Top 10 Most Expensive Medium-Sized Puppies in the US


This article is for you if you are looking for a puppy or just curious about puppy prices. I have reviewed over 10,000 ads (for 37 breeds) from the American Kennel Club, PuppyFind, NextDayPets, and breeders websites to establish this ranking of the Top 10 most expensive medium-sized puppies.

We consider a puppy to be medium-sized for this research if the dog’s average adult weight is 26 to 55 lb. The popularity factor for each breed is based on the American Kennel Club’s most popular breeds list. Finally, the price range represents 80% of the ads found (it excludes the cheapest and most expensive 10%).

At the end of this article, we have also added a few tips to find cheaper puppies without buying from unreliable sellers and backyard breeders. Remember that the puppy’s price is a small portion of the expenses when raising a dog. If you want to buy or adopt one, I would advise you to read the related cost article to find all the information about how much owning your furry friend will be (training, food, supplies, grooming, etc.).

Finally, I cannot start without recommending adoption to anyone looking for a dog. It is much cheaper ($50 to $500), usually faster, and easier than buying a breeder’s puppy.

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10 – Schnoodle

Average Price: $2,000
Price Range: $1,230 – $2,695

It is very hard to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: NA
Weight: 20 to 75 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 15 years
Breed Personality: Smart, Active, Adorable

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Schnoodle

9 – Irish Terrier

Average Price: $2,100
Price Range: $900 – $3,500

It is very hard to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 119
Weight: 25 to 27 lb.
Life Expectancy: 13 to 15 years
Breed Personality: Bold, Dashing, Tenderhearted

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own an Irish Terrier

8 – Portuguese Water Dog

Average Price: $2,200
Price Range: $1,500 – $2,890

It is very hard to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 49
Weight: 35 to 60 lb.
Life Expectancy: 11 to 13 years
Breed Personality: Affectionate, Adventurous, Athletic

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Portuguese Water Dog

7 – Icelandic Sheepdog

Average Price: $2,250
Price Range: $2,000 – $2,500

It is very hard to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 132
Weight: 25 to 30 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 14 years
Breed Personality: Friendly, Playful, Inquisitive

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own an Icelandic Sheepdog

6 – Afghan Hound

Average Price: $2,250
Price Range: $2,000 – $2,500

It is very hard to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 111
Weight: 50 to 60 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years
Breed Personality: Dignified, Profoundly Loyal, Aristocratic

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own an Afghan Hound

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5 – Saluki

Average Price: $2,400
Price Range: $1,700 – $2,700

It is very hard to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 125
Weight: 40 to 65 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 17 years
Breed Personality: Gentle, Dignified, Independent-Minded

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Saluki

4 – Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Average Price: $2,500
Price Range: $1,800 – $3,500

It is very hard to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 86
Weight: 35 to 50 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 14 years
Breed Personality: Affectionate, Intelligent, Outgoing

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

3 – English Bulldog

Average Price: $2,500
Price Range: $1,500 – $4,500

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

2 – Xoloitzcuintli

Average Price: $2,750
Price Range: $800 – $4,000

It is very hard to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 137
Weight: 30 to 55 lb.
Life Expectancy: 13 to 18 years
Breed Personality: Loyal, Alert, Calm

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Xoloitzcuintli

1 – German Pinscher

Average Price: $2,800
Price Range: $2,000 – $3,550

It is very hard to find a puppy
Breed Popularity Ranking: 123
Weight: 25 to 45 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 14 years
Breed Personality: Courageous, Intelligent, Vivacious

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a German Pinscher

These breeds tend to be expensive because most are rare and hard to find. In many cases, the only option is to put your name on a waiting list at a registered breeder and hope to get a puppy when the next litter is ready. This is not the case for English Bulldogs, which are easy to find, but they remain costly because they are trendy, and expensive to breed on top of that.

