Be they guard dogs, sheep dogs, or tracking dogs, sometimes you need to invest the right finances to get the right dog for the right job. Some of these dogs and the finances they require you’ve seen in a previous article we’ve published, but we were nowhere near done. Here are the breeds that were left out, as well as how much you’ll need to shell out for them.
The Briard has often been described as "a heart wrapped in fur." They are full of joy and loyal and shine up any household. They have a long wavy coat and which might require bringing out the vacuum cleaner more often than you would like to.
The Briard is perfect. It barks only to alert you it is a couch potato, so once it's been out, your job for the day is done.
Borzoi (Russian Wolfhound): $5,000
The Borzoi, also known as the Russian Wolfhound, was bred for hunting wolves. It's been around since the 16th century and has a very strong and fast structure. Can this be your next pet?
Like most sighthounds, the Borzoi are very sensitive dogs. They are loyal to the herd and get very suspicious around strangers. They are known for barking quite a lot and are perfect watchdogs. So if you live on a farm or have a flock to secure, this one might be for you.
Although they don't look it, the Shar-Peis are excellent as guard dogs. They bring with them a peaceful and caring nature which makes them a loving four-legged companion for some. Now, although they love their owners, they are not very fond of other dogs around them.
Do they bark very often? No. Are they good with small children and unexpected behavior? No. Do they need plenty of exercise? No. Do they require a lot of grooming? No. Sounds perfect for us.
Great Pyrenees: $2,500
The Great Pyrenees is a large and powerful working dog that was bred to deter wolves up in the high Pyrenees mountains. It is very intelligent and can become bored very easily, so first-class entertainment is required.
The Great Pyrenees will adapt easily to any new environment and will be a wonderful companion to your children, however, it will require many hours of grooming and outings.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon: $2,000
If you want a dog that sheds very little hair, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon will be best for you. It is intelligent, eager, and obedient to its owners. Now, although they shed very little, they are not suited to live in an apartment.
They are super good with kids, and as far as they are considered, they can play around all day. They are medium-sized and, at their prime, will weigh around 27 kg.
The Whippet is fast. Very fast. In fact, it is so fast that it has earned itself the title 'Lightning Rag Dog.' They are very popular amongst dog competitors. They are very gentle and patient, however, sensitive to extreme weather and the environment.
The Whippet is remarkable with children and requires very low grooming. So, are you ready for your own Whippet?
By the 16th century, the Bloodhound wasn't used only to track down game and deer but also to track down humans. These days, they assist with enforcing the law and with rescuing. They are very loud barkers and are loyal working dogs. Not sure this is one to bring into your home.
They require consistent training as it is known for their stubbornness. With all that, it is child-friendly, other dogs friendly, and — believe it or not — cat friendly.
The dotted Croatian beauty is famous amongst others for starring in many animated Disney movies. The black and white coach dogs were bred as fighting dogs and hunters.
Now, although they are not extremely large dogs, they are not suited to live in an apartment. They are super active, and they drool a lot. They are known to be great with kids so and are not loud barkers.
Best known for its beautiful silver coat, the German Weimaraner is known for being a very strong pet and a hard-working breed. It is a cross between a Great Dane and British Pointer, taking the best qualities from each.
You will need a large habitat for the Weimaraner, as it never seems to get tired. It is known to bark quite often, it is not the best choice for kids, and it prefers to isolate.
The little Italian dog is originally from the beautiful island of Malta, are know for their ravishing floor-sweeping white coat. They can live up to almost 20 years and with no more than 4 kg.
They are gentler, affectionate, responsive, and trusting. They enjoy playing around and learning how to do tricks. They can sometimes be aggressive to children, but this is only if they are mistreated or bothered.
The Chihuahua is a tiny, tiny dog that is known for shivering and shaking....sometimes for no reason at all. The Chihuahua is a perfect dog for first-time pet owners. They have warm and loving personalities and are loyal to their herd.
They enjoy accompanying their owners wherever they go and are often seen carried in a basket of some sort. They are not the perfect breed to bring up with children, however, if you train one from a very young age to accept and learn to live with kids, you should be alright.
Belgian Malinois: $1,800
The Belgian Malinois is one of the most popular herding dogs. These days it is commonly used for law enforcement when involving crime, illegal substance trafficking, and also gas detection. The Malinois is used to assist the elderly and requires an experienced owner. Us amateurs will not do.
It can survive in an apartment, however, a house with a garden is preferred. The Belgian Malinois has a lot of energy that has to be used unless you don't mind having your home wrecked.
The British Mastiff has been a guard dog for years. It has been used to protect homes for centuries and, in the past, was a fighting dog too. At its prime, the mastiff can reach over 110 kg making this a very big dog to love and take care of.
