Have you ever wondered what the cheapest dog breeds in the U.S. are? The time has come to discover which breeds are a good fit for anyone’s pockets.
You might be pretty surprised by certain pups that you’ll see on this list, but I’ve got to disappoint you and say that Labradors and Golden Retrievers aren’t on it.
However, plenty of other popular and less common canine breeds will be just as good family pets as the above-mentioned canines.
Without further ado, it’s time to start the adventure of reading through the list of the cheapest dog breeds!
The Cheapest Dog Breeds In The United States
1. English Setter
This dog breed hasn’t been very popular in the past, which is one of the reasons why their price isn’t as high as the price of Dogo Argentinos or Chow Chows.
These canines’ average price is between $800 and $900, although they can cost up to $1500, depending on the pedigree, gender, colors, etc.
If you want to get a pup from a reputable breeder of English Setters, be prepared to pay a higher price. However, if you buy a canine from a trustworthy person, there is only a slight chance that it’ll suffer from any severe health issues, which means you’ll pay less for medical costs.
2. Bolognese Dogs
Most Bolognese puppies can be bought for $1000, although some pups can cost up to $2000, depending on the age of the canine, genetic background, health, pedigree, and other factors.
These pets might seem expensive to maintain because of the long hair they have, but they’re hypoallergenic, which means that these pups don’t shed often and can be easily groomed at home.
According to the breed standard for Bolognese, the hair on their head remains longer than the hair on the rest of their body. This makes trimming easier and more practical, even for less-experienced dog owners.
Female and male Beagles are examples of inexpensive pups that can be top-quality family pets.
These pups live quite long, up to 15 years, and their owners usually don’t care about the cost, as they’d do anything for their doggies.
However, it’s still important to mention that Beagles cost just as much as the majority of hunting dogs. Their price is usually between $600 and $800, but it can be more if the pup has a champion bloodline.
There are plenty of trustworthy breeders of Beagles in California, Texas, New Jersey, Ohio, and other parts of the United States. Make sure to find a responsible breeding kennel, which might cost you more but will result in a better long-term investment.
These pups are pretty uncommon, but they’re becoming popular in the United States now. Therefore, it doesn’t surprise me that they’re a bit pricier than some of the other rare pups on this list.
The average price of these pups is $1800, although this can go up to $2500 if you choose a purebred puppy with a champion bloodline.
It’s quite challenging to find a reputable breeder of this canine breed in the United States, mostly because they’re still not very high in demand.
However, there is a high chance that this breed will become as popular as Beagles, Rottweilers, or even Bulldogs.
5. Manchester Terrier
This canine breed is known as a good quality hunter, especially when it comes to hunting smaller animals, such as rats and rabbits.
Manchester Terriers are pups that are on the more inexpensive side, as they cost from $800 to $1000. These doggies can also be found for $600, but you can rarely find them under such a price from a reputable breeding kennel.
I’d say Manchesters are an underrated dog breed because they’re actually easy to maintain, don’t require expensive grooming sessions, don’t eat as much as big canines, and most of all, they’re great as family dogs.
6. Jack Russell Terrier
This type of canine offers great qualities for a relatively small price, considering that the average cost is around $1000. Of course, if you wish to get a pup for conformation events, you’ll have to pay over $1500.
They won’t cost their owners a lot of money. However, Jack Russells aren’t hypoallergenic. they’re considered moderate shedders, which means you’ll have no problems grooming them at home.
Jack Russells live quite long, their lifespan is usually somewhere between 12 to 16 years, depending on their health and the conditions they live in.
An interesting thing to notice is that the majority of Jack Russell crosses are less expensive than their purebred ancestor, as they usually cost around $500 to $800.
This type of puppy might not be one of the cheapest dog breeds, but they’re not too expensive, as they usually cost around $600 to $1000.
