The Golden Retriever – the perennial family favourite.
It is no wonder that this grand and loyal breed has been a long standing and continuing favourite; with their happy, friendly, playful, and kid loving nature, they are ideal for a busy home.
And purebred Golden Retriever puppies are always in high demand from breeders. But does this big popularity equal a big price tag? Well as we are about to find out, it isn’t always so simple.
Why do some Golden Retriever puppies cost more than others?
There isn’t one straight answer on what you can expect to pay for a gorgeous Goldie puppy from a breeder.
On average, when choosing a purebred Golden Retriever puppy from a breeder you can expect to see anywhere from £750 – £2,000 displayed.
Why the variation? Any pup priced at the lower end of this spectrum may come from an amateur / home breeder, and without pedigree documentation. A well bred pup, with paperwork, from a professional breeder, will not appear before your eyes for under £1000.
But here’s a bonus point!
While you might think this price range is high; on the long list of dog breeds, the Golden Retriever is near the more affordable end of the price list. Compare them to a French Bulldog, a Pomeranian, or a Pug, all with higher price tags.
Where can I find the best price for a Golden Retriever puppy?
A purebred Golden Retriever puppy from a reputable breeder in the USA may cost you between $1,500 and $2,500.
In the UK you won’t get change from £1000 for a purebred Goldie pup. And that remains similar throughout Europe. There may be a little variation out there, but not much.
What is the price for a white Golden Retriever puppy?
Don’t be fooled by a breeder telling you they have a very rare, white Goldie! Why you say? Because white or cream Golden Retrievers are not unusual. In fact cream is a traditional, and very common, colour for the British Golden Retriever.
So Golden, Cream or White, the prices mentioned earlier apply.
How much is a Show Line Golden Retriever?
Dogs with just a few show winners in the bloodlines and/or special characteristics like a smaller size, will cost a little more than average, around the £1500 – £2500 range. While this cost is more upfront, keep in mind that the strong pedigree of these pups may mean less health issues – and fewer vet bills – down the road.
Expect around £2500 to be more common for a very strong show line Golden Retriever puppy.
And if a dog has champion bloodlines, that will cost even more. But there are those out there, especially that want to show or breed their dog, that will pay the price.
How much does it cost to own a Golden Retriever?
In a survey, the American Pet Products Association found that it costs £1500 per year, on average, to take care of a dog. This includes veterinary care, food, treats, boarding, grooming, vitamins and toys.
This might be a little on the high side, but expect to have to put aside £100 per month for your Goldie.
And remember, the higher the quality of the bloodlines, the less likely that there will be health issues to fork out for in the future.
If you can afford the initial Golden Retriever price, plus the ongoing expenses, why not welcome this sweet, spirited animal into your home? They are one of the more affordable dog breeds, yet give nothing away for this lower price tag; being a loving, loyal and happy family dog!