Cheapest & Most Expensive Puppies: 60 Popular Breeds Ranked


Getting a new dog is an exciting adventure. Most people want to buy or adopt a puppy for many reasons: to increase the chances that it will adapt to its new environment easily, to spend more years in its company, and let’s be honest, because pups are so cute! But one of the first questions anybody should ask themselves is how much their favorite breed is going to cost. Lucky for you, after reviewing thousands of puppy ads from all over the US, we have established a cost ranking of the 60 most popular dog breeds from cheapest to most expensive.

The price ranges introduced in this article exclude the 10% most and least expensive ads reviewed to ignore pricing mistakes and show-quality dogs that are much more expensive and are not what most future dog owners are looking for. The range represents 80% of the puppies (newborn to 6-month-old) found which gives a precise and trustworthy idea of the prices in the USA.

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60 – Australian Cattle Dog – $450 ($250-$1,200)

Average Price: $450
Price Range: $250 – $1,200
Ads Reviewed: 300
Breed Popularity Ranking: 55
Weight: 35 to 50 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 16 years

59 – Beagle – $550 ($295-$1,125)

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

58 – Siberian Husky – $650 ($400-$1,200)

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

57 – Border Collie – $700 ($300-$1,000)

Average Price: $700
Price Range: $300 – $1,000
Ads Reviewed: 513
Breed Popularity Ranking: 33
Weight: 30 to 55 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years

56 – Weimaraner – $700 ($500-$1,200)

Average Price: $700
Price Range: $500 – $1,200
Ads Reviewed: 324
Breed Popularity Ranking: 39
Weight: 55 to 90 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 13 years

55 – Brittany – $750 ($500-$1,060)

Average Price: $750
Price Range: $500 – $1,060
Ads Reviewed: 275
Breed Popularity Ranking: 26
Weight: 30 to 40 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 14 years

54 – Bloodhound – $750 ($450-$1,200)

Average Price: $750
Price Range: $450 – $1,200
Ads Reviewed: 187
Breed Popularity Ranking: 51
Weight: 80 to 110 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years

53 – German Shorthaired Pointer – $800 ($500-$1,000)

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

52 – Dalmatian – $800 ($450-$1,200)

Average Price: $800
Price Range: $450 – $1,200
Ads Reviewed: 256
Breed Popularity Ranking: 59
Weight: 45 to 70 lb.
Life Expectancy: 11 to 13 years

51 – Basset Hound – $800 ($450-$1,400)

Average Price: $800
Price Range: $450 – $1,400
Ads Reviewed: 393
Breed Popularity Ranking: 37
Weight: 40 to 65 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 13 years

50 – Collie – $800 ($375-$1,450)

Average Price: $800
Price Range: $375 – $1,450
Ads Reviewed: 288
Breed Popularity Ranking: 38
Weight: 50 to 75 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 14 years

49 – Labrador Retriever – $800 ($400-$1,500)

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

48 – Australian Shepherd – $800 ($400-$1,500)

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

47 – Miniature American Shepherd – $800 ($450-$1,500)

Average Price: $800
Price Range: $450 – $1,500
Ads Reviewed: 1,102
Breed Popularity Ranking: 29
Weight: 20 to 40 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 13 years

46 – Cocker Spaniel – $800 ($500-$1,500)

Average Price: $800
Price Range: $500 – $1,500
Ads Reviewed: 600
Breed Popularity Ranking: 28
Weight: 20 to 30 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 14 years

45 – German Shepherd – $800 ($450-$1,900)

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

44 – Chihuahua – $800 ($375-$2,420)

Average Price: $800
Price Range: $375 – $2,420
Ads Reviewed: 899
Breed Popularity Ranking: 35
Weight: 3 to 6 lb.
Life Expectancy: 14 to 16 years

43 – English Springer Spaniel – $850 ($600-$1,200)

Average Price: $850
Price Range: $600 – $1,200
Ads Reviewed: 449
Breed Popularity Ranking: 27
Weight: 40 to 50 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 14 years

42 – Boston Terrier – $850 ($550-$1,400)

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

41 – Dachshund – $850 ($450-$1,500)

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

40 – Airedale Terrier – $850 ($500-$1,500)

