6 of the Least Expensive Dog Breeds to Own

Of course rescue dogs come in as the best deal ever in more ways than one.

Since we are all mutts ourselves, we have a special place in our hearts for them. If you absolutely must have a purebred though, we might be able to save you a little dough. While you would never put a price on your dog, someone else has. So here is a short guide to some of the least expensive breeds to own.

American Foxhound

While there are also English Foxhounds which are said to run about $100 or so for a puppy, we’re going with the American because we can. An American Foxhound will cost around $400 to purchase which is quite a bit more than his English cousin but he doesn’t bark in that funny accent. Okay, just kidding there, or are we? These dogs will have a life expectancy of 10-13 years and can weigh anywhere from 65-75 pounds on average. That means they’ll eat more than a little dog but are much more fun to play with. Hound dogs do howl, which can get old at times, but they are very trainable—and that is where the fun starts.


Black and Tan Coonhound

These dogs are happy-go-lucky and a lot of fun. They average around $300 for a puppy and are considered inexpensive to own due to low grooming costs and being generally healthy and happy. They are listed as the number four least expensive breed by PetBreeds.com but we’re not sure if they figured in the incidentals. Coonhounds are great hunting dogs as all hound dogs are, and may just help put meat on the table for you, too.


Rat Terrier

These little guys have a life expectancy of 15-23 years making them one of the longest living breeds. If money is a factor, this makes them way more affordable when averaging their costs over their lifetime. We don’t think that way though do we? The average cost for a Rat Terrier is around $400 but they don’t eat much food at all, especially when compared to Retrievers or Coonhounds. They only weigh between 10 to 24 pounds with most coming in closer to the lower end.


Miniature Pinscher

While these puppies may run around $500 to buy, they make up for it in other ways. With a life expectancy of around 13 years, that means more time with your puppy, so you’ll get plenty of loving in. They weigh around 10 pounds so really, how much can they eat? Actually, Puppylovernews.com estimates about $200 a year which comes out to a hair more than $16 a month for you mathematically challenged readers. They also add in the price of toys when they come to a figure of $7800 cost for the dog’s lifetime, but come on—how much can a ball and a stick cost?



You can usually find a Dachshund for around $450. These are very popular dogs so he or she shouldn’t have any trouble finding friends at the dog park. With a life expectancy of 13+ years they will be around longer than a big dog on average. They are said to range from 15-30 pounds, but most are smaller and eat way less than your average dog. This makes for a savings on food that you can use for toys if that ball and stick just aren’t good enough.


Golden Retriever

Goldens have been on the top of America’s favorite breeds list right below Labradors and German Shepherds for years. With an average purchase price of around $600 you will definitely get your money’s worth. Their average life expectancy is only 11 years but what a fun 11 years it will be. Food will run you a bit more for your retriever than a smaller dog but you get what you pay for. Retrievers are great with kids, very loyal, and a whole lot of fun.


Meet the Author: Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan is a full-time musician along with a humor, travel and outdoor recreation columnist. He's also an avid skier and golfer and has traveled extensively around the U.S, the Caribbean and Europe. His musical career takes him all over the U.S. and his wife drags him everywhere else. His weekly columns “The Life of Ryan” ran in the Transcript and Sentinel newspaper chain for several years and have been featured in the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News and Mile High Magazine. He is the co-founder, editor and humor columnist for ColoradoLocalLegends.com and currently resides in Morrison, Colorado.

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