The pet industry is currently on the rise in India and there are no signs for it to plateau any time soon. This means that every year, more people want to bring home a pooch that’s perfect for them and their family. Dog breed prices in India fluctuate depending on their changing demand, hence in this article, we will look at estimate prices of popular dog breeds in India to help you make the right choice.
We want to clarify that Goodness does not support puppy mills and backyard breeders. If you are considering a new furry member at home, you should always consider adopting too. There is nothing more fulfilling than to save a life and also get some happiness in return.
However, we do understand if you buy a breed for specific reasons. Hence we have a list of authentic dog breed prices in India, further down in this article.
But before you buy a dog, you must conduct thorough research on the breeder. Here’s our guide on how to find a certified breeder in India.
Why Should You Buy Puppies From A Certified And Reputed Dog Breeder?
If you plan to bring home a breed, you must always buy them through a reputable breeder. You may be tempted to go for the cheapest option but the benefits of getting a healthy puppy will definitely weigh out the cheap price tag.
1. You Can Meet The Parent Dogs
After looking at the parent dogs, you’ll know how the puppy is going to be when they grow up. The parent’s temperament, level of energy, size, posture are all things to pay close attention to.
It is also a good way to know if the breeder is legitimate because a good breeder will love and take care of the parent dogs. They will treat them with respect and breed them because they want to bring the best version of that breed into the world. They will be more than happy to introduce you to the dog’s parents.
2. You Bring Home A Healthy Puppy
A good breeder will choose unrelated male and female dogs of the same breed, same lineage to mate and have puppies. A responsible certified breeder will never inbreed dogs as it may give rise to genetic defects. This why their litter will have fewer genetic disorders and temperament issues.
Of course, after you bring home a puppy, the way you raise them will greatly impact their temperament and their health but if you bring a puppy from a certified reputed breed, you can rest assured that your puppy is healthy.
A good breeder will not sell the puppies to the first person who comes to them. They will evaluate their potential buyers and only select those who are the best match for their puppies.
This will make you better prepared as well. With research, you will also learn which breed is best suited for you. If you are better prepared, the certified breeder is more likely to sell you the puppy.
Puppy Mills Vs. Breeders
We’ve all heard of puppy mills. They are these terrible unhygienic environments where female dogs are forcefully impregnated as soon as they are old enough to have babies and made to have babies until they die. The area is usually not cleaned and since the mothers are not handled with love, they are cranky and have severe behavioural problems.
Unfortunately, as notorious as their reputation may be, you may never see a puppy mill in person. Puppy mills are usually made in the suburbs and rural areas, away from our eyes. Breeders take their ‘produce’ and directly sell them to pet shop owners or sell them to customers in popular market places like Crawford market in Mumbai and the Galiffpet market in Kolkata.
Now with the Internet, mill owners can save themselves a lot of trouble and directly sell their puppies online.
The puppy that you see may, in fact, be cute, clean, and in a cage, or online. If you are checking on online stores, you are very likely to be checking out puppies from puppy mills.
Though you may never see a puppy mill, here’s how you can identify if the dealer in question is a certified breeder or a puppy mill owner:
Additionally, you may also notice behaviours in puppy mill litters that is very uncharacteristic of their breed. For instance, a friendly breed may prefer to stay alone in their kennel. They may snap at people for no reason or poop and pee inside their kennel. A healthy puppy will never do that because they are not kept in cages when they are very young.
We understand that when you buy a puppy in a cage, you are well-intentioned. Most of the times, those puppies are in pathetic conditions and we buy them to save them, but remember that buying puppies from a mill owner only increases the demand for these mills and they use that money to produce more puppies in their mills.
How To Choose A Good Breeder
In our experience, we have learned that just by asking a few questions, you can very easily find out if they are an ethical breeder, a backyard breeder or a puppy mill owner. The first step to finding the right person is to ask the breeder the right questions.
You must also keep a note of the following:
1. Is The Breeder Certified?
In India, you cannot start breeding dogs unless you are certified by law. Hence, when you start looking for the right breeder, you must ask to see their certificate.
If the breeder fails to show you their certificate, that should be a clear signal to stop the deal with them.
2. Are They Providing Proper Documentation?
If the puppies are purebred, the breeder provides you with a Certified Transfer Form (CTF) which has a short term validity.
Once you bring home your pup, you need to submit that form to the Indian National Kennel Club (INKC) to get a proper KCI certificate in his or her name. Your certified breeder will help you with this process.
