Cheapest Dogs for Apartments. 32 Breeds Ranked by Cost


Living in an apartment or a small house doesn’t mean that you won’t have plenty of options when it comes to picking a dog. With the help of pet professionals, I have analyzed the cost of over 150 breeds. In this article, I only present the ones that are considered the best dogs for apartments by the American Kennel Club.

There are specific qualities you want from a dog living in an apartment. They cannot have a very high energy level (even a tiny dog with too much energy won’t do well), be calm indoor, don’t bark too much, be polite and friendly when meeting other people. Although every dog is different and unique, and nothing can guarantee the dog’s temperament, some breeds tend to fit the job description better than others.

This article will detail the cost for 32 of the most popular breeds for apartment dwellers. Like any other dog, there are many expenses to consider, like the cost of the dog itself, supplies, food and treats, training, grooming, vet, license, and microchip.

When getting a dog breed suitable for living in an apartment, an owner can expect to spend $1,400 on average for the puppy. Throughout its lifetime, the dog should cost around $18,000 (usually between $9,000 and $28,000) in essential expenses.

Additionally, expenses like insurance ($565 per year on average), spaying or neutering ($100 to $500), dog walking ($15 to $50 per walk), or boarding services ($25 to $85 per day) would increase the cost of ownership as well. It is also essential to know that prices can vary significantly depending on products and services quality and the area you live in.

Below, we detail each breed’s cost based on professional recommendations and estimations from a dog trainer, two licensed veterinarians, a certified groomer, and a dog walker from the US. If you are interested in a specific breed, check the related cost article to learn everything there is to know and find professional tips. You will also find a cost calculator that will enable you to establish a budget based on your needs and preferences.

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Essential costs to consider for an apartment dog

Before going into details about the cost for 32 dog breeds that usually do well in apartments, here is a quick explanation of the expenses considered essentials in this article.

Puppy or dog

We have accounted for the cost of acquiring a dog. In the US, a puppy will cost $1,300 on average ($1,400 for the apartment dog breeds below), and most will fall in the $500 to $2,500 range. It could be much more for quality show purebred dogs with a prestigious bloodline. On the other hand, adoption is much cheaper and generally costs $50 to $500.

If you want to know more about the price of puppies in the US or compare this breed with 150 others, check our puppy prices article based on the analysis of close to 50,000 ads (for 151 different breeds).

Supplies

Any owner will need to purchase dog supplies for their dog. The bigger the dog, the more expensive it gets. We have considered prices for the following items in this research: bowls, leash, collar with ID tag, bed and crate, poop bags, training pads, odor removal spray, toys, first-aid kit, brush, shampoo, tooth-brushing kit, and toenail clippers. Some owners could need more supplies. Although the initial investment is higher, some items will need to be replenished or replaced, and an owner will have to buy dog supplies every year.

Check our Dog Supplies Guide and get tips to choose the right items for you and your dog (bowls, collar, leash, bed and crate size, etc.). Learn everything about costs, and find the best products available.

Basic training

Every dog would benefit from training. Although some breeds tend to be more docile, each dog is very different, and training needs must be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Whether the owner trains the dog himself or hires a professional for group or private lessons, a dog should always be properly socialized, know basic training commands, be potty and crate trained. Positive reinforcement training methods will give the best results.

Medical costs

It is recommended that a puppy goes to the vet at least three times during the first year and an adult dog at least once every year. These appointments are for a physical checkup, necessary vaccines, and any recommended examination or test. Veterinarians like Dr. Brooks, DVM, also recommend using heartworm, flea, and tick prevention medication to reduce the risks for the dog to develop a dangerous illness. The bigger the dog, the more expensive it gets.

Read our article titled a veterinarian explains medical costs for a dog to learn more and get tips to save on vet expenses.

Food and treats

There are so many types of food, diets, and brands that it can be overwhelming. To establish the costs in this article, we have considered some of the most popular dry food brands as it remains the most common dog food type. In general, bigger dogs will need to eat more, but other factors such as age and activity level will also have an impact.

