How Much Does a Pitbull Cost? Puppy Prices & Expenses

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Are you interested in getting a Pitbull? Have you ever wondered how much it costs to own one? If you are keen to know all the nitty-gritty details of Pitbull pricing, this guide is here to help you out!

There is a lot to talk about when it comes to the cost of owning a Pitbull. Remember, the Pitbull is not a single dog breed. Instead, it is a family of dogs that descended from the cross between bulldogs and terriers. 

For starters, the members of the Pitbull family are the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and American Bully.

This guide will tackle the different price ranges for all of these Pitbull sub-breeds. 

In addition, we’ll also throw in the mix the prices for the red nose American Pit Bull Terrier, blue nose American Pit Bull Terrier, Hulk Pitbull, and the Prague Pitbull. Let’s get started!

The Average Cost of a Pitbull: How Much Does a Pitbull Puppy Cost?

On average, the price of a Pitbull puppy falls anywhere between $500 and $5,000. However, a Pitbull puppy from a premium lineage may reach prices of up to a hefty $55,000. If you choose to adopt a Pitbull instead, adoption fees will run you around $100 to $500.

There are a couple of factors that affect the price of a Pitbull puppy. Two of the biggest factors are the actual breed of the Pitbull and its lineage.

When it comes to the most expensive Pitbulls, Hulk Pitbulls are on top of the list.

Hulk Pit Bulls are priced ridiculously high because they are fathered by Hulk, a 175-pound dog recognized as the world’s largest Pitbull. Hulk Pitbull’s price can reach up to $55,000!

Following Hulk Pitbulls in terms of price are the American Bully and the Prague Pitbull – a panther-looking dog. American Bully and Prague Pitbull price range within $2,500 to $5,000. 

Meanwhile, the American Staffordshire Terrier and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier cost anywhere between $1,500 and $2,000.

The most affordable among the bunch is the American Pit Bull Terrier. These dogs cost an average of $500 to $1,000.

However, if you want to get the red nose or blue nose American Pit Bull Terrier, you will most definitely need to shell out upwards of $1,000.

Here’s a summary of the pricing for the four Pitbull sub-breeds:

Pitbull Type BreedPrice Range
American Bully$2,500 to $5,000
American Staffordshire Terrier$1,500 to $2,000
Staffordshire Bull Terrier$1,500 to $2,000
American Pit Bull Terrier$500 to $1,000

The table below is a summary of the pricing for the different types of Pitbull based on appearance and lineage:

Pitbull Types According to Appearance and LineagePrice Range
Hulk Pitbull$10,000 to $55,000
Prague Pitbull$2,500 to $5,000
Blue Nose American Pit Bull Terrier$1,000 to $1,500
Red Nose American Pit Bull Terrier$1,000 to $1,500

As you can see, the price of a Pitbull varies a lot. However, regardless of which kind you get, you will surely be paying thousands of dollars. Also, keep in mind that these are the prices of the puppies alone!

Are Pitbulls Expensive? Factors Affecting the Cost of a Pitbull

American Pit Bull Terrier puppy looking around

Pitbulls come in a wide range of prices. While there are some Pitbulls that cost a fortune, others are reasonably priced. That begs the question, what are the factors affecting the cost of a Pitbull? 

As you have seen in the previous section, two of these factors are the actual breed of the Pitbull and its lineage as well as the breed’s popularity.

A Pitbull bred from a champion bloodline will always be pricier than one from a regular lineage. This section dives deeper into these two factors as well as others. 

Here’s a list of factors affecting the cost of a Pitbull:

