The average lifetime price of raising a dog lands somewhere in the region of $23,000. And if your dream breed happens to fall within this list, then you could be looking at spending much more. That’s because these 40 types of dogs cost top dollar – whether it’s because they’re desirable, rare or both. So, how much are you willing to shell out for your perfect pet? Read on to find out if you can afford to make that vision a reality…
40. Border collie: $600
People love border collies because they’re smart – like, really smart. That means they’re super-quick to learn. It’s no wonder, then, that they’re famously efficient sheep herders. But whether you’re putting your pup to work or simply letting them play outdoors, they’ll cost you $600 to buy.
39. Puggle: $600
What do you get when you mix a beagle with a pug? As it turns out, you get a very desirable dog called a puggle. This friendly, silly pooch – which is just as adorable as it looks – has built up a legion of fans. And if you want to join the puggle army, it’ll cost you about $600.
38. American Akita: $675
Fancy an adorable puppy that will grow into a very loyal dog? Then consider buying an American Akita. They share the same lineage as the Japanese Akita but have been bred to be even more faithful and protective – and their deep barks alone are enough to dissuade intruders. Just keep in mind that such a big dog costs about $130 monthly for food and maintenance on top of the hefty puppy price tag.
37. Cavachon: $730
Cavachons are pretty much perfect for rookie dog owners. They’re a cross between a cavalier King Charles spaniel and a bichon frise – a combination that makes them devoted, smart and friendly. These pups are also a cinch to train up and love to spend time with people. What more could you desire in a new pet?
36. Cavalier King Charles spaniel: $870
If you want a four-legged friend, then there’s no better choice than the faithful Cavalier King Charles spaniel. Dogs from this breed are pretty versatile, too, and that means they can get along with families living in urban or rural settings. This could explain why each puppy comes with an average price tag of about $870.
35. Cocker spaniel: $890
Some people only know the cocker spaniel as the happy dog – and for good reason. They, like other spaniels, adore being around people and would spend every minute with you if they could. If that sounds good, all you have to do is shell out the nearly $900 on average that it takes to get a cocker puppy.
34. Labrador: $890
For just about $900, you can get a Labrador retriever puppy, and it will be money well spent. This breed has a famously cool temperament, making them the ideal pooch for families with young kids. They’re also outdoorsy – they were often put to work as hunting dogs, after all – so you could bring your puppy on hikes and walks and they’ll feel right at home.
33. Cockapoo: $1,000
The popularity of the cockapoo – a mix of a cocker spaniel and a poodle – has long been on the rise. For one thing, they don’t shed like other pups, meaning they’re practically hypoallergenic. Better yet, they’re smart, loyal, outgoing and sweet to their people. All of that begins to explain the approximately $1,000 price tag that comes with a cockapoo puppy.
32. Labradoodle: $1,075
Much like the cockapoo, the labradoodle brings together two great breeds: Labradors and poodles. We already know that Labradors make great family pets. Combine that with fur that won’t be shed all over your home, and you can understand why labradoodle pups are so popular – and pricey.
31. Kerry blue terrier: $1,100
Back in the day, the Kerry blue terrier was prized for its belligerence. However, breeders have worked hard over the years to pass on only the kinder traits that these pups possess. If you buy this type of dog, then, you’ll pay top dollar for the cultivated character that they possess today.
30. Great Dane: $1,100
A Great Dane is a big commitment – quite literally. These massive dogs need a lot of space and food, and that pricey chow bill needs to factor into the cost of raising your pet. But while you should expect to pay more than a grand for your Great Dane puppy, what you get is a loving dog that’ll be fabulous with the little ones in your family.
29. Ibizan hound: $1,200
The Ibizan hound has a long history, with its roots going all the way back to 3400 B.C. Nowadays, though, they’re a relatively uncommon breed, which is why you can expect to shell out about $1,200 if you want to bring one home. But the search could be worth it for a dog that’s famously good-natured.
28. Golden retriever: $1,200
Golden retrievers are supposedly the fourth-smartest of all dog breeds. Regardless of where they rank on the list, though, they are intelligent dogs and make a happy addition to just about any family. That’s why they’re perennially beloved. It may also explain why a golden retriever pup carries a price tag of $1,200 on average.
