12 Cheapest Dog Breeds in India with Price and Expenses

Looking for a paw buddy to bring home? Dogs are an absolute delight, they are energetic, compassionate, loyal, and obedient.

Welcoming a furbaby can be exciting but providing a good life is often challenging. It is quite difficult for owners to determine how much feeding and grooming a dog will cost. As a paw parent, it’s important to calculate the long-term cost such as grooming, toys, feeding, medicare, etc. 

In today’s article, we will come across the 12 Cheapest dog breeds in India and their monthly expenses. 

1. Pug 

Pug is a small size dog breed with distinctive features of a wrinkly face with a short muzzle and curled tail.

This breed has a fine and glossy coat that comes in a variety of colors like apricot fawn, silver fawn, or black. They are strong-willed, and can easily steal anyone’s heart with their charming personality.  They are suitable for families with children and can easily live in an apartment.

In India, the price of a puppy pug can range from as low as INR 5,000 up to INR 20,000.  However, Pugs are prone to obesity and might require frequent veterinarian visits.

This can easily increase the bills and might get a little expensive. The monthly cost of having a pug can cost between ₹2000 – ₹3000. This cost might fluctuate depending upon their health and grooming needs. 

2. Beagle 

It’s hard to think of a dog more adorable than a beagle.

They have beautiful round almond eyes with floppy ears and an innocent look on their face. They are highly intelligent, determined, cheerful, and enjoy human company. Their easygoing attitude and friendly nature towards children make them an ideal choice as a family dog. 

In India, beagles cost around ₹23,000 to ₹25,000. Beagles are quite easy to maintain, their grooming requirements are minimal and generally, their health is good.

The monthly cost of owning this medium-sized dog can range between 2,000-3,000 INR max. 

3. Labrador 

Labradors are the most popular dogs in the world as well as in India.

They are friendly, loving, kind, intelligent, and easy to train. They are a popular choice of breed, especially in metropolitan cities, and are well-adjusted to the Indian climate. 

Labradors are a great choice for people who want a fun-loving active dog breed. They need daily exercise and mental stimulation. The monthly feeding cost of a Labrador can vary depending on the food of choice. A high-quality diet for a Labrador may cost around 1500 Rs to 5000 Rs. 

Labradors are prone to viral and bacterial infection and many other health conditions, resulting in frequent vet visits. The overall monthly cost of owning a Labrador may cost you around 3,000 Rs to 4,000 depending on their needs.

In India, the price of labrador puppies can range from ₹6,000 to ₹20,000

4. Pariah

Pariah is an amazing Indian dog breed with incredible health and a good life span.

Not only that, many Non-profit organizations and city dog shelters coordinate-free adoptions. They are the perfect example of the survival of the fittest.  They are strong, intelligent, highly alert, and social dogs.

Furthermore, they are excellent watch and guard dogs and are suitable for families with young children. Likewise, they have less to no grooming or health cost and the monthly cost of feeding a pariah is around 1,500 Rs to 2,000 Rs

5. Indian Spitz 

Here comes another Indian dog breed that is incredibly intelligent and beautiful.

There is often confusion between Indian Spitz and Pomeranians, but the two breeds are completely different.

Indian Spitz is taller, heavier, and has shorter fur compared to a Pomeranian. They are high-spirited, playful, intelligent, and highly alert. Not only that, they are bold and are exceptional watchdogs.

Unfortunately, major kennel clubs don’t recognize this dog breed, but they are recognized as a separate breed by the Kennel Club of India.

You can easily get an Indian Spitz from Rs. 4,000 to Rs. 8,000 in India.  They have fluffy double coats that require frequent grooming. You can avoid frequent visits to the pet salon by brushing their coat regularly and using anti-shedding shampoo. It is a healthy dog breed, but some may suffer from eye issues and hip dysplasia.

The overall monthly cost of owning an Indian Spitz can range around Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 3,000. 

6. Dachshund 

Dachshunds are also known as sausage dogs or badger dogs.

They are a small, active, and energetic hound-type dog breed. They were bred to hunt rabbits, hairs, and other tunneling animals.  They are long-bodied and muscular with short stubble legs.

Furthermore, they come in three standard sizes: standard, miniature, and kaninchen.

The price range of Dachshund puppies across India is between ₹15,000 to ₹20,000 but remember their prices may vary depending on their type. 

You can find them in 3 different coat varieties: short-haired (smooth), wire-haired and long-haired. These three different coats require different types of treatment and grooming is necessary for this dog breed. Monthly grooming can cost around IND 2000-2500, but you can significantly reduce this cost to Rs.500/- per month. 

The average monthly feed cost for a dachshund may begin from Rs. 2000 up to Rs. 3000 per month. In all, the monthly cost of owning a Dachshund can range between Rs. 2500 to Rs.5,500. 

They can be a perfect choice for you if you are looking for a healthy small-sized dog breed that is fun, friendly, and courageous. 

7. Chihuahua

Looking for a tiny energetic apartment buddy? Then getting a chihuahua is the perfect option for you.

