21 Popular Puppies You Can Buy for $1,000 or Less in the US


Welcoming a puppy into your home is a very happy moment but also comes with a cost. People are always looking for ways to save and want to find the best price for their puppy. Many future dog owners set their maximum budget at $1,000 for the pup. This article was written to give them information on the different available breeds after reviewing thousands of ads from all over the US.

It is possible to buy a puppy for $1,000 or less in the US as long as the future owner is not looking for a dog with a pedigree (which would be too expensive in most cases) or more expensive breeds like Bulldogs, Samoyeds, and Portuguese Water Dogs. Adoption is almost always less than $500.

Please read below to find 20 popular breeds you could buy for $1,000 and less and how challenging it is to find each one with this budget. We have also added more breeds that could be available according to our research, as well as a few tips to increase your chances of finding a cheap puppy.

Always keep in mind that the pup’s price is only the tip of the iceberg, and if you are genuinely interested in buying or adopting a specific breed, check our cost analysis to find all the information about how much owning your favorite dog will be (training, food, supplies, grooming, etc.).

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Labrador Retriever – Very easy to find

Average Price: $800
Price Range: $400 – $1,500
Ads Found: 3,160
Ads Under $1,000: 2,472
Breed Popularity Ranking: 1
Weight: 55 to 80 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years

The Cost to Own a Labrador

German Shepherd – Very easy to find

Average Price: $800
Price Range: $450 – $1,900
Ads Found: 2,349
Ads Under $1,000: 1,658
Breed Popularity Ranking: 2
Weight: 50 to 90 lb.
Life Expectancy: 7 to 10 years

The Cost to Own a German Shepherd

Siberian Husky – Very easy to find

Average Price: $650
Price Range: $400 – $1,200
Ads Found: 1,485
Ads Under $1,000: 1,320
Breed Popularity Ranking: 15
Weight: 35 to 60 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 14 years

The Cost to Own a Husky

Australian Shepherd – Very easy to find

Average Price: $800
Price Range: $400 – $1,500
Ads Found: 1,740
Ads Under $1,000: 1,291
Breed Popularity Ranking: 13
Weight: 40 to 65 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years

The Cost to Own an Australian Shepherd

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Golden Retriever – Very easy to find

Average Price: $1,000
Price Range: $700 – $2,000
Ads Found: 1,934
Ads Under $1,000: 1,024
Breed Popularity Ranking: 3
Weight: 55 to 75 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years

The Cost to Own a Golden Retriever

Great Dane – Very easy to find

Average Price: $1,000
Price Range: $500 – $1,800
Ads Found: 1,445
Ads Under $1,000: 806
Breed Popularity Ranking: 17
Weight: 110 to 175 lb.
Life Expectancy: 7 to 10 years

The Cost to Own a Great Dane

Shih Tzu – Very easy to find

Average Price: $850
Price Range: $500 – $1,600
Ads Found: 1,173
Ads Under $1,000: 762
Breed Popularity Ranking: 20
Weight: 9 to 16 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 18 years

The Cost to Own a Shih Tzu

Standard Poodle – Very easy to find

Average Price: $1,000
Price Range: $600 – $2,000
Ads Found: 1,447
Ads Under $1,000: 727
Breed Popularity Ranking: 6
Weight: 40 to 70 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 18 years

The Cost to Own a Standard Poodle

Boxer – Very easy to find

Average Price: $900
Price Range: $500 – $1,500
Ads Found: 1,041
Ads Under $1,000: 721
Breed Popularity Ranking: 14
Weight: 40 to 80 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years

The Cost to Own a Boxer

Yorkshire Terrier – Very easy to find

Average Price: $1,200
Price Range: $600 – $2,500
Ads Found: 1,406
Ads Under $1,000: 669
Breed Popularity Ranking: 12
Weight: 4 to 10 lb.
Life Expectancy: 11 to 15 years

The Cost to Own a Yorkshire Terrier

Miniature Schnauzer – Very easy to find

Average Price: $950
Price Range: $600 – $1,800
Ads Found: 1,087
Ads Under $1,000: 665
Breed Popularity Ranking: 18
Weight: 11 to 20 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years

The Cost to Own a Miniature Schnauzer

Boston Terrier – Very easy to find

Average Price: $850
Price Range: $550 – $1,400
Ads Found: 897
Ads Under $1,000: 639
Breed Popularity Ranking: 21
Weight: 12 to 25 lb.
Life Expectancy: 11 to 13 years

The Cost to Own a Boston Terrier

Pembroke Welsh Corgi – Very easy to find

Average Price: $1,050
Price Range: $750 – $1,800
Ads Found: 1,221
Ads Under $1,000: 609
Breed Popularity Ranking: 10
Weight: 22 to 30 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 13 years

