Your dog is going to be yours for a long time. Maybe it was your decision to get a puppy or you want to gift it to a loved one. A dog is a gift at the end of the day, so you will spare no expense to make yourself and your family happy. It could also be that you have dreamed of getting a particular breed and you will do what it takes to get one home. That is an absolute fabulous idea! Just getting a puppy because it is “cheap” will not serve any purpose, as you will not be as happy with it as you would have with your own preferred breed.
Ideally, it makes sense to adopt a pet from a shelter. Why? Because they are already bred and shelters vaccinate and neuter them as well. Instead of contributing to a puppy mill, you can approach a dog home where they already have so many breeds readily available at little to no cost. Remember, you will be saving and nurturing a life, so think about going there first before you outright “buy” a puppy. Now, let’s discuss the most expensive and affordable dog breeds out there.
Here are 3 of the most expensive dogs you can acquire:
- German Shepherd
This breed is extremely popular so they also tend to be expensive. You can get them for anywhere up to $25,000! German Shepherds are sturdy beings that have long life spans and can also protect and guard, so they are expensive as well.
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Doesn’t the name itself sound fancy? This breed was named after King Charles II and make sure to live up to their royal heritage. They are popular lap dogs that the rich love parading around, so they cost anywhere up to $15,000. Their upkeep isn’t cheap either, because they need a lot of grooming for their fur and for their health.
Made famous by the movie Hachiko, this breed is loved by one and all. It has a docile temperament, but at the same time is a great protector of loved ones. They retail for around $5,000 because the purebreds are still obtained from Japan where they originated.
And now that you have been relatively shocked at the prices of purchasing your favourite breed, here are the top 3 cheapest breeds to hit the market.
- American Foxhound
This breed, believe it or not, retails for only up to $30! They are very easy pets, meaning that they get along well with anyone and require the basic treatment for a dog.
- Cocker Spaniel
Good news! One of the most favourite and cherished breeds out there, the American Cocker Spaniel will sell for less than $100! If you haven’t heard of this dog yet, then you are seriously missing a world of cuteness and fun. They do need a little extra care because of their long mane, but otherwise it is relatively easy to take care of them and take them for short regular walks. They are great with children and the elderly alike. Cocker Spaniels are so great that even Oprah has owned a couple!
The cute little buddle of dog that this breed is, and yet it is affordable at the same time. Maintenance cost is low, too because they hardly have any fur and can be kept even in apartment-sized spaces. Pugs are very popular in the United States as they are easy to live with, considering the hectic lifestyle that dominates the west.
Again, instead of sponsoring a puppy mill and paying a lot of hard earned money for your pet, the more compassionate and sensible thing to do is to approach a dog shelter and adopt a puppy. Most of the dogs available there are purebreds that have been abandoned by former owners, or they were bred by purebred parents. In any case, once you receive the unconditional love and loyalty from the next pet you own, it will not matter what breed they are. That is the power of some unadulterated puppy love!