Treats can easily be more expensive than food if given daily. There are many reasons to give a dog treat: to supplement his diet, stimulate him, help with training, etc.

When it comes to food and treats, prices are all over the place. Some brands are very accessible, while some premium quality products can be considerably more expensive.

Grooming

Short-haired dogs or the ones with a low-maintenance coat could be groomed at home with basic supplies. Visiting a grooming salon could be avoided if the owner is willing to do the essential grooming himself. Brush the dog regularly (ideally daily), cut his nails once every 2 to 6 weeks, brush his teeth at least once a week (ideally more), and bathe him once every one to three months. Clean the eyes with cotton and water and the ears with an ear cleaning solution when necessary. And if needed, remove any extra hair under the paws, around the eyes, and in the ears.

Wire-haired, long-coated, or curly-coated breeds will most likely need to be professionally groomed multiple times every year on top of that as it would be too challenging for most owners to care for their coats.

License and microchip

Licenses are mandatory almost everywhere and usually are between $10 and $20 yearly in the USA, depending on your location. A microchip is also required in most states and usually costs from $25 to $50. Both are useful to identify the dog if he gets lost and make locating you much easier.

Costs of 32 popular dog breeds for apartments

32 – English Bulldog – $149/month on average

Average Puppy Price: $2,500
Average First Year Expenses: $2,675 (plus the dog’s cost)
Average Adult Year Expenses: $1,370
Average Cost of Ownership: $16,135
Cost of Ownership Range: $8,795 – $25,040
Average Monthly Cost: $149

It is very easy to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 5
Weight: 40 to 50 lb.
Life Expectancy: 8 to 10 years
Breed Personality: Friendly, Courageous, Calm

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own an English Bulldog or learn Where to Find an English Bulldog Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

31 – Basset Hound – $130/month on average

Average Puppy Price: $800
Average First Year Expenses: $1,850 (plus the dog’s cost)
Average Adult Year Expenses: $1,470
Average Cost of Ownership: $20,290
Cost of Ownership Range: $10,100 – $31,515
Average Monthly Cost: $130

It is easy to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 37
Weight: 40 to 65 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 13 years
Breed Personality: Charming, Patient, Low-Key

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Basset Hound or learn Where to Find a Basset Hound Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

30 – Keeshond – $128/month on average

Average Puppy Price: $1,500
Average First Year Expenses: $1,765 (plus the dog’s cost)
Average Adult Year Expenses: $1,405
Average Cost of Ownership: $21,530
Cost of Ownership Range: $10,670 – $32,515
Average Monthly Cost: $128

It is very hard to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 88
Weight: 35 to 45 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years
Breed Personality: Friendly, Lively, Outgoing

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Keeshond or learn Where to Find a Keeshond Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

29 – American Eskimo Dog – $125/month on average

Average Puppy Price: $1,000
Average First Year Expenses: $2,855 (plus the dog’s cost)
Average Adult Year Expenses: $1,320
Average Cost of Ownership: $21,015
Cost of Ownership Range: $10,645 – $32,365
Average Monthly Cost: $125

It is very hard to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 120
Weight: 25 to 35 lb.
Life Expectancy: 13 to 15 years
Breed Personality: Playful, Perky, Smart

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own an American Eskimo Dog or learn Where to Find an American Eskimo Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

28 – Cardigan Welsh Corgi – $124/month on average

Average Puppy Price: $1,300
Average First Year Expenses: $2,825 (plus the dog’s cost)
Average Adult Year Expenses: $1,290
Average Cost of Ownership: $20,895
Cost of Ownership Range: $10,745 – $31,775
Average Monthly Cost: $124

It is very hard to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 66
Weight: 25 to 38 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years
Breed Personality: Affectionate, Loyal, Smart

