Top 10 Most Affordable Dog Breeds – Buddies on a Budget

So, you want a dog, but you’re wondering
which one is best suited to your budget? Well, check out our list of the top ten breeds
that might break your heart, but won’t break the bank. 10. Jack Russell Terrier Jack Russell Terriers are athletic, feisty,
have a ton of personality, but don’t cost a ton of money to own. The average purchase price of a Jack Russell
is $400. With a lifespan of 13 to 15 years, you would
only be paying about $27 per year of companionship. The Russell should only be fed premium dog
food, but since it is a small dog with an even smaller stomach, a large bag of vittles
can go a long way. Jacks need to be professionally groomed only
two to three times a year, and since they are a short-haired breed, costs are typically
low. They are also a very healthy breed overall,
with lifetime medical expenses averaging about $3000. 9. Pug Who doesn’t love a Pug? That charming disposition, little wrinkled
face, and deep soulful eyes…luckily, it doesn’t take deep pockets to make this pooch
your best pal. The average price of a Pug is $350, and they
live for about 12 to 15 years. After the math, your investment would come
to about $23 per year and your return would be constant companionship, frequent good times
and unconditional love. The Pug is a short-haired breed, so there
is no need for frequent professional grooming, which means more savings. On the other hand, since they have a double-layered
coat, they do shed heavily, so a good vacuum cleaner would be a wise buy. When it comes to dining, a Pug will attempt
to eat their body weight. Your job is to feed your pug a reasonable
amount of nutritious food and snacks and not indulge their gluttonous tendencies. If you adhere to a strict meal plan with occasional
treats, your Pug’s weight will stay as balanced as your budget. Pugs can rack up some vet bills however, especially
those that come from a less than reputable breeder, so as always when deciding on a pup,
use due diligence in researching the breed and the breeder. 8. American Foxhound Most people don’t know the American Foxhound
by name, but it is a breed that everyone should know by name, if only for the fact that it
is one of the least expensive dogs to own. For an average price of $475, you can have
a Foxhound as your roommate. Their life expectancy is 10 to 12 years, so
you’ll only pay about $40 per year to enjoy their company. Forego bathing and grooming costs with a DIY
approach to keeping your pooch pretty. Foxhounds have a medium-length coat that typically
requires brushing only once a week, and they only need to be bathed when necessary—after
they get into a messy situation or fall victim to “doggy odor.” A breed with few inherent health problems,
the minimum lifetime medical cost for a Foxhound is about $1,500. 7. Rat Terrier The Rat Terrier is an intelligent, stubborn,
fearless dog that may be a challenge to handle, but worth it, considering the savings to be
had by owning one. Rat Terriers are one of the least expensive
small breeds. You’ll spend about $350 to take one home. Their average lifespan is 15 to 18 years,
which works out to about $19 for each year you’ll spend with your pup. Like most short-haired breeds, they are blissfully
low-maintenance. Most grooming including brushing, bathing,
and tooth care can be done at home, sparing you the cost of hiring a professional groomer. You can also clip your terrier’s nails at
home, but, as with any dog, you should be careful not to clip the quick. Rat Terriers are dogs that are predisposed
to few health issues, and the ailments commonly seen are relatively minor compared to those
of other breeds. Over the course of their lifetime, the healthcare
bill of a Rat Terrier starts at about $1,500—a heck of a lot less than that of a human. 6. Chihuahua Chihuahuas are many things. They’re feisty, fun-sized, fickle, and the
BFF that you can carry in your purse, that will also keep cash in your wallet. You can get a Chihuahua for the average price
of $650. With a lifespan of 12 to 18 years, you’ll
be investing a minimum of $36 per year— $5 annually, if you break it down in dog years. Primping your Chihuahua will cost you “little”
to nothing. Get it? Anyway, DIY grooming and bathing expenses
for a short-haired pooch will only amount to the price of shampoo, conditioner, a rubber
curry brush, nail clippers, ear wash and cotton balls. Since they only need to be bathed once a month,
a bottle of hair product will go a long way. Since Chihuahuas are susceptible to a variety
of ailments and have a long lifespan, healthcare costs could amount to more than $5,000 in
their lifetime, but don’t despair—they’re tiny, so their vet bill is easily offset by
a small grocery bill. What pet necessity do you spend the most money
on? 5. American Hairless Terrier It’s all in their name…the American Hairless