Considering that Doxies are moderate shedders, it can be said that they don’t require too much money for grooming expenses. However, if you’re an inexperienced dog owner and not sure how to maintain their coat hair, it’s better to pay a professional groomer, at least for hair trims.
Both male and female Doxies love to play, which means you’ll need to find suitable toys for Dachshunds.
This breed also has a more expensive version, which is known as the English Cream Dachshund and can’t be found for under $2000.
In general, they’re budget-friendly pups, but they’ll require certain canine equipment for maximum comfort, such as top-quality dog food, a cozy pup bed, and a comfortable harness for Doxies.
8. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
This is one of the most popular dog breeds and they are pretty inexpensive, considering all the great qualities they possess. The average price of Corgis is about $1000, although some puppies can cost up to $2000.
These small dogs have quite high grooming needs, as they’re heavy shedders. This might be a con for most canine owners, but their grooming costs shouldn’t overshadow the solid temperament and family dog qualities that they have.
Both female and male Corgis are prone to health issues that might result in high vet bills, but if you get this pup from a responsible breeder, the risk of developing such diseases is relatively low.
Keep in mind that these doggies are quite affordable for most families, but they’ll require a few things to be happy, such as a comfy dog bed, delicious canine food and dog treats, as well as a soft brush and a few toys to keep Corgis entertained.
9. Cesky Terrier
These puppies are the true representatives of the Czech Republic in the canine world, as they carry a part of their homeland in their name.
They have quite an interesting physical appearance as small long-haired canines, but they might be underrated in the U.S. because of their rarity.
If you wish to own a Cesky Terrier (also known as a Bohemian Terrier), you’ll need to pay around $1500, although their price can reach over $2000, if you decide to go for a canine with dog-show qualities.
Their purchase price might not be very low, but you’ll save money on grooming as they’re low shedders.
10. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
In case you’re wondering whether there’s a smaller canine than a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, the answer is definitely yes.
However, even though Teacup Cavaliers are smaller than the standard pups, their price is much higher, as Cavalier Spaniels cost $1500, while the price of their mini versions can reach over $3000!
Of course, the price of a standard Cavalier King Charles Spaniel varies, depending on their genetic background and health state, but also on the Cavalier Spaniel breeder that you choose.
The life expectancy of Cavaliers might not be as long as the lifespan of other Spaniels, but we can all agree that 10 to 13 years is still quite a long period.
This is a highly debatable canine in expert circles because some dog experts don’t even consider Mutts as a breed.
However, these pooches offer terrific traits, which is why it would be a shame not to mention them as a great inexpensive option for a family pup.
The price of these dogs is generally around $1200, but they can also cost up to $2000.
However, they’re far from expensive dogs, as Mutts have a much lower risk of developing diseases that most purebreds are prone to, such as hip dysplasia or eye issues like cataracts.
This is just one of the many reasons why Mutts are among the most affordable dog breeds.
Many people will agree this is one of the most adorable dog breeds, not only on this list but in general.
There are plenty of Pug breeders around the United States, which means that their prices can vary greatly depending on the location and the type of breeding program.
Pugs are usually priced at $1000 but show pups can cost more than $1500. This is a fair price for a common canine such as a Pug, but they might be prone to health problems related to their skin, which might increase the overall expenses of owning this canine breed.
Don’t forget about the additional equipment that you’ll need for Pugs, including suitable harnesses and collars, a comfortable bed, dog food, and some toys that will help them during training.
13. German Wirehaired Pointer
This is one of the favorite low-cost canines among pointer breed enthusiasts, considering that their average price is as low as $800.
They’re a perfect choice for people who love to spend time outside the house and don’t have much time for grooming their pets.
The German Wirehaired Pointer has high energy levels but low grooming needs. They require a few good brushing sessions during the week, but they might need to be bathed more often if they get dirty playing outside.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive breed of dog that will be loyal and affectionate, Collies will definitely be your cup of your tea.
Their price ranges from $600 to $1200, depending on the breeder’s location, pup’s general state, gender, and color, among other factors.
