Top 12 Budget Friendly Dogs

Top 12 Budget Friendly Dogs


They say dogs are man’s best friends- and anyone who has ever had a dog in their household will readily attest to that fact. Playful, friendly, fluffy, cute, loyal and useful- dogs are ideal companions that bring enormous joy to their owners’ lives. But dogs also need to be taken care of, groomed, fed, housed and exercised properly in order to keep them healthy and happy. And keeping and maintaining a dog can be quite expensive. Thus potential owners must choose their pet’s breeds carefully so that they do not become too expensive to keep. Adopting or buying a dog is a great responsibility, and one must always ensure that they only take on as much responsibility as they can handle. So here are 12 budget-friendly canines who will light up your homes and not cost the world to keep, either.

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  1. Ashley

    April 15, 2015 at 1:21 am

    I love dogs.
    This was good to know.
    I own a Cocker Spaniel.

    • Mak

      April 27, 2015 at 11:37 pm

      Cockers are super overbred and inbred, they have major issues with aggression, food/skin allergies, and ear infections…

      • lk

        April 28, 2015 at 5:59 pm

        Ive owned two cockers, they were sweet, well mannered and fun to have.

      • chris swinscoe

        May 22, 2015 at 3:27 pm

        so are you….

    • Sharon

      May 22, 2015 at 12:37 pm

      I’ve had Cockers all my adult life – mostly rescues. To list them as one of the cheapest upkeep like that is insane! This is a high-maintenance breed with a litany of health issues that most insurance companies will not cover. That said most of mine have lived to reach near 15 years of age. I do my own trimming so I don’t have that expense but groomers charge $50 to $100 a pop in my area! Do that every six weeks for multiple dogs (I had six at one time) and you’ll soon go broke! Mak – none of mine have had issues with aggression. Allergies yes but Benedryl is cheap. Ear infections can be staved off with regular cleaning of the ears.

      Bottom line – if you want a dog that doesn’t cost a lot of time or money, perhaps you should be looking in Toys-R-Us.

  2. Donna Steele

    April 15, 2015 at 11:54 am

    It was Google Info, to learn more about my Malteese

    • jennie roberts

      May 10, 2015 at 4:38 pm

      We had one cooker spaniel and that was one too many for us! I would go somewhere for a couple of hours and he had peed and pooped all over my laundry room. We gave him away and he climbed on their cars and scratched them up. Would never get another one!

  3. Donna Steele

    April 15, 2015 at 11:59 am

    I love small dog’s, I recently own a Malteese and he is so cuttle and energize. The info you have provided was useful.

  4. ann

    April 15, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    I really enjoyed the sites I have looked at but disappointed about not seeing my dog mentioned. Max is King Charles Cavalier. He’s my best friend would protect me and my family I think he would give his life for us. They are really great dogs we have 2 Jessie is our little girl.

  5. Debbie

    April 16, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    I love i’r little sugarbee she is a chau.

  6. Ivana Culp

    April 17, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    I have half Maltese and Jack Russel. Also I have a Shi Tzu. They a rowdy sweet dogs This will be a great opportunity to work with then.

  7. Angie

    April 24, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    I have a Rat Terrier and a Jack Russel and have had an Australian Shepard in the past. These are great dogs to have.

  8. BR

    April 25, 2015 at 3:47 am

    As a member of the veterinary profession I was shocked at this list of “budget friendly” breeds. Bulldogs and cocker spaniels are a sure bet for high vet bills. I recommend pet insurance to every client that owns a cocker spaniel or bulldog. I wouldn’t consider any breed that needs regular haircuts to be budget friendly. Grooming usually costs $50-$70 and must be done several times each year. Purchasing a purebred dog, especially one of the rarer breeds (like the Mexican Hairless or Bolognese) can cost well over a thousand dollars.

    The cheapest option is usually to adopt a small mixed breed dog from a well organized rescue or animal shelter. At most the adoption fee will be a couple hundred dollars and the pet will already be vaccinated and spayed or neutered. Some rescues and shelters offer free or low-cost consultations with a dog trainer. Mixed breed dogs on average are healthier, live longer, and have less demanding grooming needs.