27. Cavapoo: $1,250
The cavapoo – a cross between the cavalier King Charles spaniel and the poodle – has a gentle nature. So, one of these fluffy puppies will slot right into your family – whether you have other dogs or little kids or both. And it probably comes as no surprise that this makes cavapoos valuable. Expect to shell out around $1,250 for your pup.
26. St. Bernard: $1,350
Your St. Bernard puppy may take two years to reach its full size. When it does, though, you’ll have a 120-to-180-pound dog on your hands. That’s a big mouth to feed, so factor this into the overall cost of bringing one of these pooches home. But in the end, you’ll get an intelligent and sweet companion, meaning that $1,350 for a puppy may well be worth it.
25. Boxer: $1,350
Boxers like to think that they’re lap dogs, and good luck telling them otherwise. Can’t handle that type of cuddling? This loyal pooch may not be the breed for you. However, if you relish the attention, then you need only ready yourself for the $1,350 price tag that comes with the average boxer puppy.
24. Portuguese water dog: $1,400
Maybe you want a pet that’ll delight in aquatic adventures with you? If so, look no further than the Portuguese water dog. These pups even have webbed toes that help them paddle away with ease. You just have to fork out around $1,400, on average, to bring home a purebred pooch.
23. Newfoundland: $1,450
Have you ever read J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan? If so, you’ll probably remember the nurturing Nana. The famous dog – modeled after a Newfoundland because of their temperament – serves as the Darling children’s nanny. You obviously can’t expect the same of your own four-legged friend, but you can presume that your Newfie will be just as sweet and gentle.
22. German shepherd: $1,500
You’ve probably seen a police officer walking around town with a German shepherd in tow. That’s because these dogs have all the qualities required to aid law enforcement: they’re smart, athletic, fast and obey commands. They make great companions to regular folk, too, but you’ll have to pay about $1,500 on average to get your paws on a pup.
21. Samoyed: $1,500
Purchasing a Samoyed from a distinguished breeder – which you should do to ensure the health of your pup – will cost you about $1,500. That’s just because the breed’s a rare one. If you’re ready to shell out the big bucks, though, you should also be prepared to work hard to care for your dog, which will require lots of grooming. It makes sense when you see that long, fluffy hair, right?
20. Staffordshire bull terrier: $1,500
The Staffordshire bull terrier was once bred to fight other canines, but its antagonistic instincts have all but disappeared. Instead, the $1,500 price will get you a pooch that’s sweet and placid enough to live with kids. It can be brave when necessary, of course, but expect a mushy pet most of the time.
19. Yorkshire terrier: $1,500
Looking for a pup you can pop into your purse? If so, the Yorkshire terrier may be the right breed for you. A $1,500 price tag will get you an adorable, pint-sized pooch that’s a famously sweet lap dog but also one that likes to play and have fun.
18. Chow chow: $1,500
The chow chow is famous for being, well, one of the dimmer bulbs when it comes to dog breeds. But even without those smarts, there’s something charming about these well-built pooches. If you agree, then you’ll have to be willing to fork over the big bucks to get one. Yep, you’re looking at $1,500 or more.
17. Rottweiler: $1,550
Rottweilers are one of the most popular dogs in the United States, but that’s not the only reason they could cost $1,550 or more. Handing over that cash should get you a pup that’s not only faithful, but also self-assured and very intelligent. Rottweilers are prone to a slew of health issues, however, so it’s important to buy your pooch from a top-quality breeder.
16. Bernese mountain dog: $2,000
Docile. Tolerant. Devoted. Sweet. Who doesn’t want these qualities in a puppy? That’s what you’ll get if you buy a Bernese mountain dog – the perfect addition to families of any size. But it can be costly to bring one into your home. Expect to shell out $2,000 for a pup from a reputable breeder.
15. Basset hound: $2,000
Basset hounds are incredible creatures with rather astonishing senses of smell. There are 220 million scent receptors in a basset’s sniffer, after all, compared to the mere five million in the human schnozzle. But whether or not you need a tracker dog, you’re paying, well, through the nose for this breed.