Although the Mastiff is a big breed, they don't bark very often unless they feel in danger. They are super friendly with other dogs, very gentle with babies and kids, and can be a perfect family pet.
The popular Pug is easy to train, is relatively calm, and has an even and stable temperament. No wonder why we see them all over. Many of the Pug's attributes are what make this breed so desirable. No extreme temperatures, no long outings, and you are set.
It's dog friendly, requires minimum grooming, and is not known for having too many health issues. The Pug is great with kids and although it has a short coat, prepare to get the vacuum out daily.
The Vizslas is an active hunting dog, and besides regular exercise, they need mental stimulation too. The brown Hungarian beauty is obviously very popular in its homeland, but it's also the most popular dog owned by families in the UK.
Want to own a Vizsla? Get ready to part with more than 2,000 big ones. It is a great dog to bring up kids with, and it is known to be very affectionate. Enjoy riding your bike? Vizslas is for you as it enjoys companioning riding owners.
Not as in Great Britain, but as in the Brittany region in northern France. It is a sporting dog and used to be one of the most common retrieving dogs back at beginning of the 20th century. Brittany is considered to be very independent and very social.
It is medium size and won't grow more than 20 kg. To bring up a Brittany, you will need more than a small apartment as they are very active. Don't be bothered about weather conditions as they are able to adapt themselves to cold and wet conditions.
It is infrequent to see a Havanese dog in kennels. They are attached to their owners in an extreme way and are known to be loyal love spreaders. They are the most expensive small-breed dog and are easy adapters.
Are they suited to live in a small apartment? Yes. Do they bark a lot? Depends. Are they kid-friendly? Definitely. Do they get along with other dogs? For sure.
The part German, part Polish Pomeranian is considered a very smart dog and loves being the center of attention. Having said that, they are not the perfect choice if you have small children. They are known for being overprotective of their owners.
If you are described as a lazy human, the Pomeranian is perfect for you. This cutie doesn't need more than a walk a day. If you can't be bothered to walk, just play with it a little. That will keep it quiet for a few good hours.
Boston Terrier: $3,000
We love the Boston Terrier nickname. This breed is also known as the American Gentleman. Now, even though it is thought to be a friendly dog, the Boston Terrier can be aggressive at times. It is very territorial and doesn't like changes.
Extreme weather won't do, however, they don't require much exercise (lazy little buggers), so if you're single and living in a small apartment downtown, the Boston Terrier could be your perfect companion.
Shih Tzu: $3,000
This Chinese beauty can live as long as 16 years. If you don't have a yard and are not planning on getting one, the Shih Tzu will suit you perfectly. This breed really doesn't require much as long as it is loved.
The size of this dog might deceive you. You might initially think that this could be a great pet for your children, but Shi Tzus are not kid lovers.
Siberian Husky: $5,000
We call the Siberian Husky the David Bowey of all breeds. A mix of gray, brown, and white colored coat together with a pair of dazzling eyes, often in different colors. It originated in Russia and is very popular all over Europe. The Siberian Husky is alert, intelligent, and faithful to its herd.
If you decide to take in a Siberian Husky, there are some things you must take into account. They need plenty of outdoor time, prefer cold environments, and are great with kids.
Miniature Schnauzer: $5,000
You would have thought that these small creatures would have a relatively modest price tag, but in fact, if you wanted to buy a Miniature Schnauzer, it would cost you about 5K. Now, you might think that having a small dog around means having a quiet dog around, however, things are exactly the opposite.
The Miniature Schnauzer, together with being energetic, is always looking for someone to play with and is not shy to show affection to others.
Australian Shepherd: $2,000
Although this breed is called an Australian Shepherd, it is, in fact, an American breed. This big-sized dog needs plenty of wild space, so no small apartment will do. It is friendly with a calm temper, and it is kid friendly.
This breed of dog was shipped to Australia in the early 19th century to watch over sheep. It is believed that this is where it gets its name. They are known for being true to their instincts and are extremely protective of their families.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi: $3,000
If you are looking for a superior pedigree, top-breed Welsh Corgi, this is not going to be cheap. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is known to be one of the most perfectionist family dogs. It is lively and playful and is great with children.
At its prime, the male dog won't weigh more than 14 kg, so you won't have to worry about shlepping a big intruder around. The Welsh Corgi will adapt perfectly, even in a small apartment, and if you give them enough exercise outdoors, they will stay calm and content.
How often have you come across a Dachshund and said to yourself that you just have to have one? The Dachshund is expensive, and its price can climb up to over $1,500. It is known for its short legs and long body and is often referred to as a sausage dog.
