Top 22 budget-friendly dogs and how to afford them

Foxhound

Owning a dog brings a good deal of extra joy to the lives of most owners, but there is also the potential for added expenses to household budgets.

The list of expenses varies from breed to breed based upon genetic conditions, size and energy levels.

Some dogs require a lot of space to run around but won’t consume food a bag at a time.

Other breeds are large and routinely go through 50lb bags of food, but spend their day sleeping and are happy to live wherever their people live.

The following breeds are 12 examples of budget friendly dogs to own.

1. American/English Foxhounds

The American and English Foxhounds are closely related breeds and puppies can be found for relatively cheap upfront prices of around $50 and $25 (respectively).

Both breeds are wonderful with children and love the company of other dogs. You will not have to spend a lot of time or money finding entertaining things for these dogs to do. They will be very happy playing in the yard with your kids, or even with each other.

Additionally, neither breed has a particularly long lifespan at 10-13 years on average. They will consume more food than smaller dog breeds with an average adult weight of 65-75lbs, but are far from the type of dog that consumes a bag of food every other week.

Most importantly, neither breed has any well-documented genetic defects leading to extensive veterinary care.

Healthy, loving, and easy to please, foxhounds make wonderful pets. They are a good compromise between a big dog that costs an arm and a leg to feed, and a small designer breed, which often suffer from health problems.

Foxhounds need around 30 to 60 minutes of exercise per day, some of which can come in the form of running around the yard.

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bella
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bella
2 years 1 month ago

you dont need to go to a breeder to get a purebreed. go to any pound. they are there and being killed daily due to no homes or lack of fosters.

JJfan
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JJfan
1 year 3 months ago

Pound dogs are usually happy to just have someone to love and take care of them. They make great family members. I’ve learned from experience.

Mama
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Mama
2 years 1 month ago

We got our “used” Pug from a breeder who was no longer breeding dogs. They had her spayed and gave her to us. We love our “Pugsley”.

Luis
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Luis
2 years 1 month ago

Well the Chihuahua i agree. We had one that lived for 14 years and never had one health issue. Now it did get sick and the vet suggested due to her age and cost of the procedure it was probably be better she be put down. No, they dont require 50lb bag of foods every month but you be surprised how much the little 7lb dog can eat.

James Peacock
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2 years 26 days ago

Did your Chihuahua bark a lot?

grow-n-old
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grow-n-old
2 years 4 days ago

I have two Chihuahuas both female and have only heard them bark once, when my son unlocked the door and came in. Had a service man in my house all day and he didn’t even know I had a dog let alone two.

Mongoose218
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Mongoose218
1 year 7 months ago

There is a condition or syndrome called “Little dog syndrome”, meaning that the humans give in, give in, give in, to whatever the dog wants because he’s little and cute, and end up with an out of control, spoiled, yappy, sometimes snapping and biting, little dog who knows no boundaries!!! If you can manage to prevent THAT, then the small dogs will work for you, otherwise, don’t get one!!! Its awful to see an entire family being under the thumb (so to speak) of a tiny dog!!!

Meh
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Meh
1 year 7 months ago

That happens often with older dogs when they require surgery. When they reach a certain age, the hardships that come with surgery just get to be too much for them and the benefits of the surgery are often not worth the recovery process. I am very glad you got 14 years with your Chihuahua 🙂

the_Hold_Steady
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the_Hold_Steady
2 years 1 month ago

Any dog that costs $75.00 didn’t come from a reputable breeder.

Leah
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2 years 1 month ago

RESCUE RESCUE RESCUE… Adopt don’t shop!

sunshinegirl
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1 year 3 months ago
I adopted my little Beau from the Rescue when my Katie passed away. I love him so much. They are both Sh It zu’s but Beau has Maltese in him also. They both are very smart and like kids they come with their own personality. I think when they are rescued that they also know what it is to not have a good home and this little guy is the most loving and playful little kid. They have to be groomed each day and go to the beauty shop about every 5 weeks for grooming. They both have been the… Read more »
Leah
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2 years 1 month ago

Also… where is the Dachshund in this list? I have 2 now and have had several in the past