14. Irish wolfhound: $2,100
The Irish wolfhound is yet another breed on this list that gives you what you pay for in terms of their temperament. These dogs have an incredible amount of patience as well as being docile and sweet. And as an added bonus, you get an extra-large pooch by your side, since Irish wolfhounds can eventually reach over 30 inches tall.
13. Akita Inu: $2,500
The Akita Inu wants to spend time with its people – sometimes to the point that it has trouble socializing with strangers and fellow dogs. But letting your pooch get to know others can help you make them more of an all-rounder – sweet to you and to everyone else. And it all starts with a puppy, so save up your $2,500 before you begin shopping.
12. Doberman pinscher: $2,500
It’s been said that the Doberman has the best mix of smarts and strength. That’s true, and for this reason they make excellent guard dogs. But you can probably guess that such an impressive resume doesn’t come cheap. Your Doberman puppy could cost you $2,500, in fact.
11. Saluki: $3,000
The regal-looking Saluki hails from Egypt and is ably adapted to the country’s arid terrain. It’s an excellent hunter, too, and is able to catch its prey across rocky landscapes. So, you’re paying for both spirit and history when you buy a Saluki, which could cost you $3,000.
10. Cane corso: $4,000
Cane corsos once served as top-of-the-line protectors in Ancient Rome. In fact, the words cane corso in Latin mean “bodyguard dog” – that’s how good it is at its job. It’s also a majestic-looking beast that weighs up to 120 pounds. So, you’ll pay quite a bit to feed one – let alone to buy a puppy.
9. Neapolitan mastiff: $5,000
The Neapolitan mastiff shares its Roman roots with the cane corso. It’s perhaps no surprise, then, that dogs of this breed are also pretty protective. And while they’re strong and powerful pooches, they’re also gentle and faithful. You get all of that, however, for the very steep price of $5,000.
8. French bulldog: $6,800
Part of the reason why French bulldogs are so expensive is that the breeding process is intense. First, females have to be artificially inseminated. Then, to deliver their puppies, they need to go through cesarean sections. Add the fact that Frenchies are possibly the most popular small canines in America, and, well, you’ve got yourself doggies on the market for $6,800 each.
7. English bulldog: $6,800
Today’s dog buyer clearly loves a pup with a squashed face – and in most cases, that adorable visage comes with a hefty price tag. The English bulldog is just like the Frenchie in that births require C-sections. So, you’re paying your breeder about $6,800 for the momma’s dog trips to the vet as well as for a more complicated delivery.
6. Afghan hound: $7,000
Maybe you envision yourself trotting down the street with a long, lean, graceful pooch at your side, its hair blowing in the wind. If so, then you should start saving now to buy an Afghan hound. This breed earns accolades for its beauty – come on, look at that coat – and can cost $7,000 to bring home.
5. Pharaoh hound: $7,500
The pharaoh hound hails from Malta, where it has long been tasked with tracking down bunnies. Its Maltese name even translates as “rabbit dog.” As such, you can expect an athletic companion if you choose to bring one of these puppies home. Just be ready to fork over the big bucks – $7,500 or so apiece.
4. Dogo Argentino: $8,000
Before your heart becomes set on a Dogo Argentino, know that you can’t bring one home to every city, state or country. They’re not allowed in parts of Colorado or in Norway, for instance, because they are so strong and dominating. However, if the law allows and you have plenty of room for this massive hunting dog – a natural at catching wild hogs – then you just need $8,000.
3. Azawakh: $9,000
The Azawakh is a breed that was only recognized by the American Kennel Club at the start of 2019. And as these dogs are relatively recent arrivals to the United States – they originally come from western Africa – that’s why they’re so pricey to buy. If you want one of these pups, then, it’ll cost you almost $10,000 to make it happen.
2. Tibetan mastiff: $10,000
The Tibetan mastiff was initially bred to help defend flocks of sheep. Unfortunately, though, the breed began to disappear after owners found the dogs to be too costly to look after. And the rarity of the Tibetan mastiff is what makes it the second-most expensive pooch on this list. Save up $10,000, and you could bring one home to protect you and your family.