However, if you choose this pup, be prepared for a lot of hair around the house. Still, most Collie owners will agree that this con is insignificant to all the pros that this canine has.
15. Chinese Crested Dog
This type of canine is usually described as a hairless pooch, although they do have some hair on their tail and head.
Still, they have minimal grooming needs, so there’s no reason to pay a lot of money to a professional groomer.
Their price isn’t as low as the price of Collies, but they’re far from expensive breeds, considering that they cost around $1300 to $1800.
Some pups might cost over $2000, but such pooches are an exception rather than the rule.
When we speak of low-maintenance canines, it’s impossible not to mention Xolos, or Mexican Hairless Dogs, which require low to no grooming at all (except for nail clipping and baths of course).
One of the most interesting things about this breed is their price range—they can cost anywhere from $800 to $4000.
However, anyone interested in purchasing these pups should be careful about buying pooches from Xolo breeders that put an extremely low price on these puppies, as they could easily be backyard breeders or puppy mills.
17. Cane Corso
This large canine doesn’t cost a lot but does require a lot of exercise, which means that their owners have to be physically and mentally ready to spend hours training with them.
Their price varies between $1000 and $2500, but you can expect to pay around $1700 for a purebred dog of good quality.
Cane Corsos are prone to certain health problems, but if they’re produced and raised by trustworthy breeders, the risk of them getting ill will be much lower, and a Cane’s life span will be much higher.
Also, Cane Corsos are big pooches that will need a big canine bed, a lot of dog food and treats, as well as collars and harnesses that will keep them under your control during walks.
Fiercely energetic canines, such as Otterhounds, will keep you on your feet for the whole day, just like Cane Corsos, but that’s not the only trait they share.
The average price of these pooches is the same as for the above-mentioned dog breed, even though they don’t share many similarities regarding their physical appearance.
They shed quite a lot as they have long coat hair, but they’re usually not prone to any serious diseases, which will save you some money on vet bills.
19. Australian Terrier
They’re great as pets because of their personality traits, but also for the fact that they’re among the cheapest dog breeds.
Most Australian Terrier lovers will pay about $1300 for this small breed, even though they can cost up to a thousand more dollars for health care.
They don’t usually shed a lot, which means that they can easily be groomed at home.
20. Treeing Walker Coonhound
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It’s quite a surprise that many of these purebred pooches end up in shelters, considering that they possess the traits of excellent family pups, including loyalty, obedience, and love towards their owners.
They can be found for $800, although some Treeing Walkers can cost over $2000. The price usually depends on common factors such as gender, colors, pedigree, etc.
These pups shed in moderate amounts, which means that their owners won’t need any expensive brushes or grooming services, but inexperienced owners might have to spend more money on a professional groomer for hair trims.
These pooches are superstars among the cheapest dog breeds, as they’re trendy, not only for their price and their looks, but also for their behavioral issues, which are a rather negative trait but need to be mentioned.
Most canine lovers will agree that Chihuahuas can be pretty aggressive, so investing in obedience training might be a good idea.
However, Chihus are priced anywhere from $800 to $1500, so they still don’t cost too much, even if you add in potty training, which might be another necessity for this breed.
These pups also have a smaller and more expensive version, the teacup Chihu, which can cost more than $2000.
Some people might not consider the Pekingese a good fit among the cheapest dog breeds, as they can cost over $2000 in certain cases. However, the average price is usually set around $1500 for pet dogs.
They are commonly described as a toy breed that enjoy spending time with their owners. However, in most cases, they prefer to cuddle inside rather than exercise outside.
General expenses related to health care, additional equipment, and feeding aren’t too high for these dogs, but grooming might be quite costly, as these doggies are heavy shedders.
23. Redbone Coonhound
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Redbone Coonhounds aren’t just known as inexpensive canines but also as a purely American breed that can steal your heart in a matter of seconds.
