Popular Puppies You Can Buy for $2,000 or Less in the US


Getting a puppy is a fantastic experience for a family but also comes with a cost. If your maximum budget is $2,000 to buy your dog, this article will inform you about the different available breeds. To get this information, we have reviewed thousands of ads from all over the US.

It is easy to find a puppy for $2,000 or less in the US. The most common breeds available will be Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Australian Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, and Huskies. You could even buy breeds like Westies, Giant Schnauzer, or Portuguese Water Dogs under $2,000.

This article introduces 23 popular dogs that are very easy to find for $2,000 and less in the US. We have also added more breeds that should also be available at this price point, according to our research, as well as a few tips to increase your chances of finding a cheaper puppy without having to buy from unreliable sellers.

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.).

Adoption is a cheaper and easier option with costs usually ranging from $50 to $500 for a puppy or an adult dog.

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Labrador Retriever – Very easy to find

Average Price: $800
Price Range: $400 – $1,500
Ads Found: 3,160
Ads Under $2,000: 3,097
98% of the puppies found were under $2,000
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 $2,000: 2,218
94% of the puppies found were under $2,000
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

Golden Retriever – Very easy to find

Average Price: $1,000
Price Range: $700 – $2,000
Ads Found: 1,934
Ads Under $2,000: 1,794
93% of the puppies found were under $2,000
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

Australian Shepherd – Very easy to find

Average Price: $800
Price Range: $400 – $1,500
Ads Found: 1,740
Ads Under $2,000: 1,717
99% of the puppies found were under $2,000
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

Siberian Husky – Very easy to find

Average Price: $650
Price Range: $400 – $1,200
Ads Found: 1,485
Ads Under $2,000: 1,469
99% of the puppies found were under $2,000
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

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Great Dane – Very easy to find

Average Price: $1,000
Price Range: $500 – $1,800
Ads Found: 1,445
Ads Under $2,000: 1,376
95% of the puppies found were under $2,000
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 $2,000: 1,354
94% of the puppies found were under $2,000
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

Yorkshire Terrier – Very easy to find

Average Price: $1,200
Price Range: $600 – $2,500
Ads Found: 1,406
Ads Under $2,000: 1,218
87% of the puppies found were under $2,000
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

Pembroke Welsh Corgi – Very easy to find

Average Price: $1,050
Price Range: $750 – $1,800
Ads Found: 1,221
Ads Under $2,000: 1,190
97% of the puppies found were under $2,000
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

Shih Tzu – Very easy to find

Average Price: $850
Price Range: $500 – $1,600
Ads Found: 1,173
Ads Under $2,000: 1,142
97% of the puppies found were under $2,000
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

Miniature American Shepherd – Very easy to find

Average Price: $800
Price Range: $450 – $1,500
Ads Found: 1,102
Ads Under $1,500: 1,088
99% of the puppies found were under $2,000
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

Miniature Schnauzer – Very easy to find

Average Price: $950
Price Range: $600 – $1,800
Ads Found: 1,087
Ads Under $2,000: 1,035
95% of the puppies found were under $2,000
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

Boxer – Very easy to find

Average Price: $900
Price Range: $500 – $1,500
Ads Found: 1,041
Ads Under $2,000: 1,032
99% of the puppies found were under $2,000
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

Pomeranian – Very easy to find

Average Price: $1,200
Price Range: $600 – $2,000
Ads Found: 1,083
Ads Under $1,500: 977
90% of the puppies found were under $2,000
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

Goldendoodle – Very easy to find

Average Price: $2,000
Price Range: $1,200 – $3,200
Ads Found: 1,890
Ads Under $1,500: 970
51% of the puppies found were under $2,000
Breed Popularity Ranking: NA
Weight: 50 to 90 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 15 years

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

Boston Terrier – Very easy to find

Average Price: $850
Price Range: $550 – $1,400
Ads Found: 897
Ads Under $2,000: 893
Almost 100% of the puppies found were under $2,000
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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French Bulldog – Very easy to find

Average Price: $2,800
Price Range: $1,800 – $4,500
Ads Found: 3,716
Ads Under $2,000: 860
23% of the puppies found were under $2,000
Breed Popularity Ranking: 4
Weight: 16 to 28 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years

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

Chihuahua – Very easy to find

Average Price: $800
Price Range: $375 – $2,420
Ads Found: 899
Ads Under $1,500: 795
88% of the puppies found were under $2,000
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 $2,000: 662
Almost 100% of the puppies found were under $2,000
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