1. Löwchen: $12,000
Finally, we have the löwchen – a dog with only 300 or so members among its long-dwindling population. That’s precisely why it’ll cost you about $12,000 if you want one of these gray, silky pups. In return, though, you will get a very friendly and sociable dog that likes to stay active and spend time with you. And that companionship could just be worth the over-the-top investment price.
If you’re more worried about how a puppy will fit into your family, however, then you’ll probably be on the lookout for a particularly placid breed. Well, search no further, as these 40 types of dogs are among the most docile out there – and they’re all plenty adorable, too…
When you’re looking to get a dog, you’ll probably ask yourself, “What breed should I go for?” After all, certain types of canine might not suit your needs. But if you and the family are searching for a chilled pooch, you’ll have plenty of choice. So with that in mind, here’s a selection of the 40 calmest dogs around today.
40. Rhodesian ridgeback
First things first – that’s a cool name for a dog breed. But aside from that, the Rhodesian ridgeback is an incredibly quiet canine who usually shows little interest in barking. According to Woman’s Day magazine, that could be due to the stature of some of them. They’re pretty big, so their size is usually enough to deter any nearby menace. That’s good for your ears!
If Newfoundland sounds more like a place than a dog breed, that’s because it is! It’s the region in Canada from which the beautiful pooches originate. As for their personalities, the dogs are said to be very chilled, and will show plenty of love towards their owners. The ideal family pet right?
38. French mastiff
While the French mastiff might not be the prettiest dog in the world, there are few other breeds that can match their faithfulness. You see, once you welcome one of these canines into your house, they’ll stick to you like glue. And if properly trained, the animal should be friendly with whoever it comes across.
37. Irish setter
Are you looking for a dog that will help guard your home? Well, the Irish setter isn’t the breed for the job. As per Woman’s Day magazine, those pooches are more likely to make friends with the intruder than attack! So if you’re after a pet that shows warmth and doesn’t generate much noise, they’re perfect.
It’s fair to say that the Bergamasco is one of the most unusual-looking dogs on the planet. Just take a peek at its hair! Yet these canines are also well-known for their good nature around people. Plus, thanks to their ancestors’ experience as animal herders, they’ve retained a form of self-sufficiency in their personalities.
With a name like whippet, you might expect this breed to be pretty lively. But while they like to horse around on occasion, these dogs are actually pretty chilled out for the most part. According to the Whippet Rescue and Placement website, they don’t make much noise – unless you leave them by themselves for a bit. Then you’ll hear a few barks!
34. Basset hound
Even though basset hounds aren’t the biggest dogs in the world, you’d be hard-pressed to name a more relaxed breed. These cute pooches are perfect for families with young kids, as they get along with anyone. They’re friendly with different animals as well, so that’s a bonus if you’ve already got a pet at home.
If you’re searching for a dog that will relax with its owner, the Pekingese breed could be the one for you. Apparently, they have a tendency to burrow into your legs when you sit down. You should be able to take their weight! So yes, they’re essentially canine couch potatoes.
32. Japanese chin
At first glance, Japanese chin dogs might look like yappy little things. You’d be mistaken, though. According to Woman’s Day, the tiny pooches rarely ever bark, making them ideal if you’re after a quiet companion. But they’re big snorers due to the bone structure of their faces. Maybe you could buy some earplugs for bedtime!
Let’s be blunt here – pugs are arguably the biggest goofballs in the canine kingdom. And that’s not a bad thing! These dogs love to play around with their owners, seeking their approval. Yet while they’ll put on acts if something doesn’t go their way, the animals don’t lose their rag easily. They’re pretty serene in truth.
30. English bulldog
The English bulldog is still considered to be an iconic dog breed today. In part, that’s down to their unmistakable appearance, standing out from other canines. But it’s said that the animals are quite passive too, and love nothing more than relaxing with their clan. Kids will adore them!