It was originally developed to sniff out and hunt small animals and reptiles. In 2018 it was ranked #12 in popularity among family dog breeds in America. It easily befriends children and doesn't shed too much hair.
German Shorthaired Pointer: $1,500
The German Shorthaired Pointer is stunning. This dog is noble, dignified, and distinguished. It is a strong working dog and is suitable as a house pet. The Shorthaired requires a lot of exercise, so a garden is a must.
Its coat is short, however, you will find hairs flying around the place. In general, it gets along well with other dogs, so if you already have a four-legged companion, taking this one on board shouldn't be a problem.
The Poodle, also known as the Pudel, is found in many sizes, colors, and shapes. The most popular Poodle, as we know it, has a thick, dense coat in various colors. Note! Only a Poodle with a solid color is recognized by the breed registry, so if you have one in all shades of gray or brown, you better check what it has been mixed with.
The Poodle is often been named 'the spoilt dog.' It has been crossed with other breeds, and together, the Labradoodle and the Maltipoo were brought to life. The Poodle is noisy, occasionally shy, and very popular amongst families.
Spinone Italiano: $1,000
The Spinone is a traditional Italian breed. It is a hunting dog, excellent for retrieving, pointing, and tracking. Is this one to keep in a small apartment? We think not. Besides it being a large and all-over-the-place kind of dog, this breed is known for suffering from severe health conditions.
The Spinone Italiano is a beautiful and loving dog, however, the health issue must be the reason why it is not very popular amongst families. Anyway, if you do decide to embrace one, prepare to say goodbye to $1,000.
Old English Sheepdog: $3,000
The English Sheepdog is one of the best watchdogs around. Not only that, it is great with kids, so it will watch your property while keeping the children busy. The English Sheepdog can weigh up to 30 kg, so if you don't have a large house and garden, think of a different breed.
Their coat sheds when the temperatures climb up, so prepare for a lot of vacuuming, but besides that, they are bubbly, very intelligent, and sociable.
Miniature Bull Terrier: $3,500
The average price of a Miniature Bull Terrier is a skyrocketing three and a half thousand dollars. Such a big price for such a small dog. This terrier is energetic, and if you don't mind your dog running in and out all day, this one is for you.
To groom your miniature terrier, you will have to say goodbye to about $50, however, overall, they are not known to have many health issues, so visits to the vet won't be too frequent, and they reach the respectful age of 12 on average.
Shetland Sheepdog: $3,000
Shelties, as this breed is often called, are adorable miniature collies employed to herd sheep, ponies, and even poultry. They were bred smaller than their cousins in order to reduce how much they have to eat. They're affectionate and kind – herding dogs love to keep watch over small creatures, be they animals or grandchildren.
These dogs come packed full of fur, and while they aren't that hard to keep groomed, they're going to be constantly shedding. They like to bark, need lots of exercise, and don't like to be on their own, but they're intelligent, easy to train, don't drool much, and are great in cold-weather areas.
As one of the most popular breeds in the United States, you'll be able to get one of these dogs for a relatively low price. You'll know you're near a beagle due to its propensity to bark. They're also likely to come up and say high, even if you're a stranger. While they're prone to wander away from owners, they hate being alone for too long.
Beagles are full of energy and love to play, which means you're going to soon be a fixture at the local dog park. They don't drool much, but their biggest issue is that they can be notoriously difficult to train. Finally, they also have notably bad health issues due to their breed's stock.
Rhodesian Ridgeback: $3,000
The Rhodesian ridgeback got its distinctive stripe of hair, the nominal ridge, thanks to breeding that includes wild African dogs. While these dogs can prove to be aloof with strangers and very protective of their property, they tend to love their immediate family and are good with kids. They do shed a lot but are relatively easy to groom.
They need a lot of exercise and can be very playful. They don't bark much, and while they were bred to hunt lions, they're more likely to relax next to you on the couch after your jog. Meet the needs of this sometimes-troublesome breed, and you'll have a lifelong companion.
While the initial price point of the Sprollie might not shock you, these dogs can end up costing you quite a lot, thanks to grooming appointments, doctor visits, and more. Sprollies are a cross between an English springer spaniel and a collie, and their energy levels are unmatched when it comes to dog breeds.
Don't be surprised if you find yourself walking more than ten miles a week in order for this pup to burn off all the energy. They're bright and loving, and they can range from obedient and sweet to crazy, destructive, and moody. While these dogs can be a handful, they're sure to be fun.
Springer Spaniel: $800
Excitable, athletic, versatile, and attractive, springer spaniels were bred to flush out the game for hunters. These popular companions are great hounds for relaxing by the fireside, playing with the kids, and meeting other dogs. However, their nearly boundless energy might be a problem for some people, and these aren't the kinds of dogs for apartments.