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Find a cheap puppy

The five following tips will help you find a cheaper puppy:

  • Adoption. By investing a little time to visit shelter websites regularly, there is a good chance that you will be able to find a puppy to adopt. They are rare and get adopted very fast, but it is a realistic option. Not only is it cheaper, but it is also a great thing to do.
  • Older puppies. Most people are willing to buy their dog as young as possible, creating excellent opportunities to find puppies a few months old for a much lower price. A 6-month-old dog will still be adorable and playful and should be cheaper than an 8-week-old one.
  • Other locations/states. Some breeds are more expensive in specific locations because of their characteristics and the cost to operate a breeding business there. Looking at prices in different places is a great way to save a lot, providing you are willing to travel to meet the breeder and your future dog.
  • Mixed-breed or purebred. Mixed breed dogs tend to be less expensive to buy than purebreds. This is especially true for purebreds with registration papers (pedigree). Most families are just looking for a good pet to spend time with and do not need these registration papers.
  • Friends and family. Let everyone around you know that you are looking for a dog. You might get a good surprise and learn that someone trustworthy has a pregnant dog and is looking for people to get the pups.

Even on a budget, always make sure to buy from a serious and responsible breeder. You will have a much better chance to get a healthy dog without behavioral problems. Avoid puppy mills and unreliable backyard breeders. Before buying a puppy, visit the kennel, question the breeder about the breeding process and how he cares for his breeding dogs and puppies, and make sure to see and interact with the puppy to see if it looks healthy.

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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).

Factors affecting the price of puppies and why prices vary for the same breed.

Purebred or mixed. Usually, mixed-breeds are sold at a lower price than purebred dogs.

Bloodline and breeder’s reputation. If the parents are purebred show quality dogs from a reputable breeder, the price will be substantially higher. These breeders also tend to invest more money than others to take care of their breeding dogs and puppies.

Registration papers/pedigree. Some breeders are members of kennel clubs, the most famous being the American Kennel Club (AKC). They can also have their breeding dogs and puppies registered which would also add to their fees.

Health screenings and medical expenses. Serious breeders will have their breeding dogs and/or puppies evaluated/tested for different medical conditions. Moreover, some will take their puppies to the vet for an exam, deworming, vaccines, and/or microchip implantation prior to selling them. This drives the price higher but also reduces the risk to get an unhealthy dog.

Training and socialization. Some breeders sell their dogs after they are trained and socialized. It will increase the puppy’s price but generate savings as you most probably won’t have to invest in more training and also gives a better chance to get a well-behaved dog.

Breed popularity in the buyer’s location. Local supply and demand will have an impact on puppy prices. For example, small dogs tend to be more popular in metropolitan areas where people live in smaller spaces. Some breeds are more in demand in colder climates, others where hunting is popular, etc. It is worth looking for prices in different locations, but it is risky to buy a dog without having seen it before or at least have met with the breeder and visited the kennel.

Age. As most people want to get their puppy as young as possible, prices tend to be lower when the dog gets older. For example, on average a 6-month-old pup is likely to be less expensive than an 8-week-old one.

Coat color and markings. Coat color trends can change quickly. For any breed, some colors are more popular than others, sometimes temporarily. When the interest for a specific coat color grows, puppies get more expensive as an increase in demand leads to a higher market price. Also, for purebred dogs, only specific colors and color combinations are accepted by kennel clubs. Finally, puppies with rare colors can be very expensive as well.

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This article is original content from PetBudget.

This article is based on information we found while researching and does not guarantee that it will be possible to find a puppy at this price when the article is read.

The breeds considered in this research are the following: Afghan Hound, American Eskimo Dog, American Staffordshire Terrier, Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Shepherd, Basset Hound, Bearded Collie, Border Collie, Boykin Spaniel, Brittany, Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Chinese Shar-Pei, English Bulldog, English Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, German Pinscher, Icelandic Sheepdog, Irish Terrier, Keeshond, Kerry Blue Terrier, Miniature American Shepherd, Norwegian Elkhound, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Portuguese Water Dog, Saluki, Samoyed, Schnoodle, Siberian Husky, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Standard Poodle, Standard Schnauzer, Vizsla, Welsh Springer Spaniel, Whippet, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, Xoloitzcuintli.

Johann Chapuis

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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