Average Price: $850
Price Range: $500 – $1,500
Ads Reviewed: 78
Breed Popularity Ranking: 60
Weight: 50 to 70 lb.
Life Expectancy: 11 to 14 years

39 – Shih Tzu – $850 ($500-$1,600)

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

38 – Shetland Sheepdog – $900 ($500 – $1,285)

Average Price: $900
Price Range: $500 – $1,285
Ads Reviewed: 274
Breed Popularity Ranking: 25
Weight: 15 to 25 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 14 years

37 – Boxer – $900 ($500-$1,500)

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

36 – Bichon Frise – $920 ($600-$1,700)

Average Price: $920
Price Range: $600 – $1,700
Ads Reviewed: 160
Breed Popularity Ranking: 43
Weight: 7 to 12 lb.
Life Expectancy: 14 to 15 years

35 – Miniature Schnauzer – $950 ($600-$1,800)

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

34 – Chesapeake Bay Retriever – $1,000 ($550-$1,200)

Average Price: $1,000
Price Range: $550 – $1,200
Ads Reviewed: 68
Breed Popularity Ranking: 46
Weight: 55 to 80 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 13 years

33 – Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier – $1,000 ($900-$1,500)

Average Price: $1,000
Price Range: $900 – $1,500
Ads Reviewed: 133
Breed Popularity Ranking: 54
Weight: 30 to 40 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 14 years

32 – English Cocker Spaniel – $1,000 ($800-$1,600)

Average Price: $1,000
Price Range: $800 – $1,600
Ads Reviewed: 33
Breed Popularity Ranking: 50
Weight: 26 to 34 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 14 years

31 – Westie – $1,000 ($650-$1,700)

Average Price: $1,000
Price Range: $650 – $1,700
Ads Reviewed: 135
Breed Popularity Ranking: 44
Weight: 15 to 20 lb.
Life Expectancy: 13 to 15 years

30 – Great Dane – $1,000 ($500-$1,800)

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

29 – Shiba Inu – $1,000 ($650-$1,800)

Average Price: $1,000
Price Range: $650 – $1,800
Ads Reviewed: 315
Breed Popularity Ranking: 45
Weight: 17 to 23 lb.
Life Expectancy: 13 to 16 years

28 – Papillon – $1,000 ($500-$1,900)

Average Price: $1,000
Price Range: $500 – $1,900
Ads Reviewed: 126
Breed Popularity Ranking: 53
Weight: 5 to 10 lb.
Life Expectancy: 14 to 16 years

27 – Akita – $1,000 ($600-$1,980)

Average Price: $1,000
Price Range: $600 – $1,980
Ads Reviewed: 273
Breed Popularity Ranking: 47
Weight: 70 to 130 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 13 years

26 – Saint Bernard – $1,000 ($550-$2,000)

Average Price: $1,00
Price Range: $550 – $2,000
Ads Reviewed: 276
Breed Popularity Ranking: 48
Weight: 120 to 180 lb.
Life Expectancy: 8 to 10 years

25 – Belgian Malinois – $1,000 ($595-$2,000)

Average Price: $1,000
Price Range: $595 – $2,000
Ads Reviewed: 176
Breed Popularity Ranking: 41
Weight: 40 to 80 lb.
Life Expectancy: 14 to 16 years

24 – Standard Poodle – $1,000 ($600-$2,000)

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

23 – Golden Retriever – $1,000 ($700-$2,000)

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

22 – Doberman Pinscher – $1,000 ($500-$2,250)

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

21 – Pembroke Welsh Corgi – $1,050 ($750-$1,800)

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

20 – Scottish Terrier – $1,100 ($600-$1,600)

Average Price: $1,100
Price Range: $600 – $1,600
Ads Reviewed: 101
Breed Popularity Ranking: 56
Weight: 18 to 22 lb.
Life Expectancy: 11 to 13 years

19 – Vizsla – $1,100 ($500-$1,700)

Average Price: $1,100
Price Range: $500 – $1,700
Ads Reviewed: 200
Breed Popularity Ranking: 34
Weight: 45 to 60 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 14 years

18 – Havanese – $1,100 ($650-$1,800)

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

17 – Rottweiler – $1,150 ($600-$2,000)