Unlike some other breeds, Chinooks go out of their way to avoid making noise around people. Sounds perfect right? But if you own a garden, keep this in mind. You see, these dogs are diggers and could go to town in your yard. So Woman’s Day suggests that they’re probably better suited to those who live in apartments.
28. Clumber spaniel
While the Clumber spaniel might not have the most exotic name, it’s ideal for those who want a warm companion at home. The dogs are quick to make friends, so don’t trust them to scare off intruders. The animals are also incredibly laid-back – to the point that they should be upside down!
27. Bernese mountain dog
The Bernese mountain dog is a stunning breed that’ll draw plenty of eyes when you go for walks. Who wouldn’t want a dog that looks like that? So it’s a good thing that they’re reportedly calm and loving around their owners too. But the canines can get a little clingy. Not the worst downside in the world!
26. Glen of Imaal terrier
Yes, we know what you’re thinking – that’s a great name! The Glen of Imaal terrier is a very tender breed, so they’ll fit with families who don’t want a boisterous dog. Plus, the pooches aren’t big barkers. According to the American Kennel Club website, that ties back to their past as hunters of foxes and rats. Noise would’ve given them away.
If you want to own a dog that’ll stick by you through thick and thin, the Leonberger might be the perfect choice. These canines are very composed, showing lots of love once they’ve formed a bond. The breed also have a tendency to become quite defensive of their clan when push comes to shove.
Is there a more recognizable dog breed than the Dalmatian? These pooches boast stunning black-and-white coats, standing out from the crowd. But how are they as pets? Well, as reported by Woman’s Day, the animals won’t bombard you with noise: instead, they’ll quietly look to make friends with your family.
23. Shih tzu
While you might not think it at first, shih tzu dogs are actually pretty measured in their temperament compared to other breeds. In fact, they’re said to be very chilled out once you’ve welcomed them into your life. But don’t forget: the tiny canines will still shower you with kindness despite their surprising disposition.
Away from the racetrack, greyhounds are excellent dogs to adopt as pets thanks to their laid-back personalities. Some would say that they’re closer to cats in that regard! Mind you, while the canines can get a little nervous around people, they still like to curry favor with their families at home.
Akitas are a truly beautiful breed that wouldn’t look out of place sitting on a bed of plush toys. They’re adorable! Alongside their appearance, the dogs are known for being pretty quiet too. You see, the Akita Rescue Society of America reported that they used to be hunters. If the pooches do start making noise, though, there could be something wrong.
20. English toy spaniel
As you can probably tell from the name, English toy spaniels are very small dogs. Yet at the same time, they’re quite mellow around the house. Yes, it’s believed that you won’t hear too much from these animals throughout the day, but they still love to play with their clan. Sounds like the ideal pet, right?
Whether you know this breed as the borzoi or Russian wolfhound, one thing can’t be argued – they’re absolutely majestic! On top of that, Woman’s Day reported that the dogs are relaxed and pleasant around their owners as well. So while this canine’s appearance might say otherwise, it’s not highly strung.
From a distance, bullmastiffs might seem like pretty intimidating dogs. Don’t be fooled, though. These giants are actually very chilled-out animals, showing plenty of love towards their families. And even if they find themselves in a stressful situation, they’re said to handle it with a surprising level of composure. Bet you didn’t see that coming!
17. Rough collie
It could be argued that the rough collie is famous around the world for a very simple reason. Of course we’re referring to Lassie – the classic literature character. But outside of that, do they make good pets? Well, the pooches are known for their devotion and don’t generate a lot of noise. Plus, collies love kids.
16. Italian greyhound
Italian greyhounds are significantly smaller than their ganglier brethren, yet they retain similar personality traits. For instance, Woman’s Day noted that the dogs are equally loving and kind. At the same time, they’re a tad friskier when you look to have some fun in the yard. So overall, the breed’s still pretty peaceful.
15. Sussex spaniel
If you’ve ever encountered a Sussex spaniel, you’ll know that they can get noisy from time to time. Mind you, the barking paints a somewhat inaccurate picture. Apparently, these dogs are extremely chilled, boasting an inner tranquility. As a result of that, the breed can seemingly live anywhere – from rural idylls to crowded cities.
