Owning a Chinese Crested puppy (a powderpuff) is one of the best decisions I’ve made so far and I got a lot of questions on what it takes to own a Chinese Crested puppy.
After working out my expenses in the first year of owning my puppy and discussing with many reputable Chinese Crested puppy breeders, I can tell you the specific price range you should budget for your Chinese Crested puppy.
How much does a Chinese Crested cost? The average price of a Chinese Crested puppy from a reputable breeder is between $1,200 and $2,200, while top-quality Chinese Crested puppy can cost as high as $4,000. There is little variation in price depending on if it’s a powderpuff or a hairless breed.
You can also choose to adopt an adult Chinese Crested from rescue groups or animal shelters for around $150 to $600 which covers the expenses of caring for the dog before adoption.
The Average Cost of a Chinese Crested Puppy
When trying to purchase your Chinese Crested puppy, you can get them from these places:
This is a dog breeding facility with high disregard for dog’s health. It is known for its quantity over quality policy, with a lot of their dog breeds having different health issues due to their poor breeding conditions. So I would never recommend you get your puppy from puppy mills.
The average price of a Chinese Crested puppy from a puppy mill: $400 – $600
Although they have good intentions but due to their inexperience, they don’t follow the best practices for dog breeding.
Their dogs are relatively cheap since they are mostly first-time breeders with little or no experience in dog breeding.
The average price of a Chinese Crested puppy from a backyard breeder: $600 – $1,200
This group of dog breeders are professionals, they don’t breed dogs just for the profit but do it for the love of dogs.
They usually charge higher because their dogs are of the highest quality with little or no health issues and are well taken care of.
The average price of a Chinese Crested puppy from a reputable breeder: $1,200 – $2,200
This is made up of animal shelters and rescue groups, where lost or homeless pets are taken care of until they find their new owners.
Most times, it’s not advisable to get your pet from there because they can have health issues.
The average cost of adopting a Chinese Crested puppy from a rescue group or animal shelter: $150 – $600
Factors That Can Affect the Price of Chinese Crested Puppies
There are a number of factors that determine the price of your Chinese Crested puppy. These are a few examples:
- Disease Testing: If your breeder has tested your Chinese Crested puppy or the parents of the puppy for common medical disorders like patellar luxation, deafness, seizures, lens luxation, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and glaucoma, this will raise the cost of your puppy.
- Vaccines: If your breeder has given his Chinese Crested puppies their first round of vaccines before putting them up for sale, it will increase the cost of the puppies.
- Breeder Reputation: If you get your Chinese Crested puppy from a reputable breeder who’s well known for their quality dog breeds, this will cost you more. Some breeders are known for producing healthy and well cared for puppies.
- Kennel Club Registration: Considering if your puppy has been registered by an accredited kennel club in your country, such as the American Kennel Club in the United States, it will surely cost more. But it will cost slightly less if only the parents are certified, while if there’s no certification, the price for the puppy will be reduced.
A typical Chinese Crested puppy from a reputable breeder will come with disease tests completed, dew claws removed, kennel club papers, and their first round of vaccines completed.
Initial Costs of Chinese Crested Ownership
I can tell the nice feeling when you get picking up your cute Chinese Crested puppy. But before you get overjoyed, you should know that there are some initial costs that come with getting a new puppy.
Here is a list of items I had spent on my Chinese Crested puppy in the initial stage of ownership:
Type of Expense Cost Quality Dog Food for Puppies $150 Treats $20 Toys and Dog Crate $120 Dog Bed $30 Bowls, Leash, and Other Gear $50 Carpet Cleaner, Waste Bags, and Other Supplier $50 Initial Veterinarian Visit $55 Initial Vaccines and (Deworming, Flea, and Tick) Meds $150 Dog License $20 Pet Insurance $60 TOTAL $705
All dollar values are just estimations to give you a general idea of the initial costs of the Chinese Crested ownership.
My First Year Expenses Owning a Chinese Crested Puppy
After getting your puppy, you need to understand that there are a lot of expenses besides the cost of the puppy itself.
The annual cost of raising your puppy is often under-budgeted, so when organizing your budget, you should make sure you take account of the dog’s basic amenities like the price of food, vaccines and veterinary visit, grooming services, and a lot of other things which will be mentioned below.
All of the items mentioned below can add up quickly, so make sure you prepare anywhere around $2,000 to $4,000 for the first year and about $1,000 to $2,000 per year for the next few years to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing puppy.
In the first year with my puppy, I spent slightly more than the estimated amount, so try to always have some extra cash.
Here are the expenses I had spent during the first year of Chinese Crested Ownership:
Items Cost Chinese Crested Puppy $1,300 Food and Treats $900 Dog Grooming Services $300 Toys $150 Banfield Puppy Wellness Plan (Insurance Plan) $700 Vaccines, Spaying (or Neutering), and Deworming $0 Flea and Tick Treatment $220 Additional Veterinarian Expenses $170 Dog equipment (Leash, Bowls, Carpet Cleaners, etc.) $210 TOTAL $3,950
The prices are rounded up to the nearest dollar and are meant to give you a rough estimate.
