The average lifetime cost of raising a dog lands somewhere approaching $23,000. But if you want to choose your dream breed – and it happens to fall within this list – then you could be looking at spending much more. That’s because these 40 types of dog cost top dollar, whether it’s because they’re desirable, rare or both. How much are you willing to shell out for your dream pet? Read on to find out if you can afford to make that vision a reality…
40. Border collie: $600
People want to adopt Border collies because they’re smart – like, really smart. They can learn a variety of words and commands, and they’re happiest when they’re performing such tasks. That very attractive quality is probably why it costs about $600 to buy a Border collie puppy.
39. Puggle: $600
What do you get when you mix a beagle with a pug? As it turns out, you get a very desirable dog called a puggle. This friendly, silly pooch – which looks just as cute as it acts – has built a legion of fans. If you want to join the puggle army, it’ll cost you about $600.
38. American Akita: $675
If you want an adorable puppy that will grow into a very loyal dog, then you might consider buying an American Akita. They share the same lineage as the Japanese Akita, but have been bred to be even more loyal and protective – their deep barks alone are enough to dissuade intruders. Just keep in mind that a big dog like an Akita costs about $130 monthly for food and maintenance on top of the hefty puppy price tag.
37. Cavachon: $730
Cavachons make an ideal breed for first-time dog owners. They’re a crossbreed of the cavalier King Charles spaniel and bichon frise, a combination that makes them affectionate, smart and social. So, they’re easy to train and love to spend time with people: what more could you want in a new pet?
36. Cavalier King Charles spaniel: $870
Cavalier King Charles spaniels were bred to be companion animals – so, if you want a four-legged friend, there’s no better choice than this one. Plus, they’re very adaptable, so they can slot into families living in urban or rural settings. And that’s why puppies come with an average price tag of about $870.
35. Cocker spaniel: $890
Some people only know the cocker spaniel as the happy dog, and that’s because these pups are always wagging their tails. They, like other spaniels, love to be around people, and would spend all day with you if they could. If that sounds good, all you have to do is shell out the nearly $900 it takes to get a cocker puppy, on average.
34. Labrador: $890
For just about $900, you can get a Labrador retriever puppy and it will be money well spent. This breed has a famously cool temperament, making them the ideal pooch for families with young kids. They’re also outdoorsy – they were bred as hunting dogs, after all – so you could bring your puppy on hikes and walks and they’ll feel right at home.
33. Cockapoo: $1,000
The popularity of the cockapoo – a cross between a cocker spaniel and a poodle – has long been on the rise. For one thing, they don’t shed like other pups, so they’re hypoallergenic. Better yet, they’re smart, loyal, outgoing and sweet to their people. All of that begins to explain the approximately $1,000 price tag with which these puppies come.
32. Labradoodle: $1,075
Much like the cockapoo, the labradoodle brings together two great breeds: Labradors and poodles. We already know that Labradors make great family pets. Combine that with the hypoallergenic nature of mixed-breed pups, and you can understand why they’re so popular – and pricey.
31. Kerry blue terrier: $1,100
At the start of its history, the Kerry blue terrier was meant to be an aggressive pooch. But breeders have worked hard over the years to pass on only the kinder traits that these pups possess. So, if you buy this type of dog, you’ll pay top dollar for the cultivated character that they possess today.
30. Great Dane: $1,100
A great Dane is a big commitment – quite literally. These massive dogs need a lot of space and food, so that will factor into the cost to raise one. You should expect to pay more than a grand for your puppy, but what you get is a gentle giant that’ll be great with kids.
29. Ibizan hound: $1,200
The Ibizan hound has a long history, with its roots tracing all the way back to the small Spanish island in 3,400 B.C. Nowadays, they’re a rare breed, which is why you can expect to shell out about $1,200 if you want to bring one home. The search could be worth it, though, for a dog that’s famously polite and friendly.
28. Golden retriever: $1,200
Golden retrievers are supposedly the fourth-smartest of all dog breeds. Regardless of where they rank on the list, though, they are intelligent dogs, and make a happy addition to just about any family. That’s why they’re perennially popular and can carry a price tag of $1,200, on average.
27. Cavapoo: $1,250
The cavapoo – a cross between the cavalier King Charles spaniel and the poodle – has a gentle nature. So, one of these fluffy puppies will slot right into your family, whether you have other dogs or little kids or both. And that’s precisely why it tends to cost a lot to buy a cavapoo puppy.