Terrier. This breed made our top 10 for the simple
fact that it is completely hairless. You’ll never need the services of a professional
groomer, and you’ll save tons of money on haircare products since they have no hair
to care for. Got allergies? Well, no hair means no dander, no allergies,
no doctor visits, and mo’ money. But that doesn’t mean you won’t have to
budget for skincare. You’ll need a mild shampoo, moisturizers
and sunscreen to keep your smooth little buddy’s skin healthy, and since they get cold easily,
you should also set aside a few bucks for doggy sweaters. Okay, so you’ll have to fork over an average
of $900 upfront for a Hairless, pay vet costs, buy food and treats, but over time you’ll
appreciate the extra cash you’ll have to spend on a few treats of your own. 4. Havanese Want all the perks that come with having a
cute, cuddly, furball without the cost of cleaning loose hairs? Then maybe you should have a Havanese. Since they don’t shed, their average purchase
price of $1000 is not a bargain, but is also not bad for 14 to 16 years of eschewing the
costs of pet vacs, brushes and brooms. On the other hand, Havs have a double coat
that doesn’t shed, so you will need to budget accordingly for professional grooming. As with all toy dogs, the Havanese eats considerably
less than larger breeds, so you’ll save on treats and at mealtime. They are also quite sturdy and healthy overall,
with little tendency to develop major health issues, which keeps vet bills in check, so
Hav at it! 3. Chinese Crested Hairless In terms of appearance, the Chinese Crested
Hairless is unquestionably the most unique pup on our list. With its baby-soft skin, little “booties,”
pony-like tail, and smiling face there’s no wonder why the average asking price for
a Crested is about $1000. But who cares? They’re hairless. As with the previously mentioned American
Hairless Terrier, you’ll save money “up the yin yang” (Chinese reference) in grooming
and bathing costs, and this doggy is also basically dander-free—so if you have allergies,
you’ll be able to stash the cash you would have spent on medications and doctor visits. Of course, you’ll have to buy your Crested
a small wardrobe to protect them from the elements, but it should even out with the
grooming savings, and amount of adorable you’ll receive in return is priceless. Cresteds love to eat and will play the cuteness
card to get treats. To keep your pal’s weight out of the red
and a more green in your pocket remember—small dogs equal small portions, which will save
you big bucks. 2. Mutt Say what you will about mutts, the fact is…they
save money. First of all, vet visits will be few and far
between because the mutt is the healthiest type of dog around. Unlike purebred dogs, mutts inherit the genes
of two or more breeds, which increases the odds of them inheriting the strengths of those
breeds, and decreases the likelihood that they will develop a genetic disorder caused
by inbreeding. Mixed-breed dogs cost less than purebreds
that are AKC registered and purchased from breeders, and some are even “free to a good
home.” So, whether you get yours from a private seller,
shelter, rescue group, friend or off the street you will always get a great deal. If you are fortunate enough to bond with a
stray, be sure to take him or her to get a full examination and necessary vaccines. 1. Shelter Dog The shelter dog is the ultimate return on
investment. Although many shelters have “no kill”
policies, there are still far too many that euthanize older dogs and those that are difficult
to place; so choosing one of these will not only fill a void in your life, it could save
theirs. Fees range from free to about $250, depending
on whether the shelter is a county, city or private shelter, if your fave is a bit older,
or has had a hard time finding a match. Adopting from a government run facility will
give you more bang for your buck. County fees are more likely to include vaccinations,
a vet exam, spaying or neutering, and sometimes even basic obedience training. When it comes to picking your pup, the possibilities
are endless. If you really want your dollar to go far,
you might consider a small dog, a hairless, a mutt—heck you might even hit the jackpot
and find a small, hairless mutt! Whatever breed you choose, adopting a dog
from a shelter is the one of most worthwhile exchanges you can take part in. For little or nothing, you’ll save a life
and get a new best friend that loves you unconditionally—and your new best friend will have a “furever
home.” Who says money can’t buy love? Well, not only can you buy love, you can buy
it at a bargain price! What would you do with the money you’d save
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100 thoughts on “Top 10 Most Affordable Dog Breeds – Buddies on a Budget

