How Much Does a Poodle Cost?
A poodle is a breed of dog that actually includes many different types of dog. Simply put, there are standard poodles which are the largest, miniature poodles in the middle, and toy poodles that are the smallest. Poodles are also formal dogs that are often used as show dogs. Poodles, many times, participate in dog competitions including agility, obedience, tracking, and herding.
How much is it?
- On average, a standard poodle is going to cost anywhere from $400 to as much as $2,000 for an AKC registered poodle.
- Poodles with a great bloodline can fetch prices as high as $2,000.
- A toy poodle can cost anywhere from $500 to as much as $1,100. A toy poodle is ideal for those that are not active and have a limited living space.
- A miniature poodle can cost anywhere from $350 to as much as $1,500. A miniature poodle is ideal for those that want an energetic dog that needs moderate exercise.
- For instance, PuppyFind.com, a popular puppy classified ad website, has hundreds of live ads you can read. Here, the average standard poodle ranges anywhere from $400 to as much as $1,750.
- RenownedPoodles.com, an online breeder, has a handful of poodles for sale that range in price anywhere from $800 to $1,200.
What is going to be included?
- Most breeders are going to include the registration papers, AKC paperwork (if necessary), up to date vaccinations, a vet examination, and many will include a health guarantee that will last up to 30 days.
- If the dog is going to be shipped through the air, an airline approved shipping crate will be included. However, you will shoulder the actual costs of shipping.
- Poodles are extremely intelligent, loyal, playful, affectionate and love to please their owners. They are mild-mannered and are considered to be a fantastic watchdog.
- Poodles can come in a variety of colors such as white, brown, black, red, gray, and red; these can either be solid colors or can be a combination of a white coat with solid patches of one of the other coat colors. This combination color is known as a parti.
- The coat of a poodle is a single layer coat that has minimal shedding.
- The average poodle can live up to 18 years, depending on the size.
- A toy poodle can grow up to 10 inches and will weigh up to 12 pounds. Miniature poodles can grow between 10 to 15 inches and weigh upwards of 20 pounds. The largest of them all, the standard poodle, can grow up to 27 inches tall and can weigh as much as 60 pounds.
What are the extra costs?
- Shipping a dog through the air can cost upwards of $400, depending on how far the dog has to travel.
- These dogs require grooming on a monthly basis due to their thick coat. Because of the style of the coat, when the dog sheds the hair gets stuck within the hair that is still attached, cause matting to occur. On average, dog grooming can cost upwards of $100 per month. SEE: “How much does dog grooming cost?“
- Basic maintenance that any dog will require such as shelter, vet checkup, food, accessories, etc. will need to be considered. Because these things need to be provided throughout the life of the dog, the costs need to be carefully monitored.
- Because these dogs are prone to various dental problems, it is highly recommended that you take your poodle in for a cleaning every six months. This will also prevent bad breath in the dog.
- If you are considering having your poodle compete in dogs shows or competitions, there will be many fees that come along with it. You will need to pay for training the dog in all the areas of competition. Also, poodles who are for show have very complex and intricate grooming. Finally, there are entry fees that must be paid for each show and competition. However, if your poodle is good enough to win place in these shows and competitions, you may receive prize money that will cover the costs of the fees and then some.
Tips to know:
- No matter what kind of dog you have, health problems can exist. You probably already know that veterinarian bills can easily reach well into the thousands of dollars.
- If possible, adopt a dog that comes along with a health guarantee. That way, if something does go wrong, your vet bills are going to be covered.
How can I save money?
- Poodles are fairly common dogs. If you do not mind adopting a dog older than two or three, you may be able to save hundreds. Check your local adoption center or even look for breeders looking to sell older breeds.
- If the dog is too cheap, you may want to second guess it. Cheaper poodles often come from puppy mills, which you should avoid at all costs. If you want a dog that is healthy, be sure to adopt from a reputable breeder.