The idea of owning a dog is unquestionably one of the best decisions that most people could ever hope to make. The fact is, a dog isn’t really something you own. Instead, your dog can serve as your best friend, your confidant, and your daily therapy, among other things. It has been scientifically proven that people who have dogs and interact with them on a regular basis live longer, healthier lives. Petting a dog can help you feel calmer when you are upset, can make you feel happier when you are sad, and can stave off feelings of anger. In addition, cuddling with your best friend can lower both your heart rate and your blood pressure, making this action especially beneficial for anyone who is either already suffering from or is predisposed to certain cardiovascular conditions.
Whether or not your dog is actually certified as an official therapy dog, there is a better-than-average chance that she serves as your personal therapy dog. When you interact with her, both of your brains secrete endorphins that make you feel happy. These are the same endorphins that are secreted when you exercise and you feel what is commonly referred to as the :runner’s high.” All of this automatically makes you both feel happier and more at ease, not to mention deepening the bond that the two of you already share. The truth is, most people that have been around dogs their entire lives will eagerly tell you that if you don’t have a dog, you really don’t know what you’re missing. Furthermore, the majority of them will go on to tell you that you aren’t truly living a full life unless you are sharing it with a dog that you can call your best friend.
There is really no doubt that all of this information is true but owning a dog can potentially be expensive. That doesn’t mean that you have to be rich in order to have one, not by a long shot. However, a lot of people have a desire to purchase purebred dogs as opposed to going to the local animal shelter and adopting a dog that needs a good home. There isn’t anything wrong with this and people do it everyday, giving these purebred animals a loving home to call their own. With that being said, you might want to know what the least expensive breeds are likely to be so that you don’t get your heart set on a dog that is going to cost you more than you really have in your budget to put toward it. Remember, it isn’t always about the purchase price of the dog in question. You also have to consider things like the amount of food they eat, whether or not they need routine professional grooming, and potential health concerns associated with particular breeds.
It is important to keep in mind that the following list of the 20 least expensive purebred dog breeds is not necessarily based on a set price, but rather an average price range. Some breeders will charge what seems like a low price on average and others will charge three or four times as much as the average price for a particular breed. It is important to remember that you should call a number of different breeders in order to make sure the price is fair. If it is too low, there might be a problem with the breeder in question. By the same token, you obviously don’t want to choose a breeder that is going to charge you more than all of the other breeders out there. It should also go without saying that you should thoroughly investigate any breeder before you purchase a dog in order to make sure that their breeding practices are ethical.
Below is the list of 20 dog breeds that are typically the most affordable, along with average price ranges for each. See if any of the breeds on this list catch your attention.
1. Beagle ($60-$100)
The Beagle is a cute, relatively high energy dog that needs a lot of exercise. They also have a tendency to bark a lot, so it might be a better fit if you have property in the country as opposed to trying to purchase a Beagle to live in your apartment. They were originally bred to hunt, so they like to be outside a lot and they enjoy having room to run.
2. Puggle ($100-$150)
You guessed it, this is a cross between a Beagle and a Pug. In reality, some of these dogs retain the best qualities of each breed and some seem to display the worst qualities from each breed. It depends on the exact dog in question, not to mention how reliable and ethical your breeder is. This is a relatively new breed that has only started showing up in fairly recent years, so the jury is still out when it comes to any potential medical problems that might be chronic issues with the breed. Your best bet is to look at issues that affect both the Beagle and the Pug and be prepared to deal with any of those that might crop up as the dog gets older. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a relatively small dog, this might be the right choice for you as long as you choose one with the right temperament.
3. Chinese Crested Hairless ($200-$350)
You have undoubtedly seen one of these breeds at a dog show, whether it was in person or on television. Once you see one, you don’t really ever forget it. It is a unique looking breed, to say the least. Just as the name implies, this dog has no hair anywhere on his body except for the top of its head. If you want to get a better better mental image of the way a Chinese Crested Hairless looks, think about the Stripes character from the movie Gremlins. If that thing were walking around on four legs and it was shorter, it would look almost exactly like this breed of dog.
4. American Hairless Terrier ($300-$400)
As you read through this list, you will find that there are all kinds of different Terriers listed here. Generally speaking, Terriers are one of the most affordable breeds to purchase and they are also one of the most resilient breeds when it comes to having a dog for many years to come. Most of them have a tendency to at least resemble each other in looks and this one is really no different, with one major exception. Just like the dog listed in the paragraph above, it doesn’t have any hair. This makes it a great option if you are allergic to dogs, but it might not be the best choice for people that have a tendency to get somewhat freaked out by an animal that looks quite different from its counterparts.