Here are a few things I recommend you do for your first Chinese Crested puppy and it will increase your expenses a bit but it’s worth it. These include:
- Puppy Training: It’s better to focus on training in the early years. Since I didn’t have a busy schedule after getting my Chinese Crested puppy, I had time to train her but this increased the cost for treats since treats are used heavily in training. Probably about $50 additional for the year. If you are the type of person who has a busy schedule, you can choose to enroll your pup in a training class; this will normally cost between $30 to $80 per class. But it’s vital because it’s a great way to help enhance loyalty and companionship, reduce behavioral problems, and increase the sociability of your puppy.
- Dealing with a reputable breeder: When acquiring a pet, it is better to deal directly with a respectable breeder only then, will you get a high-quality breed. They don’t come cheap and will probably add about $500 to $1000 to the cost of your puppy, but it’s definitely worth it in the long run.
- Get higher quality dog food: Next time I will get better quality dog food as this will help in accelerating the puppy growth. I wouldn’t recommend any, but there is a lot of higher-quality foods out there but they all cost a little more. This will add around $400 to your yearly food expenses.
- Acquire pet insurance: If you pay attention to the list, you will notice a lot of the expenses such as vaccines, spaying, and flea and tick treatment are easily covered by puppy health plans which I purchased from Banfield Pet Hospital.
There is a lot of other puppy plans from other pet hospitals, which offer to cover some of your expenses like your numerous veterinarian visits and a lot more.
You’ll just need to decide what works best for you because, without this plan, neutering, vaccines, and a lot of other health packages can be very costly depending on your plan. This will really come in handy on your vet visits.
Monthly Cost of Owning an Adult Chinese Crested
You should know the money you’ll spend on an adult Chinese Crested is considerably cheaper than that of a Chinese Crested puppy.
Trust me, after the first year, it’s usually smooth and this is because a lot of the one-off expenses that you have to spend on early in your puppy’s life will not be needed for an adult dog.
These are my monthly expenses of owning an adult Chinese Crested:
Type of Expense Cost Food $60 Health Insurance $45 Treats $20 Grooming Services $45 Toys $15 Miscellaneous Supplies $10 Flea and Tick Medications $25 TOTAL $220
The prices are approximations to the nearest dollar to give you a general idea of their cost.
However, I will also advise you to prepare for unexpected circumstances with a backup fund because your pup may occasionally need prescription medications or can get in some accident and needs surgery. On the extreme side, you may have to dip into your pocket for spare cash.
Other Potential Expenses
Depending on your taste, you may be interested in these services but they are optional:
- Training: In your first year of owning your Chinese Crested puppy, training is quite essential. I choose to train my dog myself, but using a puppy class or certified trainer is an excellent option. But this can cost around $120 to $200 for 6 to 8 weeks of group puppy classes and $45 to $120 per hour session for private in-home training.
- Ear Cropping: I advise you against this from my personal experiences because I have come to discover that Chinese Crested have naturally erect ears. In most cases, like the other dogs with naturally erect ears, they are born with floppy or folded ears and as they develop and grow, their erect ears start showing off. This happened in my case and would probably happen to your puppy. If you don’t want to wait and still want to go ahead with it, do well to consult a veterinarian who has a lot of experience in cropping Chinese Crested puppy’s ears. This should cost between $300 and $800.
- Day Care or Pet Walking Services: Depending on the number of hours you work, you might need a pup or pet walking services during the day while you’re gone. This usually costs between $15 and $40 per day for daycare. Pet walking can be cheaper especially if you find a trusted neighbor kid to do the job.
- Shipping: If you choose to get your puppy from a breeder out of your area probably outside the country, you will likely need to pay for shipping to get your new puppy home. This typically costs around $300 and $800 depending on how far the dog needs to be shipped. For example, if you are trying to ship her from China, you’ll need to spend up to $1,000.
- Kennel Club Registration: This is quite important as you’ll need to register your dog with a kennel club depending on your area. Like the AKC in the US, they offer a lot of loyalty schemes and product discounts and it only cost around $40.
- Dew Claw Removal: Dewclaw removal usually costs around $25 per puppy and will increase to as much as $500 to remove an adult dog’s dewclaw. Typically, both tail docking and dewclaw removal are cheaper when your dog is still a puppy and will cost a lot more when they are older so I advise you do it at their tender age.
My Final Thoughts
As I mentioned earlier, it’s imperative to be financially prepared for the unexpected.
As your Chinese puppy is far from immune to accidents or sudden health problems like every other dog breed, have a good time with your Chinese Crested puppy! They are one of the best companions in the world.