  • Sub-breed of the Pitbull: The type of Pitbull you get is perhaps the biggest factor affecting its price. In general, American Bullies and Prague Pitbulls are the most expensive ones. They are followed by the American Staffordshire Terrier and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Finally, the American Pit Bull Terrier is usually the least expensive. 
  • Ancestry or Lineage: A Pitbull born from a champion bloodline is known to cost ten folds more than a regular Pittie. An example of this is the Hulk Pitbulls, Pitties fathered by Hulk — the world’s largest Pitbull. Aside from Hulk Pitties, there are many other champion bloodlines such as Colby Pitbulls, Monster G, and Carver Bloodline. On the same note, if the pup came from a line of police dogs, it would be way more expensive.
  • Breeder’s Track Record: The price of a Pitbull is also heavily dependent on a breeder’s track record. A reputable breeder will typically price their puppies higher than most breeders. However, be reminded that a high-priced Pitbull is not necessarily a better dog!
  • Appearance: The appearance of the Pitbull is also closely tied to its price. Certain physical characteristics, such as the coat color, nose color, height, or build, make a Pitbull more desirable, thus, pricier. An example of this is the nose colors of the red nose and blue nose American Pit Bull Terrier. 
  • Location of Purchase: Your location of purchase will also affect the total price of a Pitbull puppy. Shipping fees or delivery rates are added on top of the actual price of the dog. This means you may want to prioritize a nearby reputable breeder or shelter when you’re buying a Pitbull. 
  • Pet Guarantees: Every Pitbull from a breeder or a shelter comes with guarantees. Some offer two-year health guarantees for their pups, while others have temperamental guarantees. These guarantees are also responsible for driving up the cost of a Pitbull.
  • Vaccination Status: The majority of Pitbull breeders and shelters will vaccinate their puppies before having them sold or adopted. That said, the vaccination status of a Pitbull also affects its selling price. It is typical for fully-vaccinated Pitties to cost more. 
  • Freebies: Most breeders bundle their puppies with freebies such as a dog crate, vitamins, a few bags of treats, and other essentials. This may also affect the selling price of a Pitbull puppy. So make sure to consider freebies when assessing the price of a Pittie. 

There are a lot of factors that affect the price of a Pitbull puppy; however, you don’t have to worry about each one of these.

All you have to do is to determine which Pitbull sub-breed you want. From there, you can scour the web for the best deals. 

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How Much Does It Cost to Adopt a Pitbull From a Shelter or Rescue? 

The price of a Pitbull from a shelter or rescue will range between $100 and $500. Depending on the age of the dog, this may be inclusive of neutering or spaying as well as vaccine shots and microchipping. 

While adopting a Pitbull will save you a ton of money, you may find it difficult to pick a particular dog with the characteristics you are looking for.

Moreover, it is rare to find Pitbull puppies available for adoption. Adoptable dogs are typically adult dogs or senior dogs.

That said, if you do not have any firm preferences when it comes to getting a Pitbull, adoption is a very good idea.

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Initial Cost of Pitbull Ownership

Cute Pitbull puppy getting a bath

If you have decided that you want to get a Pitbull, you might be wondering how much you need to prepare. Aside from the price of the Pitbull itself, you will also need to buy some essential things for your new furry friend. 

Here are some of these essential items for your Pitbull puppy: 

  • Dog Food: There are plenty of options for high-quality dog food for Pitbulls. You should pick the one that is right for their age and activity level. A big pack of kibble for your Pittie will run you about $60 to $85 per bag. 
  • Dog Bed: It is recommended to invest in a durable and comfortable bed for your Pitbull. This will reduce their risk of hip dysplasia and other bone and muscle problems in the future. A decent quality bed will cost you at least $40 to $50. 
  • Dog Crate: A crate is essential for every pet regardless if you don’t mind them roaming around the house. It is important to crate train your Pitbull as early as possible. A sturdy crate will run you about $50 to $75. 
  • Feeding Bowls: A set of two feeding bowls usually cost around $15 to $20. Make sure to get one that is food safe and easy to clean. 
  • Chew Toys: Pitbulls love chewing on something, especially when they are still puppies. A sturdy chew toy is something they would surely appreciate. Chew toys typically cost around $20 to $25. 
  • Leash and Collar: Leash and collars usually come in sets and cost around $20 to $25. There are some customizable ones where you can put your pup’s name and your contact details but they usually cost more. 
  • Dog Hairbrush: For cleaning your dog’s coat every now and then, a hairbrush is something you will need. For $10 to $20 you can already find a high-quality hairbrush for dogs.
  • Dog Shampoo: Pitbulls need to be bathed regularly. Make sure to buy a dog shampoo that is suitable for your pet’s coat. Dog shampoos typically cost around $10 to $20. 
  • Poop Scooper: A poop scooper is one of the niftiest tools to own as a pet owner. It will make disposing of your pet’s poop a lot easier. Poop scoopers are usually priced around $15 to $20.