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Cardigan Welsh Corgi or learn Where to Find a Cardigan Welsh Corgi Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

27 – Maltipoo – $124/month on average

Average Puppy Price: $2,000
Average First Year Expenses: $2,615 (plus the dog’s cost)
Average Adult Year Expenses: $1,200
Average Cost of Ownership: $17,815
Cost of Ownership Range: $9,840 – $26,970
Average Monthly Cost: $124

It is easy to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: NA
Weight: 5 to 20 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 13 years
Breed Personality: Fun-Loving, Affectionate, Charming

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Maltipoo or learn Where to Find a Maltipoo Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

26 – Whippet – $123/month on average

Average Puppy Price: $1,200
Average First Year Expenses: $2,640 (plus the dog’s cost)
Average Adult Year Expenses: $1,300
Average Cost of Ownership: $20,740
Cost of Ownership Range: $10,645 – $31,490
Average Monthly Cost: $123

It is very hard to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 57
Weight: 25 to 40 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years
Breed Personality: Affectionate, Playful, Calm

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Whippet or learn Where to Find a Whippet Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

25 – French Bulldog – $123/month on average

Average Puppy Price: $2,800
Average First Year Expenses: $2,595 (plus the dog’s cost)
Average Adult Year Expenses: $1,090
Average Cost of Ownership: $16,295
Cost of Ownership Range: $8,595 – $25,125
Average Monthly Cost: $123

It is very easy to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 4
Weight: 16 to 28 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years
Breed Personality: Adaptable, Playful, Smart

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a French Bulldog or learn Where to Find a French Bulldog Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

24 – Yorkshire Terrier – $119/month on average

Average Puppy Price: $1,200
Average First Year Expenses: $2,655 (plus the dog’s cost)
Average Adult Year Expenses: $1,230
Average Cost of Ownership: $18,615
Cost of Ownership Range: $10,440 – $27,755
Average Monthly Cost: $119

It is very easy to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 12
Weight: 4 to 10 lb.
Life Expectancy: 11 to 15 years
Breed Personality: Affectionate, Sprightly, Tomboyish

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Yorkshire Terrier or learn Where to Find a Yorkshire Terrier Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

23 – Cocker Spaniel – $119/month on average

Average Puppy Price: $800
Average First Year Expenses: $1,730 (plus the dog’s cost)
Average Adult Year Expenses: $1,330
Average Cost of Ownership: $17,160
Cost of Ownership Range: $9,150 – $26,040
Average Monthly Cost: $119

It is very easy to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 28
Weight: 20 to 30 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 14 years
Breed Personality: Gentle, Smart, Happy

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Cocker Spaniel or learn Where to Find a Cocker Spaniel Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

22 – Australian Terrier – $118/month on average

Average Puppy Price: $1,500
Average First Year Expenses: $2,420 (plus the dog’s cost)
Average Adult Year Expenses: $1,210
Average Cost of Ownership: $18,440
Cost of Ownership Range: $10,625 – $26,865
Average Monthly Cost: $118

It is very hard to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 142
Weight: 15 to 20 lb.
Life Expectancy: 11 to 15 years
Breed Personality: Affectionate, Courageous, Spirited

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own an Australian Terrier or learn Where to Find an Australian Terrier Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

21 – Maltese Shih Tzu – $118/month on average

Average Puppy Price: $1,450
Average First Year Expenses: $2,615 (plus the dog’s cost)
Average Adult Year Expenses: $1,190
Average Cost of Ownership: $18,345
Cost of Ownership Range: $10,150 – $27,385
Average Monthly Cost: $118

It is very hard to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: NA
Weight: 6 to 12 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 14 years
Breed Personality: Sweet, Eager to Please, Cuddle Buddy

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Maltese Shih Tzu or learn Where to Find a Maltese Shih Tzu Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

20 – Cockapoo – $117/month on average

Average Puppy Price: $2,000
Average First Year Expenses: $1,695 (plus the dog’s cost)
Average Adult Year Expenses: $1,230
Average Cost of Ownership: $19,685
Cost of Ownership Range: $10,640 – $29,725
Average Monthly Cost: $117