5. Rat Terrier ($450-$600)
Don’t let the name here fool you. Rat Terriers are named such because they were bred to chase these animals off and to hunt other animals. They don’t look anything like a rat. In fact, they look just like virtually any other Terrier. They are relatively small in size, and they usually don’t weigh more than 20 pounds or so. They have a tendency to live for a long time, they don’t eat much and they are fiercely loyal. They also are very strong-willed and they like to get a lot of exercise so you have to be willing to spend time outdoors with them and teach them in a firm but kind manner. If you are willing to do those things, you can take a Rat Terrier indoors with you without any problems. Just be sure that they get the proper amount of exercise everyday so they don’t destroy your house.
6. Chihuahua ($450-$600)
Who hasn’t seen a chihuahua? Some people love them and others can’t stand them. It really depends on your perspective. If you are looking for a small dog that takes up almost no room, it might be a good choice for you. With that being said, Chihuahuas can be stubborn and they have a tendency to bark at just about everything. They can be taught to behave themselves, but it takes a lot of patience and persistence in order to do it. If the short haired version doesn’t do the trick for you, consider one with long hair. They actually have the exact same body as a short haired Chihuahua, but all that extra hair makes them look completely different.
7. Foxhound ($475-$650)
These dogs look more like a Coonhound than anything else. They’re relatively good sized, yet nowhere near the size of a German Shepherd or other large dog. As their name implies, they were bred to hunt. They have a tendency to enjoy spending most of their time outdoors and they can be persistent barkers, something you should be aware of before you get one and place it in your backyard right next to your neighbors.
8. Cane Corso ($475-$700)
This is a really unique dog that looks more like a Pitbull/Labrador mix than anything else. It’s a relatively large dog with a big head, but don’t let it size or appearance fool you. This is one of the most docile and gentle dog breeds there is. The dogs have a tendency to develop close bonds with their people and they are relatively easy to train. Furthermore, their easygoing nature makes them great choices for families that have children or other dogs.
9. Australian Terrier ($500-$700)
This is another popular version of the Terrier. It is much like other versions of the Terrier when it comes to size and its ability to adapt to the situation at hand. Like most Terriers, this one makes a good choice for any family that wants a well-behaved dog that will be extremely loyal and relatively obedient. As long as you provide it with the proper training, you should be able to have a good relationship with your Australian Terrier for a number of years to come, whether you live out in the open or you live in a more confined space such as an apartment. Again, proper exercise is just as important as proper training.
10. Dachshund ($500-$750)
The Dachshund is sort of like the Chihuahua when it comes to its popularity. Some people can’t imagine having any other breed of dog while others wouldn’t dream of owning this particular breed. It isn’t that there is anything wrong with the Dachshund in and of itself. Some people just don’t like the way they look. They are long and low to the ground, giving them a very distinct appearance. Other people think they are adorable. As far as their temperament goes, they are usually pretty laid back, but they can be very strong-willed so you have to be willing to spend time training them in order to make sure they are well-behaved.
11. English Bulldog ($550-$750)
This is easily one of the most popular breeds throughout the United States. Like other versions of the Bulldog, such as the American Bulldog, a lot of people have a distinct love for the English Bulldog. With its short, stocky body and its smushed in face, a lot of people are just attracted to it. These dogs usually aren’t very active and prefer to spend most of their time lying in a nice sunny spot just enjoying life. While they are typically fairly affordable to purchase and they don’t have a tendency to eat a lot of food, you do have to be aware of certain medical conditions that Bulldogs can be predisposed to. Because of the overall shape of their face, a lot of them suffer from breathing difficulties which can become worse as they get older.
12. Boykin Spaniel ($600-$750)
Spaniels of all types are usually popular dogs, especially if you are trying to find a dog that will work well with children. More often than not, they’re not aggressive in the slightest, although they can be rather hyper. Because the dogs are bred to hunt, they like to spend a lot of time outside and they can become destructive if you put them inside and you don’t allow them to have the exercise they need. Spaniels are not really the most intelligent breed of dog, despite the fact that they are bred for hunting. If you want a dog of exceptional intelligence, this may not be the right one for you. If you simply want a gentle animal that you can play fetch with and that will run around with your kids in the backyard, it might be perfect.