The table below summarizes all the things you need to purchase initially. You can use this as a checklist when you’re shopping for your Pittie:

Type of ExpenseEstimated Cost
Dog Food $60 – $85
Dog Bed$40 – $50
Dog Crate$50 – $75
Feeding Bowl$15 – $20
Chew Toys$20 – $25
Leash and Collar$20 – $25
Dog Hairbrush$10 – $20
Dog Shampoo$10 – $20
Poop Scooper$15 – $20
Total Initial Cost$240 – $340

Of course, if you are a previous pet owner, you might already have some of these items lying around the house. In that case, you will be able to save a bit. 

As you can see, this list doesn’t include microchipping and vaccine shots. This is because most Pitbulls from breeders and shelters are already microchipped and vaccinated.

However, if you are getting a newborn Pittie, you might also need to add those to your initial expenses.

First-Year Expenses of Owning a Pitbull Puppy

It is important to know what to expect in the near future in terms of Pitbull-related expenses. For that reason, this section is dedicated to the nitty-gritty details of your first-year expenses as a Pitbull owner. 

Here are some things you will be paying for in the first year:

  • Pet Insurance: A pet insurance is a health policy that will save your wallet in case your pet needs emergency medication. There are tons of pet insurance policies available in the market. Depending on the type of coverage, pet insurance costs around $400 to $600 per year. 
  • Vaccine Shots: If you are getting a Pitbull puppy, its vaccine shots are probably not yet complete. You must bring it to the vet for up-to-date shots. This will cost you roughly $50 to $100 in total.
  • Neutering or Spaying: Depending on the age of your Pitbull, it may or may not be neutered/spayed by the time you adopt it. If this is the case, you should prepare around $200 to $250 for neutering or spaying. 
  • Deworming: Deworming is typically done alongside vaccination. If your Pittie has not yet been dewormed, you will be the one shouldering this expense. Deworming your pet will set you back around $20 to $30. 
  • Flea and Tick Medication: If your dog has fleas or ticks, you will need to treat them as soon as possible. Over-the-counter medication for these will run you approximately $150 to $200. 
  • Vet Check-ups: On top of expenses on vaccines, neutering/spaying, deworming, and tick medication, you will also need to pay for vet checkups. Your pup will require frequent checkups during its first year with you. For that, you will shell out a total of roughly $400 to $600.

Here’s a summary of the first-year expenses of owning a Pitbull:

Type of ExpenseEstimated Cost
Pitbull Puppy$500 – $5,000
Dog Food and Treats$1,000 – $1,500
Pet Insurance$400 – $600 
Vaccine Shots$50 – $100 
Neutering or Spaying$200 – $250
Deworming$20 – $30
Flea and Tick Medication$150 – $200
Vet Check-ups$400 – $600
Total First-Year Expenses$2,720 – $8,280

Remember that the hefty sum you see in the table above is the first-year expense only. The price appears overwhelming because we included the price of the actual Pitbull puppy.

That said, you may expect your recurring yearly expenses to be lower than this amount. 

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Monthly Cost of Owning a Pitbull

Three month old Pitbull puppy on the artificial grass

If you are concerned about the long-term cost of owning a Pitbull puppy, you should look at the recurring expenses on a per-month basis.

This will give you a rough estimate on how much of your monthly income will go to your Pitbull. 

Here’s what your monthly expenses will look like if you own a Pitbull: 

Type of ExpenseEstimated Cost
Dog Food and Treats$60 – $80
Pet Insurance$30 – $50
Dog Toys$5 – $20
Flea and Tick Medication$15 – $20
Vet Check-ups$30 – $50
Miscellaneous Expenses$10 – $20
Total Monthly Expenses$150 – $240

As you can see, the monthly cost of owning a Pitbull is not as intimidating as the first-year expenses. However, keep in mind that the prices listed here are just rough estimates. Your actual spending may vary.

Extending our estimate to a per-year basis, we can say that Pitbull owners spend around $1,800 to $2,880 per year on their pets. 