It is hard to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: NA
Weight: 6 to 20 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years
Breed Personality: Clown, People-Oriented, Intelligent

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Cockapoo or learn Where to Find a Cockapoo Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

19 – Yorkipoo – $117/month on average

Average Puppy Price: $1,600
Average First Year Expenses: $2,595 (plus the dog’s cost)
Average Adult Year Expenses: $1,170
Average Cost of Ownership: $18,235
Cost of Ownership Range: $10,455 – $26,905
Average Monthly Cost: $117

It is hard to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: NA
Weight: 3 to 14 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 15 years
Breed Personality: Fun-Loving, Intelligent, Gentle

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Yorkipoo or learn Where to Find a Yorkipoo Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

18 – Bichon Frise – $114/month on average

Average Puppy Price: $920
Average First Year Expenses: $1,820 (plus the dog’s cost)
Average Adult Year Expenses: $1,270
Average Cost of Ownership: $20,520
Cost of Ownership Range: $11,030 – $30,985
Average Monthly Cost: $114

It is hard to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 43
Weight: 7 to 12 lb.
Life Expectancy: 14 to 15 years
Breed Personality: Playful, Curious, Peppy

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Bichon Frise or learn Where to Find a Bichon Frise Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

17 – Maltese – $113/month on average

Average Puppy Price: $1,200
Average First Year Expenses: $1,780 (plus the dog’s cost)
Average Adult Year Expenses: $1,230
Average Cost of Ownership: $18,970
Cost of Ownership Range: $10,360 – $28,400
Average Monthly Cost: $113

It is easy to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 36
Weight: 6 to 8 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years
Breed Personality: Gentle, Playful, Charming

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Maltese or learn Where to Find a Maltese Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

16 – Peekapoo – $111/month on average

Average Puppy Price: $1,375
Average First Year Expenses: $2,355 (plus the dog’s cost)
Average Adult Year Expenses: $1,130
Average Cost of Ownership: $17,290
Cost of Ownership Range: $10,020 – $25,480
Average Monthly Cost: $111

It is very hard to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: NA
Weight: 4 to 20 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 15 years
Breed Personality: Loyal, Affectionate, Protective

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Peekapoo or learn Where to Find a Peekapoo Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

15 – Cairn Terrier – $110/month on average

Average Puppy Price: $950
Average First Year Expenses: $2,565 (plus the dog’s cost)
Average Adult Year Expenses: $1,150
Average Cost of Ownership: $18,465
Cost of Ownership Range: $9,835 – $27,595
Average Monthly Cost: $110

It is very hard to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 72
Weight: 13 to 14 lb.
Life Expectancy: 13 to 15 years
Breed Personality: Alert, Cheerful, Busy

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Cairn Terrier or learn Where to Find a Cairn Terrier Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

14 – Havanese – $108/month on average

Average Puppy Price: $1,100
Average First Year Expenses: $1,665 (plus the dog’s cost)
Average Adult Year Expenses: $1,190
Average Cost of Ownership: $19,425
Cost of Ownership Range: $10,330 – $29,285
Average Monthly Cost: $108

It is easy to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 22
Weight: 7 to 13 lb.
Life Expectancy: 14 to 16 years
Breed Personality: Intelligent, Outgoing, Funny

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Havanese or learn Where to Find a Havanese Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

13 – Brussels Griffon – $107/month on average

Average Puppy Price: $2,300
Average First Year Expenses: $2,255 (plus the dog’s cost)
Average Adult Year Expenses: $1,030
Average Cost of Ownership: $17,945
Cost of Ownership Range: $8,450 – $28,825
Average Monthly Cost: $107

It is very hard to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 96
Weight: 8 to 10 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years
Breed Personality: Loyal, Alert, Curious