They are little paw buddies with big hearts. They are loyal, charming, adorable, confident, and active. They have around heads with expressive eyes and love around being people.

Chihuahuas are often found with short coats, but they are also becoming more prevalent with long coats in recent years.

In India, professional grooming sessions can cost up to Rs. 2000. However, daily grooming can definitely reduce monthly grooming costs significantly. 

You can expect to spend Rs. 2000 to Rs. 3000 on monthly feeding cost and this price can increase to Rs. 4,000 if you opt for premium-quality dog food.

Chihuahuas are known to be a relatively healthy dog breed but are susceptible to bacterial and viral infection. There is a high chance of them falling sick as a puppy which may increase the vet cost.  

The price of a Chihuahua in India can range from ₹15,000 to ₹25,000.

8. Shih Tzu 

Shih Tzus are calm, laid back, docile, loyal, and intelligent.

They have a high tolerance toward cold but can’t do well under extreme heat. You may have to spend a little more extra on air conditioning during summers. 

In India, Shih Tzus can cost anywhere from ₹20,000 to ₹25,000.

Shih Tzus are known for their beautiful coat and grooming plays a vital role in maintaining the overall health of a dog. Professional grooming can cost somewhere around Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 2,000. 

An average cost of feeding medium-quality dog food will cost you around Rs.1000 to Rs. 2000. But if you choose to feed top-notch premium quality food then the cost can go up to Rs. 3,000 per month. 

Although typically healthy, they are susceptible to some health conditions like food allergies, bladder infections, and hip dysplasia.

First yearly vaccinations will cost around Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 10,000 and regular check-ups around Rs. 2,000.  Shih Tzus are great companion dogs and are ideal for people looking for a sweet lapdog. 

9. Dalmatian 

A great dog to have as a watchdog, the Dalmatian is a working-class dog breed that is athletic and smart. Dalmatians are suitable for warmer regions and can survive Indian heat.

If you are opting for this breed make sure you can provide them ample amounts of exercise, early socialization, and regular training. 

In India, Dalmatians are priced at Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 30,000.

The monthly feeding cost depends upon the quality and quantity that you provide your dog, but a rough calculation would be around Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 4,000 per month.  The grooming cost could be as little as Rs.300 to Rs. 500, if you maintain proper at-home regular grooming sessions.

Dalmatians may suffer from minor health conditions but overall is a healthy dog breed. 

10. German Shepherd

German Shepherds are one of the most popular breeds in India.

They are basically from the herding category and are highly appreciated as working dogs. They are strong, fast, intelligent, and courageous. They need regular exercise and training along with tons of attention.

Not only that, but they tend to suffer from separation anxiety and run in packs, that is why they are highly recommended only to firm owners who have prior experience in keeping one. 

In India, German Shepherds can cost around ₹18,000 to ₹25,000 in India.

German shepherds require good quality food that is high in protein. An average monthly feeding cost for a GSD will be around Rs. 3,000. Whereas premium quality food with fresh meat will cost around Rs. 4,000 to Rs. 6,000 per month. 

Professional grooming sessions can cost you up to Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 4,000. But if you decide to groom your dog at home and buy all the necessary tools/ products the cost can be reduced to Rs 1,000 to Rs. 500. 

11. Doberman 

Doberman is a working-class intelligent dog breed.

Their extraordinary 6th sense and guarding instinct are admired by all people around the globe. They are allergic, alert, docile, obedient, and loyal. 

The monthly feeding cost of owning a Doberman could be anything between Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 7,000 depending upon the brand chosen.

Dobermans have short hair and are easy to maintain. Regular grooming can help you save a ton of money. 

The first yearly vet cost could be expensive, as they are susceptible to catching fatal diseases. After that regular check-ups could be anywhere around Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 2,000 and each vacation can cost up to Rs. 750 to Rs.1,000 in India. 

Doberman is a large breed and requires a good amount of food and care. It is one of the most expensive dog breeds on our list but is still relatively low compared to some other dog breeds in India. 

12. Pomeranian

Do you want a small, cute, fluffy dog? If yes, then Pomeranian is the best choice for you.

They are extremely sociable, friendly, and active. Don’t be fooled by their small size, they are confident enough to start barking at a large dog. 

The price of Pomeranian in India can range from ₹5,000 to ₹15,000 in India.

Pomeranians are known for their fluffy coat and maintaining it could be a hassle. It is necessary to groom your pom regularly and can help you reduce the grooming cost significantly.

You can expect to spend around Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 2,500 on professional grooming sessions. 

Pomeranians are categorized as a toy breed and require less food compared to other dogs.

On average the monthly feeding cost could be around Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 2,000.  Generally, Pomeranians are quite a healthy breed and live up to their life expectancy.

The first yearly cost could be expensive, but after that regular yearly checkups won’t cost more than Rs. 3000. 


All the dogs mentioned in this article are easily available in India and are suitable for most parents on a budget.

I hope you guys enjoyed reading this article and help you pick the right paw buddy for yourself.

Isha has been a Dog Lover her entire life and has owned many dogs over the years. Her immense experience of raising and training dogs has helped thousands of dog owners take better care of their dogs.

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