Lifetime Expenses of Owning a Pitbull

The average lifespan of a Pitbull is between 8 and 16 years. That said, we can estimate the lifetime cost of owning a Pitbull using their expected lifespan and the values we obtained from previous sections. 

During the first year of owning a Pittie, your spending will range between $2,720 and $8,280. For the succeeding years, your expenses will be roughly $1,800 to $2,880 per year. 

With a bit of calculation, we can approximate the lifetime expense of owning a Pitbull to be somewhere between $15,320 and $51,480. 

Keep in mind that this is not inclusive of training sessions, emergency medication, and other miscellaneous fees. This estimate is only enough to cover the bare minimum needs of your Pitbull.

Other Potential Expenses

So far, this guide has only focused on the cost of the bare minimum needs of a Pitbull. But what about other “potential” expenses? How much will they cost?

Here are some potential expenses that you may or may not need to pay for depending on your situation:

  • Daycare Services: If you need someone to watch over your Pitbull while you’re not around, daycare services are for you. For around $15 to $20, you can place or drop your pet off at a daycare service to keep it company.
  • Pet Walking Services: For busy pet owners, you will need the service of pet walkers to make sure your dog remains active. Expect to pay around $10 to $15 for a reliable pet walker.
  • Medical Treatment: Some health issues are inevitable for Pitbulls. These issues are often brought about by age. That said, depending on your dog’s health issue, you may need to shell out anywhere between $100 and $10,000 for treatment. 
  • Kennel Club Registration: For $80 to $90, you can register your Pitbull in a kennel club such as the AKC. An AKC-registered pet will have its lineage documented. Plus, your pet will also be eligible to join canine competitions.
  • Grooming Services: If you prefer to have your pet professionally groomed every now and then, you need to prepare extra cash. Depending on the size of your Pittie and the length of its hair, grooming services will run you anywhere between $20 and $50. You can save a bit of cash if you groom your Pitbull at home. Here’s how:
At-Home Dog Grooming- Ep.1: Short Hair Dog Bath

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You have the free will to provide these for your dog. But if you do so, expect that they won’t come at a cheap cost.

Common Health Issues of Pitbulls and Their Cost of Treatment

Similar to other dog breeds, Pitbulls also have a fair share of common health issues.

Of course, preventive measures and medication for these health issues also come with a price. This is something every Pitbull owner should know and prepare for. 

Here are some common health issues of Pitbulls and their cost of treatment: 

  • Aortic Stenosis: Aortic stenosis is a type of heart disease common in Pitbulls. It is characterized by the development of a ring of fibrotic tissue in the dog’s subaortic region. A Pitbull suffering from this health condition will have a weakened pulse and a murmuring heartbeat. Diagnosis for aortic stenosis alone can reach $500 to $600.
  • Gastric Dilation-Volvulus (GDV): GDV is a fatal condition in dogs. It occurs when blood flow in the dog’s stomach is cut off due to internal tangling. GDV is also known as bloating and it can kill a dog in a matter of hours. Emergency treatment for GDV costs $5,000 to $6,000.
  • Cataracts: Cataract is a common eye problem in Pitbulls. It is typically brought about by age; however, cataracts can also be a result of genetic faults. Treatment for cataracts in Pitbulls is typically through eye surgery. This surgery runs from $3,000 to $5,000. 
  • Ichthyosis: Ichthyosis, also known as Fish Scale disease, is a skin condition in dogs. While it is not necessarily a life-threatening condition, it can still affect the well-being of your pet. Ichthyosis is accompanied by the itchy scaling of a dog’s skin. Treatment for this health condition comes in the form of shampoos and moisturizers, which will cost around $300 to $350. 

As you have seen, the cost of treatment for these health issues is not at all cheap. In fact, one of the biggest reasons why some Pitties are surrendered to rescues is the owner’s lack of budget for medical expenses. 

These expenses are something to consider before buying or adopting a Pitbull. It is recommended for pet owners to save an emergency fund for their dogs before even going out to get one.

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Places to Find Pitbull Puppies for Sale and Adoption

Two Pitbull puppies for sale and adoption

Pitbulls come in plenty of variations. There are different Pitbull sub-breeds, different Pitbull features, as well as different Pitbull lineages.