Additionally, you must make sure that the breeder in question is following all rules with regard to import and export of the breed and proper care of the mother and puppies during nursing and lactation.
Though it is ideal to get a puppy with all the essential papers, the registration process is long and costs extra money. If you want a family dog, that will not partake in dog shows, you can do without the papers as long as the breeder is certified, ethical and is providing you with healthy puppies.
3. Social Media Reviews
A new dog is a commitment for the next 10 to 15 years (sometimes even more) and we want to make sure that we bring home a pup that is healthy and has a long fruitful life ahead of them. Your breeder is the one giving you this bundle of joy and you need to make sure they are the right person for the perfect breed.
Check them out on social media, check out their reviews on all their handles and on Google. The thing with customer reviews is that page owners cannot delete unfavourable reviews. Of course, some reviewers are not entirely fair, this gives you a rounded understanding of their reputation.
4. Word Of Mouth
Offline reviews are perhaps some of the most effective ways to find a good breeder. Pet owners within your locality are likely to purchase their dogs from nearby certified breeders. So, you should ask around your friend circle, those who also have purebred dogs of their own.
With offline reviews, you can see the dogs supplied by the breeder too, giving you a better idea of the level of care they put into the dogs when they were puppies.
5. Don’t Rush
Lastly, a good breeder gets many more enquiries than they have puppies. Many of them take bookings for puppies, months to a year in advance. They also take time to evaluate you and only sell the puppy if they feel you are a good candidate.
So, it is important you don’t rush things from your end. In a hurry, you may unknowingly bring home a puppy from a mill.
Grey Zone Breeders – Is It, OKAY To Support Them?
Who are grey zone breeders? They are backyard breeders who breed a small number of dogs or pet parents who decide to breed their beloved dogs at least once in a lifetime. It is quite common in India as many pet parents feel that their dogs must enjoy the right to reproduction and nursing children.
While this practice is well-intentioned and in no way is at the same level as a puppy mill, it is still not ideal to buy puppies from them.
We discourage the idea of buying from grey zone breeders is for the simple reason that they cannot provide you with proper documentation for the puppies. Even if both the parent pets are registered by the INKC since a pet parent is not a licensed breeder they cannot produce legal documents for the litter.
Secondly, it is illegal to breed a dog without a license in India. Hence, it makes every grey zone breeder questionable by law.
You may be paying less money when buying from a grey zone breeder but you will not be able to answer important questions like the genetic conditions that your dog may have.
Though most grey zone breeders don’t expose their dogs to harmful conditions as they would in puppy mills, they are still discouraged because they don’t put in the research needed to find the right mate for their pets.
Pet parents don’t study lineage and genetics. They will probably just look for the same breed before mating their dogs. This may lead to poor health conditions and genetic disorders in the puppies.
What Should You Know Before Buying A Dog?
A dog is a commitment for the next 10 to 15 years and it is important that you know what is required to raise a dog. Here are some things you should know before buying a dog.
1. They Are A Commitment
A dog needs to be bathed, cleaned, walked, brushed and their grooming requirements vary from breed to breed. You have to do all this for the next fifteen years no matter what changes you undergo in your life.
For instance, you can marry, shift, bring home a spouse/roommate, have a baby, get a promotion, change jobs etc.
During these transitional moments, you must make sure that you have your dog’s back and that you aren’t leaving them out of your plans. The most common reason for dogs to be abandoned is that the owner shifted to a different place or had a baby and couldn’t manage a dog and a child. It is rarely the dog’s fault. Hence, before getting a dog please make sure that you are committed for the long haul.
2. You Can’t Plan A Vacation Overnight
If you love to travel, this is something you must consider. When you become a dog parent you can’t pack your bags and leave. You must plan your vacation in advance so that you can find a good pet sitter or a pet hostel on time. If you are travelling during the holiday season, you must book your favourite pet hostel much in advance to get a free slot for your dog.
If you want to travel with your dog, you must remember that while there are a few pet-friendly resorts in India, most vacation spots do not entertain pets. So, you may have to plan your vacation route much in advance when you are travelling with your pet.
3. Owning A Pet Can Be Expensive
Depending on the type of breed you have, you may have to incur grooming expenses. Pet parents spend an average of INR 3,000 to 6,000 on food for Giant Dogs.
The average cost of keeping a dog in India can range from somewhere between INR 1,000 to 10,000 a month. If you plan to keep a dog, you must be prepared to spend on their good life and medical care and it can get expensive.