One of the most obvious things about this pooch is its color, especially since it’s stated in its name. However, not many people know that this pup can be found for as little as $800.
However, every owner should count on certain additional costs, including health care, food, grooming, and other expenses.
Fortunately, these medium-sized canines don’t require any special treatments, which is why they’re not expensive to own.
24. Miniature Schnauzer
Most people love Mini Schnauzers because they’re loyal, lovable canines that will never leave their owner’s side. They possess such amazing qualities, which most owners would pay more for than they actually cost.
The price of these pups depends primarily on the type of Mini Schnauzer breeders and their location. You can choose between more or less expensive options, but the general price is around $1300.
The less expensive dogs are usually found in rescue centers, which is entirely okay if you’re ready to adopt a pup. However, be careful about puppy mills and backyard breeders who might offer pups at suspiciously low prices.
25. Border Collie
Many will agree that both male and female Border Collies are among the best working canines and that they have great energy and a high prey drive.
These adorable black and white pooches are also among the cheapest dog breeds in the United States, as they’re priced at an average of $1300. Some breeders might even sell this pup for $1000 to $1200.
However, any dog under this price shouldn’t be considered if you’re worried about your pup’s health.
BCs are moderate shedders and will not require any special grooming treatments, so you don’t have to worry about spending too much money on professional dog grooming services.
26. Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkies are among the most popular small breeds and enjoy being around their people. Most Yorkie owners will confirm that their pets will follow them wherever they try to go, but that just shows how loyal and affectionate these pups are.
The price of Yorkies is usually between $1000 and $2000, but if you want to own the smaller version, the teacup Yorkshire Terrier, be prepared to pay up to $3000.
Of course, this is only the initial cost of the puppy from a reputable breeder. A family pet will also require high-quality dog food and things such as a cozy little dog bed, a good-quality brush, and a fitting harness for your pup.
27. Plott Hound
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This dog breed is quite uncommon and one of the rarest to find among Coonhound canines, as their popularity never grew as much as some of the other hound dogs.
That’s quite a shame because these pups are able to become amazing family pets as they get along great with children and will do anything to protect them from any danger.
Another positive side of this puppy is its price, as it can be found for as little as $600. The cost of Plott Hounds can be more, but only usually if they’re descendants of champion bloodlines and thoroughly health-tested parents.
28. Bichon Frise
All pups are sweet in their own way, but when it comes to Bichons, most family dog owners will agree that these are one of the most adorable, fluffy pooches among the affordable dog breeds.
Bichon Frises generally cost between $1200 and $2000, but the more expensive pups are usually show-quality canines that possess traits that aren’t essential for a family pet.
Both male and female Bichon pups will be priced similarly, with only minor differences that are an exception rather than a rule.
If you’re not overly concerned about the genetic background of your pup, you could also adopt a Bichon Frise from a rescue center or a shelter and offer them a loving home with a comfy bed and delicious food.
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Considering they were once a royal canine breed, it’s surprising to find the Schipperke on the list of the cheapest dog breeds.
They might have been the favorite canine breed of the Belgian Queen, Marie Henriette, but nowadays, they’re a sweet, furry addition to modern families.
If you wish to own this rare canine, expect to pay between $1300 and $2000, depending on the quality of the pup and the breeder’s standards.
These pups have thick double coats, but they’re still considered only moderate shedders, as they shed only twice each year.
Therefore, it would be best to treat your pup to professional grooming sessions at least twice a year, during the shedding season.
White canines with black spots is the description that will instantly remind you of the sweetest puppies, Dalmatians.
These canines are just as wonderful as they look, but unfortunately, Dalmatians have a shorter lifespan than small and medium breeds, as they only live for up to 13 years.
The price of Dalmatians is quite debatable, as some find these pups affordable, while others consider them to be on the more expensive side.
The amount you’ll need to pay for this pup is usually around $1400, but there might be more expensive pups that are of champion bloodlines.
