Popular Puppies You Can Buy for $1,500 or Less in the US


Getting a puppy is a very exciting project, but it also comes with a cost. If your maximum budget is $1,500 to get your dog, this article will inform you about the different available breeds after reviewing thousands of ads from all over the US.

It is easy to find a puppy for $1,500. The most common breeds available will be Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Australian Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, and Huskies. Almost every breed can be found at this price, except for a few rare and expensive ones such as Afghan Hounds or Borzois.

Please read below to find 17 popular dogs that are indeed very easy to buy in the US for $1,500 and less. At the end of this post, we have added more breeds that should also be available at this price point, as well as the difficulty of finding them according to our research, and a few tips to increase your chances of getting a cheaper healthy puppy.

Remember that the price of the puppy is a small portion of your future expenses. If you are interested in buying or adopting a dog, check the related cost article to find all the information about how much owning your furry friend will be (training, food, supplies, grooming, etc.).

Also, adoption is a much cheaper ordeal as it usually costs between $50 and $500.

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Labrador Retriever – Very easy to find

Average Price: $800
Price Range: $400 – $1,500
Ads Found: 3,160
Ads Under $1,500: 2,960
94% of the puppies found were under $1,500
Breed Popularity Ranking: 1
Weight: 55 to 80 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years

Considering this breed? Read our article about 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 $1,500: 2,027
86% of the puppies found were under $1,500
Breed Popularity Ranking: 2
Weight: 50 to 90 lb.
Life Expectancy: 7 to 10 years

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

Australian Shepherd – Very easy to find

Average Price: $800
Price Range: $400 – $1,500
Ads Found: 1,740
Ads Under $1,500: 1,625
93% of the puppies found were under $1,500
Breed Popularity Ranking: 13
Weight: 40 to 65 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own an Australian Shepherd

Golden Retriever – Very easy to find

Average Price: $1,000
Price Range: $700 – $2,000
Ads Found: 1,934
Ads Under $1,500: 1,596
83% of the puppies found were under $1,500
Breed Popularity Ranking: 3
Weight: 55 to 75 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years

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

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Siberian Husky – Very easy to find

Average Price: $650
Price Range: $400 – $1,200
Ads Found: 1,485
Ads Under $1,500: 1,433
96% of the puppies found were under $1,500
Breed Popularity Ranking: 15
Weight: 35 to 60 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 14 years

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

Great Dane – Very easy to find

Average Price: $1,000
Price Range: $500 – $1,800
Ads Found: 1,445
Ads Under $1,500: 1,236
86% of the puppies found were under $1,500
Breed Popularity Ranking: 17
Weight: 110 to 175 lb.
Life Expectancy: 7 to 10 years

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

Standard Poodle – Very easy to find

Average Price: $1,000
Price Range: $600 – $2,000
Ads Found: 1,447
Ads Under $1,500: 1,173
81% of the puppies found were under $1,500
Breed Popularity Ranking: 6
Weight: 40 to 70 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 18 years

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

Shih Tzu – Very easy to find

Average Price: $850
Price Range: $500 – $1,600
Ads Found: 1,173
Ads Under $1,500: 1,044
89% of the puppies found were under $1,5000
Breed Popularity Ranking: 20
Weight: 9 to 16 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 18 years

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

Yorkshire Terrier – Very easy to find

Average Price: $1,200
Price Range: $600 – $2,500
Ads Found: 1,406
Ads Under $1,500: 1,031
73% of the puppies found were under $1,500
Breed Popularity Ranking: 12
Weight: 4 to 10 lb.
Life Expectancy: 11 to 15 years

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

Miniature American Shepherd – Very easy to find

Average Price: $800
Price Range: $450 – $1,500
Ads Found: 1,102
Ads Under $1,500: 1,021
93% of the puppies found were under $1,500
Breed Popularity Ranking: 29
Weight: 20 to 40 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 13 years

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Miniature American Shepherd

Pembroke Welsh Corgi – Very easy to find

Average Price: $1,050
Price Range: $750 – $1,800
Ads Found: 1,221
Ads Under $1,500: 1,019
83% of the puppies found were under $1,500
Breed Popularity Ranking: 10
Weight: 22 to 30 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 13 years