4. Training And Socialisation Is A Must
The level of training you want to give your dog depends from person to person, however, all dogs require basic toilet training and socialization.
Even if you buy a breed from a reputable breeder, they still need basic socialization with dogs of all shapes and sizes. They need to meet new people, be exposed to different environments and objects. If you take time with their training, you will help them become calm and well-rounded dogs as they grow older.
They need toilet training for obvious reasons. While a certified breeder may have started with the toilet training process, it is your responsibility to see it through for your convenience and theirs.
Apart from the above, you must make sure that your family members are okay with keeping a dog and that they are not allergic to fur. The first few months of getting a dog is going to be challenging and it’s crucial that your family is on your side.
Dog Breed Prices In India
Now that we have covered all the basics of owning a dog, let’s check individual dog breeds prices in India. Dog breed prices keep fluctuating, but if you know a general range and breed characteristics, you are far more likely to buy an authentic breed.
Here’s a list of the most common to moderately available breeds in India along with their prices. We have listed them according to the cheapest dog in India, and as we go further into the article, we will look at rarer and pricier breeds.
To check the purity and temperament of all the below breeds, we request you to ask the breeder to meet the mother and father of the puppy. If breeders are hesitant to show parent dogs, it should be a red signal for you.
|Dog Breed||Price Range (INR)|
|Indian Spitz||5,000 – 6,000|
|Dachshund||8,000 – 10,000|
|Pomeranian||8,000 – 15,000|
|Pug||12,000 – 25,000|
|Labrador||12,000 – 30,000|
|Beagle||15,000 – 25,000|
|Pitbull Terrier||15,000 – 25,000|
|German Shepherd||16 above|
|Lhasa Apso||18,000 – 28,000|
|Doberman||18,000 – 40,000|
|Golden Retriever||20,000 – 30,000|
|Dalmatian||23,000 – 30,000|
|Cocker Spaniel||23,000 – 33,000|
|Shih Tzu||23,000 – 33,000|
|St. Bernard||28,000 – 38,000|
|Great Dane||28,000 – 45,000|
|English Mastiff||30,000 – 70,000|
|Siberian Husky||40,000 – 1,00,000|
1. Indian Spitz Price In India
Indian Spitz is perhaps one of cheapest dog breed in India. The lowest price range for an Indian Spitz is INR 1000 – 1,500/-.
However, we always suggest going for puppies that are raised in healthy, ethical conditions with parents that have fewer genetic disorders. Keeping this in mind you should choose a Spitz puppy between INR 5,000 – 6,000/-.
2. Dachshund Price In India
Dachshunds come in many varieties but the ones that are most popular in India are the short-haired variety. When you are picking a Dachshund, you should check the ears, the shape of the body and general size of the head.
A pure Dashchund will have a short and wide forehead, a dome-like head may be a sign of cross-breeding.
You should get a healthy Dachshund puppy for around INR 8,000 – 10,000.
3. Pomeranian Price In India
Pomeranians are very similar to the Indian Spitz as puppies. Some breeders sell Spitz puppies as Pomeranians to earn more money, hence you must be very careful when buying a Pomeranian puppy.
The best way to differentiate between an Indian Spitz and a Pomeranian is the fur and the face. Pomeranians have a slightly pushed in muzzle and a furrier coat. They literally look like a ball of fur at 2 months of age.
A healthy Pomeranian should cost somewhere between INR 8,000 – 15,000. However, those with show line parents cost INR 45,000 and above.
4. Pug Price In India
Who doesn’t know a Pug? They are as cute as a button and the perfect size for an apartment. They face common genetic problems associated with breeds that are overbred. Hence you must buy them from a good breeder.
You can identify a Pug from the shape of their tail. A purebred Pug has a coiled tail.
You should get a healthy Pug puppy at around INR 12,000 – 25,000/-.
5. Labrador Price In India
Labradors are the most popular breed in India. Unfortunately, because of their popularity, a lot of impurities have seeped into their breed. While you may get many Labrador breeders, it is very difficult to get a pure Labrador with good genetics.
Be sure to find a good breeder who isn’t just breeding Labradors for the money. A certified breeder should charge between INR 12,000 – 30,000/- for a healthy Labrador puppy.
6. Rottweiler Cost In India
Rottweilers are quite misunderstood as big mean dogs. If they are raised in a loving environment, they can turn into versatile loving adults. This is especially why you must pick an ethical breeder who treats their Rottweilers with love and respect and ensures that the puppies are free from behavioural problems.