Some pups with a high-quality pedigree can cost up to $6000, although they’re quite rare.
31. Black And Tan Coonhound
The majority of canine breeds on this list are priced between $1000 and $2000, which is thought to be a fair price for family pups.
The price of Black and Tan Coonhounds is set within this same price range, although it’ll cost more once you add on all the expenses of owning them.
These doggies have short coats and they don’t shed much, which results in a pup with almost no grooming requirements.
However, keep in mind that their long, floppy ears might cause ear infections; therefore, it’s essential to clean their ears regularly to prevent such health issues.
32. American Pit Bull Terrier
It’s interesting to see such a sturdy and high-quality canine on the list of the most affordable pups, but their reputation might be the reason why these pups aren’t more expensive.
A lot of dog owners with families prefer to own calmer breeds who show fewer signs of aggression. However, this canine can turn into a great family pet with proper obedience and socialization training from early puppyhood.
Although you’ll have to pay more for training programs, the affordability of these pooches will cover these expenses, as they cost about $1000 in most cases.
33. English Bulldog
These are small but strong canines, with sturdy body frames and plenty of folds and wrinkles, which make them even more adorable.
English Bulldogs are quite a popular breed, which is why it’s pretty surprising that they’re considered a cheaper dog breed. Most English Bulldog enthusiasts will have to pay between $1400 and $2000, although there are specific cases where the price goes up to $4000.
However, if you want your Bully to feel at home, you’ll need to get them a comfy canine bed, a few toys suitable for their size, and some delicious dog food that they’ll enjoy.
If you’re looking for a short-haired canine that requires low maintenance and offers great traits of hound dogs and family pets all in one, then a Greyhound pup might be just what you need.
These canines are low to moderate shedders, so your house won’t be completely clean from dog hair, but it also won’t cost you a lot of money to groom your pet.
All you’ll need to pay for is a good shampoo and some brushes (along with the water bill) to groom a Greyhound successfully.
Different sources claim different prices for these dogs, it all depends on the price that each Greyhound breeder sets for their puppies.
It’s not uncommon to find Greyhounds for $2500, although their price is usually around $1500.
35. Rat Terrier
From President Roosevelt to a great number of American households, it’s time to present you with the Rat Terriers, great hunters of small animals, especially rats (which seems quite logical considering the name they carry).
Some sources claim that these pups are sold for $700, even though their average price is about $1200 to $1400.
On the other hand, this dog breed also has a smaller version, the Toy Rat Terrier, which can be found for as little as $600.
They don’t shed every day as they have short coats, but during the shedding seasons, you’ll need to pay special attention to your furniture and vacuum it regularly.
However, every time you vacuum, remember that their short coat has saved you a nice amount of money that would otherwise go to a professional groomer if they were long-haired pups.
36. Irish Terrier
One of the best traits of this hunting canine is their health, as these pups have quite a low risk of getting seriously ill.
However, Irish Terriers aren’t the best option if you want a cuddly dog, especially considering that they’re highly energetic pups that can’t stay in one place for a long time.
The price of these canines can be anywhere between $1400 and $1800, which might not be the cheapest dog breed, but it’s still quite affordable, especially compared to canines such as French Bulldogs and Canadian Eskimo Dogs.
These pups are relatively easy to groom as they don’t shed very often, but they do require regular brushing, at least two to three times a week.
37. Miniature Pinscher
Not all small canines have small prices, but you’re in luck if you love Miniature Pinschers because these pups usually cost about $1000 to $1500.
Of course, the price varies depending on the pedigree, colors, genetic background, and other related factors, which is why some pups might be as expensive as $5000 or $6000.
Their grooming requirements are equal to none, at least when it comes to expenses, as all you’ll need to pay for is a good-quality shampoo and a brush.
38. American Foxhound
You wouldn’t be wrong if you thought that these pups look just like Beagles, they do, to the point that many confuse these two canine breeds.