26. St. Bernard: $1,350
Your St. Bernard puppy will probably take two years to reach its full size. When it does, though, you’ll have a 120-to-180-pound dog on your hands. That’s a big mouth to feed, so factor that into the overall cost of bringing one of these pooches home. In the end, though, you’ll get a quick-learning and sweet companion, so it will be worth the $1,350 price of a pup.
25. Boxer: $1,350
Boxers like to think they’re lap dogs, but they’re actually 70-pound dogs. If you can’t handle that type of cuddling, then this loyal pooch might not be the breed for you. However, if you relish in the snuggling, then you need only ready yourself for the $1,350 price tag that comes with the average boxer puppy.
24. Portuguese water dog: $1,400
Maybe you want a puppy that’ll relish in water-based adventures with you. If so, look no further than the famously skilled swimmer known as the Portuguese water dog. These pups actually have webbed toes, which help them swim and dive with ease. You just have to fork over $1,400, on average, to bring home a purebred pooch.
23. Newfoundland: $1,450
Have you ever read J.M. Barrie’s classic book Peter Pan? If so, you’ll remember the nurturing pooch named Nana. The fictional dog – modeled after a Newfoundland because of their temperament – serves as the Darling children’s nanny. You obviously can’t expect the same of your own four-legged friend, but you can presume your Newfie will be just as sweet and gentle.
22. German shepherd: $1,500
You’ve probably seen a police officer walking around town with a German shepherd in tow. That’s because these pups have all the qualities required to aid law enforcement: they’re obedient, loyal, intelligent, strong and fast. They make great companions to non-officers, too, you’ll just have to pay about $1,500 to get one, on average.
21. Samoyed: $1,500
Purchasing a Samoyed from a reputable breeder – which you should do to ensure the health of your pup – will cost you about $1,500. And that’s just because the breed’s a rare one. If you’re ready to shell out the big bucks, though, you should also be prepared to work hard to care for your Samoyed, which will require lots of grooming. It makes sense when you see that long, fluffy hair, right?
20. Staffordshire bull terrier: $1,500
The Staffordshire bull terrier was once bred to fight other canines, but its antagonistic instincts have all but disappeared. Instead, the $1,500 price will get you a pooch that’s sweet and gentle enough to live with families that have children. It can be courageous when necessary, of course, but expect a mushy pet most of the time.
19. Yorkshire terrier: $1,500
Looking for a pup you can pop into your purse? If so, the Yorkshire terrier might be the right breed for you. A $1,500 price tag will get you an adorable, pint-sized pooch that’s a famously sweet lap dog, but also a dog that likes to play and have fun.
18. Chow chow: $1,500
Interestingly enough, the chow chow isn’t well-known for its smarts. Instead, it’s famous for being, well, one of the dimmer bulbs, when it comes to dog breeds. But there’s something charming about them, and, if you agree, then you’ll have to be willing to fork over the big bucks to get one: $1,500 or more.
17. Rottweiler: $1,550
Rottweilers are one of the most popular dogs in the United States, but that’s not the only reason they could cost $1,550 or more. These pups are prone to a slew of health issues, so it’s important to buy your pooch from a top-quality breeder. In doing so, though, you’ll get all the enviable traits of this breed: they’re loyal, confident and very intelligent.
16. Bernese mountain dog: $2,000
Calm. Patient. Sweet. Loyal. Who doesn’t want such qualities in a puppy? That’s what you’ll get if you buy a Bernese mountain dog, which makes the perfect addition to families of any size. And that’s why it can be costly to bring one into your home: expect to shell out $2,000 for a pooch from a reputable breeder.
15. Basset hound: $2,000
Basset hounds are incredible creatures: they have the second-strongest nose of all the dog breeds out there. Their noses have 220 million scent receptors, compared to the mere five million in the human schnozzle. Whether or not you need a basset hound to trace down smells for you, you’re paying top dollar for this breed.
14. Irish wolfhound: $2,100
The Irish wolfhound is yet another breed on this list that gives you what you pay for, in terms of their temperament. These dogs have an incredible amount of patience, and they’re docile and sweet, too. As an added bonus, you get an extra-large pooch by your side: they can be over 30 inches tall.
