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.
Top 12 Budget Friendly Dogs
This small canine is famous for being very easy and cheap to keep and maintain. Being toy dogs, they are tiny by nature, at most reaching weights of 14 pounds. This not only makes them ideal for smaller homes but also cuts down proportionately on the food cost. They do not require intensive training or workouts either, and will stay happy and content as long as you don’t forget their daily walks. Of course, being a small and relatively idle, your Bolognese dog could become overweight due to overfeeding, which should be avoided. They also have long hair which must be groomed regularly and brushed regularly, and owners should take extra care to untie any clumps that may form. They, however, shed very little in comparison and won’t clutter up your home! They do not mind being brushed either, so you’ll get little complaint from these prim pooches while grooming them.
Pug is one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. It is also one of the easiest and cheapest to buy and maintain, with the only thing driving up their cost being their own popularity. It is advisable for this reason to adopt a pug from a shelter. Pugs are also small dogs, rarely reaching more than 18 pounds in weight. They do not need much training or space and are relatively low on activity. Pugs do, however, tend to overeat and become overweight, so you’ll need to keep an eye on its food intake and weight. They also shed quite a lot despite their short hair, so be ready to clean your house up on a regular basis. But if you can allow for these small quibbles, the pug is the ideal cute companion to have.
The Greyhound may be famous as a racing dog (and for having a line of buses named after it), but it is also one of the easiest and cheapest dogs to care for and maintain. It is larger than the previous two dogs on the list, reaching maximum weights of 70 pounds, but it is also thin and thus does not need much food. They may be fast but they don’t need constant activity to stay happy and thus need little space as well. A regular walk can keep your greyhound very happy indeed. Their short coats cut down on grooming costs as well. However, they are susceptible to skin problems and may require regular check-ups as well as special canine cosmetics to take proper care of their skin.
This wrinkly and sometimes tough looking canine is surprisingly easy to care for, requiring relatively little space despite having an average weight of 40-50 pounds and not much grooming or training. They have short fur, do not shed very often, and are very easy to train due to their loyal and receptive nature. They do not require daily walks either. Talking them for walks a couple of times a week to a cool, shady place should suffice. They require the coolness though, since they do not thrive well in heat. They also tend to overeat like their smaller cousins the pugs and so their eating should be monitored. Their wrinkles should also be cleaned regularly as they make them susceptible to disease.
The Beagle loves the outdoors, the ideal place for indulging their hunting-dog instincts. Which is why it comes as a surprise to many that they require relatively little space to thrive. Being bred for smartness, they can be trained very easily though they may require some training to unlock their full hunter potential. They also have a penchant for cleaning themselves more than most other dogs, cutting down on grooming costs. They don’t eat a lot, but they do need regular walks to burn off excess energy. They may also sometimes start looking for food when they shouldn’t, usually a sign of leftover energy which some physical activity or playing can easily take care of.
The world’s smallest breed of dog is ridiculously cheap and easy to take care of, owing to its tiny frame. Weighing an average of 6 to 9 pounds, they require very little food. Being curious and overactive, they sometimes get tired easily. Long-haired Chihuahuas can be brushed very easily and require little grooming. Short-haired ones even less so. They don’t shed a lot either. They may develop several health problems as they grow older like heart disorders, epilepsy and hypoglycaemia. But if kept healthy and safe, these complications are not very likely to develop. All in all, the Chihuahua is the ideal tiny companion to keep around if you want a dog that’s cute yet very low-maintenance.
The Jack Russell Terrier is very friendly and sturdy, but it requires quite a bit of training, especially when young, or it tends to grow impulsive and aggressive as it grows. It also requires its own peaceful space not intruded upon by other pets or small kids. Experienced dog owners should have little trouble training the Jack Russell. Its small size ensures that it does not need much food while its sturdiness keeps the vet away for the most part. It has short hair and does not need much grooming either. It’s better to adopt one of these little bundles of joy than to buy one as it will cost you much less.
The Mexican Hairless is a very convenient and cheap dog to take care of. The lack of hair eliminates most grooming needs as well as the problems of shedding, although it makes it vulnerable to sunburn and possible skin problems. It may not be ideal for sunnier places unless it can be kept in shade. It does not require much food, and roughly an hour of workouts every day (depending on its size and mood) will keep it healthy and happy. It can be very playful and is the ideal dog to have if you’re looking for one with very low maintenance requirements.
These friendly, medium sized dogs look cute and pretty but do not need much grooming or food. Brushing and bathing now and then will keep their fur and health in good condition. They tend to suffer from congenital blindness and/or deafness, but those can easily by avoided by checking for symptoms when they are puppies. Being smart, they can be trained very easily. They are very playful, however, and as a result, they need daily exercise as well as some amount of space to flex their legs and muscles. But if those can be provided for, the Australian Shepherd can be a very faithful and fun companion.
These small dogs with large, ratlike ears were bred to catch rats. They are extremely low-maintenance and require little food, grooming or space. And their short hair ensures that they don’t shed much at all, too. They seldom grow heavier than 25 pounds and have a smaller cousin which almost never grows heavier than 10 pounds. They are very efficient at their job as well, making them ideal if you happen to have a rat problem. They can be very lazy when not doing their job, though. But it that does not deter you, then this breed may be just what you’re looking for.
The small white dogs have elegant, long coats which shed surprisingly little. Hardly ever growing heavier than 5 pounds, they do not need much food either. Although the coat needs brushing, these dogs highly enjoy the process and will not give you much grief for it. The coats can also be clipped to cut down on grooming time. Again, as with most, if not all breeds of dogs, it is both better and cheaper to adopt one of these little wonders than buy one. As long as their basic requirements are met, they can be very happy and healthy and can live for a long time.
American Cocker Spaniel
The American Cocker Spaniel is a popular long haired breed sporting a beautiful fur coat. They usually lives for a long time and requires relatively little maintenance. Despite their coat, they don’t shed a lot and will only require some attention to trimming. The dog may develop ear infections, eye disorders and congenital hip dysplasia as it grows older. But these can be prevented easily with proper care, given that they don’t cost much to keep. You should always ensure that the dog is healthy and of good parentage before adopting it so you don’t find it developing dysplasia later, unless you are willing to take care of it regardless.