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

16 – Pug – $1,175 ($600-$1,900)

Average Price: $1,175
Price Range: $600 – $1,900
Ads Reviewed: 609
Breed Popularity Ranking: 31
Weight: 14 to 18 lb.
Life Expectancy: 13 to 15 years

15 – Whippet – $1,200 ($850-$1,500)

Average Price: $1,200
Price Range: $850 – $1,500
Ads Reviewed: 42
Breed Popularity Ranking: 57
Weight: 25 to 40 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years

14 – Bernese Mountain Dog – $1,200 ($675-$1,995)

Average Price: $1,200
Price Range: $675 – $1,995
Ads Reviewed: 302
Breed Popularity Ranking: 23
Weight: 70 to 115 lb.
Life Expectancy: 7 to 10 years

13 – Pomeranian – $1,200 ($600-$2,000)

Average Price: $1,200
Price Range: $600 – $2,000
Ads Reviewed: 1,083
Breed Popularity Ranking: 24
Weight: 3 to 7 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 16 years

12 – Newfoundland – $1,200 ($600-$2,000)

Average Price: $1,200
Price Range: $600 – $2,000
Ads Reviewed: 325
Breed Popularity Ranking: 40
Weight: 100 to 150 lb.
Life Expectancy: 9 to 10 years

11 – Mastiff – $1,200 ($600-$2,000)

Average Price: $1,200
Price Range: $600 – $2,000
Ads Reviewed: 273
Breed Popularity Ranking: 32
Weight: 120 to 230 lb.
Life Expectancy: 6 to 10 years

10 – Maltese – $1,200 ($600-$2,340)

Average Price: $1,200
Price Range: $600 – $2,340
Ads Reviewed: 359
Breed Popularity Ranking: 36
Weight: 6 to 8 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years

9 – Yorkshire Terrier – $1,200 ($600-$2,500)

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

8 – Rhodesian Ridgeback – $1,250 ($600-$2,000)

Average Price: $1,250
Price Range: $600 – $2,000
Ads Reviewed: 185
Breed Popularity Ranking: 42
Weight: 70 to 85 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years

7 – Bullmastiff – $1,500 ($1,000-$2,200)

Average Price: $1,500
Price Range: $1,000 – $2,200
Ads Reviewed: 131
Breed Popularity Ranking: 52
Weight: 100 to 130 lb.
Life Expectancy: 7 to 9 years

6 – Cane Corso Italiano – $1,500 ($700-$2,500)

Average Price: $1,500
Price Range: $700 – $2,500
Ads Reviewed: 332
Breed Popularity Ranking: 30
Weight: 90 to 115 lb.
Life Expectancy: 9 to 12 years

5 – Cavalier King Charles – $1,500 ($800-$2,500)

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

4 – Samoyed – $1,850 ($1,200-$3,040)

Average Price: $1,850
Price Range: $1,200 – $3,040
Ads Reviewed: 43
Breed Popularity Ranking: 58
Weight: 35 to 65 lb.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 14 years

3 – Portuguese Water Dog – $2,200 ($1,500-$2,890)

Average Price: $2,200
Price Range: $1,500 – $2,890
Ads Reviewed: 132
Breed Popularity Ranking: 49
Weight: 35 to 60 lb.
Life Expectancy: 11 to 13 years

2 – English Bulldog – $2,500 ($1,500-$4,500)

Average Price: $2,500
Price Range: $1,500 – $4,500
Ads Reviewed: 1,573
Breed Popularity Ranking: 5
Weight: 40 to 50 lb.
Life Expectancy: 8 to 10 years

1 – French Bulldog – $2,800 ($1,800-$4,500)

Average Price: $2,800
Price Range: $1,800 – $4,500
Ads Reviewed: 3,716
Breed Popularity Ranking: 4
Weight: 16 to 28 lb.
Life Expectancy: 10 to 10 years

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Conclusion

Overall ranking

French Bulldogs, English Bulldogs, Portuguese Water Dogs, Samoyeds and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are the most expensive puppies among the most popular breeds in the US.

On average, the least expensive puppies in the US are Australian Cattle Dogs, Beagles, Siberian Huskies, Border Collies and Weimaraners among the 60 most popular breeds in the US.

