How Much Does a Pit Bull Cost?
A pit bull, also known as a bull terrier, has been around since the early 20th century. As a slight mix between a terrier and bulldog, these dogs are known for their outstanding strength and athleticism. These dogs were originally bred in New England and can be found in many households today. A recent study performed by the Humane Society stated that over 2,000 pit bulls are owned today. Filling roles as a police dog and therapy dog, the cost of a pit bull will greatly vary depending on the specific breed, the breeder selling it, its age, quality and geographical location.
How much is it?
- On average, a pit bull under the age of two can often be adopted for $600 to as much as $2,500. Purebred puppies will often yield a higher price tag compared to those that do not have UKC papers.
- Older dogs over the age of two can often be found at many various shelters throughout the area. A non-purebred older dog can often be adopted for less than $300.
- The website NextDayPets.com posts many classified ads from breeders across the United States regarding different puppies for sale. Listings for pit bulls on this website average around $1,200 to $2,500.
What are the extra costs?
- If the puppy is going to be shipped through an airline, the shipping fees can start at $200 and cost as much as $400 depending upon the miles that have to be traveled.
- These dogs can be very aggressive. Because of this, it is often recommended that they start dog obedience classes at an early age. Obedience classes can start at $75 for an eight week class and go up from there.
- Ear cropping is a common practice for this particular breed, but many owners do not do it. To have the ears cropped, the price can start at $200.
What is going to be included?
- Breeders will often include all of the necessary paperwork regarding the puppy’s health, noting the vaccines from the past. They can also include other vaccinations such as heartworm.
- If the puppy is registered with the UKC, the breeder will include the registration papers.
- If the puppy is going to be shipped, the breeder will include an airline approved carrier.
- Pet insurance should be included with each adoption process. Pet insurance will ensure that your first 30 days are problem free. If any problems do arise such as a vet bill, the insurance will cover the procedure. After the 30 days, pet insurance can be continued but will be charged to the dog owner.
Tips to know:
- Some cities and local counties have ordinances with these types of dogs. These ordinances can often limit the number of pit bulls you can have or may even ban pit bulls completely.
- Due to the aggressive behavior of these dogs, many owners will find that landlords will not rent properties to those that have this type of dog. Keep this in mind if you rent your current home.
- For those that have children, make sure that you watch pit bull at all time. Their aggressive behavior can often lead to attacks when a child provokes them.
- Pit bulls often do not get along very well with other dogs. While they can get along with some breeds, always make sure that they are supervised when doing so.
How can I save money?
- Check the local adoption agencies such as the Humane Society. Many older Pit Bulls often find themselves at a place such as this. Adoption fees at a local humane society can often be less than $200.
- Consider checking local classified ads such as Craigslist.org. Many pit bull owners offer their dogs for free or at a minimal fee.