Paul Hooson
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Paul Hooson
2 years 1 month ago
I own a Havanese Bichon, and as much as love him, they are difficult to house train and can cause a great deal of damage to a home. They also aren’t really lap dogs either.They don’t like to be held, but enjoy it when you pet them. They enjoy spending all day with you, but they keep a distance from you. And he hates rides in a car. – I would prefer a more intelligent breed, that’s more affectionate and better at house training next time around. Further, their coat is very difficult to maintain unless you know a reasonable… Read more »
Jtpenguin
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Jtpenguin
2 years 17 days ago
Wow, I’m so sorry about your experience with your Havanese. I wonder about the breeder. My experience with my two Havanese has been the exact opposite. One boy, one girl, they are both super smart, intuitive, affectionate and sweet. They both house trained in about 4days, are absolute lapdogs and love to be with me at all times. They are very sensitive however so in training them I had to keep that in mind. But, like your Havanese, neither likes car rides. I always recommend the Havanese to anyone wondering what breed to choose as a small furry companion.
sue
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sue
2 years 1 month ago

What about the cost of grooming to keep these dogs “beautiful”? in any case Leah is right -ADOPT DON’T SHOP

Berni
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Berni
2 years 1 month ago

I dont see Doxies. Mine is 13 and is the best behaved lowest health issue dog I have ever had… just make a few concessions like a few ramps in the house (like to get onto the bed). Loyal playful very intelligent. and I got her for free from a friend of a friend…. adopt first!!!

Mongoose218
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Mongoose218
1 year 7 months ago

Doxies (Dachshunds) can easily slip a disc in their back….very common among that breed, and can’t be predicted or prevented……their LONG backs, bred that way by humans, are TOO long and therefore trouble can come from it…..my uncle’s Doxie had to be put down when he ruptured a disc in his back…not that unusual….

Aeva
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Aeva
2 years 1 month ago

If budget is that much of an issue, then you should not be getting a dog. I’ve seen countless pets suffer needlessly and sometimes even die, because owners could not afford to pay for preventatives or treatments. If you truly love an animal, you won’t force it to suffer just because you can’t afford to provide the things it needs.

Meh
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Meh
1 year 7 months ago

I agree. You don’t need to be wealthy to own a dog but you should be able to provide routine care and maintenance as well as have a way to pay for an emergency. E-vets are NOT cheap! Things happen even to the most well cared for dogs. Elderly dogs also after cost more due to disease or other ailments old age can bring.

Mongoose218
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Mongoose218
1 year 7 months ago
THAT should be common sense for anyone…..dogs/ cats/ any pets CAN cost money…..invest in pet insurance, or have a “stash” of money for emergencies….twice I’ve had to pay $2000. for surgeries for pets….Once a cat had an middle ear tumor which we didn’t know if it was cancer until it was removed (it wasn’t!!!); and once our Golden Retriever managed to tear almost every ligament in his knee, which required major surgery……but when you love them, you do what you’ve gotta do!!! However for a pet with cancer (and I’ve had two of those as well) I don’t believe in… Read more »
JJfan
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JJfan
1 year 3 months ago

Spent plenty of money on tests making sure his illness wasn’t temporary. Then had him put down while I held him because he was no longer eating or drinking and couldn’t understand why he felt so bad.

Armisen
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Armisen
1 year 2 months ago

The fact that you didn’t put your animals through that misery shows how much you truly loved them. I wish everyone could see that. You have very lucky pets.

Mongoose218
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Mongoose218
1 year 7 months ago
But, dogs and cats can often live up to 20 years….you can’t always PREDICT what your income level or job security will be 20 years in the future….thats a dumb way, imo, to decide to get a dog or cat, that is, worrying if in 15-20 years you won’t have enough money to do some major medical procedure on the animal!!! Pet insurance is growing in popularity, and though I haven’t ever tried it, some people swear by it…..I figure if I have enough to feed them high quality food, to take them to the vet for their yearly checkup… Read more »
Adam
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Adam
2 years 1 month ago

Where’s the Labrador Retriever? I’ve had 3 Labradors in the past and they didn’t cost much.