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Brussels Griffon or learn Where to Find a Brussels Griffon Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

12 – Shih Tzu – $107/month on average

Average Puppy Price: $850
Average First Year Expenses: $1,720 (plus the dog’s cost)
Average Adult Year Expenses: $1,180
Average Cost of Ownership: $17,910
Cost of Ownership Range: $9,140 – $27,305
Average Monthly Cost: $107

It is very easy to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 20
Weight: 9 to 16 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 18 years
Breed Personality: Affectionate, Playful, Outgoing

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Shih Tzu or learn Where to Find a Shih Tzu Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

11 – Japanese Chin – $106/month on average

Average Puppy Price: $1,650
Average First Year Expenses: $2,165 (plus the dog’s cost)
Average Adult Year Expenses: $1,015
Average Cost of Ownership: $13,965
Cost of Ownership Range: $6,710 – $21,515
Average Monthly Cost: $106

It is very hard to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 108
Weight: 7 to 11 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years
Breed Personality: Charming, Noble, Loving

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Japanese Chin or learn Where to Find a Japanese Chin Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

10 – Basenji – $104/month on average

Average Puppy Price: $1,400
Average First Year Expenses: $1,605 (plus the dog’s cost)
Average Adult Year Expenses: $1,110
Average Cost of Ownership: $17,435
Cost of Ownership Range: $8,660 – $27,195
Average Monthly Cost: $104

It is very hard to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 87
Weight: 22 to 24 lb.
Life Expectancy: 13 to 14 years
Breed Personality: Independent, Smart, Poised

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Basenji or learn Where to Find a Basenji Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

9 – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – $103/month on average

Average Puppy Price: $1,500
Average First Year Expenses: $1,565 (plus the dog’s cost)
Average Adult Year Expenses: $1,095
Average Cost of Ownership: $17,300
Cost of Ownership Range: $8,755 – $26,690
Average Monthly Cost: $103

It is very easy to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 16
Weight: 13 to 18 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years
Breed Personality: Affectionate, Gentle, Graceful

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel or learn Where to Find a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

8 – Puggle – $103/month on average

Average Puppy Price: $1,000
Average First Year Expenses: $1,595 (plus the dog’s cost)
Average Adult Year Expenses: $1,120
Average Cost of Ownership: $16,035
Cost of Ownership Range: $7,755 – $25,890
Average Monthly Cost: $103

It is very hard to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: NA
Weight: 18 to 30 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 15 years
Breed Personality: Fun-Loving, Intelligent, Social

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Puggle or learn Where to Find a Puggle Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

7 – Boston Terrier – $102/month on average

Average Puppy Price: $850
Average First Year Expenses: $2,605 (plus the dog’s cost)
Average Adult Year Expenses: $1,015
Average Cost of Ownership: $14,620
Cost of Ownership Range: $7,290 – $22,720
Average Monthly Cost: $102

It is very easy to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 21
Weight: 12 to 25 lb.
Life Expectancy: 11 to 13 years
Breed Personality: Friendly, Bright, Amusing

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Boston Terrier or learn Where to Find a Boston Terrier Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

6 – Border Terrier – $101/month on average

Average Puppy Price: $1,900
Average First Year Expenses: $1,580 (plus the dog’s cost)
Average Adult Year Expenses: $1,040
Average Cost of Ownership: $17,000
Cost of Ownership Range: $7,850 – $26,025
Average Monthly Cost: $101

It is very hard to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 84
Weight: 11 to 16 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years
Breed Personality: Affectionate, Happy, Plucky

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Border Terrier or learn Where to Find a Border Terrier Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

5 – Chihuahua – $100/month on average

Average Puppy Price: $800
Average First Year Expenses: $2,480 (plus the dog’s cost)
Average Adult Year Expenses: $1,045
Average Cost of Ownership: $17,910
Cost of Ownership Range: $9,250 – $27,985
Average Monthly Cost: $100