The Cost to Own a Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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German Shorthaired Pointer – Very easy to find

Average Price: $800
Price Range: $500 – $1,000
Ads Found: 663
Ads Under $1,000: 606
Breed Popularity Ranking: 9
Weight: 45 to 70 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years

The Cost to Own a German Shorthaired Pointer

Beagle – Easy to find

Average Price: $550
Price Range: $295 – $1,125
Ads Found: 528
Ads Under $1,000: 470
Breed Popularity Ranking: 7
Weight: 20 to 30 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 15 years

The Cost to Own a Beagle

Dachshund – Easy to find

Average Price: $850
Price Range: $450 – $1,500
Ads Found: 593
Ads Under $1,000: 434
Breed Popularity Ranking: 11
Weight: 16 to 32 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 16 years

The Cost to Own a Dachshund

Cavalier King Charles – Hard to find

Average Price: $1,500
Price Range: $800 – $2,500
Ads Found: 790
Ads Under $1,000: 271
Breed Popularity Ranking: 16
Weight: 13 to 18 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years

The Cost to Own a Cavalier King Charles

Doberman Pinscher – Hard to find

Average Price: $1,000
Price Range: $500 – $2,250
Ads Found: 536
Ads Under $1,000: 271
Breed Popularity Ranking: 19
Weight: 60 to 100 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years

The Cost to Own a Doberman Pinscher

Rottweiler – Hard to find

Average Price: $1,150
Price Range: $600 – $2,000
Ads Found: 495
Ads Under $1,000: 239
Breed Popularity Ranking: 8
Weight: 80 to 135 lb.
Life Expectancy: 9 to 10 years

The Cost to Own a Rottweiler

Havanese – Hard to find

Average Price: $1,100
Price Range: $650 – $1,800
Ads Found: 514
Ads Under $1,000: 238
Breed Popularity Ranking: 22
Weight: 7 to 13 lb.
Life Expectancy: 14 to 16 years

The Cost to Own an Havanese

Labradoodle- Hard to find

Average Price: $1,550
Price Range: $900 – $2,800
Ads Found: 775
Ads Under $1,000: 152
Breed Popularity Ranking: NA
Weight: 50 to 65 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 14 years

The Cost to Own a Labradoodle

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Other breeds it is possible to find for $1,000

During our research, we have found many ads under $1,000 for different other breeds.

Small dogs (2-25 lb.):

  • Easy to find: Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Cocker Spaniel, Pug.
  • Hard to find: Shetland Sheepdog, Maltese, Shiba Inu.
  • Very hard to find: Miniature Pinscher, Bichon Frise, Lhasa Apso, West Highland White Terrier, Papillon, Cairn Terrier, Rat Terrier, Scottish Terrier, Jack Russell Terrier, Puggle.
  • Ads were found for 25 other breeds but less than 30 puppies were available for each of them in the US with this budget.

Medium-sized dogs (26-55 lb.):

  • Very easy to find: Miniature American Shepherd.
  • Easy to find: Border Collie, English Springer Spaniel, Basset Hound.
  • Hard to find: Australian Cattle Dog, Brittany.
  • Very hard to find: Vizsla, Chinese Shar-Pei, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.
  • Ads were found for 16 other breeds but less than 30 puppies were available for each of them in the US with this budget.

Large dogs (56-75 lb.):

  • Hard to find: Weimaraner, Collie, Dalmatian.
  • Very hard to find: Goldendoodle, Airedale Terrier, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Bluetick Coonhound.
  • Ads were found for 12 other breeds but less than 30 puppies were available for each of them in the US with this budget.

Extra-large dogs (Over 75 lb.):

  • Hard to find: Great Pyrenees, Saint Bernard, Akita, Bloodhound.
  • Very hard to find: Newfoundland, Alaskan Malamute, Mastiff, Bernese Mountain Dog, Cane Corso Italiano, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Old English Sheepdog, Anatolian Shepherd Dog.
  • Ads were found for 7 other breeds but less than 30 puppies were available for each of them in the US with this budget.

If you are curious about puppies you could buy for even less, check our article about 16 breeds you can find under $500 in the US.

If you want more options, we also have reviewed all the puppies available for $1,500.

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.

Everyone wants a healthy dog without behavioral problems. That is why it is always recommended to buy from a responsible breeder that takes good care of his breeding dogs and puppies. Never buy a pet from puppy mills or someone who cannot give you information on the puppy’s parents. Pay a visit to the breeder to see if his business looks legit, and spend a little time with your future dog to make sure it seems healthy.

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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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