They love to learn and are easy to train, but they can bite, howl, and will sometimes go off on their own, meaning you'll have to keep an eye on them if they aren't kept inside. If you're an outdoorsman and you want a companion for hunting trips, one of these dogs will be perfect.
Bedlington Terrier: $4,000
These little guys pack a punch to the wallet, despite their small sizes. Named after the town of Bedlington, Northumberland in North East England, these terriers were bred to hunt vermin, but they've shown up in dog racing and other dog sports. You have the chance to find Bedlingtons in blue, liver, or sandy colors, which means you can even match your personal style.
They're incredibly friendly, even toward strangers. While they don't drool very much, they do tend to shed quite a lot. They're intelligent and easy to train, and love to play. If you have the cash and the kids, they'll get along great.
Black Russian Terrier: $3,500
Bred in the USSR by government kennels, the black Russian terriers were made to be military and working dogs. With large bones, big muscles, and action-oriented characteristics, these dogs are ready for action and love to have fun. While they're often wary of other dogs and strangers, once they get used to kids, they're great playmates.
They don't like to bark very much, and their powerful appearance can make for a good guard dog if you want some extra protection. They need a good bit of grooming to keep their shiny coats healthy and lustrous, and they put everything into their actions. These dogs are intense.
Lakeland Terrier: $2,000
The Lakeland terrier took its name from the Lake District in England and was bred to hunt the foxes that prey on sheep. This dog is hypoallergenic, which means if you suffer thanks to other dogs, this breed might be a good fit. They're great for families, and you're sure to fall in love with their interesting character.
They can be a bit trying to train, but if you do it right, you'll have no problems. They're healthy, they don't drool, and they're great in lots of different areas, both hot and cold, as well as apartments and rural areas. Plus, they're adorable. Don't deny it.
Canadian Eskimo Dog: $8,750
Here's a breed that you don't see a lot anymore, and that's why they are getting to be so darn expensive. With less than three hundred dogs remaining in this breed, they might be facing extinction. This dog also has a big bundle of health issues, including gastric torsion, entropion, heat intolerance, and arthritis.
These dogs tend to be very territorial and aren't very tolerant of small disturbances, meaning they aren't suitable for families that include children. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is the reason why this breed is so rare – they killed up to twenty thousand dogs to intentionally disrupt the dog's way of living once the snowmobile became prominent in the Mounties.
Few dogs are more expensive and rarer than the löwchen. This breed only has a few hundred among its number, which is why one of these little dogs will cost you so many thousands. However, if you manage to have the scratch, you'll be able to get a friendly, sociable dog that likes to stay active and likes to spend time with you.
While they fit into apartments well, though they do love to bark, their health is good overall, and they're simple to train. If not for the hefty price tag, this would be the perfect dog for first-time owners.
Tibetan Mastiff: $10,000
The Tibetan mastiff is a big, big dog that was originally bred to keep watch over flocks of sheep, but owners started to realize it was a little too expensive to look after. The reason this breed is so expensive is because of its rarity.
These dogs are great at watching over little ones since they're very friendly with families and kids but don't take too kindly to strangers. They're also great in cold weather, thanks to shaggy, heavy fur. You might be surprised to know the Tibetan doesn't even shed that much, though it does happen. They're also intelligent and quite playful. If only they weren't so darn expensive.
The Azawakh was only recognized by the American Kennel Club at the start of 2019, which is one of the reasons this dog is so expensive. They're also recent arrivals in the United States from Western Africa. If you want to get in on the ground floor with one of these dogs, it will cost nine grand.
These lean, swift hunters have a regal presence. They love the families they've gotten to know, but strangers will have them wary. These dogs are quite quiet – not much barking to be done since that can scare prey away. If you're in a hot area and love to get out and hunt, the Azawakh is a perfect choice since that's exactly what they want to do, too.
Dogo Argentino: $8,000
The Dogo Argentino is a powerful pooch, and if you have your heart set on one, you'll not only need a big bundle of cash for the down payment, but you also can't live in certain areas of Colorado or anywhere in Norway, just to name a few examples. The Dogo is so strong and dominating that it can be dangerous.
This is definitely not the dog for first-time owners, as the dog will exert its dominance and could even become violent. They require patience to train, but with enough work, they can fit into a family. They need space, exercise, and lots of food. If you know what you're doing, this dog will work, but be warned.
Pharaoh Hound: $7,500
If you can picture the pharaoh hound lounging in ancient Egyptian palaces, you aren't alone. Imagine our surprise, then, when we learned that the pharaoh hound hails from Malta, an island in the Mediterranean Sea, and was used to chase rabbits.