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  2. How about a stray mutt that chose the car we had on front of our car to have their babies, then when she saw one of them going away said "hell no" and made him come back by fighting the cats in the house that was going to be his forever home.

    2×1 and zero initial spending. The neutering of her was done by a government campaign so free, they have never been seriously ill so little medical cost, we basically just feed them and they're good to go. That's the jackpot.

    Oh and did I mention they show an special kind of affection towards us, as if they know we changed their lives and that can't be purchased.

  3. We just got a Jack Russell mix from a shelter. He was neutered and the current heartworm treatment is on the shelter. The shelter was able to let us foster while the heartworm treatment finishes, letting us test out my allergies. All has gone very well thus far. And yes, less food so we can purchase better quality and still not break the bank. I almost fainted at the quantities for larger breeds. 🙂

  4. Loved this video! Nice to see that you featured mutts and shelter dogs. I will be picking up Daisy, a Maltese, rescued from a dog mill where she was a breeding dog. I am so happy to be able to give her a happy, forever home. She is 5 and still has a lot of years ahead of her. Her grooming costs will be worth every penny.

  5. Got my new baby from a rescue. Cost was $350 but that included spaying and shots. She was listed as a probable chihuahua mix, but did DNA test and found out she is rat terrier 80%. Don't care what she is. She's my baby.

  6. By far, the biggest cost is vet bills and those quoted in this video are very low. Cost of purchase, by comparison, fore even an expensive dog, is insignificant. And who would take a Jack Russell in for grooming with the possible exception of a nail trim?

    In the urban northwest, the cost of shelter or rescue dogs can be on the order of 300 – 500. Reasonable, considering the cost the shelter spends for housing and medical car.

  7. I'm from Singapore. We are part Chinese as a people and there are many Chinese people in Singapore. We sometimes eat these dogs. I would never do it, but there are some people who do.

  8. I got a corgi dox mix from the shelter when she was 6 months old.. That was 16 years ago.. She's still kicking and such a Love.. I got a full bred chihuahua for free on Craigslist 5 years ago. He's been amazing and easy to care for.. Love my fur babies.. Need a dog? Look at the shelter or even Craigslist you never know what your gonna find!!

  9. If you aren't really picky about breed, you can often get a free puppy or dog from someone looking to find them a home. Then, your only cost is food and vet bills. The shelter or rescue groups are also a good option. I know that you mentioned those two options but I just wanted to recommend them again.

  10. Glad to see you mention Chihuahuas! Mine was a rescue, in fact most of the dogs that I have had were rescues. Don't breed or buy while animals in shelters die.

  11. Sad part is in Canada mutts can be the same price as a pure bred dog. Also some of the shelters or rescues in Canada (at least ontario) are so strict on the conditions as to where you live, fences, jobs, children, etc. I wouldn’t be able to adopt a dog from most organizations because A: there is a child in the house. B: I rent. C: I work too much. And prior to a few months ago the addition I didn’t have fence on the property. Oh and because we have two dogs (one male one female) they’d recommend a male. But my female doesn’t share and becomes alpha, But is fine with other females. Sorry fir my vent session; I love when I see dogs that have been adopted and hate when I see dogs that are still waiting. The people who adopt a dog they know nothing about and bring them into their families are saints!!

  12. I've had Norwegian Elkhounds for thirty-five years, and have found them to be a good fit for my home. Beautiful, charismatic, cheerful, friendly, and scary-smart, little doggie odor, but the double coat sheds like a tool hut. They are generally healthy and ideally sized for everybody from toddlers to super-seniors. What else could anyone ask of a companion?

  13. Pugs aren't "Affordable" I mean ya, they might not cost much to feed or groom but they have a lot of breathing problems and sometimes need to get surgery to attempt to correct it some pugs don't have to get surgery to correct anything but many do. The surgery can be very costly and not even work at times, why risk it. You can just get a dog from the animal shelter for way cheaper. Also some of the dogs breeds mentioned in the end are very expensive to get let alone rare. everything but the mutt

  14. Idiot. A Health condition or an emergency can happen with any pet. If you’re so worried about money, DON’T get a dog! Same goes for kids.

  15. Sometimes they have adds giving away a free dogs . Most posts saying free dog is the same as a shelter dog because if they can't give them away they end up at a shelter and you are still saving a dogs life. Plus you save paying a hundred to two hundred dollars.

  16. The narrator is deliberately making these dollar figures sound insanely low. "The cost is about $37 dollars a year.", is deceitful.

    Food, clothing, vet bills, maintenance vet bills, grooming costs, training costs and many other types of costs, can really add up. No one should even think about 'cheapness of owning a dog' as a prerequisite for getting a dog.

    Pets are very much like children, they are a total commitment for the life of the animal plus time, love, patience, persistence, perseverance, money (and a good amount).

    Being a pet lover all of my life, I can tell you that these little friends can bring you comfort, joy, laughter, annoyance, pain and absolute heartache when they pass away.

    But, one of the best attibutes they bring are memories. Oftentimes, my husband and I, who've been married 30 years (and have gone through almost everything that married couples do), we will catch one of us smiling and say, "What are you thinking about?", and it is nearly always one of the actions of one, of many, of our now deceased pets. The joy of remembering last years and years after the pet has passed away.

