The top three least expensive small dogs are the Rat Terrier, Affenpinscher and the Australian Terrier. In addition to their smaller purchase price than most miniature breeds, they are also cheaper to maintain over the course of their lifetimes.
According to Wisebread.com, a Rat Terrier can be purchased for as little as $200, but they have been sold for as much as $600. With three different sizes available, the largest of the Rat Terrier is around 35 pounds. The Affenpinscher can be purchased for just a few hundred dollars, and in many cases, it can be adopted from a rescue shelter for less. An Affenpinschers is considerably smaller than a Rat Terrier and normally does not exceed 10 pounds. The Australian Terrier can be obtained for less than $750. Similar to both the Rat Terrier and the Affenpinscher, this breed typically does not exceed 15 pounds.
When looking to add a new canine member to the family, there is more financial responsibility than the initial purchase price. It is recommend by Wisebread.com to consider the cost of the chosen dog over its entire lifetime. These additional costs include food, trips to the vet, grooming appointments and occasional overnight boarding. The typical cost of a dog per year can be around $1000 if the animal is in perfect health.