These are athletic companions, but their rarity increases the cost all the way up to seventy-five hundred dollars. They're good with kids and other dogs, don't shed or drool, have great overall health, and are intelligent, too. They might start to bite, and they love hunting things down. Thanks to short, fine hair, they're great for warm areas. If you live somewhere cold, be sure to get them an adorable little sweater.
Afghan Hound: $7,000
Few breeds of dogs are as graceful-looking and austere as the Afghan hound. If you want to be an owner of this fancy, fine-haired pooch, you'd better start saving since prices are reaching ten thousand. This beautiful breed will cost a lot, and they're mid-sized dogs which means a good amount of food, too.
Afghans are free-thinking and independent – a mature dog might not even enjoy being petted. However, these dogs are tender and can be very affectionate when they want to be. They're often mischievous, and you might find items of yours, such as clothes, disappearing to secret spots. As you might expect, get ready to groom – fur like that doesn't just happen.
English Bulldog: $6,800
English bulldogs have an odd history. If you're wondering about the squished face, it's because they were bred to take part in bull baiting – the short snout helped them get their jaws on a bull's neck. Many people find bulldogs cute in their own special way.
Like the French bulldog, the English one also has to give birth via C-section, which is one of the reasons these dogs are so pricey. Yet they have plenty of good characteristics, such as being kid-friendly, good general health, and easy grooming. They do tend to bark a lot and aren't the easiest to train, but they are playful.
French Bulldog: $6,800
You may wonder why French bulldogs are so expensive – it's because of the breeding process. The females must be artificially inseminated, and to deliver puppies, it has to be through cesarean sections. Frenchies, as they're called, are one of the most popular small dogs on the market, which is also why you'll have to pay almost seven thousand dollars for each one.
However, these dogs are great for apartments and novice owners. They're also very affectionate towards almost anything, and their short hair makes them easy to groom. They're also quite playful, but they don't need excessive amounts of exercise. However, general health levels are low...
Neapolitan Mastiff: $5,000
As you might have been able to guess, thanks to the name, the Neapolitan mastiff has Roman roots. Just like the Cane Corso, these dogs were bred to be guard dogs and stalwart companions. These are strong dogs, but they also tend to be gentle and faithful. They're great with the family, though other dogs should be wary.
They keep things low-key but can also be plenty playful. These massive dogs are great for cuddling on cold nights – because they won't give you a choice. If you want all of that, you'll have to lay down some serious cash: about five thousand.
Cane Corso: $4,000
We're getting into the pricey pooches now with the Cane Corso, which will cost you four large. These big, muscular dogs had been used all the way back in ancient Rome as guards and protectors. Their name, in fact, is Latin, meaning “bodyguard-dog.”
They can grow up to 120 pounds, which means your food will be almost as big as the initial purchase. These are not the dogs for first-time owners – they can be surly and aren't the best kinds of dogs for families and kids. They don't like to be alone, either. However, they're easy to groom and intelligent. They do drool, though.
If you're after a dog that is regal and adventurous, the Saluki might just fit the bill. You'll be paying through the snout to the tune of three thousand dollars for one of these good-looking dogs, but you'll be getting a dog that is adapted to Egypt's hot, arid terrain and has lots of spirit and energy.
These dogs were bred to chase hunting prey across rocky, sandy areas. They're intelligent and easy to train, as well as easy to groom. They don't shed much, don't drool much, and are good with families and kids. However, they hate being alone, can't handle living in small areas (they need space to move), and you'd better be ready for long walks.
Doberman Pinscher: $2,500
The Doberman pinscher is thought to be the ultimate guard dog, with the right combination of smarts and strength. Thanks to a resume like that, these dogs don’t come cheap, and at two-and-a-half grand, you’d better be ready to pay big, and not only when you make the purchase, too. While they’re great with the people they like and easy to groom, as well as easy to train, they’re quite playful and need plenty of time outside, which means being cooped up all day will just result in chewed-up couches. Though they were bred to be guard dogs, they don’t bark much and like to stay by the side of their owner or master.
It’s been said that the Doberman has the best mix of strength and smarts. That’s true, and for this reason, they make excellent guard dogs. But you can probably guess that such an impressive resume doesn’t come cheap. Your Doberman puppy could cost you $2,500, in fact.
Akita Inu: $2,500
The Akita Inu is a loyal, sociable dog. It loves to spend time with the people it knows best, but that means it doesn’t always like to socialize with strangers or other dogs. These dogs were bred to be guard dogs in Japan, and they still exhibit some of those tendencies. They’re thick, dense dogs that have lots of muscle and love to get lots of exercise, so you’d better be ready.