    Together, we raised three children. Each of us had a daughter from our first marriage and together we have a son. And, of course, we have good memories from our children; but, it is the antics and personalities of our deceased pets that will bring us a smile or a laugh when we think about them.

    The shelves in our television room are covered with little ceramic figurines of our pets from yesterday. We keep them in our memories (and in our sight) by buying miniature, ceramic copies of each pet.

    Have these pets been worth the investment of time, money, commitment, patience and effort? YES, a thousand times, yes! Our home would be empty without a pet.

  17. Its not so much the cost of owning a dog its the ridiculous vet bills
    Especially since the advent of pet insurance. We recently lost a two year old cat due to not being able to afford insurance. Quoted £7,000 for life saving surgery. We paid £2 000 for 2 days vet and disgnosis. Could only find £3,000 immediately and rest as instalments. No charity would help apart from wonderful celia hammond. Cat needed bilateral tubes replaced from kidney to bladder. Celia was amazing. But due to a misunderstanding between dept we had a call saying they could not help after all and had the cat put to sleep only to get a call next morning saying tubes we delivered and bring cat in. Celia Hammonds charity were wonderful and the only one that would even speak to us. I had always in better days donated to RSPCA but in our hour of need they were terrible.

  18. This must be an old post. Where do they find a pug for $350? You pay more than that for one from a rescue. And those are usually older with health issues. Any that show up at the pound are grabbed quick. Breeders sell pugs for $900- $1500. French bull dogs go for way more because of the popularity.

  19. PUGS ARE NOT CHEAP! No matter WHO breeds them, by the time they’re 3 years old you’ll have to start paying HUGE vet bills. Almost All “flat-faced” (I know the word but spell-che k is no help) dogs are prone to breathing problems that will need surgery & eye problems are also common. I’d spend the extra money on the therapy I’d need after watching my cat eat the puppy

  20. I had a couple of rescues, an abandoned Jack Russell and a Corgi mix, both were excellent dogs that sadly went before their time. One from Cancer and the other from snakebite.

  21. mutts can be just as prone to illness as purebred dogs, my dad would freak if he knew how much we've already spent on our pup, whose headed into 10 months now, in vet bills, and he's currently acting like he may have a hip issue, so another vet trip is on the way.

  22. Thanks for mentioning shelter dogs, and mixed breeds, mine cost me about 150$ but is an irreplaceable treasure, another bonus, as an older boy, he came already well trained, which was a sweet bonus.

  23. I have always wanted a bulldog but they are very expensive. I adopted a bulldog mix from my local shelter. He is so sweet and loving. I am so happy with him and he is grateful to be in a nice home.

  24. We've never paid more than $50 for a dog, to my knowledge. Never went to breeders either, but they have their place. (I read an article about this poor woman that lost both shelter dogs, then got a dog from a breeder that lived longer then they did.) My family was fortunate enough to find strays, or get second hand dogs. A couple came from the pound, but only one stayed. Up until the past few years, the animals just found us. (I'm the only one that wants a dog. It's depressing.)

  25. Small doesn't necessarily mean affordable. There are vet bills that goes along with owning any animals.
    Especially with short shouted breeds such like pugs which exhibit so much medical issues.

  26. lol a whippet costs 1.200 to 1.600 euros and dogs from the shelter only 300 euros … there is also real animal protection: / … in Spain too old gagols are hung on trees and smothered or stashed … mostly get the babies and there you can sicg a dog or get from other countries because in animal shelters, the dogs are already fine … on the street not yet …

  27. Where I live, every third dog is a collie or collie mix that are usually sold for less than 50 euro. I prefer my dogs big and the fact that this video was only small dogs and mutts(which are genetic gambles since they can get the worst of both parents and shelter dogs since they may have had crappy upbringings, I know a rescue who is mostly blind because he was fed mostly cat food as a pup) kinda irritated me. Dogs also should not be seen as budget animals and should have proper care.

  28. These dog breeds may be affordable, but most are not good for first-time dog owners, per one of your own lists. You could be spending a good amount of money just on training.