    • Mak

      April 28, 2015 at 12:11 am

      I totally agree with you, I’ve been working with dogs for over 8 years (managed 2 kennels/groom facilities and currently manage a holistic dog/cat food store)… Bulldogs are EXTREMELY expensive, they cost well over 2 grand to begin with and involve surgery as puppies just to breath, they’re prone to every kind of allergy (skin, food, seasonal, ect), obesity, and overheating…honestly, they really shouldn’t be a breed, they just aren’t healthy and we forced to be what they are…much like pugs, they aren’t healthy dogs either, most of these purebreds are so overbred and inbred that their life expectancy is significantly cut down from what it’s suppose to be….cockers and chias have aggression issues (though most chia aggression I believe is to blame on the owner for lack of socialization and not so much on the dog-most people don’t do the same amount of training or socialization with a small dog as they would with a medium or large dog) cockers are also very prone to cancer, cherry eye, food/skin allergies and ear infections ..and grooming is very costly, a minimum of $50-$70 a visit, and for several of these breeds you’re going to need to keep regular appts every 6-8 weeks, doing bathing at 4 weeks if you want to go with grooming every 8 weeks…adopting a dog is much cheaper, you’d be saving a life, most likely getting a mixed breed without as many hereditary issues, already fixed/with shots, most likely house broken with some sort of training, and that dog KNOWS YOU SAVED IT, and it will be forever grateful… Honestly, getting ANY puppy in general is just really expensive and not worth the hassle…I’ve done it a couple times (purebreds, all died young 10 & 6 from cancer and kidney failure), and I’ve rescued a border collie/lab/shep mix at a year and a half; he’s 12 now…and he still goes and works about 50 hours a week with me, goes hiking most weekends, he’s a registered therapy and emotional support dog…he (knock on wood) has no medical issues, he eats the best food on the market (Orijen), he goes everywhere with me, and he is the literal sunshine that lights up my world, I don’t know how I ever got to be so lucky…he is simply amazing…

      • Judy

        May 3, 2015 at 8:40 am

        My beautiful pug, Java, had to be euthanized in Sept. 2013 at the age of 17. She had been with me since she was 7 weeks old. She became more expensive during her “golden years” but she was such a terrific dog. I attribute part of her longevity to how careful I was to keep her at the proper weight. The staff at our vet’s office told me she was the only pug in the practice that was not overweight.

      • Frank

        May 28, 2015 at 1:03 pm

        totally agree, I have two fiest, (mixed jack Russel, squirrel hunting dogs) 25 lbs, perfect size full of energy. One of them had a border for a daddy and is an amazing animal. Problem with pure breds is that they tend to get overbred causing the Doctors mentioned issues

    • Melissa

      April 29, 2015 at 3:24 am

      I completely agree. I own a bulldog and every vet visit has been quite expensive. Just had her groomed this week and it was 50 bucks. She also sheds like crazy. I have piles of hair from her and I brush her out at least every other day. I do agree with them on the pug. I have a 5 year old pug that I have had since he was weaned from his momma. He is pretty low cost and he takes up little space most of the time my lap:)

      • Sandra

        May 13, 2015 at 2:51 pm

        Absolutely mixed breeds are he best. We have a bichon poodle mix that we adopted almost 7 years ago from an horrific environment. She is now the BOSS and we enjoy every minute of our “slavery” to her. Imagine the good that you can do for a rescue and they in turn do for you. Rescues are the way to go, definitely!!!

      • Bill Johnston

        May 19, 2015 at 2:45 pm

        For your English Bulldog shedding problems, may I suggest “Pedigree Sensitive” dog food ? Helped tremendously with our female’s shedding and skin problems within two weeks. She still “blows her coat” twice a year and has to be kept up with for about 10 days but then has very little shedding. Hope it helps you.

    • Olivia

      May 10, 2015 at 7:45 pm

      The veterinarian’s response was right on! A mixed breed dog is the best dog you will ever have. They are healthier than a pure breed, are appreciative for your love and care, and cost very little….just yearly shots, etc. They are rarely sick, and most don’t need to be groomed, just bathed and brushed. I have two rescues I found, one in a parking lot, and one on a dirt road during the winter. I love them and they love me! Do consider a mixed breed, and you won’t be disappointed!

    • Flyn

      May 12, 2015 at 11:55 pm

      Thank you so much for responding to this silly article with an official voice. Mutts have that old hi-bred vigor….although it won’t stop a tendency towards hip-dysplasia if both parents suffer from it. The best way to get a healthy dog is to have both healthy parents be at least three years old (so genetics are playing out right in front of you) and of different breeds.

    • Karen

      May 17, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      Came to say this, but you already did. Yay! Would like to add that in general pure-Breda have more health issues due to genetics than a dog with mixed and therefore heartier genes. Adopt, don’t buy! Your next fog us waiting at the shelter.

  9. josephine

    April 26, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    I have poodles and a maltese.
    they are both real smart breeds, loving and sweet.
    but my maltese is a pain to house break.