Due to the handsome appearance and traits of this breed, a normal puppy will cost something like $2,500 for most buyers. Be warned: these aren’t the kind of dogs for novice owners. They tend not to train well.
Irish Wolfhound: $2,100
You get what you pay for when it comes to the Irish wolfhound. They have an incredible amount of patience, as well as personalities that nobody could call anything other than sweet and loving. The Irish wolfhound can reach up to over thirty inches tall, which means you’re getting plenty of pup per dollar, though such a big dog might not be for everybody.
They got their start dragging men off of chariots and warhorses, but these days these tall dogs excel at keeping watch over a family. They’re brave but not excessively so. For twenty-one hundred dollars, you’re paying a pretty penny for these big dogs, and you’ll have a food bill to match. They also don’t live very long - usually between six and ten years.
Basset Hound: $2,000
It’s kind of incredible that the Alaskan malamute or the Siberian husky and the basset hound are part of the same animal group, but here we are. You likely know the basset hound for its droopy appearance and forlorn look, but don’t be fooled - these incredible creatures have an astonishing sense of smell, and it’s thought to be more than forty times stronger than a human’s.
It’s why the basset hound has seen so much use as a tracker and hunting dog. You’ll be paying through the nose for this famous sniffer, but you’ll be getting a dog that is incredibly friendly, is simple to keep groomed and clean, and is plenty bright. They love to bark and howl, however, but they aren’t going to do much else. These dogs love to lounge.
Bernese Mountain Dog: $2,000
There are lots of ways to describe Bernese mountain dogs: understanding, sweet, devoted, and docile. Shelling out two grand gets you a puppy from a breed that is known for all of these things and more. They’re incredible with kids and families, and you know you’re going to get a picture-perfect pup who will grow up to be a loving and loved addition to any group.
A lot of people consider these dogs perfect, and we can see why: they’re intelligent and easy to train, they have middle exercise needs, and they’re oh-so cuddly. Potential downsides include a poor health record for the breed, a tendency to bark or howl, and lots and lots and lots of shedding.
Thanks to the popularity of these dogs, they will cost you more than fifteen hundred dollars. These dogs have been known as aggressive and dangerous, but they've been going through brand-rebuilding in recent years, with lots of people finding they are great guard dogs but good with kids at the same time.
They're intelligent, easy to train, and have sweet dispositions, yet they tend to be rambunctious and have lots of energy. They like to bark and howl and can sometimes wander off. Due to this, they aren't the kind of dog for a first-time owner. If you have the experience, however, a rottweiler might just be the perfect addition to your pack.
Chow Chow: $1,500
You might have had a few smart doggies in your life to this point, but it's highly unlikely that a Chow Chow was one of them. They're the dim bulbs of the canine world, but even without smarts, these dogs can be plenty charming. If you're interested in adding one to your family, you'll have to fork over fifteen hundred dollars.
Another issue for these dogs is their temperament – they don't love kids or other dogs. However, they're good on their own and aren't too rambunctious. However, they do tend to have a biting and nipping habit. They might look nice, but they can be nasty!
Yorkshire Terrier: $1,500
If you're after a pup that fits right in a purse, then take a look at the Yorkshire terrier. For the hefty price tag of fifteen hundred dollars, you can get a lap dog that is not only easy to transport but is also relatively friendly to everyone, especially those that it considers in its family.
While these dogs are in the mid-range of trainable qualities, they make for good first dogs due to their small size, playfulness, and lack of red flags when it comes to qualities. They're also quite healthy, don't drool much, and shed less than most other dogs.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier: $1,500
Once bred to fight other canines, the antagonistic instincts of the Staffordshire bull terrier have been bred out to create a friendly dog. However, they still don't get along with other dogs too well, so be warned. These pups will cost fifteen hundred out of your wallet, but these sweet dogs are sure to be loyal.
They can be brave when they need to be, but they love to be loved. They enjoy being near their friends. They're also pretty easy to groom, even if they do shed and drool a little bit. They might not be the easiest to train, however, so be wary.
Nobody could possibly deny that Samoyeds are beautiful dogs, but they come with a high price tag. That's mostly because of the rarity of the breed, but they're also dogs that have great personalities – they're friendly with everything. However, these dogs don't top the list of most intelligent dogs and aren't the easiest to train, either.
They also tend to shed pretty much year-round. If you're in a cold-weather area, this is one dog you might want to try out, but certainly not one if you're in a hot-weather area.
German shepherd: $1,500
These legendary dogs have been military dogs, police K-9 units, and hunting dogs, and that's because they have all the qualities of tough, trainable working dogs: they're smart, respond to training, and they love to move, making them some of the strongest and fastest dogs around.
