Worth Every Penny: The UK’s Most Popular Dog Breeds By Price

With the recent news that Norway has banned the selective breeding of British Bulldogs and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels after a court had ruled that the practise is cruel and results in man-made health problems in their later life. 

Financial experts, Pension Times, have put together a list showcasing how the cost of the UK’s popular dog breeds have changed from April 2021 to December 2021.

 Worth Every Penny: The UK’s Most Popular Dog Breeds By Price

 Key points of interest:

  • The cost of popular dog breeds have risen substantially during Covid-19.
  • The average cost of buying a Cockapoo has declined by £1,012.
  • The average cost of buying a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has increased by £873, making them one of the most expensive dog breeds to date.

It’s no hidden secret that the cost of welcoming a four-legged friend into your home has risen since the start of the pandemic. 

The expert team at Pension Times have taken the opportunity to look at the rise (or reduction) in the cost of the country’s top 16 dog breeds which includes the English Bulldog, Cockapoo, Pomeranian, and Shih Tzu.

english bulldog


How The Cost Of The UK’s Popular Dog Breeds Have Changed From April 2021 To December 2021:


Avg. April Cost

Avg. Dec


Price Difference

English Bulldog








Miniature Dachshund








Cavalier King Charles Spaniel




French Bulldog












Cocker Spaniel




Labrador Retriever




English Springer Spaniel




German Shepherd




Yorkshire Terrier




Shih Tzu




Staffordshire Bull Terrier








9 of 16 dog breeds analysed had increased in price by an average of £318. That means that you could end up paying over for one of said dog breeds now compared to April. 

Some of the dog breeds which had the biggest price increase included the Staffordshire Bull Terrier which average price point was £1,316 in April compared to £2,095 now – a huge £779 increase. 

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has also seen a huge jump in cost between April and December, originally marked at £2,458compared to £3,331 now which is almost a £900 increase in cost in just 9 months. 

However, some dog breeds such as the Cockapoo have seen a huge reduction in cost compared to April. Buying a Cockapoo now would save you £1,012 compared to April.

You can also now save £555 on purchasing a Miniature Dachshund and £469 when buying a Dachshund compared to earlier this year. 

The Most Affordable, Family Friendly Dog Breeds:


Average Cost

1. English Springer Spaniel


2. Cockapoo


3. Cocker Spaniel


4. Dachshund


5. Labrador Retriever


There you have it! The English Springer Spaniel is the most affordable, family friendly dog breed, closely followed by the oh-so-popular Cockapoo and Cocker Spaniel.

With the chance to save up to £1,012 on some popular dog breeds, now is the perfect time to weigh up whether you are ready to become a dog owner!