps one of the most expensive dogs to own in regards to grooming is the Afghan hound. It generally costs around $65 a session for this breed, and they require some kind of pampering every day.
If you want their coat to stay beautiful, you have to put in the effort to keep it that way. With a $2,000 price tag, this dog is also one of the most expensive to purchase, and the $2,900 vet bills don’t make things any better either.
One of the most expensive dogs you can buy is the Leonberger. This giant animal will set you back around $2,200, and that’s just for the upfront payment. The reason they’re so expensive? Mainly because of their rarity.
Unfortunately, Leonbergers aren’t the healthiest dogs around either, nor do they have the best life expectancy. Prone to things like gastric torsion and arthritis during their 8 to 10 years, they can put quite a strain on your wallet during their relatively short lifetimes.
Coton de Tuléar ($2,500)
Several centuries ago, the Coton de Tuléar was considered a royal dog that could only be owned by those of elite status. Nowadays, that restriction doesn’t exist, but that hasn’t stopped the breed from being reasonably exclusive.
With an average price of $2,500, you’ll need to have a lot of spare cash lying about if you wish to purchase one. Luckily, the animal’s longer life expectancy makes the price slightly more worthwhile as many of them can keep going until they’re 16-years-old.
If you’re looking to have a Saluki as a pet, you’ll need to be prepared to shell out $2,500 for the privilege. This breed doesn’t come cheap, likely because it’s been acting as a companion as far back as the time of the pharaohs.
Salukis are incredibly loyal animals and show their owners a lot of affection, although they do require a fair amount of training. Despite having the status of a domesticated animal longer than most dogs, they still enjoy their independence.
Portuguese water dog ($2,500)
Another of the more expensive pets on this list, the Portuguese water dog doesn’t come cheap with a price tag of $2,500. However, if you live by the coast, this breed could be the perfect pet for you.
As their name suggests, this dog loves being in the water, and they benefit most from living with someone close to a source of it. When it comes to healthcare costs, you can expect to spend a little more than what you paid for your companion – $2,700.
Tibetan mastiff ($2,500)
The average pricing of the Tibetan mastiff is hard to work out, namely because someone in China bought one for $1.9 million in 2014. That’s a lot to spend on a dog, even if they do live to be about 14.
The chances are that if you can get your hands on a Tibetan mastiff puppy, you’re more likely to hand over $2,500 for it. However, as they’re a fairly rare breed now, you may struggle to find one to become your companion.
Peruvian Inca Orchid ($3,000)
It’s not often that you find a hairless dog breed, but the Peruvian Inca Orchid is one of the rare few. Bearing some physical resemblance to the Sphynx cat, this animal understandably copes best in places with higher temperatures.
Their lack of fur means they haven’t adapted to live in colder environments, so it’s best to avoid them if you live somewhere with harsh winters. After all, if you’re going to spend $3,000 on a pet, you don’t want your money going to waste.
Originally from Africa, the Azawakh is one of the select few breeds from that continent that can be found over in the US. It’s a pricey pooch, requiring around $3,000 just for an upfront payment purchase.
However, if you’re someone that goes out exercising a lot, then you’ll probably find the cost to be worthwhile. Azawakhs are incredibly energetic animals and require more physical activity than most breeds to wear them out. They’re only for the most serious dog buyers out there.
A glance at a Löwchen should tell you that this is one royal breed of dog. Commonly referred to as “little lions,” they were incredibly popular during the Renaissance when they became the subject of numerous paintings.
Unfortunately, since then the breed has been in decline, and their numbers are now dwindling. It’s so hard to acquire a löwchen these days that you should expect to pay as much as $10,000 just to have one as a pet. Talk about expensive!
Tibetan Mastiff ($1,500,000)
Dogs are some of the most beautiful creatures to grace this earth, but would you shell out $1.5 million for a new pooch? Well, that’s exactly what one Chinese family did in 2011. That’s because Tibetan Mastiffs have become somewhat of a status symbol in the country, and this dog was even more special thanks to its coloring.
Red is an incredibly lucky color in China, and the family knew that this Tibetan Mastiff was something special. Just look at the size of him! This particular dog is a rarity, but Tibetan Mastiffs are so large, they can often grow to around 290 pounds.