It is very easy to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 35
Weight: 3 to 6 lb.
Life Expectancy: 14 to 16 years
Breed Personality: Charming, Graceful, Sassy

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Chihuahua or learn Where to Find a Chihuahua Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

4 – American Hairless Terrier – $97/month on average

Average Puppy Price: $1,500
Average First Year Expenses: $2,195 (plus the dog’s cost)
Average Adult Year Expenses: $980
Average Cost of Ownership: $17,415
Cost of Ownership Range: $8,505 – $26,585
Average Monthly Cost: $97

It is very hard to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 124
Weight: 12 to 16 lb.
Life Expectancy: 14 to 16 years
Breed Personality: Energetic, Alert, Curious

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own an American Hairless Terrier or learn Where to Find an American Hairless Terrier Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

3 – Pug – $96/month on average

Average Puppy Price: $1,175
Average First Year Expenses: $1,580 (plus the dog’s cost)
Average Adult Year Expenses: $1,035
Average Cost of Ownership: $16,210
Cost of Ownership Range: $7,025 – $26,090
Average Monthly Cost: $96

It is very easy to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 31
Weight: 14 to 18 lb.
Life Expectancy: 13 to 15 years
Breed Personality: Charming, Mischievous, Loving

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Pug or learn Where to Find a Pug Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

2 – Chinese Crested – $94/month on average

Average Puppy Price: $1,100
Average First Year Expenses: $1,505 (plus the dog’s cost)
Average Adult Year Expenses: $1,030
Average Cost of Ownership: $18,055
Cost of Ownership Range: $7,710 – $29,845
Average Monthly Cost: $94

It is very hard to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 80
Weight: 8 to 12 lb.
Life Expectancy: 13 to 18 years
Breed Personality: Affectionate, Alert, Lively

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Chinese Crested or learn Where to Find a Chinese Crested Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

1 – Toy Fox Terrier – $91/month on average

Average Puppy Price: $800
Average First Year Expenses: $2,365 (plus the dog’s cost)
Average Adult Year Expenses: $930
Average Cost of Ownership: $15,255
Cost of Ownership Range: $7,390 – $23,800
Average Monthly Cost: $91

It is very hard to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 107
Weight: 3 to 7 lb.
Life Expectancy: 13 to 15 years
Breed Personality: Friendly, Alert, Intelligent

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Toy Fox Terrier or learn Where to Find a Toy Fox Terrier Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

Other breeds could also make good apartment dogs. If you couldn’t find the one you were looking for in this list, check our breeds page to see more options and get all the information on your favorite dogs.

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Additional costs to consider for an apartment dog

Pet insurance

According to the North American Pet Health Insurance Association, the average premium for accident and illness insurance is close to $49 monthly. This will vary a lot depending on your location, the dog’s breed, and age.

Some medical conditions can be expensive to treat (hundreds or even thousands of dollars). Although purebred dogs may have a higher incidence of some inherited disorders, mixed breed dogs are also likely to develop health conditions, such as cancer and heart disorders. No dog owner should have to make critical decisions about their pets based on their ability to afford care. That’s why pet insurance is more popular every year in the US.

If you wonder whether or not you should get pet insurance, we have a simple step-by-step guide to help you make the decision. This could save you thousands of dollars. Also, be aware that there is an alternative to traditional pet insurance available on the market.

Community coverage VS Insurance

Eusoh: Better than Pet Insurance for Complete Health Coverage
Eusoh is a community-based pet insurance alternative in which members share the cost of their veterinary expenses. You get reimbursed for your pet’s medical, wellness, illness, routine care expenses but never pay more than $65/month ($40 on average).

For complete health coverage at a low cost, Eusoh is the best option. On average, members save around 50% when compared to traditional pet insurance. I love the idea of not having to worry about being able to afford medical care for my furry companion. Dogs are family, after all!