Small dogs (2-25 lb.) ranking

Top 3 most expensive small puppies on average:

  • French Bulldog – $2,800 ($1,800-$4,500)
  • Cavalier King Charles – $1,500 ($800-$2,500)
  • Yorkshire Terrier – $1,200 ($600-$2,500)

Top 3 least expensive small puppies on average:

  • Beagle – $550 ($295-$1,125)
  • Cocker Spaniel – $800 ($500-$1,500)
  • Chihuahua – $800 ($375-$2,420)

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

Top 3 most expensive medium-sized puppies on average:

  • English Bulldog – $2,500 ($1,500-$4,500)
  • Portuguese Water Dog – $2,200 ($1,500-$2,890)
  • Samoyed – $1,850 ($1,200-$3,040)

Top 3 least expensive medium-sized puppies on average:

  • Australian Cattle Dog – $450 ($250-$1,200)
  • Siberian Husky – $650 ($400-$1,200)
  • Border Collie – $700 ($300-$1,000)

Large dogs (56-75 lb.) ranking

Top 3 most expensive large puppies on average:

  • Golden Retriever – $1,000 ($700-$2,000)
  • Belgian Malinois – $1,000 ($595-$2,000)
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever – $1,000 ($550-$1,200)

Top 3 least expensive large puppies on average:

  • Weimaraner – $700 ($500-$1,200)
  • German Shorthaired Pointer – $800 ($500-$1,000)
  • Dalmatian – $800 ($450-$1,200)

Extra-large dogs (over 75 lb.) ranking

Top 3 most expensive extra-large puppies on average:

  • Cane Corso Italiano – $1,500 ($700-$2,500)
  • Bullmastiff – $1,500 ($1,000-$2,200)
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback – $1,250 ($600-$2,000)

Top 3 least expensive extra-large puppies on average:

  • Bloodhound – $750 ($450-$1,200)
  • Great Dane – $1,000 ($500-$1,800)
  • Akita – $1,000 ($600-$1,980)

Why are some puppies more expensive than others?

There are many reasons why some breeds are more expensive than others and why prices vary for puppies of the same breed. Here are the main ones:

  • Breed popularity. Most popular breeds tend to be more expensive. It is especially true when considering local prices. For example, smaller dogs will be more popular and expensive in metropolitan areas. The same logic applies for bigger ones in the countryside.
  • Purebred vs mixed breed. Mixed breed puppies are generally less expensive than purebreds.
  • Bloodline. If the puppy’s parents are show-quality dogs, the puppy price will be a lot higher. Some puppies will also be registered with a kennel club adding to the breeder’s expenses. Most pet owners do not need papers/pedigree.
  • Breeder. A serious breeder will invest more in the well-being of his dogs. His expenses (medical, food, supplies, etc.) will be higher and this will reflect on puppy prices as well.
  • Health screenings. Some puppies will have seen a veterinarian for an exam, deworming, vaccines and/or microchip implantation before being sold.
  • Breed specific needs. Certain breeds are more likely to require medical expenses to ensure a safe reproduction (c-section for example) or simply to stay healthy and therefore are more expensive to breed.
  • Coat color. Rare colors and colors approved by kennel clubs will usually be pricier.
  • Age. Older puppies are less expensive than younger ones as most people want to buy their dog as young as possible.

Adopting is a great option

There are many reasons to adopt a dog instead of buying one. We invite our reader to check a remarkably interesting article about the subject by clicking on The Humane Society link below.

Not only adopting saves lives as hundreds of thousands of adoptable pets are put to sleep every year in the US because shelters simply don’t have enough space to keep them; it is also a great way to fight against puppy mills that breed puppies in very poor conditions. Welcoming an abandoned animal is also a very gratifying experience, and chances are this dog or puppy will already be potty trained and comfortable in a family setting. Finally adopting is amazingly easy and less pricey than buying.

When buying a dog, always make sure that you get your pet from a serious and responsible breeder. It might be a bit more expensive, but you will drastically decrease the chances to get an unhealthy or behaviorally troubled dog.

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Johann Chapuis

Johann Chapuis has assembled an amazing team of licensed veterinarians, animal behaviorists and pet service professionals 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, as well as 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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