18 Puppies You Can Buy Under $600 in the US. With Pictures


Buying a puppy can be expensive, and finding one under $600 is a challenge. After reviewing thousands of ads from all over the US, we have established a list of 18 breeds that can be bought on a budget. For each breed, we concluded that a puppy would be easy or hard to find (for $600 or less) depending on the number of ads found for this price or less. Buying a good and healthy puppy this cheap will probably require patience and work.

It is possible to buy a puppy for under $600 in the US. The easiest breeds to find will be Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Siberian Huskies, Australian Shepherds, and mixed-breed dogs. Adoption could be a great alternative with such a low budget, as it usually costs between $50 and $500.

Keep reading to see which breed will be the easiest to find and get a few tips on finding a cheaper puppy. If you are on a tight budget, we invite you to check our complete cost analysis (supplies, food, vet, training, grooming, etc.) for the breeds you are interested in to find how much the dog will cost you every year and in total.

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Labrador Retriever – Very easy to find

Average Price: $800
Price Range: $400 – $1,500
Ads Found: 3,160
Ads Under $600: 1,052
33% of the puppies found were under $600
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 or learn How to Find a Labrador Retriever Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

German Shepherd – Very easy to find

Average Price: $800
Price Range: $450 – $1,900
Ads Found: 2,349
Ads Under $600: 717
31% of the puppies found were under $600
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 or learn How to Find a German Shepherd Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

Siberian Husky – Very easy to find

Average Price: $650
Price Range: $400 – $1,200
Ads Found: 1,485
Ads Under $600: 701
47% of the puppies found were under $600
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 or learn How to Find a Siberian Husky Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

Australian Shepherd – Very easy to find

Average Price: $800
Price Range: $400 – $1,500
Ads Found: 1,740
Ads Under $600: 568
33% of the puppies found were under $600
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 or learn How to Find an Australian Shepherd Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

Great Dane – Easy to find

Average Price: $1,000
Price Range: $500 – $1,800
Ads Found: 1,445
Ads Under $600: 318
22% of the puppies found were under $600
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 or learn How to Find a Great Dane Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

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Beagle – Easy to find

Average Price: $550
Price Range: $295 – $1,125
Ads Found: 528
Ads Under $600: 296
56% of the puppies found were under $600
Breed Popularity Ranking: 7
Weight: 20 to 30 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 15 years

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

Chihuahua – Easy to find

Average Price: $800
Price Range: $375 – $2,420
Ads Found: 899
Ads Under $600: 294
33% of the puppies found were under $600
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 or learn How to Find a Chihuahua Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

Mini American Shepherd – Easy to find

Average Price: $800
Price Range: $450 – $1,500
Ads Found: 1,102
Ads Under $600: 285
26% of the puppies found were under $600
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 or learn How to Find a Mini American Shepherd Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

Shih Tzu – Hard to find

Average Price: $850
Price Range: $500 – $1,600
Ads Found: 1,173
Ads Under $600: 264
23% of the puppies found were under $600
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 or learn How to Find a Shih Tzu Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

Border Collie – Hard to find

Average Price: $700
Price Range: $300 – $1,000
Ads Found: 513
Ads Under $600: 248
48% of the puppies found were under $600
Breed Popularity Ranking: 33
Weight: 30 to 55 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years

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

Boxer – Hard to find

Average Price: $900
Price Range: $500 – $1,500
Ads Found: 1,041
Ads Under $600: 205
20% of the puppies found were under $600
Breed Popularity Ranking: 14
Weight: 40 to 80 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years

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

Australian Cattle Dog – Hard to find

Average Price: $450
Price Range: $250 – $1,200
Ads Found: 300
Ads Under $600: 205
68% of the puppies found were under $600
Breed Popularity Ranking: 55
Weight: 35 to 50 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 16 years

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

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Standard Poodle – Hard to find

Average Price: $1,000
Price Range: $600 – $2,000
Ads Found: 1,447
Ads Under $600: 191
13% of the puppies found were under $600
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 or learn How to Find a Poodle Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

German Shorthaired Pointer – Hard to find

Average Price: $800
Price Range: $500 – $1,000
Ads Found: 663
Ads Under $600: 184
28% of the puppies found were under $600
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 or learn How to Find a German Shorthaired Pointer Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

Boston Terrier – Hard to find

Average Price: $850
Price Range: $550 – $1,400
Ads Found: 897
Ads Under $600: 167
19% of the puppies found were under $600
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 or learn How to Find a Boston Terrier Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

Pomeranian – Hard to find

Average Price: $1,200
Price Range: $600 – $2,000
Ads Found: 1,083
Ads Under $600: 163
15% of the puppies found were under $600
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 or learn How to Find a Pomeranian Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

Yorkshire Terrier – Hard to find

Average Price: $1,200
Price Range: $600 – $2,500
Ads Found: 1,406
Ads Under $600: 150
11% of the puppies found were under $600
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 or learn How to Find a Yorkshire Terrier Puppy to Buy or Dog to Adopt.

Great Pyrenees – Hard to find

Average Price: $550
Price Range: $290 – $1,000
Ads Found: 267
Ads Under $600: 143
54% of the puppies found were under $600
Breed Popularity Ranking: 69
Weight: 85 to 160 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years

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

With a lot of patience and effort, you might also be able to find other breeds. For example, we have been able to find a few available Cocker Spaniels, Golden Retrievers, Dachshunds, Basset Hounds, Mini Schnauzers, Weimaraners, as well as 74 other breeds. But there were less than 35 ads all over the US for 54 of them at the time of our research.

When a puppy is significantly cheaper than others from the same breed, be very careful, make sure the breeder is trustworthy, and try to find an explanation for the price difference.

On a personal note, I would be very hesitant to buy a puppy for less than $600 unless it was from a family member or friend that I was sure had cared for their pregnant dog and puppies and was only trying to cover their expenses. I would also consider a breeder with excellent references. Otherwise, I would focus on finding a young dog or puppy to adopt.

When buying a puppy for this amount of money, there is a good chance that it was bred in a puppy mill or by an unscrupulous backyard breeder. First, it is essential to know that the risk of health issues or behavioral problems is higher for these puppies than for a dog bred by a caring and responsible breeder. Second, it is best not to encourage breeders solely motivated by profits and neglecting animal welfare. But if your puppy comes from one of these breeders, I still think that any dog deserves to be with a loving family (they didn’t choose their breeder after all).

Did not find your favorite breed and looking for more options? Please read our article about puppies you can buy for $1,000 or less.

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How to find a cheaper puppy?

Here are a few tips to 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. In fact, 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 good 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.

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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