Mongoose218
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Mongoose218
1 year 7 months ago
Labs and Golden Retrievers (cousins to speak) are both retriever type dogs, not hunting dogs, they would swim out and retrieve the duck or whatever the hunter had shot, and bring it to him…..they both have “soft” mouths, meaning they can carry things in their mouths without any damage to it….. Labs are notorious for a VERY long puppyhood, up to 2 years….Goldens not so much….our Golden was an adult by a year or so…..calmed down, quit chewing things like table and chair legs, etc!!! He was the GREATEST dog we ever had, just a fantastic, gentle, loving, playful big… Read more »
mystra
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mystra
10 months 10 days ago
My lab is a cross her father was a purebred yellow lab and her mother a purebred golden retriever. Yes the puppyhood is long she’s only 1 1/2 but she is the best dog we have ever had . She’s so easy going good temperament and absolutely the biggest “suckie baby”. The hips are a huge concern for me as she gets older. All I can say is we keep her at a good weight give her regular exercise and regular vet visits for shots etc. Other than regular costs and a few chewed items l personally think she is… Read more »
Bonegirl06
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Bonegirl06
1 year 2 months ago

You are lucky. A lot of people have experienced health problems and labs tend to eat everything.

whylie2010
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whylie2010
2 years 1 month ago

Cocker Spaniels are nowhere near low maintenance. We had one. Their coat is a lot of maintenance and they are prone to skin problems. Loved him to pieces though

whylie2010
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whylie2010
2 years 1 month ago

Also, puggles are not low energy. At least mine isn’t (and he’s old!). Whenever I run into other puggle owners, the first thing we do is marvel at how energetic and strong they are. They will wear you out. I adopted my puggle from the animal shelter btw.

NIcklightie
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NIcklightie
2 years 1 month ago

Gotta love Beagles.

GimmeMyFreeStoff
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GimmeMyFreeStoff
2 years 1 month ago

Loved my recently departed bulldog……but budget friendly? Are you out of your minds?

Meh
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Meh
1 year 7 months ago
My jaw dropped when I saw the Bulldog on this list. I have friends with Bulldogs and, despite how much they adore their dogs, they are thinking about going with another, healthier breed in the future. I am very sorry your Bulldog is no longer with you. I’m facing old age with my Smooth Collie (11 years next month) so a loss is coming my way although hopefully not for a couple of years at least. I am very glad you loved your dog despite the cost of caring for the breed. I’ve never owned one but the ones I… Read more »
Mongoose218
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Mongoose218
1 year 7 months ago

Right, me too!!! Bulldogs because of how breeding for “looks” by humans has changed them, makes it hard for them to breathe if they are exercised, or just in hot weather…..they puppies HAVE to be delivered by C/Section because the puppy’s heads are too big to pass down the birth canal……they have a LOT of health issues, most related to how they’ve been “changed” to look like they do!!! I’d avoid one, and get almost any other breed first!!!

donald
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donald
2 years 30 days ago
I have a bullmastiff and besides being a great friend, he provides me and my wife a great deal of peace of mind. He lives in the house with us and he probably provides more security than anything ADT could. Most people intent on robbing or hurting someone do a little homework. Only a small percentage decide to wing it. Doing the slightest bit of casing would inform any would be monster that my big ball of fur is a constant presence INSIDE with us and they will have to deal with him if they make that mistake of coming… Read more »
buckeyeblitz
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buckeyeblitz
1 year 7 months ago
Unless your dog has hundreds of hours of training to be a guard animal I wouldn’t put that much trust in that. Thousands of homes get broken into with dogs in them daily and the crooks don’t get their legs bit off… most times the people just play with the big scary dog or feed him and they leave them alone while they loot your house…. how do I know this 8 had my house broken into and thought the same thing my big scary pitbull was going to eat someone if they came in… but I was really really… Read more »
Clare
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Clare
2 years 27 days ago

The best dog I ever had was a Benji type mixed breed that I adopted from the local shelter. For some reason, these mixed breeds don’t seem to get sick. He had an annual check-up and lived to be almost 18 years old.

Mongoose218
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Mongoose218
1 year 7 months ago

Mixed breeds, ask ANY vet, are always healthier than purebreds, which tend to be inbred far too much!!!

Alexandra B Castle
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1 year 9 months ago
What was left out of the mix discussion about beagles is that they are very barky. We go to the dog part regularly with our brood and beagles are one of the most popular breeds there. Lord only know how their owners stand it. So if all else is good, you would be happier if you wear a hearing device that you can turn off whey you want to. And I agree with Brittany, you can’t begin to call dogs budget friendly. One thing to keep in mind is that every breed has its own health issues, but cancer is… Read more »
Meh
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Meh
1 year 7 months ago
Obviously, I can’t speak for all hound owners but I have a Bluetick Coonhound. Imagine the little bawl of the Beagle being magnified to fit the vocal equipment of a 60-90 lb dog. Other dogs run from my guy the first time he bawls in their face and people have described it as getting “a foghorn blast to the face”. However, despite the vocal tendencies of hounds, they CAN be taught that there is a time and a place. When we go out to play, I let him howl to his heart’s content. However, he knows that, unless WE are… Read more »
Mongoose218
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Mongoose218
1 year 7 months ago

yes, beagles howl and bark…..a LOT!!! They’re also known for running away….not that they’re running AWAY from you, but they’re running for the fun and excitement of it…..!

