The most and least expensive dog breeds: costs and details

The most expensive dog breeds

The larger the dog, the greater his monthly expenses. Most giant breeds live only 8 to 10 years, so the total cost of ownership is lower than larger breeds that live much longer. Taking life expectancy into account, here are the five dog breeds with the highest total costs of ownership*.

  • Giant Schnauzer: $34410 over 14 years
  • Goldendoodle: $32,675 over 13 years
  • An old type of old Tibetan dog breed: $32485 over 11 years
  • Black Russian Terrier: $30,200 over 11 years
  • Labradoodle: $29,475 over 13 years

Giant Schnauzer

This breed is only “giant” in comparison with other schnauzers. Adults typically weigh 55 to 80 pounds but are very active and may need up to 4 cups of food per day. You can expect to spend $290 a year on food and $345 on sweets. Giant Schnauzers are highly intelligent but strong-willed and can become destructive when bored. Hence, they need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation. You will need to spend on games and training to help with this.

Giant schnauzer puppies are hard to find and cost an average of $2,500. The first year costs for this breed, including supplies, training, and vet visits, are approximately $5,940. Grooming is another big cost: Giant schnauzers have a double coat that must be manually stripped every four to six months. Expect to pay about $650 per year for personal care.

Giant schnauzers are generally relatively healthy, although hip and joint problems, thyroiditis, and squamous cell carcinoma are possible. Visits to vets will cost an average of $675 a year, plus any emergencies.

Giant schnauzers cost an average of $2,190 per year of adult life. Considering first-year costs and a 14-year lifespan, that means about $34,410, making the Giant Schnauzer the most expensive breed on our list.


It might surprise you to see this mixed breed on our list, but since the goldendoodle is a designed breed that combines a golden retriever and a standard poodle, it is somewhat pricey. Puppies are easy to find, but a responsible breeder who knows how to pair dogs to reduce the possibility of a genetic disease will charge around $2,000 for a Golden Doll.

Food costs about US$290 per year for a giant schnauzer, as the two breeds are similar in size and energy levels.

Goldendoodles don’t shed much, but they will need regular haircuts totaling about $710 per year. They are fairly healthy, but like many large breeds, they are prone to developing hip and elbow dysplasia. These genetic conditions can cause arthritis, joint pain, and even paralysis. So expect to spend about $675 annually on vet bills.

The average expenditure for a goldendoodle puppy’s first year is around $5,675, and you can expect to pay approximately $2,250 annually after that. Over a life expectancy of 13 years, this comes to about $32,675.

An old type of old Tibetan dog breed

The first truly giant breed on our list, the Tibetan Mastiff are huge, hard working guard dogs and can weigh up to 160 pounds. They eat 4 to 6 cups of food per day, or about 430 pounds per year, for a total of $390 per year plus another $345 for dessert.

Another big regular expense is professional grooming at around $900 a year. Mastiffs’ thick double coats form a lion-like mane around their neck and shoulders, which creates a stunning appearance but requires frequent grooming to stay tangle-free.

Tibetan mastiff is a fairly rare breed. A puppy can cost between $1800 and $4500, although the average is $2500. In 2011, a Tibetan Mastiff named Big Splash was sold for $ 1.5 million – at that time, the sale of most expensive dog ever sold out.

Even if you choose a rescue dog with $500 in adoption fees, you will still need to pay annual medical expenses of about $750. Hip and elbow dysplasia and other orthopedic conditions are concerns, as are hypothyroidism and demyelinating neuropathy inherited from dogs.

Total first-year costs for a Tibetan Mastiff puppy add up to $6,235 since it costs so much to buy and grow quickly. These dogs also have the highest average annual costs for adults of about $2,625. However, since they only live about 11 years, their total cost is $32,485, slightly less than the Goldendoodle.

Russian black dog

The black Russia terrier is similar to the Tibetan Mastiff in that it is a giant breed with a high annual cost and short lifespan. It’s also rare, with puppies costing around $2,000. You can expect to pay about $5,750 in the first year of ownership between food, training, medical bills, and very large supplies.

Adult Black Russian Terriers can weigh up to 140 pounds and eat $380 worth of food per year. Grooming their long double coats isn’t quite as difficult as the Tibetan Mastiff, but you’ll still pay around $730 a year for professional grooming. Black Russian Terriers are fairly healthy, but there is still the potential for elbow and hip dysplasia and an eye disease called progressive retinal apathy. Expect to pay about $750 annually in medical expenses.

Overall, an adult black Russian terrier costs about $2,445 per year, totaling $30,200 over 11 years.


Another hybrid breed that outperforms our top five, thanks to the relatively high price tag for small dogs (around $1,550) and a longer lifespan. Since this mix of a Labrador retriever and a standard poodle is a determined breed, there is not much in shelters. You will likely need to find a breeder and possibly join the waiting list. Expect to pay about $225 for the first year for food and $255 annually for food after that.

Labradors come in different coat shapes and lengths, so grooming requirements depend on the origin of the individual Labradoodle but average about $650 per year. Most Labradoodles grow to about 50 to 65 pounds, although some are much smaller. Hip and elbow dysplasia are potential health problems, such as epilepsy, diabetes and progressive retinal apathy. However, Labradoodles tend to gain some health benefits from their hybrid genes, so medical costs would be around $625 per year.

A Labradoodle puppy costs about $4,695 the first year of ownership and $2,065 for each subsequent year. Assuming this breed is 13 years old, the cost of ownership for this breed is approximately $29,475.

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