How Much Does A Puppy Cost?

Random Celebrity Article By on July 22, 2010

How much does a puppy cost? If you're looking for a pet for your child or family, or if you're lonely and want a faithful companion, you might be thinking about buying a puppy. Are dogs expensive? That depends on what kind of puppy you want.

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A pure bred chihuahua can be very expensive.

If you want a mixed-breed or "mutt," you can easily go down to the humane shelter, and for $35 on average, obtain the dog of your choice. Not only do humane shelters have puppies, but they also often have older dogs that are greatly in need of homes!

If, on the other hand, you want an American Kennel Club (AKC)-registered breed, your costs are going to go up. Chinese Shar-Peis, for instance, used to cost anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000 a puppy, because of the then-rarity of the breed. The Chihuahua, which has become famous because of Paris Hilton and because of films like Beverly Hills Chihuahua, can cost anywhere from $200 to $750 a puppy.

Often, the price of a puppy of an AKC-registered breed is determined by the dog's ancestry.  If the puppy's ancestry was extremely healthy and had no or few "flaws," and if your potential puppy exhibits the same, you might need to pay hefty bucks – $5,000 and upward – to obtain the dog of your choice.

On average, the annual costs of a puppy are:

• $10 to $100 for toys

• $150 to $300 for pet-sitting or boarding

• $150 to $300 for routine veterinary care

• $150 to $350 for routine, preventive medication and health supplements

• $20 to $45 for leashes and collars

• $25 to $500 for classes or training materials

• $250 to $750 for food and treats

• $40 to $650 for grooming

• $45 to $250 for beds or bedding

So on average, you might spend anywhere from $840 to over $3000 on man's best friend annually.

Popular AKC breeds include:

• Affenpinscher

• Afghan Hound

• Airedale Terrier

• Akita

• Alaskan Malamute

• American Eskimo Dog

• American Foxhound

• American Staffordshire Terrier

• American Water Spaniel

• Anatolian Shepherd Dog

• Australian Cattle Dog

• Australian Shepherd

• Australian Terrier

• Basenji

• Basset Hound

• Beagle

• Bearded Collie

• Beauceron

• Bedlington Terrier

• Belgian Malinois

• Belgian Sheepdog

• Belgian Tervuren

• Bernese Mountain Dog

• Bichon Frise

• Black and Tan Coonhound

• Black Russian Terrier

• Bloodhound

• Border Collie

• Border Terrier

• Borzoi

• Boston Terrier

• Bouvier des Flandres

• Boxer

• Briard

• Brittany

• Brussels Griffon

• Bull Terrier

• Bulldog

• Bullmastiff

• Cairn Terrier

• Canaan Dog

• Cardigan Welsh Corgi

• Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

• Chesapeake Bay Retriever

• Chihuahua

• Chinese Crested

• Chinese Shar-Pei

• Chow Chow

• Clumber Spaniel

• Cocker Spaniel

• Collie

• Curly-Coated Retriever

• Dachshund

• Dalmatian

• Dandie Dinmont Terrier

• Doberman Pinscher

• English Cocker Spaniel

• English Foxhound

• English Setter

• English Springer Spaniel

• English Toy Spaniel

• Field Spaniel

• Finnish Spitz

• Flat-Coated Retriever

• French Bulldog

• German Pinscher

• German Shepherd Dog

• German Shorthaired Pointer

• German Wirehaired Pointer

• Giant Schnauzer

• Glen of Imaal Terrier

• Golden Retriever

• Gordon Setter

• Great Dane

• Great Pyrenees

• Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

• Greyhound

• Harrier

• Havanese

• Ibizan Hound

• Irish Setter

• Irish Terrier

• Irish Water Spaniel

• Irish Wolfhound

• Italian Greyhound

• Jack (Parson) Russell Terrier

• Japanese Chin

• Keeshond

• Kerry Blue Terrier

• Komondor

• Kuvasz

• Labrador Retriever

• Lakeland Terrier

• Lhasa Apso

• Lowchen

• Maltese

• Manchester Terrier

• Mastiff

• Miniature Bull Terrier

• Miniature Pinscher

• Miniature Schnauzer

• Neapolitan Mastiff

• Newfoundland

• Norfolk Terrier

• Norwegian Elkhound

• Norwich Terrier

• Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

• Old English Sheepdog

• Otterhound

• Papillon

• Pekingese

• Pembroke Welsh Corgi

• Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

• Pharaoh Hound

• Plott

• Pointer

• Polish Lowland Sheepdog

• Pomeranian

• Poodle

• Portuguese Water Dog

• Pug

• Puli

• Redbone Coonhound

• Rhodesian Ridgeback

• Rottweiler

• Saluki

• Samoyed

• Schipperke

• Scottish Deerhound

• Scottish Terrier

• Sealyham Terrier

• Shetland Sheepdog

• Shiba Inu

• Shih Tzu

• Siberian Husky

• Silky Terrier

• Skye Terrier

• Smooth Fox Terrier

• Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

• Spinone Italiano

• St. Bernard

• Staffordshire Bull Terrier

• Standard Schnauzer

• Sussex Spaniel

• Swedish Vallhund

• Tibetan Mastiff

• Tibetan Spaniel

• Tibetan Terrier

• Toy Fox Terrier

• Vizsla

• Weimaraner

• Welsh Springer Spaniel

• Welsh Terrier

• West Highland White Terrier

• Whippet

• Wire Fox Terrier

• Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

• Yorkshire Terrier

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