These pups are well-mannered, and they also possess a kind demeanor, which makes them perfect pets for children. Now that we’ve stated all the good traits of this canine, it’s time to learn the price of it as well.
An American Foxhound won’t cost you more than $1000 for a regular family pet that complies with the American Foxhound breed standard. However, if you wish to own a pup with a high-quality pedigree, you can expect to pay up to $1400.
39. Glen of Imaal Terrier
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Here is another quite uncommon dog breed that is on the list of the cheapest dog breeds, mainly because they aren’t very popular in the United States.
Pups such as the Glen of Imaal Terrier won’t grow bigger than 14 inches, and their lifespan is up to 15 years, which means they’re generally in good health.
You can expect to pay about $1500 for a Glen of Imaal Terrier, which is generally not expensive, especially if you take into consideration that there is a low chance that you’ll have to pay for expensive treatments and medications.
This breed isn’t hypoallergenic, but they don’t shed much either, so you won’t have to spend a lot of money on haircuts and grooming sessions, as you can do this all by yourself.
The majority of small canines are simply irresistible, so it’s completely understandable if you have the urge to cuddle them all the time.
If you love Papillons just as much as we do, you’ll be more than happy to hear that these pups cost about $1400 to $1500 on average, which is a fair price for such a versatile dog.
They might not be a lap dog breed, but these pups love to cuddle with their owners from time to time. However, they usually spend their energy running around and leaving excessive hair behind them (not too much, to be honest, since they are only moderate shedders).
They don’t need to be bathed as often as Shih Tzus, but they’ll still require a good bath every four to six weeks, similar to Yorkies!
41. Boykin Spaniel
As can be seen from this list, the majority of Spaniels are quite budget-friendly doggies, which proves that the price doesn’t always reflect the quality.
The price of these dogs is usually $900, although it can sometimes go up to $1200, depending on the price that each breeder of Boykin Spaniels sets.
They are quite obedient by nature, so they’ll save you some money that you’d otherwise spend on professional training programs.
They’re not heavy shedders, and they don’t require expensive grooming treatments. However, if you’re not sure how to cut their coat hair, I’d recommend that you take your pup to a professional and get a cute hairstyle that will enhance your pup’s beauty.
The price of a Whippet puppy can range anywhere from $800 to $1,500 when obtained from a reputable and high-quality breeder.
There are certain Whippets that can cost as much as $2,000. The price of the canine will depend on a variety of characteristics, such as their genetic background, pedigree, and coat shades, among other things.
Whippets are usually known as low shedders, although they’re not a hypoallergenic breed.
Even though they’re not a good fit for allergy sufferers, they’re a great option for people who’re looking for a pup that won’t require much grooming.
43. Basset Hound
Although Basset Hounds are rather trendy, purchasing one is not going to break the bank. When purchased from reputable breeders, prices for Basset Hounds can range from $450 to $1500.
This price varies depending on the breeder, the genetic background, and the location of the buyer.
These pups are excellent family pets, but keep in mind that Basset Hounds have quite a short life span, 11 years on average, which might indicate that they are more prone to certain health issues.
Shedding might be their weakest point, as Bassets lose hair on a daily base. They’re not long-haired canines, but if you’re not sure how to bathe them and care for them properly, you can take them to a grooming place, where you’ll learn the basics of keeping your pet clean.
You might think that it isn’t difficult to bathe this pup, but Bassets often develop Malassezia Dermatitis, a skin condition that is the result of a yeast infection, which might be partly caused by a lack of hygiene or improper way of taking care of the pup.
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The end of our journey through the list of the cheapest dog breeds has come, and I hope you enjoyed it just as much as I did.
Some of the canines from this list could be classed as debatable as to whether they are the lowest priced options or not, but if you take into consideration that some dog breeds can be over $4000 “on average”, $1700 to $1800 seems quite a fair price.
I hope this article has helped you to decide which dog will become your next pet, especially if you’re looking for more budget-friendly pups.
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