13. Akita inu: $2,500
The Akita inu, a prized Japanese breed, wants to spend time with its people, to the point that it sometimes has trouble socializing with strangers and other dogs. But early socialization can help you make your pup more of an all-rounder – sweet to you and to everyone else. It all starts with a puppy, though, so save up your $2,500 before you start shopping.
12. Doberman pinscher: $2,500
Some say the Doberman has the best mix of brains and brawn. Indeed, these dogs are powerful and smart, and, for that reason, they make excellent guard dogs. You can probably guess that such an impressive resume doesn’t come cheap – your pinscher puppy could cost you $2,500.
11. Saluki: $3,000
Salukis hail from Egypt and these regal-looking pups adapted to the country’s arid terrain. They’re excellent hunters, able to catch their prey across rocky landscapes. But they have been domesticated for years – one of the oldest such breeds on the planet today. So, you’re paying for both spirit and history when you buy a Saluki, which could cost you $3,000.
10. Cane corso: $4,000
The cane corso’s history traces all the way back to Ancient Rome, where it served as a top-of-the-line protector. In fact, the words cane corso in Latin mean “bodyguard dog” – that’s how good it is at its job. It’s also a majestic-looking beast that weighs up to 120 pounds. So, you’ll pay top dollar to feed one, let alone to buy a puppy.
9. Neapolitan mastiff: $5,000
The Neapolitan mastiff shares its Roman roots with the cane corso. And both of these dogs have proven themselves as protectors since that ancient era. The Neapolitan mastiff is a strong and powerful pooch, but a gentle and loyal one, too. You get all of that for the very steep price of $5,000.
8. French bulldog: $6,800
Part of the reason why French bulldogs are so expensive is that the breeding process is intense. First, females have to be artificially inseminated. Then, to deliver their puppies, they require C-sections. Add on top of that the fact that Frenchies are possibly the most popular small dog breed in America and, well, you’ve got yourself doggies on the market for $6,800 each.
7. English bulldog: $6,800
Today’s dog buyer clearly loves a pup with a squashed face – and in most cases, that adorable visage comes with a hefty price tag. The English bulldog is just like the Frenchie, in that their births require a C-section. So, you’re paying your breeder about $6,800 for the mother’s frequent vet visits, as well as for a more complicated delivery.
6. Afghan hound: $7,000
Maybe you envision yourself trotting down the street with a long, lean, graceful pooch at your side, its hair blowing in the wind. If so, then you should start saving now to buy an Afghan hound, which hails from the mountain region of Afghanistan. This breed earns accolades for its beauty – come on, look at that coat – and can cost $7,000 to bring home.
5. Pharaoh hound: $7,500
The pharaoh hound hails from Malta, where it has long been tasked with hunting rabbits – its name even means “rabbit dog” in Maltese. As such, you can expect an athletic, smart and loyal companion if you choose to bring home this type of pet. Just be ready to fork over the big bucks for a puppy, which can cost upwards of $7,500.
4. Dogo Argentino: $8,000
Before you get your heart set on a dogo Argentino, know that you can’t bring one home to every city, state or country. They’re not allowed in New York City, Colorado or the United Kingdom because they are so strong and dominating. However, if you have plenty of room for this massive hunting dog – specialized in catching wild hogs – then you just need $8,000 to bring one home.
3. Azawakh: $9,000
The Azawakh is a breed only recognized by the American Kennel Club at the start of 2019. This fact indicates that they’re relatively new to the United States – they hail from western Africa – and that’s why they’re so pricey to buy. If you want one of these hunting dogs, it’ll cost you almost $10,000 to make it happen.
2. Tibetan mastiff: $10,000
The Tibetan mastiff was bred to serve that classic guardian role we’ve discussed time and time again on this list. Unfortunately, though, the breed began to disappear after owners found them to be expensive to maintain. The rarity of the Tibetan mastiff is what makes it the second-most expensive pooch on this list. Save up $10,000 and you could bring one home to protect you and your family.
1. Löwchen: $12,000
Finally, we have the löwchen, a dog with only 300 members among its long-dwindling population. That’s precisely why it’ll cost you about $12,000 if you want one of these gray, silky pups. In return, though, you will get a very friendly and outgoing dog that likes to stay active and spend time with you. Now, that companionship could just be worth the over-the-top investment price.