– There is no premium, so you don’t overpay for care in your monthly contributions. Any unused contributions are rolled over entirely as a credit.
– You can easily know in advance what will be reimbursed and by how much (usually 80%), and you can submit expenses easily from your smartphone.
– You can choose the veterinarian or healthcare provider you want and are covered for a broader range of services.
– You can get advice from other Eusoh members.

Spaying or neutering

Most specialists recommend that every dog should be spayed or neutered. It remains the owner’s decision in most cases, but know that the procedure could cost $100 to $500 depending on the clinic and the dog’s size.

Dog walking

If you cannot take your dog outside during the day, a dog walker is essential to prevent the dog from getting bored and potentially develop behavioral or health issues. Dog walking usually costs $15 to $25 for a 30-minute walk and $20 to $50 for a one-hour walk. You must be aware that those costs add up very quickly if you need a dog walker five days a week all year long.

Even a dog that adapts well in an apartment and spends most of his time inside will need outdoor time and exercise every day to stay mentally and physically stimulated and remain healthy.

Dog boarding

If you are traveling and cannot leave your dog in the care of a family member or friend, dog boarding will usually cost between $25 and $85 per day. It could be more expensive depending on the time of the year.

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Conclusion

Five of the cheapest apartment dog breeds anyone could own are Toy Fox Terriers, Chinese Cresteds, Pugs, American Hairless Terriers, and Chihuahuas. On average, these dogs should cost $100 or less per month to own when considering essential expenses.

Five of the most expensive apartment dog breeds anyone could own are English Bulldogs, Basset Hounds, Keeshonden, American Eskimo Dogs, and Cardigan Welsh Corgis. On average, these dogs should cost more than $120 per month in essential expenses only.

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Summary for the most popular dog breeds when living in an apartment

A Boston Terrier puppy is likely to cost between $550-$1,400, with the average price being $850. First-year expenses are around $2,605 and will be about $1,015/year after that. Through the dog’s lifetime, the average cost of owning a Boston Terrier is $14,620.

A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy is likely to cost between $800-$2,500, with the average price being $1,500. First-year expenses are around $1,565 and will be about $1,095/year after that. Through the dog’s lifetime, the average cost of owning a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is $17,300.

A Shih Tzu puppy is likely to cost between $500-$1,600, with the average price being $850. First-year expenses are around $1,720 and will be about $1,180/year after that. Through the dog’s lifetime, the average cost of owning a Shih Tzu is $17,910.

A Havanese puppy is likely to cost between $650-$1,800, with the average price being $1,100. First-year expenses are around $1,665 and will be about $1,190/year after that. Through the dog’s lifetime, the average cost of owning a Havanese is $19,425.

A Cocker Spaniel puppy is likely to cost between $500-$1,500, with the average price being $800. First-year expenses are around $1,730 and will be about $1,330/year after that. Through the dog’s lifetime, the average cost of owning a Cocker Spaniel is $17,160.

A Yorkshire Terrier puppy is likely to cost between $600-$2,500, with the average price being $1,200. First-year expenses are around $2,655 and will be about $1,230/year after that. Through the dog’s lifetime, the average cost of owning a Yorkie is $18,615.

A French Bulldog puppy is likely to cost between $1,800-$4,500, with the average price being $2,800. First-year expenses are around $2,595 and will be about $1,090/year after that. Through the dog’s lifetime, the average cost of owning a French Bulldog is $16,295.

An English Bulldog puppy is likely to cost between $1,500-$4,500, with the average price being $2,500. First-year expenses are around $2,675 and will be about $1,370/year after that. Through the dog’s lifetime, the average cost of owning an English Bulldog is $16,135.

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Johann Chapuis has assembled a fantastic team of licensed veterinarians, animal behaviorists, dog trainers, groomers, and walkers to write every article and offer the most accurate content on petbudget.com. Being a pet lover and owner himself, Johann is sharing his experiences and his financial aptitude cultivated during his MBA with a specialization in finance and the numerous years he spent working as a business manager and entrepreneur.

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