14. Shetland sheepdog
Shetland sheepdogs can easily be mistaken for collies if you’re not up on your dog breeds. But away from their appearance, the beautiful animals have a similar mindset too. As per Woman’s Day, they’re very accommodating towards strangers, while retaining a real love and respect for their own clan at home.
If you’ve never heard of the Bolognese breed before, don’t worry – they’re pretty rare in America. Should you be on the lookout for a quieter pet, though, you might want to acquaint yourself with them. Yes, these small dogs won’t assault your ears with constant barking. And the canines are apparently easy-going as well, so that’s a plus!
12. Shiba inu
Even though the shiba inu bears some resemblance to a fox, that’s where the comparisons end. Dog lovers in Japan can’t get enough of them, while fans of smaller canines across the world are also drawn to the animals. They’re said to be incredibly vibrant, yet they don’t make much noise. That’s a nice combination!
11. Labrador retriever
For those of you who want to add a dog to your family, you can’t go wrong with a Labrador retriever. These gorgeous pooches will shower you with love, boasting a calming demeanor. Due to that, the Chelsea Dogs website revealed that this breed is ideal for individuals that require a therapy animal.
10. Cavalier King Charles spaniel
The cavalier King Charles spaniel is a dog that boasts a very desirable trait. You see, they’re just as chilled around people that they don’t know as they are with their own clan. Yet the canine’s laid-back nature doesn’t stop them from showing affection. In fact, they’ll snuggle up whenever you take a seat at home.
Saluki dogs are beautiful creatures that won’t be afraid to show their love once they’ve bonded with their family. The breed is also said to be good with children. Meanwhile, they’re not the noisiest pooches in the world either, and have a real mellow nature. That’s a lot of ticks in the column, right?
8. Coton de Tuléar
Yes, we know – dog names don’t come more exotic than the Coton de Tuléar. But what can you expect from them as pets? Well, they keep themselves quiet for the most part, only perking up when a stranger arrives at the house. The small dogs love to get close with their owners too, as per the American Coton Club website.
7. Great Pyrenees
Compared to other dog breeds, the great Pyrenees might require a master that isn’t afraid to be stern on occasion. Once you’ve got them under control, though, these lovely animals will be a calm addition to the family. They’re good with adults and kids alike – plus the dogs serve as protectors of the house. Who needs an alarm?
6. French bulldog
Although the French bulldog is a funny-looking breed, it might be the right pooch for you if noise is a concern. On the website Trending Breeds, a report was flagged up mentioning that 85 percent of the participants didn’t have “Frenchies” that barked. So other than snoring, they’re very quiet.
5. Shar pei
As you might be able to tell from their faces, shar pei dogs are very mellow creatures. But they’re no pushovers. While this breed will have an affection for your clan, they can be incredibly headstrong when they put their minds to it. The animals aren’t barkers either – unless a real problem crops up!
4. St. Bernard
St. Bernards are huge dogs that look like they could be a lot of hassle. Yet that’s not really the case. Thanks in part to their size, this breed is as relaxed as they come, chilling out across their family’s house. And they’ll be friendly with your kids when approached. So yes, these canines are true “gentle giants.”
3. Scottish deerhound
It’s fair to say that the Scottish deerhound stands out in the canine kingdom. These dogs are so tall! But don’t be put off by their stature. These animals are apparently very considerate, boasting a calm demeanor at home. By all accounts they grow out of their bad behavior as they get older, so puppies might not be a good idea.
2. Afghan hound
When it comes to iconic looks, the Afghan hound has to be right up there. That hair is just fabulous! Anyway, how are these animals as pets? Well according to Woman’s Day, this breed isn’t noisy and won’t make a mess of your yard. Simply put, other than the obvious grooming they require, the dogs aren’t known for causing problems.
1. Great Dane
You can’t go wrong with a great Dane, right? These massive dogs are wonderful to have around the house, as they’ll connect with anyone – from kids to different animals. It’s simple to build a relationship with this breed, and they appear to love every second of it. Hassle? We don’t think so!