Are you thinking of bringing home a new dog, but worried about the cost? Are you trying to work out whether you can afford to keep your new puppy and cover all the bills? In this article we are going to answer the question ‘how much does a dog cost’.
Dog price can vary greatly, depending on whether you adopt or buy, the age of the dog, what breed you get, and the breeder you purchase the dog from. These are the typical costs for a dog in the USA:
1) Adopting a dog from a shelter or breed rescue typically costs between $70 and $300, with breed rescues usually at the higher end.
2) Purchasing a pet quality puppy usually costs between $300 and $1,500, depending on the breed, sex, and quality. Pet quality puppies are considered lower in quality because they have some aesthetic flaw not noticeable to the average person – such as a tail kink or an underbite – that causes them not to meet written breed standards.
3) Purchasing a show quality puppy usually costs between $1,500 and $5,000 — but can go up to $15,000 or more, depending on the breed, sex and quality. A top show quality puppy should be able to be used for breeding or shows.
The coat color of a puppy can cause the price to vary greatly at the same breeder and among similar-quality dogs; prices can triple for puppies with very rare coat colors.