You can get Rottweilers for below INR 10,000 but they usually have many genetic disorders. For a healthy Rottweiler puppy, you should keep a budget above INR 15,000/-.
7. Beagle Price In India
These dogs are perfect for most Indian cities and usually the ideal size for an apartment. Many people love Beagles because of their playful demeanour and their superior genetic traits.
If you buy them from a good breeder, you will get a healthy Beagle puppy with no genetic issues. You can get a good Beagle puppy for around INR 15,000 – 25,000/-.
8. Pitbull Terrier Price In India
The American Pitbull Terrier is the most common type of Pitbull available in India. They are very popular in the central north of India and they make brilliant family dogs.
The APT is often confused with American Staffordshire Terrier and the Indian Bully Kutta. Since they cost more than the American Staffordshire Terrier and the Indian Bully Kutta, many breeders sell those puppies as the APT.
You can differentiate them when you look at their built. The American Pitbull is lighter than the other two breeds. They are leaner as puppies and have smaller paws.
If you want to buy a strong, healthy Pitbull with very little genetic and behavioural defects, you should keep a budget of INR 15 – 25,000/-. Showline Pitbulls cost around INR 70 – 80,000/-.
9. German Shepherd Price In India
German Shepherds have also been very popular in India right from the 1960s. But since they have been around for a long time, poor breeding methods and inhumane practices have led to a number of genetic disorders in GSDs.
The most common way to identify cross-breeding in German Shepherds is to check for white fur on their chest and belly. GSDs are commonly black and tan, sometimes all white and all black but never black white and tan, or white and tan.
You can buy GSD puppies for INR 5,000 – 6,000 but you can get a healthy GSD puppy starting at INR 16,000 and above.
10. Lhasa Apso Price In India
Lhasa Apsos are also quite popular in India. They are small; ideal for the apartment and since they are wary of strangers, they make for the perfect pocket-sized guard dog. They may not be strong enough to fight but they are quick to alert their family members when there is an invader.
They cost somewhere around INR 18,000 – 28,000.
11. Doberman Price In India
The Doberman is loved all over India. We love them because of their loyalty and bond with their owners.
You can identify a Doberman by the demarkations on their skin. In India, the black and tan and red and tan colours are the two most common types of Dobermans found.
You can buy Dobermans for as cheap as INR 5,000/- but if you want a well-bred Doberman puppy, you should keep a budget of INR 18,000 – 40,000/-.
12. Golden Retriever Price In India
Golden Retrievers are the third most common breed in India but since they share so many similarities with Labrador Retrievers, many breeders will sell a Lab – Golden Retriever mix or sometimes sell a Labrador as a Golden Retriever.
The main differentiating factor between a Golden Retriever puppy and Labrador puppy is the fur; Golden puppies are furrier around the ears, tails, paws and chest.
Breeders can offer puppies for as cheap as INR 5,000 but a healthy Golden Retriever with a strong bloodline should cost above INR 15,000/-. We suggest keeping a budget of INR 20,000 – 30,000/-. Show line Golden Retriever puppies cost INR 25,000 and above.
13. Dalmatian Price In India
Here’s a breed that became very popular after the movie 101 Dalmatians. Unfortunately, overbreeding and poor breeding practices that followed after their popularity have greatly affected the health and temperament of the breed. Now it is very difficult to find a Dalmation puppy with a few genetic defects.
You can identify a Dalmatian’s purity by checking the number of spots on their fur. The more spots on their white fur, the pricier they are. The base of their fur is always white and their spots are usually black and sometimes brown.
Healthy Dalmatian puppies cost around INR 23,000 – 30,000.
14. Cocker Spaniel Price In India
Cocker Spaniel’s are beautiful medium-sized dogs that have gained a lot of popularity over the last decade.
If kept in an optimum environment, they are friendly, affectionate dogs that love to be around other people and dogs.
Cocker Spaniel puppies cost somewhere between INR 23,000 – 33,000.
15. Shih Tzu Price In India
Here’s another pocket-sized friendly breed that’s loved by many. Shih Tzus are calm affectionate and they do not need a lot of exercises.
Shih Tzu’s are considered holy in Chinese and Tibetan cultures and hence are gifted to families as a token of good luck.
A healthy Shih Tzu Puppy should cost somewhere around INR 23,000 to 33,000/-.