Cavalier King Charles – Very easy to find

Average Price: $1,500
Price Range: $800 – $2,500
Ads Found: 790
Ads Under $2,000: 646
82% of the puppies found were under $2,000
Breed Popularity Ranking: 16
Weight: 13 to 18 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own a Cavalier King Charles

English Bulldog – Very easy to find

Average Price: $2,500
Price Range: $1,500 – $4,500
Ads Found: 1,573
Ads Under $2,000: 597
38% of the puppies found were under $2,000
Breed Popularity Ranking: 5
Weight: 40 to 50 lb.
Life Expectancy: 8 to 10 years

Considering this breed? Read our article about The Cost to Own an English Bulldog

Cocker Spaniel – Very easy to find

Average Price: $800
Price Range: $500 – $1,500
Ads Found: 600
Ads Under $2,000: 592
99% of the puppies found were under $2,000
Breed Popularity Ranking: 28
Weight: 20 to 30 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 14 years

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

Dachshund – Very easy to find

Average Price: $850
Price Range: $450 – $1,500
Ads Found: 593
Ads Under $2,000: 579
98% of the puppies found were under $2,000
Breed Popularity Ranking: 11
Weight: 16 to 32 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 16 years

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

Labradoodle – Very easy to find

Average Price: $1,550
Price Range: $900 – $2,800
Ads Found: 775
Ads Under $1,000: 577
74% of the puppies found were under $2,000
Breed Popularity Ranking: NA
Weight: 50 to 65 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 14 years

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

Pug – Very easy to find

Average Price: $1,175
Price Range: $600 – $1,900
Ads Found: 609
Ads Under $2,000: 575
94% of the puppies found were under $2,000
Breed Popularity Ranking: 31
Weight: 14 to 18 lb.
Life Expectancy: 13 to 15 years

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

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Other breeds usually available for less than $2,000

We have found many ads under $2,000 for different other breeds during our research.

Small dogs (2-25 lb.):

  • Easy to find: Beagle, Havanese, Maltese, Shiba Inu.
  • Hard to find: Shetland Sheepdog, Maltipoo, Bichon Frise, Miniature Pinscher, Yorkipoo.
  • Very hard to find: West Highland White Terrier, Lhasa Apso, Cockapoo, Papillon, Scottish Terrier, Jack Russell Terrier, Cairn Terrier, Puggle, Rat Terrier, Maltese Shih Tzu, Pekingese, Toy Fox Terrier, Chinese Crested, Japanese Chin, Italian Greyhound.
  • Ads were found for 20 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.):

  • Easy to find: Border Collie, English Springer Spaniel, Basset Hound, Australian Cattle Dog.
  • Hard to find: Brittany, Vizsla.
  • Very hard to find: Chinese Shar-Pei, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Portuguese Water Dog, Schnoodle, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Eskimo Dog, Whippet, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, English Cocker Spaniel.
  • 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.):

  • Easy to find: Weimaraner, Collie.
  • Hard to find: Dalmatian, Belgian Malinois.
  • Very hard to find: Bull Terrier, Airedale Terrier, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, 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, Newfoundland, Bernese Mountain Dog.
  • Hard to find: Cane Corso Italiano, Great Pyrenees, Saint Bernard, Akita, Mastiff, Bloodhound, Alaskan Malamute, Old English Sheepdog, Rhodesian Ridgeback.
  • Very hard to find: Bullmastiff, Dogue de Bordeaux, Anatolian Shepherd Dog.
  • Ads were found for 12 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 less, read our article about breeds you can find under $1,500 in the US.

How to find a cheaper puppy?

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

  • Adopt. Puppies for adoptions are rare and get rehomed extremely fast, but it is possible to find one if you are willing to invest the time to search and visit shelter websites regularly. Adoption should always be considered first.
  • Buy an older puppy. As they grow older, prices tend to go down as breeders are more in a rush to sell. Most people want to buy very young dogs. Therefore, a 6-month-old pup is likely to be cheaper than an 8-week-old one.
  • Expand your research territory. Breed popularity and prices as well as breeders’ operating costs vary depending on location. Future owners who are willing to drive further away have better chances of finding a reasonable price for their dog.
  • Go for a mixed-breed dog. Purebreds tend to be more expensive, and some mixed-breed puppies will look almost exactly like your favorite breed.
  • Ask around. Just by letting family and friends know that you are looking for a pet, you might be informed that a trustworthy person near you has a pregnant dog and could get one of the puppies.

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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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 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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