13. Bichon Frise ($650-$900)
These are cute dogs that don’t weigh very much. They are relatively small and their white, fluffy appearance gives them an exceptionally cute face that most people fall in love with. They can be somewhat hyper but with the right amount of exercise, they usually calm down and learn to relax. As such, they make good pets if you are living in a relatively small apartment or if you are gone at work during a large portion of the day and you don’t want to leave your dog outside. As long as you train it properly and spend time with it, this could be a good option for you. They also make good pets for older individuals that live alone because they are easy to take care of.
14. Jack Russell Terrier ($675-$800)
Without a doubt, you have probably started to notice the theme here, and that is that Terriers are relatively inexpensive to purchase and own. The Jack Russell is another take on the Terrier breed, and it is one that is exceptionally popular. Due to their popularity, you might expect to spend a little more when you purchase them. The upside is that they are usually fairly easy to find because a lot of breeders are involved with them.
15. Manchester Terrier ($675-$900)
This version of the Terrier is quite a bit larger than most of its counterparts. As far as its appearance goes, it looks a lot like other Terriers but is taller. It can be somewhat hyper and it has a tendency to be strong-willed, so it may not be the best dog for first-time dog owners. However, if you have a lot of experience with dogs and you are looking for a challenge, this could be the perfect dog for you.
16. Yorkie ($675-$1000)
Who wouldn’t love one of these cute little dogs running around at their feet? Yorkies are small, lightweight and relatively friendly. A lot of people choose them when they otherwise live alone and they want some company because they don’t require going for daily walks like some larger breeds do. Yorkies can get plenty of exercise by simply running around the house chasing a toy. In addition, they don’t eat a lot of food because of their small size. However, like a lot of smaller dogs, they can be hyper. It makes it very important to choose a dog with the right temperament for your needs.
17. Australian Shepherd ($700-$1100)
If you have experience with owning dogs and you want a dog that you can run with or take with you on long hikes, this is an excellent option. Their purchase price has a tendency to fluctuate a lot based on the breeder in question, as do most of the dogs on this list. After you purchase your Australian Shepherd, you can expect to spend a moderate amount of money on food and it is important to make sure that they have a clean bill of health from the veterinarian at least annually. Without a doubt, you will spend most of your money and time training your dog because these are exceptionally intelligent animals that have to be well-trained in order to work well with the family. They make great pets, but you have to know what you are doing around them and ensure that you are consistent with training or they can become destructive.
18. Mexican Hairless ($750-$1000)
This is a relatively small dog that is about twice as large as most Chihuahuas and it has absolutely no hair. Some people are attracted to breeds that don’t have any hair, usually because the dander from dog hair causes them to have an allergic reaction. If that is the case with you, this might be a good option. Admittedly, a lot of people that love dogs think that the hairless varieties look a little strange, but once you get to know them, you scarcely even notice it.
19. Miniature Schnauzer ($850-$1200)
Schnauzers make great companions, whether you have a family or you live alone. The miniature version doesn’t eat a lot of food, nor does it require a great deal of exercise. However, they do have a tendency to be somewhat stubborn so it is important that you hook up with a professional trainer that has some experience with this breed right off the bat. The sooner that you learn how to effectively teach your Schnauzer, the more fun both of you will have together.
20. Border Collie ($850-$1500) (Photo is a Mix)
The Border Collie is easily one of the most popular breeds in America. They make wonderful companions and they are extremely intelligent. This makes it easy for them to learn a number of tricks and commands. In fact, some of the smartest Border Collies will simply sit back and watch you in order to learn what you expect of them. They do this because they like to please you and they want to develop a close bond with you. Because of their intelligence, they can develop a tendency to tear things up if you don’t give them enough exercise or train them properly. These are strong-willed dogs so they may not be a good fit if you have never had a dog before. If you are used to owning dogs, they can make some of the best companions you have ever had, provided you train them right and you give them plenty of physical exercise on a daily basis. Border Collies also like to have plenty of time to spend with their people, so it is best to ensure that someone will be with them as much as possible.
Now that you know more about all of the dogs on this list, you can start to think about which of these animals might best fit your needs and the needs of your loved ones. The animals represented on this list come in all kinds of sizes and shapes, so there is no doubt that you will be able to find something that stands out to you. In all likelihood, you have a few options at your disposal and the hardest part will be deciding on just one breed.