    • Vikki

      April 28, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      I have two Maltese and found them very easy to train for outside potty. I use a crate sometimes when I can not be with them. Other wise keeping a strict schedule worked. I always let them outside 15 minutes after they eat and that seems to work fine. I let them out every 3 hours when I’m home (which is most of the time) and yet they can hold their bowels very well for about 10 hours if I have to be gone that long. (I usually try hard to never be gone that long though. Six hours is a better and more comfortable time for them.). I hope that might help you with your training.

  10. dianrib

    April 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    I love Golden Retrievers Sweet as heck Loving Miss my Rex RIP 1986 – 2000

  11. Jerry

    April 28, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    I’ve had Brittany Spaniels, a miniature poodle, a Siberian Husky, a couple of mixed breeds and a Bichon. All of these were great dogs. I think the Brittany and Husky were the smartest, easiest to train, but the Brittany was the healthiest. Miss them each one! I can’t say that about some of the people I’ve known! Ha!

  12. Annette

    May 1, 2015 at 4:28 am

    I have had both mixed breeds and full blood furry family members.It has gone good and bad with both, you just never know!Almost 2 months ago during the first five minutes of my Siberian Beautiful Husky had to be put down due to cancer.She had had 3 knee Surgeries before this and was doing well..What a terrible shock.I miss her sooooo much!We would not change a thing!I feel you just never know and I guess we just love them and take care of them and they do us! HEARTBROKEN but thankful for all our memories!

    • Jerry

      May 15, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      So sorry for you. I know you will miss your dog. Be brave about finding a new friend to love. They need you. My husky was so protective of me while I recovered from a surgery; kept me from falling as I tipped to one side trying to use the walker.)
      So many dogs … So little time!

  13. chris swinscoe

    May 22, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    I have 2 Chihuahua’s great protective loyal characters.. my male is two female twelve, I so dread the day squeak doesn’t wake up, tearing up now… had chows, great dogs- why can’t we have dogs that live as long as humans, and humans that can love us as much as dogs? I’d rather bury 5 loyal loving dogs than have to tolerate one unappreciative disloyal bitch for 30 years. too bad we can’t have them “put down”.

  14. Raquel Dotson

    May 23, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Cairn terriers are man’s best friend. I have had three of them and I have one of my own that will be 15 years old. They may be stubborn but they are very loyal, smart, and a great breed for families. Lots of energy and love to play! My heart belongs to Cairn terriers! They are the best and my life has been blessed million times over!!

  15. Frank

    May 28, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    I disagree with several of these, Bulldogs are prone to problems,especially french bulldogs. Cockers are amazing Dogs but are prone to allegies as well as serious back problems, (who thought?) We recently lost one due to ruptured disks in her back, we had them repaired, (small fortune), she came back 100-120%
    unfortunately she felt so good, she ruptured more after months of hard work.
    Get insurance,

  16. Lish

    May 28, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    I have been grooming dogs for 25 years. I am not sure how they came up with a Maltese and cocker as budget friendly dogs. Both require grooming every six weeks to maintain a mat free coat. Weekly brushing is a necessity !
    Cockers are prone to eat infections and skin problems. They can also be aggressive! I have been bit by several over the years. I think King Charles spaniel should be on list, sweet, good with kids , con, they shed a lot.

  17. John kolb

    May 31, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Having had 3 greyhounds we can say they were cheap enough but they were not a style dog breed that I would seek out agian for a family dog. We have two bison frigie and they were not listed but are a good breed to consider.
    if you want a bigger dog, why not consider a wimeraner.

  18. Debbie

    May 31, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    I’m disappointed that the Papillon breed wasn’t even mentioned. They rarely have health problems, require very little grooming, shed very little, and are tiny. It blew my mind to see Pugs and Bulldogs listed, as both breeds are notoriously high maintenance vet-wise. My son has two Pugs, and vets don’t even bother to disguise their dismay at his choice of breeds due to their very common health problems. I once had a cocker spaniel, one of the sweetest and smartest dogs I’ve ever had, but she had a plethora of breed specific health issues. I’ve had four Papillons, only one of which (a backyard bred one) had any sort of health issue.

  19. Vicki

    June 7, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    We adopted a rescue and she is a Yorkie/Schnauzer mix. Yes, owning any animal can be expensive, but well worth it. Neither breed is a shedder if you keep them brushed well. We do our own bathing/brushing regularly although we do get her clipped to help keep grooming down. Best part is that she was spayed/microchipped and had all shots, etc when we got her at her age of 2 yrs (they think). Already potty trained and crate trained (although we do not crate her). Best dog ever! I would search for this cross breed again as it fits our family lifestyle very well. You can find them on different rescue sites.

  20. Dogmal

    October 17, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Hi, I totally agree with you. They are really great dogs and great collections. I really enjoyed this sites. Thank you for sharing.

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