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Boxer – Very easy to find

Average Price: $900
Price Range: $500 – $1,500
Ads Found: 1,041
Ads Under $1,500: 946
91% of the puppies found were under $1,500
Breed Popularity Ranking: 14
Weight: 40 to 80 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years

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

Miniature Schnauzer – Very easy to find

Average Price: $950
Price Range: $600 – $1,800
Ads Found: 1,087
Ads Under $1,500: 930
86% of the puppies found were under $1,500
Breed Popularity Ranking: 18
Weight: 11 to 20 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years

Considering this breed? Read our article about 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 $1,500: 858
96% of the puppies found were under $1,500
Breed Popularity Ranking: 21
Weight: 12 to 25 lb.
Life Expectancy: 11 to 13 years

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

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Pomeranian – Very easy to find

Average Price: $1,200
Price Range: $600 – $2,000
Ads Found: 1,083
Ads Under $1,500: 788
73% of the puppies found were under $1,500
Breed Popularity Ranking: 24
Weight: 3 to 7 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 16 years

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

Chihuahua – Very easy to find

Average Price: $800
Price Range: $375 – $2,420
Ads Found: 899
Ads Under $1,500: 722
80% of the puppies found were under $1,500
Breed Popularity Ranking: 35
Weight: 3 to 6 lb.
Life Expectancy: 14 to 16 years

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

German Shorthaired Pointer – Very easy to find

Average Price: $800
Price Range: $500 – $1,000
Ads Found: 663
Ads Under $1,500: 661
Almost 100% of the puppies found were under $1,500
Breed Popularity Ranking: 9
Weight: 45 to 70 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years

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

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Other breeds you can find for $1,500 or less

During our research, we have found many ads under $1,500 for other breeds.

Small dogs (2-25 lb.):

  • Easy to find: Cocker Spaniel, Dachshund, Beagle, Pug, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Havanese.
  • Hard to find: Maltese, Shiba Inu, Shetland Sheepdog, French Bulldog, Miniature Pinscher.
  • Very hard to find: Bichon Frise, Lhasa Apso, West Highland White Terrier, Maltipoo, Papillon, Scottish Terrier, Yorkipoo, Jack Russell Terrier, Cairn Terrier, Cockapoo, Puggle, Rat Terrier, Toy Fox Terrier, Maltese Shih Tzu.
  • Ads were found for 23 other breeds but less than 30 puppies were available for each of them in the US with this budget. We were not able to find any English Toy Spaniel for $1,500.

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

  • Easy to find: Border Collie, English Springer Spaniel, Basset Hound, Australian Cattle Dog.
  • Hard to find: Brittany, English Bulldog, Vizsla.
  • Very hard to find: Chinese Shar-Pei, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Portuguese Water Dog, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Eskimo Dog, Whippet, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, Schnoodle.
  • Ads were found for 12 other breeds but less than 30 puppies were available for each of them in the US with this budget. We were not able to find any Afghan Hound, Welsh Springer Spaniel, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, German Pinscher, or Icelandic Sheepdog for $1,500.

Large dogs (56-75 lb.):

  • Easy to find: Goldendoodle, Labradoodle, Weimaraner, Collie.
  • Hard to find: Dalmatian, Belgian Malinois.
  • Very hard to find: Airedale Terrier, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Bull Terrier, Bluetick Coonhound.
  • Ads were found for 14 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.):

  • Easy to find: Doberman Pinscher, Rottweiler.
  • Hard to find: Great Pyrenees, Saint Bernard, Newfoundland, Bernese Mountain Dog, Akita, Mastiff, Cane Corso Italiano, Bloodhound, Alaskan Malamute, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Old English Sheepdog.
  • Very hard to find: Bullmastiff, Anatolian Shepherd Dog, Dogue de Bordeaux.
  • Ads were found for 10 other breeds but less than 30 puppies were available for each of them in the US with this budget. We were not able to find any Borzoi or Briard for $1,500.

If you are curious about puppies you could buy for even less, check our article about puppies you can find under $1,000 in the US.

If you want more options, we also have reviewed all the puppies available for $2,000.

Find a cheap puppy

Here are five tips that 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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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.

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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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