16. St. Bernard Price In India
St. Bernards are gentle dogs ideal for the colder regions. Since they are big dogs, be prepared to spend more than average every month for their food and dietary requirements.
A healthy St. Bernard puppy should cost somewhere between INR 28,000 – 38,000.
17. Great Dane Price In India
Great Danes are the perfect example of a gentle giant. They grow incredibly fast but despite their girth, they think they are lapdogs and love to spend time with big and small dogs. They are gentle loving personalities and are a joy to have around children and other dogs.
A healthy Great Dane puppy costs somewhere in between INR 28,000 to 45,000.
18. Greyhound Price In India
Greyhound puppies look a lot like Indian puppies when they are young. They are heavy-boned and have a long narrow muzzle.
They are the fastest dog in the world and therefore, only bring home a Greyhound if you have a lawn or can give them enough time to exercise them.
A healthy greyhound puppy should cost INR 30,000 and above.
19. English Mastiff Price In India
English Mastiff is a rare breed in India. In fact, they have become popular in India over the last decade.
You can identify an English Mastiff by the quality of their coat and the wrinkles on their face. They are heavy-boned puppies with short dense fur and a wrinkly black muzzle.
Since they are rare in India, a Bullmastiff puppy should cost somewhere around INR 30,000 – 70,000/-. Additionally, Bullmastiffs are giant breeds hence their maintenance and diet is an ongoing affair.
20. Siberian Husky Price In India
Siberian Huskies are on the expensive end because they are not as popular in India and are harder to import and breed in our warm temperatures. When buying a Husky, please make sure that you are going for a heavy-boned puppy with bigger paws.
Their ears are usually high perched and upright by the time you buy them. The starting price for Siberian Huskies is at INR 40,000 and you can get show line varieties at INR 1,00,000.
Additionally, when you set out to find the right puppy, you should check if the puppy is healthy by looking for skin rashes, lesions and discharge. The puppy should have a moist nose and there should not be any discharge on their eyes, nose and genitals.
Check their gums, a pale gum may be a sign of anaemia and/or parasites in the gut. Check their ears as well. The insides of their ear should be a healthy shade of pink and there should not be any discharge.
Remember that the price of puppies is constantly fluctuating. We have given a wide price range for each breed above because prices fluctuate within the same litter of a breed as well.
Prices change on the basis of the colour of the dog’s coat, gender, bone structure etc. Females usually cost less in breeds that are below INR 30,000 and more in breeds costing above INR 50,000/-.
Also, rare aspects of a dog also affect the pricing. A blue-eyed Siberian Husky is bound to be more expensive than brown or grey-eyed Husky. We highly recommend not to go for rare attributes in a breed because these puppies are often inbred and tend to have more genetic disorders than others.
Why Should You Not Buy The ‘Cheapest Option’ When It Comes To Pets?
We may take it for granted sometimes but our money has a lot of power. We here at Goodness feel that all dogs are equal. Whether a dog has a genetic defect or is a healthy puppy they all deserve the best quality food, and the same love and care.
But some puppies are cheaper than others for a specific reason. Breeders that sell cheap puppies usually indulge in poor breeding practices that lead to genetic conditions that may be more expensive to maintain in the long term.
Poorly bred puppies also tend to have a shorter lifespan on average.
However, the main reason why we ask you all you steer clear from cheap puppies is mainly because of how their mothers are made to have babies. Many unlicensed breeders still use inhumane machines that hold the female in place to make a male dog breed with them. In other words, female dogs are raped most of the times to impregnate them.
Once the female has her babies, breeders take them away before they are old enough to be separated. Female dogs are exposed to such torturous conditions and are usually killed or abandoned when they can no longer have babies.
When we choose to buy a cheap variety of a breed, we unknowingly support the breeder and these breeding practices. In other words, when we buy a bundle of joy from a puppy mill, we guarantee years and years of treacherous pain to another living being.
What if we tell you that you can get the dog of your dreams and save a life at the same time? There’s nothing like it! Not all dogs that are up for adoption have a behavioural problem.
We understand that we all want to experience the joys of puppyhood but some dogs have gone through a lot of pain but they are willing to love us again. They just need another chance for a good life. Just by choosing to adopt one dog, you make a huge difference.
So, our humble request to all of you is to visit an animal shelter before meeting a certified breeder. Who knows, you may fall in love with a beautiful shelter dog and they will change your life for the better.
We hope this article was helpful to you. What kind of dog are you searching for? Let us know in the comment section below!