March the 23rd is National Puppy Day, a special day to celebrate all things puppy.…
This may sound like a broken record but it’s worth repeating: since the lockdown, an increasing number of households have turned to pets for emotional support and companionship during times of isolation.
The rise in pandemic-induced pet love has led to a surge in dog prices all across the UK – with the average puppy going for nearly £1,900 in 2020, which is more than double the average price from 2019.
What is it about dogs though? Are they truly your best friend? Well, in the spirit of pet madness, here are the UK’s most expensive dogs:
1. English Bulldog
The English Bulldog is currently one of the most expensive dogs to buy in the UK, with the average pup costing nearly £3,000. They’re adorable and relatively quiet and don’t demand a lot of exercise. What’s not to love, right? The price tag, that is…
2. French Bulldog
The average cost of a French Bulldog – get ready for this one – is over £3,100! They’ve proven to be a very popular pet to make the lockdown more bearable and are also nice to have around remote working environments – they’re relatively quiet and do not need a lot of exercise.
3. Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever has always been a crowd favourite – however, in 2021, the average cost of one was around £2,800. Plus, as adorable as they are, they’re not ideal for apartment living and do need regular exercise.
4. Golden Retriever
The average cost of a Golden Retriever at the moment is just over £2,800. They’re lovable dogs, fairly quiet and very active – so, be ready to return home from work to receive a rather warm and overzealous welcome!
Pomeranians have gotten even more expensive since the pandemic, with the average cost being around £2,900 or just above that. Pomeranians require a fair amount of grooming and have a tendency to bark every now and then, but they’re also a good option for flat/apartment living.
6. Miniature Dachshund?
Fancy a Dachshund – a downsized version, that is? While these are super-adorable, the price tag is anything but: just over £2,500.
Havanese have become pretty expensive dogs to own since the pandemic – just above £3,160, which is an increase of almost a thousand pounds before the pandemic. However, they’re very trainable dogs and adapt to flat living easily, making them excellent remote working pets.
8. Great Danes
Great Danes are currently one of “the” most expensive dog breeds to own in the UK, setting owners back by a cool £3,150. Luckily, they don’t need too much activity but don’t fare too well if left by themselves for too long.
The trendy and popular – a celebrity favourite too – is still pretty expensive, going for an average of around £2,470 since the pandemic.
10. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Expect to cough up almost £3,000 for one of these, although they do require regular grooming and don’t enjoy being alone for too long. They’re just “okay” for flat living and generally have a low tolerance to being by themselves. Plus, they do demand regular grooming.
Don’t feel like spending too much money on a pet dog? Consider buying a rescue dog! They’re about as adorable as the next door neighbour’s dog and are always there for you on a rainy day. While you’re at it though, check out our invaluable read on First Aid for Dogs and Rescue Dogs.