Last year saw demand for puppies increase massively
Many of us welcomed new puppies to our families over lockdown last year, as the Kennel Club saw dog ownership soar by nearly eight per cent to around 250,000.
But the growing demand for some of the most popular breeds has seen prices rocket – meaning a dog will most likely cost you a great deal more today than it would just 18 months ago.
Research from pet retailer Pets at Home shows that the average puppy in the UK costed a hefty £1,875 in 2020 – more than double the average price in 2019.
The English Bulldog is the UK's most expensive dog, with puppies selling for an average of £2,995.
And some breeds will set you back an average of nearly £3,000.
Here are the 10 most expensive breeds of dog in the UK.
The Cavapoo - a cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle - is the runner-up when it comes to pricey dog breeds, with an average price of £2,949. The third most expensive pup is the cute Miniature Dachshund, with an average price tag of £2,537. The trendy and popular Cockapoo - a dog crossbred from a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle - is next most expensive, with an average price tag of £2,471. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is the fifth most expensive dog in the UK, with a puppy costing an average of £2,458. The French Bulldog is the UK's second most popular pedigree dog breed and commands a hefty average price of £2,389. Pomeranians may be tiny, but there's nothing small about the average cost of £2,247 a puppy. The non-miniature version of the popular Dachshund sausage dog commands an average price of £2,242. An average price tag of £2,230 makes the Cocker Spaniel the UK's ninth most expensive dog. The Labrador Retriever is the UK's most popular pedigree dog, but it only just squeezes into the top 10 most expensive, with a puppy costing an average of £1,948.