Top 10 Most Affordable Dog Breeds – Buddies on a Budget

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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  1. I’m get 3 new dogs soon I didn’t know which to get you helped me out so much now I know what I want pug ,Papillion, and A multises I’m subbed like if you are to sry for the long comment

  2. I adopted my Pomeranian from an animal rescue organization. I paid $150 for him which included all his shots AND two grooming appointments. So basically I got him for free. He has been my priceless companion for the last 10 years. He is fed speciality food, has regular visits to the vet's office and the groomer and has been taken to a vet specialist a day's drive from our home (which turned out well). I wasn't looking for a Pomeranian–I had nothing but terriers in the past and I loved them, but when I saw his picture on a web page, it looked like he was smiling and happy. If you have your heart set on a certain breed, you still might be able to find a wonderful pet from a shelter or rescue group.

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  4. When my 16.5 year old Chihuahua, Paco, goes across the Rainbow Bridge to join my late husband and the rest of our pack of Missy, Ben, Sam, and Daisy, I plan to get a shelter dog, preferably a senior, from one of the 3 facilities here in Kerrville. While Billy would miss his Papa Paco who raised him, he would need another doggie buddy in a house with 3 cats.

  5. I loved your numbers 1 and 2 especially. My shelter boy was $75 which included worming, immunizations, and neutering. He is loving, and extremely intelligent. My highest cost so far, the chicken I cook for him and my other three packmates every night.

  6. I don't mind spending over a grand on my pups. Reason for it, when purchasing from a breeder, I count that money as supporting a well educated breeder to keep the breed alive and growing in the area. I don't believe in paying money as profit for animals alone, but rather paying it as support for other animals. That's why I loved your number 1 spot! Rescues need a good home and love for rehabilitation, and the money goes towards helping the shelter remain running and continue rescuing and finding those animals a home. However, I wouldn't pay any more than 2 grand because passed that is just for complete profit from those people with super expensive unnecessary dogs because of show business. Dogs may always look different and have different personality traits, but they are still dogs, no matter what they look like, and should be priced the same. As in, it doesn't take the breeder any more work to breed dalmatians that they have to sell their dalmatian pups at $2000 or more, than a breeder who breeds the common labrador. It's the same work. Same vet checks and everything. Same process, because they are both dogs. The only exception I can see is where they live. A dog's price to support the breeder would be much different if they were in california vs wisconsin.

  7. I don’t know where he’s adopting from a shelter, but around here very few places have adoption fees of $250.
    An awful lot are over $400, which is why as much as I’d like to save a dog from a shelter, I probably never will. I simply can’t afford it.

  8. DO NOT BUY ADOPT….Millions of dogs waiting for someone to save their life ..Only I US KILLS 1.5 MILLION DOGS EVERY YEAR..

  9. Well I adopted 3 dogs in my life and had one prebreed and my next dog going to be a vizsla and I am getting her from a breeder .

  10. 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.

  11. 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. 🙂

  12. 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.

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