If you're willing to shell out one and a half thousand dollars, they also make wonderful companions for regular people, as well. While they don't mesh well with other dogs, they're great with kids and families. They don't drool very much, but they shed a lot. They also need lots of exercise.
You might remember the kind, sweet Nana, the dog that the Darling children have in their home, from the “Peter Pan” books or movies. This dog was based in Newfoundland, and thanks to their sweet temperament. They're wonderful with children and enjoy keeping track of their herd – be it sheep or children. These pooches carry some extra weight, and they can get pretty big.
They also tend to shed lots and drool plenty, so you'll be cleaning more than you might expect. With a price tag of almost fifteen hundred dollars, they're pricey but are sure to fit in with your family.
Portuguese Water Dog: $1,400
If you're after a dog that is built for having fun in the water, then a Portuguese water dog is ready to join you. For fourteen hundred dollars, you can have one of these dogs – they come with webbed toes for faster swimming and hypoallergenic hair that not only insulates the dog from cold water but won't have you sneezing when it's around.
They're also quite friendly, especially with kids and other dogs. They don't shed or drool; thanks to their high intelligence, they're quite easy to train. They have lots of energy and can become quite strong, so they'll need at least one walk a day.
Boxers are the kinds of dogs that really, really want to be lap dogs, but they don't realize they're a little bit too big for that. One of these affectionate pooches will cost you around thirteen hundred dollars, but you'll be getting a loyal dog who will love to give you attention.
However, they hate to be on their own, which means they're good for families but might not like single owners. They tend to shed a lot, and they also need lots of exercise. They're sure to be a hit at the dog park, though watch out – they aren't the friendliest with other dogs.
St. Bernard: $1,350
If you've ever watched a cartoon that has someone getting stuck in the snow, only to have a big dog bound over and rescue them with a cask of warming liquor, then you've seen a St. Bernard. These dogs are intelligent, ready to train, and love to work, which is why they commonly appear as rescue dogs (the liquor is, sadly, just an old wives' tale).
However, the initial cost is almost fourteen hundred dollars, and the dogs will grow large: St. Bernards can grow to anywhere from 120 to 180 pounds. That means lots of food and lots of potential health problems. If you're out in the snow or hunting, they're great – they're especially suited for cold weather. They're also quite friendly and love kids.
For a dog with an incredibly gentle nature, choose a Cavapoo – a cross between a cavalier King Charles spaniel and a poodle. One of these fluffy little guys is ready to join your family. Whether you have little kids, other dogs, or both, the Cavapoo is ready to have some fun. Thanks to this good-natured attitude, Cavapoos will cost you more than twelve hundred dollars.
These dogs are also pretty clean, thanks to little shedding and drooling, and they love learning and training. They don't bark that much and don't require much exercise. However, they can sometimes be troublesome, so first-time dog owners might want to pick a different breed.
Golden Retriever: $1,200
Said to be one of the smartest dog breeds around, golden retrievers are known as one of the happiest and friendliest dog breeds you can add to a family. These dogs have carved out their niche as seeing-eye dogs or guide dogs, which is one of the reasons why purchasing one can cost twelve hundred dollars.
They're incredibly friendly with families, kids, and other dogs (I can personally attest to this – my grandmother had several seeing-eyes goldens, and they loved us even more than we loved them). They aren't prone to wandering off, are one of the easiest breeds to train, and love the feeling of a job well done.
Ibizan Hound: $1,200
With a history going back more than five millennia, the Ibizan hound is a relatively uncommon breed, which is why you might have to shell out more than a thousand dollars to take one home. This breed is famously good-natured, they're clean and tidy, and a mid-size dog means they fit in most living areas.
They're great for areas that have lots of hot weather but might not be the best choice for cold areas. They don't bark or howl much, but they're smart. One thing to know about Ibizan hounds is they like to roam, which means you'll have to keep them inside, get a big fence, or train them to come home as soon as you call.
Great Dane: $1,100
Jinkies! The Great Dane is a big commitment, both physically and financially. These dogs are huge and need lots of space to grow, and you're going to be getting a pricey bill for all the food they need. Even purchasing a Great Dane is going to run you a pretty high bill, going above a thousand dollars for most pups.
However, there are plenty of advantages to these huge dogs. They're incredibly friendly with kids, families, other dogs, and even strangers – while big and a little bit mean-looking, most Great Danes just want to hang out. They have lots of energy and exercise needs that will force you to go outside. However, they shed and drool a lot and certainly aren't for new dog owners.
Kerry Blue Terrier: $1,100
Now there's a handsome hound. In centuries past, the Kerry blue terrier was prized for its – get this – belligerence. Guard dogs were much more common in the old times, which was why a dog that was ready to bark at anything and everything was something people were interested in. In recent years, kinder traits have been encouraged.