Meika1052
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Meika1052
1 year 4 months ago

Our Beagles sheds like crazy and his hair sticks into everything and isn’t easily vacuumed out. Socks go thru the washer and drier and still come out with hairs in them. Never seen anything like it! The howling and barking….YES! They must be on a lead at all times. They are VERY smart though! Can learn tricks quickly. Also house trained easily too!

Bonegirl06
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Bonegirl06
1 year 2 months ago

My beagle rarely barks. Only if he sees/smells a small animal or if he’s in guard-dog mode.

Powerjugs
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Powerjugs
1 year 7 months ago

English/Staffordshire Bull Terrier are amazing pets.

Mongoose218
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Mongoose218
1 year 7 months ago

EXCEPT if you live where there is BSL (Breed Specific Legislation, like NO PIT BULLS) you could be in trouble as most people judge what is a Pit bull by its looks alone, and your dog would be constantly confused with a Pit bull!!!

Powerjugs
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Powerjugs
1 year 6 months ago

Living in the UK, I believe that isn’t too much of an issue here. At least around London (Live about 30 miles from there)

Correct me if I’m wrong on that. I know some animals are under BSL but I doubt this breed is. I know they’re under higher scrutiny for this though due to high profile cases. Sadly.

Abycinnamon
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Abycinnamon
1 year 7 months ago

I have to disagree on Bichon Frise as a low budget easy to maintain breed. I have found them very difficult to train – particularly to housebreak. They can easily become very destructive. They also have a poodle-type coat that just keeps growing and needs to be cut. Most people are not equipped to trim their own dogs, thus a professional groomer is needed at least monthly.

Mongoose218
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Mongoose218
1 year 7 months ago

I have a half Bichon/ half Poodle, and yes, their hair DOES continue to grow, like a humans, so instead of shedding, either you learn to groom it (not that hard!!) or take it to a professional every 3-4 months……the UP SIDE of no shedding is, of course, NO SHEDDING….which is great for households with asthmatic/ allergic members….and is the reason why we’ve mainly gotten poodles/ poodle mixes for many years!!!!

I have had NO issues in housebreaking or training these dogs, or in their being destructive (once past puppyhood!!)

Abycinnamon
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Abycinnamon
1 year 3 months ago
how fortunate for you that your dogs have been trainable and house-breakable. I imagine my parents’ dogs might have responded better had they been better at training, however in talking to people who know the breed, including breeders, they do seem to have a reputation for being difficult. I think a lot of that is that their owners think they are so cute they do not treat them like dogs. I agree that combing them out is not difficult. I do think that getting the cut right is a little tricky – I’ve seen it done badly enough times that… Read more »
Kayla Gelsomino
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Kayla Gelsomino
1 year 4 months ago

I have a pit bull the smartest dog I have ever had. I think it’s
so rude of people to think these animals are killers, it just isn’t true.
I have had many animals, Henri our pit is the most loving, smart animals…

John Hill
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John Hill
1 year 14 days ago

We have a long hair Chihuahua that is now 16 years old. Very affectionate and loving.

Stephanie
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Stephanie
11 months 27 days ago

Sometimes adoption is to pricy and you don’t get to meet the pups parents so I understand when someone wants a breeder

Guest
Guest
Guest
5 months 19 days ago

not Bishons i have one hes a mess

VLR
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VLR
4 months 24 days ago
I own a Bichon Frise and have known previous owners who have spent an arm and leg to keep them healthy. This breed can be extremely sensitive to gluten and grains in their food, which adds to their developing skin problems that need a vet’s immediate attention. They are allergic to many types of grasses, causing chronic sneezing and intermittent sinus infections. Their teeth can rot very quickly if you do not have their teeth cleaned on a regular basis. I have learned from others’ experiences and have taken care of my friend’s Bichon for several years. My recommendations: Even… Read more »
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