How Much Does a Poodle Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 8, 2018

A poodle actually includes many different types of this particular dog breed.

Simply put, there are standard poodles, which are the largest, miniature poodles are in the middle, and toy poodles are the smallest.

Poodles, many times, participate in dog competitions including agility, obedience, tracking, and herding.

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How much does a poodle cost?

On average, a standard poodle is going to cost anywhere from $400 to as much as $2,000 for an AKC registered poodle.  The costs, like any other dog breed, will depend on the age, its bloodline, the breeder, what’s included, colors and the type.

Poodles with a great bloodline, for example, can fetch prices as high as $2,000 to $3,000.

A toy poodle, ideal for those who are not active and have a limited living space, can cost anywhere from $500 to as much as $1,100.

A miniature poodle, ideal for those who want an energetic dog that needs moderate exercise, can cost anywhere from $350 to as much as $1,500.

For instance,, a popular puppy classified ad website, has hundreds of live ads, with prices ranging anywhere from as little as $400 to as much as $1,750.

On this thread, they said you should be prepared to spend $1,500 to $2,500 for a purebred standard poodle.

The official AKC Marketplace had multiple breeders, with listings ranging from $1,200 to $2,000.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

Most reputable breeders, at a minimum, 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.  Other breeders may dock the tail, remove the dewclaws, deworm and include a microchip.

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.

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 checkups, food and accessories 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, but for a healthy dog, plan on budgeting around $800 per year and much more if the dog required surgery.

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.

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 will require 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 a 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:

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, and these colors 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.

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 if you were to check a local adoption center or rescue group.   Even if you can’t find a poodle, you may be able to find a mixed breed that closely resembles one.

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.

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