These dogs were used for hunting as well as guarding, and they're active energetic dogs. They also exhibit great loyalty to their family and owner. They aren't great for multi-dog homes, and they certainly aren't the dogs for new owners, but they don't shed much, don't drool much, and are easy to train.
Just like the cockapoo, the labradoodle brings together two famous breeds to create a best-of. Mix a labrador and a poodle, and you'll have a labradoodle. Known as great family pets, this breed doesn't shed very much, which means they're good for apartments and small living spaces.
Just like the labrador, they're very friendly with all kinds, but just like the poodle, they're active dogs (poodles were bred for hunting) which means they need some space to play and run around and require at least daily walks. However, they aren't bitey, they don't bark very much, and they don't drool. These intense dogs will keep you moving.
These cuties have been becoming more and more popular in recent years. Mixing a cocker spaniel and a poodle creates a cockapoo. One of the biggest reasons for this is they don't shed like other dogs, meaning they're practically hypoallergenic – if you or someone in your family is allergic to dogs, this one might just fit the bill.
They're also smart, loyal, and sweet with other people. These outgoing dogs love to make friends with creatures of all kinds. A cockapoo puppy will cost you a grand, but they're easy to train, don't bark much, and don't drool. One potential downside is bad general health.
For a breed with a famously chill temperament, the labrador is at the head of the pack. They're fantastic in big groups like families, they love kids and treat them well, they play well with other dogs, and they're gentle with strangers, too.
For almost a thousand dollars, you can have one of these labs in your color of choice. They love being outdoors, which means if you're looking for a hiking buddy, you've just found it. Potential negatives include not enjoying the apartment life and hating being alone. However, they shed little compared to other dogs and are easy to groom and keep healthy.
Cocker Spaniel $890
Many people know the cocker spaniel as a happy dog, and for a good reason. Spaniels of all kinds love to be around people, and a cocker spaniel would choose to spend every minute awake with you if they had the choice. You're going to have to spend an average of about nine hundred dollars for one of these pretty puppies.
However, a cocker spaniel doesn't like to be alone, which means if you're out of the house or apartment for long periods of time, this isn't the right choice. They also require lots of grooming attention to keep that glossy, curly fur clean. They are, however, easy to train.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: $870
Cavalier King Charles spaniels are a versatile breed that will cost you almost a thousand dollars from most breeders. However, for a friendly, four-legged friend, it's one of the best choices. They get along well with families, dogs, and kids, and they are great in all kinds of environments, from cities to suburbs to rural areas.
They're wonderful companion dogs, and every time you see that friendly tail wagging, you're sure to get a big smile. These dogs are tidy, drool little, and have good general health. A bit pricey, yes, but they're great for all kinds of people.
If you're after a dog that is perfect as your first pooch, it's hard to choose better than a Cavachon. They've been created thanks to breeding a cavalier King Charles spaniel and a Bichon Frisé, and they seem to take all the best qualities of both and combine them in one of the cutest breeds you might ever see.
They're known to be devoted to their owners, smart, and friendly with other dogs and kids. They're even easy to train, thanks to wanting to please their owners. They love to spend time with people and adapt to changes well. The one downside is they need a little more grooming than some other breeds.
American Akita: $675
If you're after an adorable puppy that will love you for years to come, consider an American Akita. They have the same lineage as the Japanese Akita, but they've been bred with a few more advantages, such as faithfulness and protectiveness.
Their loud, booming barks might not be fun to listen to while training, but they're great for scaring away intruders. These are some big dogs, which means you'll have to put in the time to keep them well-trained, as well as pay out something in the realm of $130 a month for food and maintenance. They also require daily brushing and need lots of exercise.
Mixing a beagle with a pug creates a rather desirable cross-breed called a puggle. They're known to be friendly, silly, playful, and have an odd mixture of adorable and strange-looking. Perfect for someone who just needs a couch companion.
This newer breed has built up a herd of fans who love it for its energetic and happy nature. If you're interested in becoming an owner, it will cost you a cool six hundred bucks. While often these dogs are relegated to “designer breed” status, there's always a chance you could find one at your local adoption agency. They're reported to be great for new dog owners.
Border Collie: $600
Border Collies are one of the more beloved dog breeds. Just look at those precious faces! Not only are these dogs adorable, but they're also smart. Really smart. They're frequently rated as one of the smartest dog breeds alive today, if not the smartest.
They're famously efficient sheepherders, guide dogs, and more. If you're putting your pup to work, it's an investment that will cost you somewhere in the realm of six hundred dollars. If you're just letting them play outdoors with the kids – they're great with children, as well; this pretty pooch might be a bit on the expensive side.