    Mutts are the best. Especially if they are a lab mix. My dog was free, vaccinations are cheap if you do them yourself and just get the rabies vaccine done by the vet. She's been incredibly healthy for her first 11 years and only now, towards the end of her 11th year has she cost any money at the vet, which was to remove a large tumor. She's doing great and shows no sign of slowing down any time soon.
    Shelter dogs are great bc the adoption price usually includes spay/neuter, vaccines, microchip, and sometimes even their first vet visit. Plus you're saving a life. Our local shelter is no-kill, but they can get quite expensive for purebred dogs, up to almost $500! We have mostly pitbulls and pit mixes and then a few chihuahuas/chi mixes. These two "breeds" make up probably 80-90% of the dogs in the shelter. Because of this, if you want anything other than those breeds, you often have to get a dog from a breeder. It kinda sucks.

  29. i just stumbled upon your channel and love your content! i have a treeing walker coonhound (very similar to #8 on this list), they average about $400-$600, very easy to groom at home and are mostly overall healthy dogs.
    i would love to see a video comparing redbone. bluetick and treeing walker coonhounds.

  30. This is not a great list as some of these breeds require more effort to train than others and if you feed your dog decent* food, the cost is far greater than this video suggests. As well, medical costs means little here as there is the cost of vaccine and exam and then there are the additional costs that come though the years such as the smaller dogs often having dental issues and such. Consider this a "nice" list but not horribly accurate. Btw, a mention should go to which breeds tend to be more in need of company than others and prone to issues if left alone too long daily.

  31. I’m glad Chinese crested finally made the list, I have a powderpuff version which has hair but very thin like human hair he’s mixed with a chihuahua so he should have a nice long life he gets regular grooming and doesn’t get over fed but he does love his cookies and will sit up and beg for them and stare you down until he gets it. Mine is trained as my service dog so he gets to go everywhere and has only once been left alone in the house. You would think I leave him behind all the time because he can’t stand for me to put gas in the car while he has to wait inside, he cries when he sees the gas station

  32. One big error in this: a "mutt" is NOT necessarily the healthiest option. The dog of today has a huge number of genetically imposed issues from epilepsy and diabetes to skin issues and hip/elbow dysphasia. Many of those issues are not readily detectable until the dog is fully adult and mature. And some are easily inherited from a single parent or present in more than one originating breed… meaning that your mutt has the potential to inherit ALL the issues from EACH breed in its makeup. While some mutts don't have the issues, enough do to make your statement nonsense.

  33. How about if you can’t afford a dog, don’t get one. If you do decide to get a pooch please adopt. Too many wonderful dogs need a forever home.

  34. Shelter dogs are among the most expensive dogs here. Their opinion is you will look after a dog better if you pay lots for it. They range up to 2grand plus. Many of my friends opted to rather spend that amount on a pedigree puppy as they come with less baggage ??

  35. I'm america/Canada do u have to pay to get a dog from the rescue centre? I'm from England and I don't think you have to??? I may be wrong as I've never rescued or owned a dog as my parents won't let me ?

  36. Im sorry but there is some misinformation in this video. Each dog breed has different issues that they have or develope. Pugs for example have short faces which needs extensive care, such as cleaning their folds and checking in with the vet for their heart and breathing. Dogs with short snouts can also can over heat faster. If youre getting a dog and trying to get a cheap alternative then dont fucking get one.

  37. I'm interested in a Jack Russell terroir for my son he is energetic so I think that dog would be a good match. He wants a pug but idk because I heard they eat their own shit.

  38. I have 3 dogs
    We first got P.J. from a friend of my mom’s since her son couldn’t take care of hi anymore. He is a pug mix.

    Next we got Loki. We went to a pet smart and picked him. He is a chihuahua mix. He originally was gonna be my brother’s dog but my we ended up taking him. My sister named him, that’s why he’s named Loki

    Last but not least, we got Uno. We got Uno from a friend of my mom’s since she was moving into an apartment and couldn’t take Uno with her. You see, Uno is a big ‘ol German Shepherd. He requires a lot of attention but it’s worth it.

  39. I had a rat terrier for 16 years. I had to put him down last year his kidney and liver started failing. I miss my Tommy boy!!

  40. Pugs are NOT affordable. I don't know where you are getting your info, but these dogs cost over $1,000 to buy. They have serious health problems, too. Doesn't matter the breeder, as not one can breathe right.

  41. I adopted two Treeing Walker Coonhounds from a Kennel/rescue and they are the sweetest things ever. Most money goes to food but over all pretty low maintenance money wise. 🙂

  42. i"ve got my pitble for 160 $ i wasn"t even sure i was
    going to get one i got him at a shelter thees other dog seem like all the money you earn at work
    no hate.i would just like to tell eveyone to please get dogs from shelters there worth your money
    you wont regret it at all .the dogs in there seem adorable please adopt from a shelter.

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