That said, there are surely many places to find Pitbulls for sale or adoption. All you need to do is to determine exactly which kind of Pitbull you fancy. Once you know exactly what you want, you can proceed with the search!

As always, you have the option to buy or adopt a Pitbull. When buying a Pittie, it is recommended to only buy from reputable breeders and avoid puppy mills and backyard breeders.

On the other hand, when adopting a Pitbull, make sure to check for underlying health conditions. 

Below are some breeders and services where you can find Pitbull puppies for sale:

  • XXL Designer Pitbulls (XDP) – Based in Rhode Island, XXL Designer Pitbulls is home to Azore, one of the heaviest Pitbulls ever recorded. XDP is one of the best places to go, especially if you are looking for champion bloodline Pitbulls. You can visit their Facebook page if you are interested in their dogs.
  • Monster Bully Kennels (MBK) – MBK is the breeder to choose if you want celebrity-looking Pitbulls. Their dogs have appeared in plenty of magazines and other forms of prints. MBK is home to many legendary Pitbulls including Queen Karma, King Louii, and Morpheus.
  • Bossy Kennels – Bossy Kennels is a California-based breeder that specializes in breeding Pitbulls of all kinds and sizes. Their prices are a bit higher compared to other reputable breeders. However, they are only one of the few that offer same-day shipping service for Pitbulls.

If you want more options, you can check out our article on the best Pitbull breeders.

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Below are services where you can find Pitbulls for adoption:

  • Adopt-a-Pet – Adopt-a-Pet is a pet adoption website that caters to aspiring pet owners. This platform hosts one of the largest selections of pets on the internet. Plus, Adopt-a-Pet’s helpful search feature narrows down your search by using location-based filters. 
  • Pets4You – Pets4You is another online pet adoption website. This service has listings for both adoptable cats and dogs. There are always a couple of Pitbulls on Pets4You so make sure to check out their site every now and then!

If you have not found your forever buddy in one of the sources listed above, check out our guide on the best Pitbull rescues. You’ll surely find it useful!

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Money-Saving Tips for Pitbull Owners

Let’s face it, there’s no going around the fact that most Pitbulls come with a hefty price tag. 

For that reason, we have rounded up a couple of tips to make owning a Pitbull a little easier on the wallet:

  • Buy high-quality essentials. While an inexpensive dog crate or a cheap feeding bowl is tempting to buy, refrain from doing so. Investing in high-quality accessories for your Pitbull is always a better idea.
  • Consider adoption. If you have no firm preference when it comes to Pitbulls, adoption will save you thousands of dollars. However, you need to be sure that the dog you are adopting is free from health issues. Otherwise, you will inevitably spend your savings on medical bills!
  • Try to DIY. It is possible to cut your spending by DIY-ing your Pitbull’s treats and toys. Dogs love all kinds of homemade treats! Plus, they will surely enjoy playing with makeshift rattlers, too. Just double-check to make sure you are not giving toxic foods or choking hazards to your pet. 
  • Keep your dog in tip-top shape. Keeping your dog healthy and fit will reduce its risk of developing illnesses. This is not only good for your dog, but it is also good for your wallet! As you have seen in an earlier section, medication for common health issues of Pitbulls costs a pretty penny. 
  • Groom your Pitbull at home. Learning to groom your Pitbull at home will save you a few dollars every month. To do this, all you need are some basic grooming essentials. 

While there are plenty of other tips that will help you minimize pet-related expenses, always remember not to cheap out on your pet. As always, your pet’s well-being comes first even if spending a fortune is necessary.

Final Thoughts

Pitbulls are lovely guard dogs that also make wonderful family companions.

However, as you have learned in this guide, the loyalty of Pitbulls and the joy of owning one typically comes with a hefty price tag. This is especially true if you decide to buy a Pittie instead of adopting one. 

On top of the price of the dog itself, you will also need to spend a relatively large sum on its food and veterinary checkups.

But if you are in love with the idea of owning a Pitbull and you are certain you can provide for it, get one right away! These dogs are worth it.

John Carter

My name is John Carter and I absolutely love pets, especially cats and dogs. I've got a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and have several years’ experience working in animal shelters and rescues. My passion for animals started at a very young age as I grow up on a farm with several horses, cows, cats, chickens, and dogs on our property.

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